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What breeds of dogs have spotted tongues?

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Dog breeds likely to have spotted tongues include Dalmatians, German shepherds, golden retrievers, collies and Labrador retrievers. Spots on a dog's tongue, usually ranging from black to blue in color, can occur in any breed, but some dogs are more prone.

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The spots found on dogs tongues are the result of heavy pigmentation, or the coloration found in animal cells. This occurrence mirrors freckles or birthmarks commonly found on a person's skin. Pigmentation can affect other parts of the dog including its lips, nose, eye rims, pads and toe nails; this kind of pigmentation in dogs is genetically determined.

Some breeds, such as the chow and the Chinese shar-pei, are specifically bred to have a blue-black tongue and mouth as part of their pure bred standard. When other dogs breeds have a random pattern of black spots on their tongue, it is a case of pigmentation from other areas of their body, such as their lips, carrying over to their tongues.

Flat, black spots on and around a dog's tongue are perfectly normal and typically tend to grow and change shape over the years. Black spots that appear to be raised or bumpy should be checked out by a veterinarian.

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