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Black Tongued Dogs

Close up head shot - A dog standing in dirt with its mouth open and tongue out. Its tongue is black

Any breed can have a tongue with dark pigment that ranges from blue to black in color, however there are some breeds that are more prone to it. Some have tongues that are entirely black with little to no pink and some have varying degrees of spots and patches. The blue/black on a dog's tongue are areas containing extra pigment. It is like a freckle or a birthmark on a person. Dogs can have these same spots on their skin, which are often covered by their coat. This page lists breeds of dogs that are more likely to have black on their tongue.

Close Up - A Dog tongue that is black towards the mouth pink in the middle and black at the end
Side View - A Dog tongue that is black towards the mouth pink in the middle and black at the end
Close Up -Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix is standing on concrete blocks and looking at the camera holder

Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix with a black tongue

Close Up head shot -Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix is standing on concrete blocks and its mouth is open and tongue is out

Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix with a black tongue

Side View -Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix is standing on concrete blocks and looking at the camera holder

Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix with a black tongue

Close Up - Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix is sitting on concrete blocks with its mouth open and grass is in the background

Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix with a black tongue

Close Up - Dawkins the Labrador Retriever mix is standing outside in grass with its mouth open and its black tongue all the way out

Dawkins the Labrador Retriever mix with a black tongue

Side View - Dawkins the Labrador Retriever mix is standing outside in grass with its mouth open and its tongue all the way out to the side

Dawkins the Labrador Retriever mix with a black tongue

Close Up - The tongue of a Black Labrador with black spots all over it

This black Labrador has a few spots of black on his tongue.