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Black Tongued Dogs

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.


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Akita (American)

Akita Inu (Japanese)

Alaskan Malamute

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Shepherd

Belgian Malinois

Belgian Sheepdog

Belgian Tervuren

Bichon Frise

Black Russian Terrier

Bouvier de Flandres

Bull Mastiff

Cairn Terrier

Chinese Shar-Pei

Chow Chow

Cocker Spaniel



Doberman Pinscher

English Setter


Fila Brasileiro

Flat-coated Retriever

German Shepherd

Golden Retriever

Gordon Setter

Great Pyrenees

Irish Setter

Kai Ken


Kerry Blue Terrier

Korean Jindo

Labrador Retriever



Miniature Shar-Pei

Mountain Cur


Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog



Rhodesian Ridgeback


Shiba Inu

Shiloh Shepherd

Siberian Husky

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Thai Ridgeback

Tibetan Mastiff


Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix with a black tongue

Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix with a black tongue

Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix with a black tongue

Tilo the Rhodesian Ridgeback / Boxer mix with a black tongue

Dawkins the Labrador Retriever mix with a black tongue

Dawkins the Labrador Retriever mix with a black tongue

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

This Shiloh Shepherd has a small black spot on her tongue.


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