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Old 07-05-2011, 06:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Just wondering whether anyone else has a shepherd with black markings on their tongues. Our almost 2 year old has 2 black markings, one at the tip and one at the back of her tongue. Is this normal?
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yes its normal. most dogs have at least one spot on their tongues.
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Kayleigh has 1 spot and is the first GSD of mine out of 4 to have one.
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All of ours have the spots too. There are lots of crazy theories about why they're there- someone just told me that it's a sign of good breeding, others have said it means my dog is a chow mix, all kinds of things. But it's normal
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Masi has alot of black spots/areas on her tongue,,one I heard was it's a sign of intelligence,, if so, I have a genius
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I've noticed at least one spot on Shade's tongue, and from what I can tell Odin doesn't have any. I had someone tell me once that their dog was a purebred GSD because it had tongue spots and if they don't they are mixed with something. FWIW their dog didn't look full GSD to me either.

I've only noticed it on darker sable dogs that i've met, but then I don't go around opening random dog's mouths.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I think it has to do to with good pigmentation.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Gunnar and Shadow both have black spots on their tongue and a lot of black on the roof of their mouth. Cass has none on her tongue and a bit of black on the roof of her mouth.
Some of the comments reminded me that my grandfather swore by the fact that only a dog with black in its mouth was worth anything. The more black, the better.
Don't know where that ever came from, but that was his thinking.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Brody, my pure Shepherd, has one giant black spot on his tongue.

Tsura, my Shepherd / Husky mix has a ton of black spots.

If my dogs are any guide, then it's an indication of the level of sassy. ;-)
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My GSD mix Lobo has black spots on his tongue too. We still don't know what he's mixed with though.
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