Help!… My Labrador Retriever Dog Has Black Spots On His Tongue

Our dog is part Black Lab and part Golden Retriever — at least that’s our vet’s best guess.

We found him as a tiny pup, so it’s difficult to know for sure. But he definitely has the looks, personality, and behavioral characteristics of both — a Labrador Retriever and a Golden Retriever, combined.

He also has 2 black spots on his tongue.


We immediately asked or vet if that meant he was part Chow, and she said “Definitely not.”

Further research has confirmed this for us. Here’s what we’ve learned about black spots on a dog’s tongue…


In Our Case…

We first noticed a black spot on the back of Destin’s tongue at about 1 year of age. Then, by the time he was 3, we noticed another one.

I don’t know if the second one just “showed up” or if it was always there. Chances, are we just never noticed it before, because as he got older, his tongue got bigger and he started doing that tongue-stretching yawn even wider, which made it easier to inspect his tongue.



What The Research Says…

Black spots on a dog’s tongue are simply “beauty marks”, similar to freckles on people. They are merely places that have extra pigment than other places on the tongue — that’s all! Consider it your dog’s own birthmark.

Dogs often have spots of dark pigment on their skin, too. If you check the skin underneath their thick coat of fur, you will probably notice spots — which can be large or small, many or few. Source


So, a black spot on your Labrador’s tongue does not mean he’s really a Chow mix.

Believe it or not… Chow puppies’ tongues are pink at birth. They darken to blue-black by 8-10 weeks of age. Source


Pure Breed Dogs With Black Spots On The Tongue

Truth be told, more than 30 pure breeds of dog are known to have members with spotted tongues, including:

  • Airedale
  • Akita
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bouvier de Flandres
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Collie
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Dalmatian
  • Doberman Pincher
  • English Setter
  • Eurasier
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Flat-Coated Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Gordon Setter
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Irish Setter
  • Kai Ken
  • Keeshond
  • Korean Jindo
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Mastiff
  • Mountain Cur
  • Newfoundland
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Shiba Inu
  • Siberian Husky
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Thai Ridgeback



Pictures Of Dogs With Black Spots On Their Tongues

destin-black-lab-dog-with-spot-on-tongue.jpgTo see photos of some dogs with black spots on the tongue, check these out:

Australian Shepherds with black tongues

Labrador Retrievers with black tongues

Other dogs with black tongues

Lots of other animals have black tongues too, including the giraffe, polar bear, and several breeds of cattle.

See… black spots on your dog’s tongue are nothing more than a birthmark. It’s just another thing that makes your dog uniquenot Chow.

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Check here for some interesting information about a dog’s tongue — in general.

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Anonymous

    I have a ChiPin who has Black on his tongue

  • Loni

    Destin is a Border Collie / Golden Retriever Mix. He’s gorgeous! I have two Golden Border Collies and my boy “Cody” is Destin’s twin (sans the tongue).

  • Msrosenbohm

    I got my dog at a shelter about a year and a half ago. He is probably nearing his 2nd birthday in November or December. I, too, believe he is a golden retreiver/black lab mix. He looks extremely similar to the pics of your dog and he’s got two spots on his tounge too!

  • Frank4YAHWEH

    I have a Black Labrador and have been told that she is a Chow mix, simply because of the black spots on her tongue. She has several large ones in fact! Now I find that this is not true! I have been telling people that she is mixed with Chow, simply because someone gave me this misinformation. I will from now on refer to her as a Black Labrador, because this is what she looks most like to me.

  • KJ

    I have a flat-coated retriever (look like yours in the pic) with a solid black tongue. People always always assume he’s Chow mix.

  • Malylamariposa

    I’m French, so please excuse my bad English!
    My golden retriver had puppies 3 months back and they look exactly the same as yours!! Black long-haired with some white parts on chest and chin !!!!Since the father of the puppies is a black belgian sheepdog, I think your dog might have the same origins!!! Golden retriever and belgian sheepdog!!!
    The result looks like beautiful black retrievers !!

  • Stacey Horne

    You can add poodle to that list of breeds with spots on their tongues. Our standard has one. :-)