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Unread 11-04-2010, 09:46 AM   #1
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I have heard two theories about purple or spotted tongues.
1st theory:
If a dog has either a purple or spotted tongue it automatically has Chow or Shar Pei in the mix.

2nd theory:
If a dog has either a purple or spotted tongue does not make the dog an automatic Shar Pei or Chow mix. It's a possibility but not set in stone.

Why is it so hard to find concrete information in the internet?

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Unread 11-04-2010, 12:11 PM   #2
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I think it's because there is a lot of misinformation on the internet.

There are some old saws that people use to ID mystery dogs and most are wrong.

Blue/purple spots on tongue -> dog must have chow or shar-pei
White spot on chest -> dog must be part Border Collie
Large black dog - dog must be part black lab
Blue eyes -> dog must be part Husky

I think a big part of the problem is that it's hard to search for particular facts like that. In other words, someone would need to look at the tongues of a LOT of dogs and also have the information as to what exactly was in their genes. Since no one has done that, we're left with these rules of thumb that aren't very good.
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From what I understand more there are more than 30 pure breeds that have spotted tongues and tons of mixes. It's simply pigmentation in most cases. Chessie has a black spots and patches on her tongue and I like them!

"However blue-black spots on tongues are actually common in dogs. More than 30 pure breeds are known to have spotted tongues, which are simply deposits of extra pigment, like birthmarks and freckles on people. Dogs often have spots of dark pigment on their skin, too, hiding under their coats. These spots can be large or small, many or few. Most dogs and cats have tongues that are all pink. Mixed breeds sometimes have tongues with spots or speckles.."

http://www.goodhongik.com/component/...potted-tongues
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My older Greyhound has a large, purple square on his tongue. Since I know his lineage back into the 19th century, I'm reasonably sure he has neither Chow nor Shar Pei in his line.
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