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Tongue spots?

Our 3 year old Kasey has a tongue spot or "freckle" (as our vet calls them). When he was a puppy, we thought he got a hold of one of my Sharpie pens, buy since then, as he grew larger, so did the spot, and now it is faded quite a bit, but still is about dime-sized. The doctor says it's common and some dogs have two or even three spots. Anyone else see this on their dogs?
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Yes, Max has three. People on the board call them "treat spots." The spots are normal for several breeds, including Golden Retrievers.
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Molly has three across her tongue towards the back. They're getting large enough that they are joining together. My breeder said they're called treat spots.


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My male golden pup 4 months old has a black spot on his tongue as well. From
what I researched it's no big deal just a pigment or birthmark.
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Here is a photo that shows one of Max's spots.
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My sweet bridge girl Lucy had one and it was so far back on her tongue we didn't notice it until she was 8 years old. I also thought she got into a marker or something.


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Some people *joke* that it is not a true golden unless it has a treat spot.
One of my goldens has 2 the other pure bred golden has none.

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Hank doesn't have one but his brother/littermate does.

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Yogi has a little one, so we'll wait and see how big it gets. I think it gives him character!
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