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What's with the spot on the tongue?

Do all Goldens have this spot on there tongues? I don't think so - but I've seen alot of Goldens that do. Does anybody know what it is or what it means. I've heard different stories from different people.
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Do you mean the blackish colored spot that some goldens have

None of mine ever had it, but seen many that did. I've heard lots of stories as to why some have the pigment but very few would I ever believe One that made me about fall of my chair once was when someone said the golden at some point had chow blood in it. Wonder where people come up with this stuff

Although I have no documented material as too why its there, the best explanation for it being that I ever read or heard was because its just pigment and any dog breed can have it.

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Cooper has one. It showed up when he was a few months old and I thought he had eaten a permanent marker. His dad has one too, and after looking it up on the internet and reading a bit about it, I found out that it's totally normal. I even read that it's a good thing, because it means that the dog has very good pigmentation, which is good!
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black spot on tongue

Hi,
There is another thread on this subject either on this site or the other GR site.
Someone explained it like this--Goldens are bred to have the black pigment around their eyes, on their noses and lips so sometimes they also have the black in other places such as their tongues or their belly. I'll try to find where it was discussed--it may be in the health section because someone was concerned about the black skin on their dogs' stomach. It made more sense when the other people were talking about it.
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P.S. I found it. It's in the section titled "Health & Anatomy, Etc". It's the 19th thread starter down called "Black Skin" by Monkey.

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Penny has a pigment spot on her tongue too. She's my first of 5 goldens to have one.

It showed up when she was a few months old, right at that age when everything was going in her mouth, so I thought she'd got a marker or a pen when I first saw it too!
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I think I read somewhere that the larger the spot,the higher the rank of Angel.
You know, no spot=rookie, small spot=1st step, etc.
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That's funny. When I first noticed Clancy's black spot on his tongue, I too thought he had gotten hold of a marker.
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Everyone that notices Sidney's prominent black spot (the size of a quarter and right on the end of his tongue... so its always hanging out of his mouth) always makes an "ink pen" or "black marker" remark. The funny thing is he DID chew up an ink pen when he was about 4-months old... what a mess... a month later the black spot began to appear. Our last dog, an American Eskimo, also had a black spot appear on his tongue at the ripe old age of 6-years... it grew to about the size of a dime and was also up-front.

A few months ago I did an internet search on black spots on dog's tongues and came across all interesting sorts of 'theories' from its a Chow-mix to cancer but by far the most popular (and sensible) was its a 'mark' of good, strong black points. I did come across a webpage where someone or persons were posting picture after picture of retrievers with black spots on their tongues but when I recently tried to find that webpage again, I couldn't seem to locate it... anyone have the URL for it? Maybe we could start one here.

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My Cooper has one, too... toward the back of his tongue
a little bigger than a quarter!




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My Gunner is only 4 months and even though this is not on his tongue, he does have a black spot (looks like car oil) on his right shoulder that is about the size of a quarter. When I went to get him, I didn't think anything about it, other than it looked like he had been crawling under the breeders truck and gotten oil on his coat. When I got home and gave him a bath, I seen that it went all the way to the root and the skin is actually black as well. Kind of looks like a birthmark.

After researching this site (and others) http://www.ashgi.org/color/Aussie_so...mutations.html I found that it will not transfer in breeding. Or at least that's what they say. Hope so, because I really want to breed him at least once. Think this is true?


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