You are probably reading this article because you have noticed black or bluish spots on your Golden Retriever’s tongue. The first question that comes to mind in this situation is, of course, are they dangerous?
Black spots on Golden Retrievers are equivalent to birthmarks and freckles on humans. They are just pigment deposits. These spots are not limited only to the tongue area and can appear on any part of Golden’s body, but due to the thick coating, they are not visible.
Black spots on the tongue have the same texture as the rest of the tongue’s tissue, the only difference is pigmentation. They are perfectly normal, and some dogs are born with them, while others develop them at a young age.
However, certain diseases can “disguise” as black spots. So, it’s important that you can recognize the difference between benign black spots and signs of serious health issues.
It is important to notice that black spots on the tongue are not exclusively Golden Retriever’s “thing”. Many dog breeds have black spots, in fact, Chinese Shar-Pei and Chow Chow breed standard require black-blue tongue.
Can Black Spots Be Dangerous?
Two known conditions can “disguise” themselves as black spots. They are:
- Canine Melanoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
These are serious health issues. If you notice a rapid change in texture or color of spots on the tongue, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.
There Are Black Spots On My Golden Retriever’s Tounge: Does This Means He Is Not Purebred?
Let’s make this clear: No, just because you can see black spots on your dog’s tongue does not mean your Golden Retriever is not a purebred.
There are some claims that black spots on your dog’s tongue indicate a connection with Chow Chow bloodlines, but that, simply, is not the case. Black spots on your Golden Retriever’s tongue are just deposits of excess pigments.
Black spots are usually nothing to worry about. However, if you notice a rapid change in the texture or color of the pigment visit the vet as this may be a sign of serious health problems.