Sofie is a German Shepard-Lab mix and she has a black spot on her tongue like a chow. What does that mean?is it bad?

Born in March of 2006, She looks like a lab with a German Shepard tail, black spot on the tongue like a chow. She raises her hair on the back of her neck at certain people and dogs(strangers) but just some people, not all. Growls meanlike and has aggressive moves when they walk by. What does this mean? She is really friendly to neighbors she knows, and some strangers, but not all. She is housebroken, loves to play ball, and "Where is it?" Not many behavior problems, just not too sociable, due to lack of "outside". We live in an apartment and she is very smart. Very protective of her "Humans". How can I tell is she wants to play with another dog or if she wants to fight? Her reaction to other dogs is basically the same: sniff, then whines, then hesitation, then whine and growls, more sniffing......I can't tell if it's aggression or playful (getting to know the other dog).
Can you help me?

Asked by Member 507199 on Sep 25th 2007 Tagged sociable, blackspotontongue, playful, loving, protective in Mixed Breeds
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Kaycee my lab/shep has one too, as well as the neighbors golden retriever across the street. I know alot of dogs that have a random spot on their tongue, Personally I don't think that it means anything, it is just how it is.

Member 506724 answered on 9/25/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Black tongue spots are simply beauty marks, just like freckles on people! They are just places on the dog's tongue with extra pigment. It is nothing but a birthmark.

Dogs often have dark spots on their skin too. If you check under your dogs coat you may notice some; small or large, a few or a lot.

Just because a dog has black tongue spots, it does not mean that they are part chow.

Chow puppies are born with solid pink tongues. It takes eight to ten weeks for their tongues to darken.

Many purebred dogs are known to have black tongue spots; Airedales, Akitas, Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervurens, Belgian Malinois, Bichon Frises, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bullmastiffs, Cairn Terriers, Chinese Shar Peis, Collies, Cocker Spaniels, Dalmatians, Doberman Pinschers, English Setters, Eurasiers, Fila Brasileiros, Flat Coated Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Gordon Setters, Great Pyrenees, and many other breeds.

Member 506464 answered on 9/25/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Buddy Boy

Well if the hair on the back is raised when around other dogs, thats not very playful body language.
Thats how you can tell, is look at both dogs body language. If they want to play you can tell. Tails wagging in a friendly manner, hair not standing, smelling is good. Aggressive dogs don't usually wait long enough to smell the other dog.
Buddy does the same thing. When we are in a pet store, or about to go to the bark park and he sees another dog, he whines and growls. It sounds vicious and is rather embarrassing, however, we know hes not being aggressive, because he loves other dogs and loves playing with them. He just wants to go say hi to them and smell them. His best friends are a tiny jack russell and a baby kitten. He wouldn't hurt a fly.

Buddy Boy answered on 9/25/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


OH MY GOD YOU HAVE A DEMON DOG!!! Just because she has a spot on her tongue does not mean she is going to attack everything she sees. She could have had chow in her past. Just because you think she is lab and shepherd doesn't mean she is. And is she has chow doesn't mean she is aggressive either. There are plenty of super sweet chows out there- once again, it depends on how they are raised. Stop being so biased

Member 507688 answered on 9/27/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer