Why does my dog have a completely purple tongue? It has always been this color and she is healthy.
Her tongue is completely purple and yet she is healthy as far as we know. She is a normal dog that's very active and loves to eat. Very loving and extremely protective, so protective that just today she tried jumping our fence to attack a stranger walking up the street. This scares me so i am gonna look into some training for her but the purple tongue has us confused. Does anyone possibly know why it may be purple?
on Mar 13th 2012
in Mixed Breeds
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She could have some chow in her. They have purple tongues :)
Obi answered on 3/13/12. Helpful? / 0
Chow Chows, I believe, have purple tongues. It's just pigment. And if I remember correctly, it is indeed a reliable indication of the presence of Chow in the genes. (Whereas having a tongue with purple *spots* isn't. Many dogs of many different breeds have this feature. My GSD had a couple of spots on her tongue.)
Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 3/13/12. Helpful? / 0
To add one more thing...
Chinese Shar Pei also have purple tongues. A lot of people think Chows (and Chow mixes) are the only dogs with purple tongues, but it's not true.
Guest, you should do a google image search for "Chow Chow tongue" and "Shar Pei tongue" to put your worries to rest. There's nothing wrong with having a purple tongue.
Bruno CGC answered on 3/13/12. Helpful? / 0
Yes definitely she's probably got Chow or Shar Pei. Our Black Lab, Cassy, gets accused for having Chow in her though because of a purple spot on her tongue [and many are at the back of her tongue... just nobody can see them... I mean who wants to look at the back of a dog's throat? haha] but All she is - is Lab with 1/4 GSD. :) Nothing at all to be alarmed about whatsoever. (:
Shasta answered on 4/6/12. Helpful? / 0