Each dog has characteristics that make it unique. However, there are some peculiarities that stand out much more than others. For example, do you know the breeds of dogs with blue tongues? We will tell you about them!
Blue tongue of dogs: why is it?
Surely you have noticed that most dogs have pink tongues. However, this is not the only possibility: there are dog breeds with a blue tongue or with a purple hue.
The reason for this condition is the existence of certain cells in these dogs that contain pigments that give their tongue that color. The concentration in the breeds of dogs with the blue tongue is higher than other breeds, which is why it is so evident.
However, it is not known exactly if this mutation is due to the evolution of these races or is an alteration in due to crosses.
How many breeds of dogs with blue tongues are there?
The best-known dog with the blue tongue is the chow chow, but it is not the only one. The other most common bluish-tongued breed of dog is the Shar Pei. You could say that these two are the “official” breeds with blue tongues.
We will speak in detail about these two dogs later, but it must be clarified that there are other dogs that can also present blue spots or the complete tongue of that color, but only in some specimens. These dogs are:
- German shepherd.
- Tibetan Mastiff.
- Borde collie.
- Korean Jindo.
Chow chow dog
The chow chow surprises with its dense mane, which gives it that bear-like appearance due to its robust body. It has a large, round head, with dark, oval eyes, like its nose.
Originally, which is usually located in China, they were used as hunting dogs, but especially as guardians. This function, that of guardian, made them very famous among Tibetan monks.
They can present a somewhat stubborn and independent character, so for it to be a good pet at home, the ideal is to socialize it from a puppy and be used thoroughly in its training.
The shar pei
Perhaps at first glance what stands out the most about the Shar Pei is not its blue tongue, but its muscular body full of wrinkles. Its head is large and its snout is thick, something that gives it a very cute appearance.
They are usually calm and affectionate dogs, although like the chow chow they can also be a bit stubborn when it comes to learning. However, with his family, he is very tolerant and supportive.
Are there more animals with blue tongues?
The truth is that yes, there are more animals in the world that can have blue or purple tongues. Among them are:
- El okapi.
- The black bear.
- The giraffe.
- The blue-tongued skink.
- The blue-tongued lizard.
Suddenly my dog has a purple tongue: what’s wrong?
What has been discussed so far is a natural condition. That is, dogs such as the chow chow or the shar pei can have a blue tongue by nature. However, you have to be very careful if your dog is not of any of the aforementioned breeds and, suddenly, you notice that he has a purple tongue.
That has a meaning: your pet is lacking oxygen and is more than enough reason to go urgently to a veterinary center.
The reasons why this can happen are usually related to respiratory or heart diseases. When the situation worsens, the dog can collapse, turning the tongue and gums to a grayish hue. If a professional does not intervene, the animal could lose its life.