The Chow Chow’s Black Tongue
So imagine showing your Chow Chow to a friend who's never seen one before. Your dog is hot and panting, and your friend recoils in surprise - "Whadya know? He's got a black tongue"!
That's literally black and not just a figure of speech to indicate psychic powers. The Chow Chow is the only dog on earth that has a black tongue, while all other dogs are content to have pink ones.
Why does the Chow Chow have a black tongue?
The answer is quite a simple one, it is all down to a special pigment in the tongue, in high quantities. This is passed on through breeding, and guarantees the Chow Chow a black, or at the very least, a dark blue tongue.
Every Chow Chow should have a dark tongue, and for this breed, it is absolutely not a health issue, and perfectly natural.
Interestingly though, they are not born with dark tongues. They start pink, and then rapidly in their first weeks of life the Chow Chow tongue darkens.
The Chow Chow breed is well known for the love of it's home and reluctance to take to strangers immediately. Be warned, their fluffy teddy bear looks are a little deceptive, this is not an overly cuddly breed, and they can be very wary and unpleasant if someone they don't know gets up close to them! Certain insurance policies specifically make the Chow Chow exempt from their protection due to this.
However, the Chow Chow shows remarkable loyalty to it's owner and therefore highly prized for this quality. Just don't expect your Chow Chow to be a dog that loves to meet people when out and about.