French Bulldogs are undeniably some of the best dog breeds out there. They’re playful, highly intelligent, affectionate and most importantly, irresistible. If you’ve decided to keep a Frenchie, you’ve made a good decision.
Now the fun part is picking out your new Frenchie pup. It can be a little intimidating as there are many physical variations of these dogs, especially with coat colors.
Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of all the most popular French Bulldog colors for your convenience. Not matter what your taste is, you’ll find a Frenchie perfect for you!
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Frenchie Coat Colors
There can be many more color coat variations of the French Bulldog. However, we’ve managed to identify the 8 most common and prevalent colors.
1. Brindle French Bulldog
One of my favorite color patterns, which also happens to be one of the most popular, is the Brindle. It’s important to know that Brindle isn’t really a specific color. Rather, it’s a color and pattern.
Brindle usually features dark colors, such as a combination of different degrees/shades of brown and black. At the same time, there are few light colored hairs that give the coat a unique texture. It’s almost like a tiger’s coat, which explains why Brindle is sometimes called “tiger stripe.”
There are many variations (and names) of the Brindle, such as Seal Brindle (almost non-existent black brindle) and Tiger Brindle (very obvious brindle pattern).
This Brindle coat color isn’t exclusive to French Bulldogs. They’re seen in other dog breeds, guinea pigs, cattle and sometimes horses.
2. Pied French Bulldogs
The “pied” Frenchie is another popular coloring of these awesome dogs. Pied is very different to Brindle. We call this “dappled” coat colors, which pretty much means the dog has spots and patches on the coat.
The word pied is used to refer to a specific dappled coat color. In this case, it means a white base color with patches of dark color. These patches and spots can range anywhere from dark gray to brown or black. It depends on the dog.
However, the problem with pied Frenchies is that they lack pigment – which can potentially lead to heath problems down the line. This pattern is a recessive, but can and are bred specifically for.
If you think about it, Pied is the exact opposite of Brindle. Still, it’s a fantastic look on a Frenchie and very popular among this breed’s community.
3. Cream French Bulldog
Finding a Cream Frenchie is certainly more difficult than the first two choices. However, they can be found with a little patience. This color of the French Bulldog is pretty self-explanatory. They have a solid coat with the signature eggshell color seen in the base of the pied Frenchie.
In other words, they’re just the pied Frenchies without the dark spots and patches. They’re both beautiful and elegant. Sometimes, a Cream Frenchie can have a dark mask though.
This color is certainly popular, but they’re rare because it’s not a easy coat color to breed. For this reason, expect to be paying premium prices if you want to get your hands on a Cream Frenchie.
4. Fawn French Bulldog
The Fawn Frenchie can be seen as the opposite of the Cream Frenchie, at least in regards to coat color. Frenchies with this coat color can come in a tan, or with a reddish-caramel. The spectrum can range with a Fawn Frenchie, but typically it’s anywhere between the tan and red.
Like with the Cream Frenchie, a Fawn Frenchie does not have any spots or patches. Instead, it’s a solid color throughout the coat. The only other color markings can be a subtle mask or markings in other places around the head and ears. In addition, these markings tend to be darker than the coat color.
Though they’re not as popular as the Brindle or Pied, the Fawn Frenchie is still very attractive. The contrast of the tan color with the (often) black mask looks really good in my opinion.
5. Blue Fawn French Bulldog
The Blue Fawn Frenchie is truly a spectacular sight. They’re unique, beautiful and a little exotic. But what causes this Frenchie to produce this blue hue?
Blue Fawn French Bulldogs have a double recessive dilute genes, as well as two genes with the fawn coloring. Some of these dogs come in a darker blue coat, which is caused by a copy of the brindle gene.
These dogs have a dark shade of fawn as the base, with a blue hue most noticeable on the ears and back. Though it’s a bit difficult to tell in a picture, the Blue Fawn Frenchie pictured above has blue on the back.
However, the blue doesn’t always have to be on the ears or back. Sometimes they can be on the Frenchie’s face/mask as well. Or it can be in all three places. It varies a lot and depends on the parentage.
6. Blue Brindle French Bulldog
Like the Blue Fawn, the Blue Brindle French Bulldog has the same double recessive dilute genes. A copy of these genes are carried over, one from each parent.
The result is a gorgeous gray color base with a noticeable blue shade. But what sets them apart from the Blue Fawn is the brindle pattern on top of the blue coat. Most of the time these dogs will have obvious light-colored eyes as well. They’re simply stunning to look at.
To find a Blue Brindle is relatively rare. For this reason, expect to pay premium dollars if you plan to get your hands on one of these.
7. Chocolate French Bulldog
Chocolate colored Frenchies are similar to Blue Frenchies, in the sense that they are the base color of the French Bulldog. For example, Chocolate Frenchies also come in Chocolate Brindle and Chocolate Pied.
However, these colors are arguably even more rare than the others. It’s because, like the blue color, the chocolate color comes from two copies of a recessive gene. In other words, one copy of the gene must come from each parent. What makes it even more difficult to breed is the fact that this recessive gene has yet to be identified by researchers and breeders.
What we do know is that Chocolate Frenchies can range from a light milk chocolate color to a dark brown chocolate color. In addition, their eyes also will vary greatly in colors (yellow, green, golden, etc.).
8. Black Frenchie
The last but not least is the classic Black Frenchie. It’s not hard to explain what this is – they’re literally solid black French Bulldogs.
You can expect the coat to be glossy and smooth without any brindling whatsoever. Nothing unordinary, they’re just solid black. Although this color isn’t the most exciting, it’s a fairly classic look. You can’t really go wrong with a Black French Bulldog.
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The Problem With Blue Frenchie Colors
Some of these colors are not normal. In other words, breeders have to specifically breed for these colors (or at least attempt to). When breeders do this, they’re not breeding for good health because good health doesn’t sell as well as rare colors (although it should).
One of these colors that can bring potential health problems is blue. This is not a specific problem for Blue French Bulldogs, because rather every blue dog.
This condition that arise with blue dogs is called Color Dilution Alopecia and is certainly found in Blue Frenchies, whether Blue Brindle, Blue Fawn or Blue Pied.
The genetic defect is potentially harmful because it creates abnormalities in how pigment (color) gets distributed to the hair of the coat. In short, this can lead to stunted growth of fur, which may lead to hair loss. With hairless patches on the skin, the French Bulldogs are susceptible to secondary skin infections.
For this reason, it’s highly recommended you don’t use harsh grooming products with your Blue Frenchie. It will only make things worse.
At the end of the day, is it worth getting a Blue French Bulldog if these potential and serious health problems may arise? No matter what color, a French Bulldog will be an affectionate and endearing companion for years to come.
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