Rare Colors in French Bulldogs

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French Bulldogs are among the most popular breeds in the world. Currently the American Kennel Club ranks them at number 4 in their long list of most desirable. These dogs make their point communicating with expressive eyes, energetic attitude and possibly the Frenchie talk. They are excellent watch dogs who adapt well to family life and singles. They don't mind being inside most of the time. They get along well with cats and other pets. And they like to make friends with your guests and family who drop by. No wonder this a favorite dog for city life from Europe to the US and beyond. The Frenchie breed comes in a variety of unusual colors. This article will look at rare colors found in French Bulldogs like merle, lilac, blue and more. Those colors come in pied only if the mother and father are both pied in theory. Rare colors can be exceptionally expensive and there is some debate about how healthy a rare colored Frenchie can be.



Frenchies are one of the few breeds that come in a bewildering variety of colors. Standard Colors for French Bulldogs are: Brindle, Brindle & White, Cream, Fawn, Fawn & White, Fawn Brindle, White, White & Brindle, and White & Fawn. They are also are found in Cream & White and Fawn Brindle & White. Most Frenchies are Brindle. This is a dark colored coat mixed with lighter color strands of hair and the most frequently found color in the Frenchie. Fawn is a lighter tan colored coat that can range from very light to a dark reddish tan. These French Bulldogs often have a darker face mask and ears with some brindle streaks thrown in for variety. The third most common color in this breed is white. White French Bulldogs have a very porcelain white coat and most of the time come with a darker mask.



FAD colors also referred to as rare colors of a coat in French Bulldogs that are disqualified by the American Kennel Club French Bulldog Breed Standard however, this shouldn’t affect your decision making in owning a rare color unless you plan on showing your dog in competitions.

FAD colors includes the following but not limited to:

  • Blues - blue Frenchie , blue pied Frenchie, blue fawn Frenchie , blue brindle Frenchie etc.
  • Frenchies with tan points -  black and tan Frenchie, blue and tan Frenchie, lilac and tan Frenchie, chocolate and tan Frenchie etc.
  • Trindles - have brindle in their tan points.
  • All black - with no trace of brindle is also quite rare.
  • Merle group - merle Frenchie, fawn merle Frenchie, blue merle Frenchie etc
  • Chocolate - chocolate Frenchie , choco pied Frenchie, choco fawn Frenchie etc.

The different colors of French Bulldogs



    The Blue French Bulldog is one of the rarest colors. For that reason alone people pay very high prices for them. There is usually a waiting list for blue ( aren't so much blue as gray) puppies.  On average you can expect to pay twice or triple as much for a blue French Bulldog than the average price for a standard French Bulldog. Depending on the lines a blue Frenchie can cost as much as $10,000 per puppy.



    Blue Frenchies are quite striking however can be prone to Color Dilution Alopecia or CDA ;a recessive inherited condition that causes patches of hair thinning or loss. This is most commonly seen in dogs with blue or fawn coats. The puppies are born normal looking, but the hair thinning and loss symptoms can start at 6 months up to several years later. It is most often associated with Blue Dobermans. CDA is not curable but it's fairly easy to manage. Our blue Frenchie never suffered from any symptoms to his coat. Not all blue Frenchies will be prone to the coat problems however, your vet can help you keep your blue French Bulldog healthy and happy if any issue arises.



    Cold easily - Some owners have stated the blue Frenchie gets cold easily, we are unsure if this is just a myth or based on actual research. We have not experienced this with our Blue Frenchie. Either way French Bulldogs can't regulate their body temperature well. Having any Frenchie in cold climate is not ideal due to their short coat.  If you live in a cold climate there are ways you can keep your Frenchie warm. Always dress your French Bulldog with our specially tailored for Frenchies hoodies , pajamas etc.

    Dilution Alopecia in a blue Frenchie - as mentioned above which may cause skin allergies/ hair loss which may appear only on the blue affected areas prone to Alopecia, (if you have a solid Blue French Bulldog then their entire body may be affected). The blue Frenchie skin condition can also impact your grooming regime.

    We have not experienced any of the above with our blue Frenchie. We also know plenty of the standard color Frenchies who suffer from skin conditions and allergies. We are not trying to promote or discourage buying the standard or rare colors we simply don't discriminate over colors. We love all our French Bulldogs friends that come in all colors of the rainbow. 



    It's true a very fine show quality French Bulldog can cost up to $100,000. Why are they so much more expensive than other popular breeds? Most Frenchies can't have live babies the normal way. They have narrow hips that aren't designed for natural birth. The high price tag reflects the expense of artificial insemination and c-sections to deliver the puppies. That comes with a hefty price tag between $1,000 and $3,000 per birth. They also require constant attention and care when they are born. They require many health and genetic exams.

    Here are some general figures to help you understand why French Bulldogs are expensive:

    • Progesterone test $50-$100 (usually 2 tests needed)
    • Vitamin supplements - $100
    • Shipping semen - $100 - $300
    • Male stud fee - $1,000 - $7,000
    • Breeding insemination - $100 - $300
    • Ultrasound or X-ray - $100 - $300
    • C-section - $750 - $2,500
    • Puppy food - $100 - $300
    • Full vaccinations entire litter - $300 - $900
    • Microchip entire litter- $200 - $500
    • DNA/Genetic testing - $700 - $1,000
    • Supplies misc - $200 - $500

    These dogs have always been expensive. Reports have it one of the wealthy individuals named Robert Williams Daniel who survived the Titanic had his Frenchie along with him. While Robert survived when the ship sank on April 15th, 1912 sadly his French Bulldog did not make it.



    Many breeders would agree good breeding practices can greatly reduce the risks of genetic disorders that can lead to hearing loss, hip problems, and respiratory illness. Buying a well bred French Bulldog can help avoid a lifetime of vet bills and care. You are much more likely to get a happy, healthy dog who can enjoy a full, rich life.



    Merle is a pattern in a dog's coat. Merle French Bulldogs can have tiger stripes, spots, or patches. These come in different colors and patterns and are determined by heredity and genetics. Health issues can occur when two merle dogs are bred, therefore breeders usually mate a merle parent with a solid coat parent. While Merle French Bulldogs can be quite exotic and strikingly beautiful, this kind of breeding can come with a number of serious problems from skeletal defects to blindness to deafness to increased fetal mortality. 



    The blue merle is the rarest of colors that exist in the Frenchie breed. They are best described as gray with spots or how we like to call them cookies N' cream. They are so different from the standard common French Bulldog however, being that rare may not be a great thing especially when one considers all the health problems blue and merle Frenchies can have. It is important to mention that some merle French Bulldogs can live a healthy uneventful life. It is critical and essential to find a reputable breeder with good breeding practices especially when considering a rare color Frenchie. Also expect a blue merle to come with a hefty price tag.



    One of the most in-demand of rare colors is the Lilac French Bulldog. The lilac Frenchies are only produced occasionally and usually by breeders limited to the West Coast of the United States. They have a purple lilac coat color that can be quite attractive. Price is always higher than the already expensive standard French Bulldog puppy. Some buyers have been known to pay up to $50,000 for a lilac Frenchie with great blood line and breeding rights. Excellent Lilac Frenchies have a distinct color and vibrant eyes. This happens when they receive a combination of chocolate and blue DNA from both parents. As you can imagine, this rarely occurs..The Lilac coat can range from cool blue to a very classy looking silver and purple hue. Some have white markings on their chest and face. Another rare trait are their light colored eyes. This remains from the time they are puppies throughout life unlike the standard French Bulldog.



    The rarest colors of French Bulldogs are blue, lilac, blue and tan, and chocolate and tan. Add that Merle coats. A blue merle is perhaps the rarest of them all. In a world where a standard French Bulldog costs several thousand dollars, these rare colors can sell for tens of thousands. Since rare color Frenchies are prone to health and genetic problems, it is extremely important to find a reputable breeder who uses responsible breeding techniques with the right precautions otherwise you may be sinking your life savings into a dog that will be at the vet all the time, will be sick and may die prematurely.

    Rare Frenchies are just that - rare. Active breeders may only see one every few years if at all. Most rare colors are produced by breeders who specialize in producing them at a more frequent rate.Breeding rare color French Bulldogs is serious business. Most rare color breeders are running family operations dedicated to become experts in producing the highest quality rare French Bulldogs possible. Breeders expect to spend a significant amount of time answering your questions and sending you information. After all, very few of us are willing to spend $50,000 on a whim. Be sure to ask them questions about the health of the puppy, their bloodline, and what to expect.


    The Frenchie is sweet and charming. It's no wonder so many people love their little Frenchie. These dogs are compact, muscular, lovable, and oh so smart. They are just right for apartment life and smaller homes with diminutive yards. Rare colors in French Bulldogs are perhaps the most exciting development in this already delightful breed. Rare colors in this breed can come with health issues so it is imperative to seek a reputable breeder who specializes in rare colors which will greatly reduce the risks of genetic disorders.


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