French Bulldog Colors (WITH PICTURES)
French Bulldogs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States and Europe, for very good reasons. The Frenchie makes a great companion dog and wants nothing more than to spend time with you. She is typically very good around children and also other pets and doesn’t require much exercise.
However, due to years of cross-breeding, they are a dog that can not breed naturally and require a combination of artificial insemination and a Cesarean section to produce puppies. This means they are not a cheap dog to buy but despite this, in recent years they have been the fastest-growing dog breed (sales-wise) in the United States, so it’s obviously not putting people off.
For a considerable amount of time, only the dark-colored French Bulldogs existed in Europe and it wasn’t until the middle of the 1990s that this changed. As Breed Standards changed there, allowing fawn-colored dogs to breed, it soon became very popular. The basic color of all French Bulldogs is now fawn (or a warm beige color).
The personality of the French Bulldog isn’t the only aspect that people have grown to love though. They are available in several different colors, some approved by the official bodies and some not, some are more prone to health problems whereas others are likely to live longer.
This article explores all the colors that the French Bulldog is available in and details any known problems associated with these colors.
What are the Breed-Approved French Bulldog colors?
According to the UK Kennel Club, the only approved colors for the French Bulldog are Brindle, Fawn and the Pied sub-set. All other colors are deemed ‘highly-undesirable’.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) the allowed colors on the French Bulldog are Fawn, Fawn & Brindle, Fawn & White, Fawn Brindle & White, Fallow, White, Red, Red Brindle, Red & White, Red Brindle & White.
As far as the AKC is concerned, the following colors are undesirable: black, black & white, black & fawn, cream & white, fawn & black, fawn brindle & white, and gray & white.
What Colors Are Brindle, Fawn, and Pied?
It’s easy, of course, to visualize the simple colors of these dogs when we talk about Black, White, Cream etc. but the French Bulldog is available in a number of colors and you might not be familiar with some of the nomenclature. Let’s take a look at a few of these names and describe what they mean.
Brindle – You’ll more likely see ‘Brindle’ French Bulldogs than any other color as it’s one of the most common. Brindle French Bulldogs have a dark-colored coat with lighter strands mixed in.
Fawn – This is a light, yellowish-tan color that can have several different shades. The coat is uniform and the head is typically a bit darker than the rest of the body.
Pied – A French Bulldog with a pied coat is mostly white with prominent patches usually in brindle or fawn.
Why Are Some French Bulldog Colors Undesirable?
Some French Bulldog coat colors are linked to genetic health conditions. Blue is often avoided even though the links are disputed by many. Health problems recorded in this color such as alopecia have also been found in dogs of other colors.
Because some colors deemed ‘undesirable’ they are also rare. This means a French Bulldog in one of these colors is often more expensive than the ‘desirable’ color range.
French Bulldog Colors – Reference Guide
This is a French Bulldog with a predominant fawn-colored coat with dark brindle. The intensity can change but the nails, nose, eyelids, and lips should always be dark.
Brindle and White
Even with the Brindle and White Frenchie, the base color is still fawn – even though you may think that the coat seems mostly white. Black spots are deemed ‘undesirable’ although breeding with this type is still permitted.
Similar to the white French Bulldog but with more of an eggshell flavor, it will be dominant over the whole body with no other patches of color
The base color of all French Bulldogs is fawn but there are many shades possible, from a deep red to a browny-cream color. Typically, with the fawn, her mask will be black.
Fawn and White
You may be surprised to learn that even the ‘pure’ white French Bulldog is actually considered to be ‘pied’. What you’re actually seeing are the white spots (on a fawn coat) are just more pronounced.
White and Brindle
White and Fawn
With the white and fawn French Bulldog, the white dominates the fawn and where you see the fawn color, it should be even.
Cream and White
Blue and Chocolate
The Blue French Bulldog is classed as ‘undesirable’. Well, you tell that to the hundreds of people who are still buying them. Although this color has been linked to alopecia, the problem has also been seen in other colors. There doesn’t seem to be any let-up in the quantity of blue Frenchie’s on the market and prices are still sky-high.
Black and White