It’s true that Frenchies simply catch everyone’s eye like magnets. However, there’s one magnificent color that seems to be the most popular in this dog breed. I talk about the Blue French bulldog whose color of fur leaves speechless. First of all, I must remind you that this dog breed is considered for the 4th most popular breed in the world. The reasons for such a fact are many. They are short and compact dogs that perfectly suit the apartment type of living. Due to their shortened nostrils, and brachycephalic skulls, Frenchies quickly get tired and are prone to overheating. That’s why they find their best home for living in someone’s apartment. Unlike other dog breeds, these furry gremlins don’t require much exercise, so they seem like the right choice for lazy owners.
Another reason for their growing popularity is their amazing temperament. French bulldogs act great with children and other dogs too. That’s why they present the best pick for large families. Frenchies simply adore to clown around and to be someone’s center of attention.
Blue French bulldogs can thank only to their genes for having such an amazing fur color. There are common misconceptions about blue-colored Frenchies that they usually show dozens of health issues in the future. As a reputable French bulldog breeder, I must say that it’s not true at all. If a dog was properly bred, and its parents were completely healthy, there’s no way that such a dog will express health issues throughout its lifetime.
The reason for having a sort of grey-blue coat is in carrying a dilute gene. It’s often claimed that dilute dogs are less healthy than those with normal pigment. This misconception has most likely come from the prevalence in some breeds of a condition known as Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA). This kind of condition is actually the result of a faulty version of the d allele, known as dl. That’s why is very important to choose only completely healthy Frenchies for mating. It’s important to note that not all breeds carry this faulty allele. The majority of blue French bulldogs and Isabella French bulldogs are completely healthy if have been properly bred.
If both parents carry this rare dilute gene, then it’s very likely for their puppies to have a blue/mouse coat. The coat color of blue dogs may vary from almost black, to dark grey and light grey to blue. However, in case it’s difficult to determine when a puppy is still small whether it’s blue, it should be obvious that the nose is blue. Blue French bulldogs usually have light blue or blue eyes that look simply thrilling and dramatic.
Generally speaking, it’s very difficult to bred Frenchies and blue French bulldogs even more because the breeders need to search for completely healthy parents that carry dilute genes. First of all, Frenchies require a special mating because of their hips and short bodies. For a breeder, it’s an additional cost because he/she needs to put a Frenchie dame on artificial insemination.
Another cost includes the care of pregnant Frenchies. They require meat-based nutrition and healthy diet, as well as an ultrasound examination in order to discover whether the puppies have enough space in a mom’s uterus.
When it comes the time for puppy birth, a breeder needs to take a mom-to-be on a C section. For a female Frenchie, it’s simply impossible to perform a traditional puppy delivery because of her hips and the size of puppies’ heads. The birth canal is much smaller in sizes from puppy’s head and shoulders, so even trying to perform a naturally occurred birth can turn out to be fatal both for a mom and the babies.
Frenchies have small litters. They usually produce 1-2 puppies, so this is also one of the reasons for being high in price. The price of blue French bulldog puppies usually ranges between 1,500 $ to 10,000 $.
In the end, a French bulldog breeder can’t put his previous efforts on risk and not to plan every step. It’s true that Blue French bulldog puppies are hard to breed, however, the result is simply thrilling.
This pattern is definitely one of the most beautiful in Frenchies. Blue Merle Frenchies looks so unusual and are very difficult to breed. In order to ‘create’ this rare colored Frenchie, a breeder needs to select a blue French bulldog and a merle Frenchie. Since merle is a dominant gene, there are 90 % to get a blue merle puppy litter. The M locus is the home of the merle allele. Merle is dominant, and so denoted by the capital letter M. Non-merle is recessive and denoted by m. The merle gene dilutes random sections of the coat to a lighter color (in this case, it’s blue color) and leaves patches of the original color remaining. The patches can be any size and shape and can be located anywhere on the dog. The edges of the patches may appear jagged and torn.
This type of blue French bulldogs has sort of dusky looking fur. They carry the same double recessive dilute genes as blue and pied ones, except that they also carry 2 genes for the fawn color. In blue fawn Frenchies, the parts of darker blues also carry a brindle gene and they are most visible on their ears, around the muzzle, around eyes, and on their back. Recent years, this rare French bulldog color has become one of the most popular among Frenchie owners.
Talking about the pied pattern in general, it is easy to achieve, however, it’s difficult to achieve it perfectly. When a pied Frenchie is bred with a completely blue Frenchie, there’s a high possibility to get a pied puppy. The pied pattern is recessive to that for a solid coat. A solid coat includes fawn, cream, and brindle. Blue Pied Frenchie puppies usually have light colored fur on chest, legs, and cheeks. Sometimes, the pied pattern may cover only one side of French bulldog’s face.
Blue Brindle Frenchie has a visible blue/grey coat with traces of brindle. Brindle striping appears on the puppies when they are usually 4 weeks old. Their eye color may vary from yellow, brown to blue and grey.