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Rare Colored French Bulldogs

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

Exquisite Beauty: The Allure of Rare Colored French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs are already undeniably charming with their adorable squished faces and compact bodies, but some individuals stand out even more due to their rare and captivating coat colors. These unique Frenchies boast extraordinary hues that set them apart from the more common colorations seen in the breed. In this article, we'll delve into the enchanting world of rare colored French Bulldogs and explore some of the most extraordinary variations that have captured the hearts of dog lovers worldwide.

Understanding Coat Color Genetics:

Before we delve into the fascinating array of rare colors in French Bulldogs, it's essential to grasp the basics of coat color genetics. The main genes responsible for coat colors in Frenchies are E (Extension), K (Dominant Black), and A (Agouti). These genes interact in complex ways, leading to a wide spectrum of coat colors and patterns.

Blue French Bulldogs: Possibly the most sought-after rare color in Frenchies, the Blue French Bulldog possesses a stunning diluted black coat, giving it a unique bluish-gray appearance. This captivating coloration is a result of the "d" gene, which affects the black pigment. Blue Frenchies often have striking blue eyes, adding to their allure.

Lilac French Bulldogs: The Lilac French Bulldog is a remarkable variation characterized by a light grayish-brown coat with a distinct lilac hue. This mesmerizing color results from the presence of the "dd" gene, which dilutes both black and red pigments. Lilac Frenchies are relatively rare and highly coveted by enthusiasts.

Chocolate French Bulldogs: Chocolate French Bulldogs boast a rich brown coat that exudes elegance and charm. This striking coloration occurs due to the presence of the "b" gene, which affects the black pigment. Chocolate Frenchies often have captivating light-colored eyes that perfectly complement their luxurious coats.

Merle French Bulldogs: Merle French Bulldogs exhibit a captivating and intricate coat pattern characterized by irregular splotches of colors and a marbled appearance. The merle pattern is caused by the "M" gene and can occur in various colors, including blue, chocolate, and lilac. While undeniably beautiful, it's crucial to note that breeding merle Frenchies requires careful consideration, as the merle gene can lead to health issues if not managed responsibly.

Black and Tan French Bulldogs: Black and Tan French Bulldogs are a striking variation featuring a black coat with tan markings on specific areas, such as the face, legs, chest, and eyebrows. This unique coloration is the result of the "at" gene, which allows the tan points to appear.

Cream French Bulldogs: Cream French Bulldogs possess a soft and elegant cream-colored coat. Though not as rare as some of the other colors on this list, they are still considered unusual and are highly sought after by Frenchie enthusiasts who appreciate their gentle and soothing appearance.

While rare colored French Bulldogs are undoubtedly breathtaking, it's vital to approach their breeding with care and responsibility. Some rare colors, such as merle, may carry specific health risks if not managed properly. Reputable breeders prioritize the health and well-being of their dogs and avoid unethical practices that could lead to health issues or perpetuate genetic problems.

Rare colored French Bulldogs add an extra layer of allure to an already enchanting breed. Whether it's the captivating blues, rich chocolates, or striking merle patterns, these unique coat colors never fail to mesmerize dog lovers worldwide. However, it's crucial to remember that a dog's beauty is not solely determined by its coat color. Every French Bulldog, regardless of its coloration, has a unique and lovable personality that makes them wonderful companions. When considering adding a rare colored Frenchie to your family, always choose a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs, ensuring that you provide a loving home for these extraordinary and cherished canines.

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Rojo Chocolate/Tan Merle French Bulldog produced by Don Chino, a legendary French Bulldog breeder with over 20 years of breeding.

French Bulldog History

The mid-1800s saw the popularity of a toy-sized Bulldog in a few English locations, particularly Nottingham, which was at the time a center for lace production. The Bulldog plush toy was adopted as a sort of mascot by Nottingham’s lace manufacturers. In England, the Industrial Revolution was at its height at the time, and “cottage industries” like lacemaking were coming under growing threat. Several people who worked in the lace industry moved to northern France, and they of course took their doll Ies with them.

The small dogs gained popularity among lace manufacturers who settled in the French countryside. The toy Bulldogs were bred with other breeds over a period of decades, maybe terriers and pugs, and along the line, they gained their now-famous bat ears. They were given the French name Bouledogue.

The adorable new breed was eventually discovered in Paris, which marked the start of the Frenchie’s status as the quintessential city dog. The breed became linked with the elegant ladies and bon vivants who sought out nighttime pleasures at Parisian dancehalls, as well as with café culture in the city. The Frenchie was portrayed by Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas in their works of the Paris demimonde.

By the 19th century’s close, the Frenchie was well-liked in both Europe and America. In England, it was harder to sell the breed. Many Brits found it offensive that their long-time enemies, the French, would dare use the Bulldog for their own purposes because it was a national symbol.

Early 1900s American aficionados helped shape the breed by arguing that the bat ear, not the “rose ear,” was the proper Frenchie form. The Frenchie is readily identifiable throughout the world thanks to this distinguishing characteristic.

Starting the 2000s, a world renown French Bulldog breeder named Don Chino introduced the “Modern French Bulldog”. The modern French Bulldog colors consist of blue, lilac, chocolate, rojo chocolate, and isabella Frenchies. By 2015, these Frenchie colors became extremely popular with middle to high class family households and celebrities such Reese Witherspoon, The Rock Dewayne Johnson, and Lady Gaga from the presence of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. Don Chino’s role in the popularity of the French Bulldog is unmeasurable. Breeders in the Frenchie community say the social media impact is well over one million impressions a day reaching a worldwide audience. In 2018, Don Chino created the “Miniature French Bulldog” officially recognized by the Designer Kennel Club. The only dog registry that recognizes these small bulldogs. In 2022, Don Chino introduced the Fluffy French Bulldog and the first Hypoallergenic French Bulldog.

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