Have you ever seen a Black
“Wait a minute,” you say, “what’s a Black
A Black Frenchie has a solid black coat. In some cases, they have a splash of white on their bellies or light-colored patches throughout. This type of
Reading that Black Frenchies are hard to find and hardly expensive made me go on a deep dive about them – and I picked up so much because of that.
Are you ready to learn about this rare type of Frenchie? Ready or not, here we go!
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What’s A Black
A Black Frenchie has a solid black coat. Sometimes, they have a few light-colored patches on their body. It’s one of the most affordable types of Frenchies.
What makes Black Frenchies so affordable? I wouldn’t know! This type of
As usual, the reason for their rarity lies in their genetic makeup, which I’ll explain in the second part of this article.
However, I stumbled upon a question over and over again that I want to clarify before moving forward – and it’s the one you’ll find below!
Are All French Bulldogs Black?
Most Frenchies are not Black but Brindle or Fawn. You’ll find French Bulldogs of all shapes, sizes, and colors out there, though.
Take a walk around your town to understand what I mean. I do advise that you resist the need to pet every Frenchie if you do – or at least ask for permission before doing so!
However, you may need quite a bit of luck if you want to meet a Black
You’ll soon find out there’s more than one type of Black Frenchie!
How Many Types Of Black French Bulldogs Are There?
There are several types of Black Frenchies. You can find the solid Black Frenchie and (what I like to call) the tuxedo-wearing
Here’s a brief list of some Black Frenchies you can find:
- Black. The classic Black Frenchie you often think about. It’s black from head to toe, including that tiny tail Frenchies have.
- Black & Tan: A Black & Tan Frenchie is a type of black
French Bulldogthat has inherited the tan points gene (AtAt). They have a solid jet-black coat with patches of tan on the face, chest, and legs.
- Tuxedo (also known as Black and White). A Frenchie with a black body and a white belly. It makes it look like they’re always wearing a tuxedo and ready to go to their first ballroom dance!
- Black Merle. It’s a Black Frenchie with merle markings around his body. The Merle pattern comes with a bit of a mystery.
However, you shouldn’t mistake one of those Frenchies for anything else!
People often confuse Black Frenchies with Brindles. Both you and I are Frenchie lovers, so we know that a Brindle has light-colored markings on his or her body – and a Black one has none whatsoever!
Does The AKC Recognize Black French Bulldogs?
The American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize Black French Bulldogs. This organization has strict guidelines regarding what they consider valid.
Does the AKC opinion matter? That depends! A Frenchie is a Frenchie in my books, no matter how they look. However, you may want to play by their rules if you want to participate in their dog shows.
At the same time, the AKC has a list of reputable breeders you can use when buying a French Bulldog – but only if you want a Frenchie that follows AKC’s regulations.
What Makes A Black Frenchie?
Two types of genes can make a Frenchie turn black, the K Locus Gene and the A Locus Gene. The former is the dominant black gene, while the latter is the recessive black gene. Does that sound confusing? Let’s break it down to understand it better.
Dominant Black Genes
|Genetic Makeup||Possible Result|
|One dominant K gene and one recessive K gene||Black Frenchie|
|Two dominant K genes||Black Frenchie|
|Two recessive K genes||Not Black Frenchie|
The Dominant K Gene is pretty straightforward. A
It’s like a game: the dominant K overrules the other possible K genes, making a Frenchie turn black. In that case, the coat color can also turn out different (e.g., blue, brown, or merle, among others) depending on the rest of the genetic makeup.
At the same time, a Black Frenchie may have no dominant K genes and still turn out black. That’s because of recessive black genes (not to be confused with recessive non-black genes, something you just read about above).
Recessive Black Genes
|Genetic Makeup||Possible Result|
|One recessive A gene||Not Black Frenchie (could have Black Frenchie offspring)|
|Two recessive A genes||Black Frenchie|
The recessive black genes work the opposite way. You need two recessive A Locus Genes to have a Black Frenchie. Some dogs may have one of these recessive genes, meaning their coat will be anything other than black (in that scenario, their coat color will depend on the rest of their genetic makeup).
What makes the recessive black genes so interesting? Let’s say you have two Fawn Frenchies who carry one recessive A Locus Gene each. They look anything but black (since they both are Fawn). There is a 25% chance, that these two Fawns will pass down one recessive A Locus Gene each to their puppies – meaning these puppies could be Black Frenchies!
That fact blew my mind! Think about it this way: Two Fawn Frenchies, which are AKC approved, can have a litter of Black Frenchies, which are not AKC approved! That is, as long both Fawns carry one recessive A Locus Gene each.
Any combination of French Bulldogs (carrying one recessive black gene each) can create a litter of Black Frenchies (i.e., it doesn’t have to be Fawns alone).
How Much Does A Black Frenchie Cost?
One thing about Black Frenchies that make my head spin is that they’re equal parts rare and affordable (and adorable too). In most cases, rarity makes a price tag go sky-high.
In this case, Black Frenchies are rare and cheap. At least, they’re cheap if you compare them to other Frenchies in our French Bulldog price chart:
- A Black
French Bulldogcosts up to $4,000
- A Chocolate
French Bulldogcosts up to twice as much at $8,000
- A Platinum
French Bulldogcosts up to more than thrice as much at $15,000
And I know what you’re thinking, “Are you telling me I can get countless kisses and cuddles for $4,000? Take my money right now!” I agree!
Do Black Frenchies Have Any Specific Issues?
Black French Bulldogs have no health issues linked to their coat color. They may suffer from ailments common to all Frenchies.
Something affects black dogs in certain parts of the world (though never in my house!). It’s called Black Dog Syndrome – and it’s heartbreaking to talk about.
Black Dog Syndrome (or BDS for short) refers to a trend in which people overlook dogs with dark-colored coats when adopting or purchasing a furry little fellow. In other words, Black Frenchies may be rare because people simply refuse to make them part of their family.
Some scientific studies confirm this phenomenon, while other studies conclude coat color has little to do with adoption patterns. In fact, black dogs spend less time before being adopted in places like the Pacific Northwest.
That apparent contradiction may have to do with the fact that BDS has strong roots in certain countries.
For example, black dogs may represent bad luck in China. Other places associate black animals with misfortune because of their link to witchcraft (black cats, for example). Dogs with dark-colored coats are often linked with aggressiveness, too.
What can you do to help fight against Black Dog Syndrome? Adopt a Black Frenchie! Or, at least, pet one when you see one. These goofballs are far from aggressive – and finding one means good fortune!
What You Should Know
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much is a Black French Bulldog?
The cost of a Black French Bulldog can fluctuate depending on multiple factors like the breeder, location, and pedigree. Generally, the price range for a Black French Bulldog is between $2,000 to $4,000.
Are Black Frenchies Rare?
Black French Bulldogs with full color are considered rare due to both their genetics and the fact that they are not as popular as other colored breeds.
What Color French Bulldog is expensive?
French Bulldogs are generally expensive, regardless of their color. However, if you’re wondering which color is the most costly, I would say that platinum, new shades, and fluffy varieties tend to be at the top of the price list.