When I first learned about Blue French Bulldogs, I couldn’t wait to see one in person as, in my mind, they looked like this picture above!
Well, the reality is completely different!
After days of researching and speaking with breeders, owners, and DNA labs, I uncovered all the secrets of these unique pups.
As a potential pet owner, you may have questions about what makes the blue Frenchie so unique and what to expect from this delightful breed.
In this article, we will explore the characteristics that make the blue
So, get ready to fall in love with these adorable and unique blue dogs!
- Blue French bulldogs are a unique and sought-after variation of the
French bulldogbreed known for their striking coat colors.
- Genetics play a significant role in the appearance of blue Frenchies, including variations like blue fawn, blue brindle, and blue merle.
- A Blue
French Bulldogfrom a reputable breeder will cost you anywhere from 4000$ to 8000$.
- Prospective blue
French bulldogowners should know about potential health issues and seek reputable breeders to ensure a happy and healthy pet.
Table of Contents
What is a Blue
Have you ever come across a
Physical Appearance, Size, and Temperament
Similar in size to the standard
When it comes to their temperament, you’ll find that blue Frenchies are as delightful as their standard counterparts. They’re known for their friendly, affectionate, and playful nature, making them perfect for families and individuals alike.
With their small size and social disposition, they tend to fit well in various living situations, whether you’re in a cozy apartment or a house with a yard.
What Makes Blue
French Bulldog Blue?
Have you ever wondered what causes the stunning blue coat of a Blue Frenchie? It’s actually due to a genetic mutation! Let’s dive into the science behind their unique color.
First, we need to understand the difference between dominant and recessive genes. Dominant genes are those that “overpower” their counterpart, while recessive genes need two copies to express their traits. In the case of Blue Frenchies, their blue coat color results from a recessive gene called the melanophilin gene (MLPH) and is sometimes called the Dilute Gene or D-Locus. It is responsible for the dilution of the dog’s color.
So in case you see a DNA Color Report, you will see “D” representing the Full-Colour gene and “d” representing the mutation which we call the dilute gene.
Now, let’s look at the possible combinations of the gene and the associated result:
- Two copies of the dilute gene d/d resulting in the blue color.
- The combination of the blue gene and the full-color gene d/D results in a non-Blue Frenchie; however, they will be carriers of the dilute gene.
- Two copies of the full-color gene D/D resulting in a non-Blue Frenchie not carrying the blue gene.
Just like in a friendly game of cards, genetics involves a bit of luck! The interesting combinations come into play when breeding French Bulldogs.
Remember, though, that having a blue coat doesn’t guarantee that all offspring will be blue, as the parents’ genetic makeup determines the pups’ colors.
In this case both parents need to pass down the MLPH gene to their offspring as shown in this little infographic.
What are the different Blue
French Bulldog Variations?
Did you know that blue Frenchies come in an exciting assortment of coat patterns and markings? Let’s dive into the distinctive variations that make these adorable dogs unique.
A rare find, these Frenchies sport a uniform striking blue coat with no other colors or markings. Their eyes are usually light blue, making them even more captivating!
Blue & White
With a predominantly blue coat, these dogs have white markings on the chest, paws, or face. The contrast between the blue and white gives them a distinctive look.
Just like a zebra, these dogs have striking stripes that stand out from their blue base coat. The blend of darker and lighter blue hues creates a mesmerizing effect.
This variation is a fascinating mix with a fawn-colored base with blue freckling or shading throughout. The blend creates a subtle blue hue that sets them apart.
Imagine a blue Frenchie with patches of white, giving them a fun, polka-dotted appearance! That’s precisely what you’ll see with blue-pied French bulldogs. These pups may have various percentages of blue and white in their coats.
One of the rarest and most eye-catching blue
Blue & Tan
Sporting a blue base coat, these Frenchies also have tan “points” or markings above the eyes, cheeks, chest, and/or legs.
A blue base coat with black stripes and tan markings. It’s like a little blue tiger!
A blue sable Frenchie looks like they’ve been dusted with blue-gray color. These canines have some blue hues and a fawn or tan base coat, making an interesting combination.
Now that you’re familiar with the different blue
What are the Specific Health Problems Linked to the Blue Frenchie?
Color Dilution Alopecia
One major health issue frequently associated with the blue gene is color dilution alopecia.
- This skin condition, which remains relatively uncommon results from a genetic mutation, often causing hair loss, dry or scaly skin, and secondary bacterial infections.
- Symptoms of color dilution alopecia can range from mild to severe and typically appear between 6 months and 2 years of age.
- A veterinarian can diagnose the condition through skin biopsies or hair samples.
- While there is no cure for color dilution alopecia, you can help manage symptoms by regularly bathing your dog with medicated shampoos, providing a healthy diet, and avoiding excessive sun exposure.
Lastly, It’s important to distinguish between seasonal flank alopecia, which shares the same symptoms as the CDA; however, the hair will grow back in the case of seasonal alopecia.
The prevalence of color disruption alopecia is unknown but seems relatively rare from what I could gather from the different owner groups I have come across online.
Fun Fact 1: Most, if not all, studies that were done on this disease are not including French Bulldogs in their sample, as Blue is not recognized as an official color for French Bulldogs.
Fun Fact 2: This disease is mainly linked with the Doberman, which has a prevalence of 90% among the Blue Doberman population.
Fun Fact 3: Blue is a recognized color for Dobernam.
Ok, enough fun facts, and you might wonder where I am going with all this.
Well, all of this makes me wonder if this is the reason why Blue is not accepted as an official color by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Are we afraid to reproduce what happened with the Doberman? Maybe? Probably?
Honestly, I don’t know, and I’ll dig deeper as this is interesting.
Hopefully, according to this latest study, we are now able to detect genetically what is causing the color dilution of alopecia in dogs. Once DNA Labs integrate this in their screening, this will allow reputable breeders to breed out this genetic disease and, who knows, get the blue Frenchies into the officially recognized color of AKC.
Other Health Concerns
Other than color dilution alopecia, blue Frenchies may face a variety of health problems, including:
- Breathing problems due to their flat faces and short airways
- Eye problems like cataracts and cherry eyes
- Joint problems such as hip dysplasia
- Skinfold dermatitis due to excessive skin folds
- Allergies, which can make skin conditions worse
- Mobility issues such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
To give your blue
- Schedule regular check-ups with a trusted veterinarian
- Provide a balanced diet and monitor your dog’s weight closely
- Ensure proper dental care to prevent gum disease and tooth decay
- Maintain a consistent grooming routine, paying special attention to their skin and coat
- Keep up-to-date with vaccinations and parasite control measures
According to Good Dog, health testing can significantly decrease the likelihood of many conditions occurring in these furballs.
How much is a Blue
So, you’re wondering how much a blue
A key factor that affects the price of a blue
Now, let’s talk numbers. Based on various sources, a blue
I have put up a little price chart so you can have an idea of the price of the different shades of a blue
But wait, there’s more! Owning a
- Spaying or neutering
- Veterinary care
While a blue
So, if you’re considering adding a blue
Trust me, your heart (and Instagram feed) will thank you.
Where to Buy Blue
French Bulldog Puppies
Breeders: You can opt for buying Blue
- Ask trusted sources like veterinarians, dog trainers, or other
French bulldogowners for referrals.
- Pay a visit to the breeder’s facility to meet the parents and the litter.
- Request proof of health tests and certifications for the parents and the puppy.
- Ensure there is a written contract and a health guarantee for the puppy.
- Be cautious of online scams or deals that sound too good to be true, since they may involve unhealthy pups from puppy mills or backyard breeders.
Rescues: Alternatively, you may consider adopting a blue
- Search for reputable rescue organizations.
- Be ready to complete an application and attend an interview.
- Be open to accepting the puppy that is available and compatible with your home.
Pet Stores: Finally, buying a puppy from a pet store is not recommended due to potential health and behavioral issues, as well as ethical and legal concerns. Pet stores often source their puppies from inhumane places like puppy mills and backyard breeders, which disregard the dogs’ well-being. Buying a puppy from a pet store lacks any guarantees regarding quality, health, or origin.
As you can see, you have several options when looking for Blue
What to do next?
Blue French Bulldogs are unique and adorable pups with striking blue coats that make them stand out.
If you are considering adding one of these adorable little pups to your family, you should now be well-equipped to know which variation you prefer and how much you will be expected to pay.
But remember to do your due diligence on your chosen breeders.
If you are still trying to decide which color to get, you can check our guide on French Bulldog colors, which should help you decide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Blue French Bulldogs considered rare?
Blue French bulldogs are considered quite rare, primarily because of the genetics involved in creating their distinct blue coat color. Since the gene responsible is recessive, both parents must carry it to produce a blue color pup, making them less common in comparison to other French bulldog colors.
What is the Price of a Blue French Bulldog?
A Blue French Bulldog from a reputable breeder will cost anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000, with the average price of a well-bred Frenchie being around $5,000.
Are blue Frenchies purebred?
Yes, blue Frenchies are indeed purebred. Their unique blue color comes from a rare gene inherited from both parents, which produces a diluted black coat color. So, even though their coat color may differ, they still possess the same characteristics and traits as a typical French bulldog.
Is AKC registration possible for Blue French Bulldogs?
Currently, the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the blue coat color as a standard for French bulldogs. However, you can still register your blue French bulldog, but it will be noted as a non-standard color, which disqualifies them from participating in any AKC conformation shows.
Do Blue French Bulldogs shed frequently?
Blue French bulldogs, like other Frenchies, are average to low shedders. Their short, smooth coat requires minimal grooming and shedding tends to be manageable. To keep your blue Frenchie’s coat healthy and reduce shedding, regular brushing and occasional baths are recommended
What are the different variations of Blue French Bulldogs?
The different variations of Blue French Bulldogs include solid blue, blue brindle, blue fawn, blue pied, blue merle, blue & tan, blue trindle, and blue sable.
Are blue French bulldogs hypoallergenic?
Although no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic, blue French bulldogs are considered to be fairly hypoallergenic due to their short fur and low shedding habits. However, it’s important to remember that individual allergies can vary, so spending time with a blue Frenchie before committing is a wise decision if you’re concerned about allergies.
Are blue Frenchies aggressive?
Blue Frenchies, like all Frenchies, are generally known for their friendly, affectionate, and easygoing nature. They typically get along well with people, children, and other animals. However, as with any dog, proper socialization and training from a young age are essential to prevent any potential aggression or behavioral issues.
What specific health issues can a Blue French Bulldog have?
Blue French Bulldogs are prone to color-dilution alopecia (CDA), a relatively uncommon hereditary skin disease. CDA causes patchy hair loss on the back and can progress to widespread hair loss on any light-colored hair.
What’s the expected lifespan for a Blue French Bulldog?
The expected lifespan of a Blue French Bulldog is the same as other Frenchies, ranging between 10 to 12 years on average. Proper care, nutrition, and regular visits to the veterinarian can help extend your Frenchie’s lifespan.