Every Frenchie is unique in its own way, and unique is the perfect way to describe each Brindle
I know a lot about them because Manny, my first Frenchie (who I thought was black), turned out to be a beautiful Brindle – but what’s a Brindle
Brindles come in many shapes: you’ll find the classic type, reverse ones, and some even have tiger-striped patterns! I’ll tell you all about it below.
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What’s A Brindle
The brindle pattern (you can also call them markings) is usually light-colored, often fawn. The shape, however, is irregular – and you’ll have a hard time finding two Brindles with similar markings because of that!
Some Frenchies have clear stripes, others have small pecks of light-colored hair here and there, while a handful of them have such a tiny brindle part you may not get to see it at first glance.
You could say there are many ways to be a Brindle!
How Many Types Of Brindle Frenchies Are There?
There isn’t a set number of Brindle variations. You can check the ones accepted by the American Kennel Club, but there’s a universe of Brindles outside of that!
Here’s a brief list of Brindles.
- Brindle. The classic Brindle variation. It’s a Black Frenchie with light-haired markings on their body.
- Blue Brindle. A rarer Brindle Frenchie. It’s a Blue French Bulldog featuring the brindle pattern on their body. I once heard Blue Brindles are easier to find than Blue ones!
- Tiger Brindle. A Frenchie with a dark coat and brindle markings that look like tiger stripes. Don’t worry. He won’t bite! Okay, maybe he will, just a little.
- Reverse Brindle. This Frenchie turns the tables and comes with a white or creamy coat color and dark-haired markings.
Are those all the possible Brindle variations? Not at all! I would have to write a never-ending list of French Bulldogs to cover them all. The ones listed above are the most common or sought-after.
Why Are There So Many Brindle Variations?
All Brindle Frenchies have a unique look, but they all share something in common on the K Locus Gene. A
French Bulldogs only need one K Brindle (Kbr) gene to look the way they are. They can have two K Brindle genes (KbrKbr) or a K Brindle and a K Non-solid Black (KbrKy) gene to sport those beautiful brindle patterns.
However, if they have one dominant K gene (Kb) and one K Brindle (Kbr) gene, they will be another color instead of a Brindle as their primary color will cover their marking.
At the same time, the A-Locus Gene plays a part. Two recessive A-Locus Genes (called recessive black genes) can overrun the K Brindle gene, making a Black Frenchie as well. Other A genes will give you different Brindle variations.
Does that sound confusing? Here’s a table to understand what’s going on.
|Genetic Makeup||Possible Result|
|One K Brindle gene and one dominant K gene (KbrKb)||Possibly Black, Blue, Isabella, or Liver Frenchie but not Brindle|
|Brindle genes and two recessive A genes (KbrKbraa or KbrKyaa)||Black, Brindle Blue, Isabella, or Liver Frenchie|
|Brindle genes and two A fawn/sable genes (KbrKbrAyAy or KbrKyAyAy)||Brindle Frenchie|
|Brindle genes and two A tan point genes (KbrKbrAtAt or KbrKyAtAt)||Possibly Black, Blue, Isabella, or Liver Frenchie with brindle spots in the tan points|
|Brindle genes and two A wild sable genes (KbrKbrAwAw or KbrKyAwAw)||Brindle Frenchie|
As you can see, genetics is not straightforward, so the K Locus Gene will manifest in different ways, depending on the other genes a Frenchie has.
At the same time, even if two Brindles have the same genetic makeup, the markings would manifest differently. In other words, the same genes give you the same colors – but may create different marking patterns.
That’s what makes Brindle French Bulldogs so interesting. Sure, they aren’t the rarest Frenchies around, but they have so many variations you could think about it like this: Brindles are like snowflakes since each one is unique in its own way.
Alright, they’re more like snowflakes with fur who beg for treats. That makes them even cuter!
Can Black French Bulldogs Turn Brindle?
French Bulldogs can’t turn Brindle. However, most Frenchies don’t show their brindle markings early on. I know because that happened to Manny, the first Frenchie I adopted!
Manny appeared to be a Black French Bulldog when he was a puppy – but as time went on, I noticed a few light hairs on his back.
Long story short, what I thought was a beautiful Black Frenchie is a gorgeous Brindle Frenchie (who now has more noticeable light-colored hairs on his body).
You should know there’s something called “cryptic brindles,” too. It’s when a
Are Brindle Frenchies Rare?
Brindle French Bulldogs are not rare. In fact, they’re one of the most common types of Frenchies. That often reflects in their price, making them a more affordable option for would-be owners.
Some Frenchies are harder to find than others! A Fluffy Frenchie (which I haven’t seen on the streets yet – and I’m jealous if you have) is one of the rarest French Bulldogs there are. In contrast, a Brindle is a tiny bit rarer than a Black or Blue Frenchie.
Are Brindle French Bulldogs Expensive?
Brindle Frenchies are not expensive at all! These dogs with pretty patterns can cost up to $5,000, though you may be lucky enough to find one for $3,000.
The price difference is based on the
You may be thinking, “$5,000? That doesn’t sound affordable at all!” Look, I understand – but let’s take a look at our price chart first.
French Bulldog. $2,000 to $4,000
French Bulldog: $3,000 to $5,000
- Lilac French Bulldog: $5,000 to $10,000
French Bulldog: $10,000 to $15,000
$5,000 may sound like a steep price – until you learn about how much other Frenchies cost.
Should I also mention you get countless kisses and cuddles when you get a
What You Need To Know
Brindle French Bulldogs have a dark coat color which contrasts with their light-colored markings. In rare cases, they have a light coat color contrasting with dark-colored markings. Brindles are all unique, pretty, and playful, no matter how they look! Remember, some markings take a little to show, so your Black Frenchie puppy may turn out to be a Brindle after all.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Brindle French Bulldog?
A Brindle French Bulldog is a Frenchie that has a solid coat color covered with a beautiful brindle pattern. The brindle pattern is usually light-colored, often fawn, and the shape is irregular.
How Much is a Brindle French Bulldog?
The price of a Brindle French Bulldog can vary depending on the breeder, location, and other factors. A reputable breeder may charge anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 for a standard Brindle French Bulldog puppy but this price can go up for more exotic pattern such as Blue Brindle.
What is a Reverse Brindle French Bulldog?
A reverse Brindle French Bulldog is a variation of the brindle coat pattern, where the black stripes are more prominent than the lighter base coat.
Is Brindle Rare in French Bulldog?
Brindle French Bulldogs are not rare. They are one of the most common types of Frenchies.
How Rare is a Blue Brindle French bulldog?
Blue brindle French Bulldogs are considered to be rare, as they have a coat pattern that combines blue and brindle colors. Blue Brindle Frenchies have a blue grayish color coat along with a light brindle pattern.