Lets examine the many colors in French Bulldogs
Standard and Exotic
French Bulldogs are among the most popular breeds in the world. Currently the American Kennel Club ranks them at number 4 in their long list of most desirable. These dogs make their point communicating with expressive eyes, energetic attitude and possibly the "Frenchie Talk"
WHAT ARE THE COMMON RECOGNIZED COLORS FOR FRENCH BULLDOGS?
Frenchies are one of the few breeds that come in a bewildering variety of colors.
Standard Colors for French Bulldogs are:
White, White & Brindle, and White & Fawn.
They are also are found in Cream & White and Fawn Brindle & White.
Most Frenchies are Brindle. This is a dark colored coat mixed with lighter color strands of hair and the most frequently found color in the Frenchie. Fawn is a lighter tan colored coat that can range from very light to a dark reddish tan. These French Bulldogs often have a darker face mask and ears with some brindle streaks thrown in for variety. The third most common color in this breed is white. White French Bulldogs have a very porcelain white coat and most of the time come with a darker mask.
WHAT ARE THE EXOTIC (RARE) COLORS FOR FRENCH BULLDOGS?
Blue coats in French Bulldogs - blue , blue pied , blue fawn , blue brindle etc.
Frenchies with tan points - black and tan , blue and tan , lilac and tan , chocolate and tan etc.
Trindles - French Bulldogs which have brindle in their tan points.
Solid black French Bulldogs - with no trace of brindle is also quite rare.(May have white on Chest)
Merle coat in French Bulldogs - merle , fawn merle , blue merle , choco merle, etc.
Chocolate Coat- chocolate , choco pied , choco fawn etc.
Sable- A sable Frenchie usually looks like a fawn Frenchie with darker black hairs covering throughout the coat.
Isabella (some call Lilac) color in French bulldogs is in my opinion the rarest of the rare. They come from dilution of the recessive gene. A Frenchie puppy can be born with a blue coat and mature to a more of a pale greyish brown or golden coat.
For a puppy to acquire this rare coat color he or she needs to have the genotype dd.
DNA of an Isabella Frenchie puppy will be dd(blue)bb(choc) which means that he or she will have two copies of each chocolate and blue gene. The Isabella Frenchie is the only lilac that is testable for the chocolate gene.
All of these rare colors have gotten popular in recent years and due to the rarity of these colors people pay higher prices for them. People often ask why French Bulldogs are so expensive.....
Why are they so much more expensive than other popular breeds? Most Frenchies can't have live babies the normal way. They have narrow hips that aren't designed for natural birth.
The high price tag reflects the expense of artificial insemination and c-sections to deliver the puppies. That comes with a hefty price tag between $1,000 and $3,000 per birth. They also require constant attention and care when they are born. They require many health and genetic exams.
Here are some general figures to help you understand why French Bulldog puppies are expensive:
Progesterone test $50-$100 (usually 2 tests needed).
Vitamin supplements - $100.
Shipping semen - $100 - $300.
Male stud fee - $1,000 - $7,000.
Breeding insemination - $100 - $300.
Ultrasound or X-ray - $100 - $300.
C-section - $750 - $2,500.
Puppy food - $100 - $300.
Full vaccinations entire litter - $300 - $900.
Microchip entire litter- $200 - $500.
DNA/Genetic testing - $700 - $1,000.
Supplies misc - $200 - $500.
The Frenchie is sweet and charming. It's no wonder so many people love their little Frenchie. These dogs are compact, muscular, lovable, and oh so smart. They are just right for apartment life and smaller homes with diminutive yards.
Rare colors in French Bulldogs are perhaps the most exciting development in this already delightful breed.