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French Bulldog Colors. The Standard and The Rare.

Standard Colors

  • Brindle
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Black
  • Any mix of all above + Pied

Exotic Colors

  • Blue
  • Merle
  • Lilac
  • Isabella
  • Chocolate
  • Blue Fawn
  • Furry
  • Any mix of all above + Tan

On a regular basis, I am bombarded with inquiries about French Bulldog colors. I searched the internet for an essay that covered all of the French Bulldog colors so that I could present it to my customers as an example, but nothing comprehensive came up. As a result, I thought it was time to make my own.

I’ll attempt to keep it as straightforward as possible while also answering some fundamental pricing inquiries. Keep in mind that costs differ depending on color, genetics, and breeding rights. Purchasing a specific dog with full AKC certification will cost you more than just getting it as a family pet.

Standard French Bulldog Colors and Patterns

What are the most common French Bulldog colors and patterns? Let us begin from the beginning…

The only original breed standard in 1897 was regarded as brindle. Following the 1911 standard revision, they accepted more standard colors and patterns such as fawn, cream, piebald, and so on. 

Even now, any deviation from the standard results in disqualification. Only conventional French Bulldog colors are permitted to compete in the ring.

Acceptable colors include any brindle, fawn, white, brindle, and white, and any color other than those listed as disqualifying. Except for solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black, any colors are permissible. Black signifies black with no hints of brindle.

AKC stands for American Kennel Club.

If you want to buy a standard colored French Bulldog as a pet from a trustworthy breeder, you should expect to pay between 2,500 and 3,000 dollars.

A standard color French Bulldog might still cost $5,000 – 6,000 dollars if purchased from a breeder with champion genes and exceptional quality French Bulldogs.

Brindle French Bulldog Pattern

One of the most prevalent French Bulldog patterns is brindle.

Brindle French Bulldog has a fawn foundation coat through which black hairs extend in bands to give a coat that can range from a tiger brindle with fawn hairs predominating to the more frequent dark brindles with black hairs predominating. With fawn hairs predominating, the light variant is sometimes known as a “reverse brindle,” and it is more common.

Piebald Pattern

The piebald is not a color but a pattern on French Bulldogs.

A pigeon has a pattern of pigmented dots on an unpigmented (white) background of hair.

The pied The French Bulldog is available in a variety of regular color options. Brindle pied, fawn pied, red fawn pied, and so on. Of course, pied can also come in unique color variations, but we’ll go into that more in-depth later.

Cream French Bulldog

What exactly is a cream French Bulldog? Many cream-colored French Bulldogs are confused for pale fawn French Bulldogs.

A genuine cream Frenchie will have a slightly off-white appearance throughout – a solid color. It’s a fawn coat recessive dilute.

They have black coloring, black eye rims, black noses, black lips, and black paw pads with no markings. The genuine cream DNA of the French Bulldog is not the same as that of a pale fawn.

Fawn French Bulldog Colors

The fawn The hues of French Bulldogs range from very pale, nearly cream-colored, to a rich red fawn. They can wear a mask, such as the one shown above, or they can go without one.

Fawn can also be mixed with an exotic hue to dilute the “black mask,” eyes, paw pads, and nose (Blue fawn, lilac fawn, chocolate fawn,..)

Black and Black Pied French Bulldog Colors

A non-standard color in the pricing range of normal colors, however, these beauties vary from the permissible coat colors, yet they are still reasonably priced.

A French Bulldog is called black if the coat color is solid and there are no traces of brindle, which is uncommon. Even if a puppy appears black, this is not always the case. The DNA of a true black French Bulldog is a/a.

A black or black pied French Bulldog will cost you between $3500 and $5,000.

Exotic French Bulldog Colors and Patterns

These are those that have not been authorized by the AKC and cannot compete in the ring. They are 100% French Bulldogs and can still be AKC registered, but they can’t compete because their coat color is an instant disqualifier.

Blue French Bulldog

A dilution gene results in the stunning blue (gray) French Bulldog hue: the dilution gene influences eumelanin (liver and black coats) and the red coat in some cases.

A black dog will turn blue if it has two copies of the d allele (dd). The coat color ranges from light gray to virtually black, but even in that scenario, the dog’s dd status may be determined by the color of his nose.

The blue French Bulldog hue is considered rare or exotic. A blue canine companion will cost you between $4000-6000 $.

All coat colors can be combined with a pattern (piebald, brindle, or merle) and a different color. The puppy in the photo above is a Blue Pied.

Lilac French Bulldog Colors

These uncommon lilacs are the consequence of their blue and chocolate DNA parents. The same dilution gene that turns a black dog blue (as previously described) causes a chocolate/liver dog to turn lilac.

The genotype bbdd will be found in a lilac French Bulldog dog (homozygous for liver, homozygous for dilution). Lilac dogs are typically very pale blue, almost silver in appearance, with light eyes and a pinkish tint on their nose.

Because of their distinct appearance, they command a higher price range of 5000-7000$.

Chocolate/ Liver

The dilution of the black color occurs on the B locus in the chocolate color instance. Because it is recessive, b is liver, and B is non-liver, and a dog must have the genotype bb to be liver.

The Merle Pattern

The merle gene causes uneven spots of color to appear in a solid or piebald coat, and it can also influence skin pigmentation. This pattern is highly debated in the French Bulldog community since it can result in serious health problems if two merles are bred together.

Merles should only be bred to dogs who have a solid coat color. The merle gene does not create any health problems.

Merle dogs typically have brilliant blue eyes or unusually shaped eyes (heterochromia iridium).

Heterochromia Iridium is an iris color variant. Merle French Bulldog colors are rare and therefore more expensive.

Platinum French Bulldog

A Platinum is an exquisite color that is covered in cream. Their coat color is cream, but the nose, eyes, lips, and paw pads show symptoms of dilution.

A standard cream French Bulldog will have a black snout, dark eyes, and black paw pads; however, the Platinum French Bulldog will have a diluted version of the same.

Fluffy French Bulldog

Okay, so Fluffy isn’t a color or a pattern, but it’s become such a significant part of the French Bulldog world that it has to be included on this list.

Fluffy, also known as the Furry French Bulldog, is a long-haired French Bulldog. Because of the unusual L – long hair gene, they are charming and resemble small teddy bears.

The L gene’s origins in the French bulldog breed are a source of much debate. Some say it’s a rare gene that manifested as a mutation, while others feel it’s a different canine breed that was mixed in to make the introduction.

Nonetheless, they are becoming increasingly popular among French bulldog fans.

A fluffy French Bulldog will cost you anywhere from $8 to $50,000. The price range is obviously broad, and what decides the price is the color as well as whether the dog is purchased as a pet simply or with breeding rights.

Because their hair is thicker and longer, fluffy French bulldogs tend to overheat faster than typical French bulldogs. If you live in a hot zone and humid climate, we do not recommend acquiring a fluffy French Bulldog.

All of the colors featured in this blog are available in Fluffy French Bulldogs. Everything from a Merle Fluffy French Bulldog to a blue fluffy French Bulldog is out there, and they’re taking over.

Isabella French Bulldog Coat Color

Allow us to introduce you to Isabella, a French Bulldog, a new shade of lilac also known as “genuine lilac” or “double lilac.”

The hue is a blend of blue and Chocolate, just like the standard lilac French Bulldog; however, the Chocolate is testable in this instance.

If you’re unfamiliar with coat color genetics, we won’t go into too much detail, but this is currently the rarest French Bulldog coat color.

And while it’s not widely recognized in the French Bulldog community, it’s undeniably distinctive, stunning, and at the top of any French Bulldog breeder’s want list.

An Isabella French Bulldog will set you back anything from $15,000 to $40,000 if you purchase the dog with breeding rights.

Blue Fawn French Bulldog

Fawn French Bulldogs or Blue fawn French Bulldogs with any other color dilution, such as lilac fawn French Bulldogs or chocolate fawn French Bulldogs, are fawn French Bulldogs with dilution marks on their masks, noses, ears, and paw pads.

They can be identified from the standard fawn Frenchie with a black mask by their lighter eye color and, as previously stated, the different mask color.

Blue fawn French Bulldog prices vary by the breeder; however, they can range between $4,000 and $10,000. Lilac fawn Frenchies may go much higher, depending on where you live and the quality of the genes. Learn more about Blue Fawn French Bulldogs by clicking here.

Combination of coat color and tan points

Another stunning and one-of-a-kind hue. The pricing range is extensive. A Black and Tan French Bulldog will cost around 7000$, while a Lilac and Tan or Merle and Tan one would cost between 9000 and 12000$.

Merle French Bulldog

What is a Merle French Bulldog?

A Merle French Bulldog gene causes irregular color spots in a solid or piebald coat, affecting skin pigmentation. This pattern is highly debated in the French Bulldog community since it can result in serious health problems if two merles French bulldogs are bred together. 

Only a dog with a solid coat color should be bred to a merle French Bulldog. The merle gene does not create any health problems. Merle dogs typically, but not always, have brilliant blue or odd-looking eyes (heterochromia iridium). 

Heterochromia Iridium is an iris color variant. Merle French Bulldog colors are rare and therefore more expensive.

Blue Merle French Bulldogs are one of the most popular merle hues right now. The light gray base of the blue merle Frenchie is accented with darker gray spots. Always bear this in mind this is the only French Bulldog gene capable of producing eyes that are always blue. They also frequently have brilliant blue eyes that remain that way permanently.

A Merle is your only option if you want a blue-eyed French Bulldog whose eyes will not change as it grows and matures. Bronson, our Blue Merle Pied Frenchie, is shown above. He’s entirely white with little blue merle patches and beautiful baby blues. 

Merle French Bulldogs aren’t inexpensive, especially if they’re responsibly bred and come from good genetics. More information on Merle French Bulldogs can be found here.

Purchasing a Merle French Bulldog is an investment that can range between $6,000 and $15,000. The final price is heavily influenced by coat color, breeder investment, and genetics.

Black and Tan French Bulldog

Tan and black The French Bulldog is a black Frenchie with tan tips. Tan points are markings that typically take the form of “eyebrows,” patches on the sides of the cheekbones, paws, and, on rare occasions, the tail.

Have you ever seen a real-life black and tan French Bulldog? Please let us know in the comments.

Blue and Tan French Bulldog

Tan and blue The French Bulldog is a blue dog with tan tips. The dog may have marks on those specific places on his body. The same criteria apply to tan points at all times.

Tan points, on the other hand, can be disguised and overpowered by other coat colors and patterns, rendering them unnoticeable. The outside will also be cream if a blue and tan French Bulldog is covered in cream.

On DNA, the dog is still a tan pointed dog and can produce tan pointed progeny or pass down the gene and produce a carrier puppy.

Lilac and Tan French Bulldog

Lilac and tan French Bulldogs were once quite unusual, but they began to gain popularity in 2018, and we now witness an increasing number of lilac and tan French bulldogs roaming the streets, particularly in New York City.

The previously stated Isabella the “genuine lilac” coat color is the next highly rare coat color, and the Isabella coat color is also available with a tan pointed combination, which is now extremely unusual. Only some exist in the United States, and breeders largely own them.

By 2023, the French Bulldog community will be familiar with this unique and attractive color combination – Isabella and tan French Bulldog.

For the time being, let’s shine a focus on the lilac and tan Frenchie.

Merle and Tan French Bulldog

Merle is not a colour but a pattern, so with the exception of cream and pied, any of the above-mentioned French Bulldog hues can be found with a Merle pattern combination.

Merle tan French bulldogs are lovely and still somewhat unusual. We may have several Merle tan French bulldogs arriving early next year, so if that is a color you like, please don’t hesitate to reach us, and we will put you on the waiting list.

If you seen a French Bulldog with a blue and tan Merle coat, a lilac and tan Merle French Bulldog, or a black and tan Merle French Bulldog like the one below? Tell us in the comments.

Do you have an unusually colored Merle French Bulldog, or are you curious about your Frenchie’s coat color? Message us on Instagram, and we’ll assist you in determining your dog’s color scheme. To contact us, please click here.

Chocolate & Tan French Bulldog

Despite the color being around for a while, Chocolate and tan French Bulldogs are still rather rare. Like any other color, Chocolate can be mixed with tan points = Chocolate and Tan French Bulldog.

Indi, our Chocolate and tan Frenchie is pictured above. She resides in Brooklyn and will be delighted to say hello if you happen to run across her while out walking.