The Blue French Bulldog or the blue Frenchie is one of the most popular Frenchies in the world. The chances (if you live in a big city) of you meeting a blue Frenchie is very high.
Frenchies are amongst the best dogs to buy especially if you live in an apartment. They are popularly regarded as “apartment dogs” and we most definitely agree with that. This is due to their small size and how adorable they are. You would even be shocked to hear there are miniature French bulldogs or teacup French bulldogs. You can read up about them here.
The Blue colored Frenchie is very controversial. Yes, you might see people with these breeds but they are not accepted by many associations just like the mini Frenchie. This is one of the few reasons why they are rare. According to the breed standard by the French Bulldog Club of America, a Frenchie is disqualified if he/she has a “trace of blue or green”.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is also strongly against the breeding of Blue French bulldogs. Anyone breeding them is seen as being motivated by money rather than ethics.
You might be wondering why they are not accepted by most breeding associations and the reason is that the blue-coated color is a result of a recessive dilution gene which is a recessive gene. In the next section of this article, we explain a little about the dilution gene.
What is the Dilution Gene?
The dilution gene is a set of genes found in a living creature that come together to create a lighter coat color. In dogs, the diluted gene occurs on the “D” locus, and for the dog to be dilute; its genotype must be “DD”. The gene known for causing this dilution in dogs is known as Melanophilin (MLPH).
Also, French bulldogs that suffer from the dilution gene can also have what is known as Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA). This genetic condition is a result of the faulty version of the dilution gene they already have.
The Blue Frenchie Origin
Just like other French Bulldogs, the Blue French Bulldog have their origins in cross-breeding between English bulldogs from England and local ratters from France.
Blue French Appearance
This Frenchie is different from the standard French bulldog although it is important to note that there are also similarities. The blue Frenchie is usually weighing under 28 pounds and is 11 -12 inches in height. One major feature that stands them out is their bat-like ears which are not accepted by the breed standard. They have a very smooth coat and a short muzzle. Just like the regular Frenchie, their tails are not docked but short & stumpy.
What makes it recognizable immediately apart from the other features mentioned above is the blue color. Usually, the blue color is accompanied by white markings, particularly on the chest. They do have wrinkles on their faces/necks and these wrinkles can easily trap bacteria if they are not properly groomed.
Blue French bulldog Temperament and Personality
They are very clingy and not giving them the attention they do crave can lead to separation anxiety. Blue Frenchies are active and they rarely bark. Trust me, even if you do not give them your attention consciously, they will find a way to get it. Some Frenchies (blue) are vocal about their needs and wants. It is possible to play popular dog games such as “fetch” with them as they are playful dogs. If you have other dogs, you should give your French bulldog (Blue) extra attention due to the fact that he/she can get sick very easily.
Blue Frenchie Facts You Should Know
These are some facts that you might find interesting.
They are a very lazy breed and they do almost nothing throughout the day except relax. It could be by napping or just “chilling out” on their owner’s laps. Sounds cute!
As you know already, they have just one single coat and this can make them cold in certain conditions or weather.
This is one of the qualities that you would find with all French Bulldogs. They are attention seekers and you need to give them the attention they are seeking.
They can’t swim. It is all Frenchies that can’t swim.
Expensive and Rare
As you know, they are not easy to find due to the coloring of their fur. This makes their prices double or even triple in some cases when compared to the regular French bulldog. If you ever find one, do cherish him/her because not everyone can get their hands on one of them.
They are allergic and fall ill very easily. If you own one, you might find yourself going to the vet regularly. I will encourage you to arrange a monthly check-up on your pet with the vet doctor.
It would interest you to know that your blue Frenchie is unable to give birth naturally and would need a C- Section in order to give birth.
Common Blue French Bulldog Health Issues
Some of these issues are not just peculiar to blue Frenchies but regular Frenchies and some aren’t.
- Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome due to their short muzzle.
- Wrinkled, scaly, and dry skin
- Hair Loss
- Severe allergies
- Ear Infections
- Skinfold Dermatitis
Note that it isn’t all Frenchies (blue) that would face some of these issues.
Blue French bulldog Shedding
They have a very short and smooth coat. This makes shedding almost impossible (they still do but less than a regular dog). You can expect them to shed just twice a year since they moderately shed as seasons change.
How much do blue French bulldogs cost?
The starting price in the United States is usually $2,000 -$3,000.
Are blue French bulldogs rare?
Yes, they are.
Are blue French bulldogs OK?
Yes, they are if you can take one in without minding the health risks.
Why are blue Frenchies so expensive?
They are very expensive because of these factors:
- The process of breeding.
- They are rare to come by.
I believe this dog breed was made to be a companion and nothing more so don’t try to take your pet out for unnecessary walks. Remember, they are “low energy breeds”. I have seen several Blue French bulldog owners that love their pets and they are all healthy. There are also a few cases whereby the life of the Blue Frenchie ended unexpectedly because of the owner’s negligence. In my win opinion, if you really love them you should get them as far as you are sure you would be able to take care of them.