French Bulldogs Colors
French Bulldogs come in a wide variety of coat colors and patterns. Below you can find extensive information about many of the most popular among these coat types. Some are considered standard, and some are considered rare, and this is reflected in the price you can expect to pay for a given puppy. Keep in mind also, although this list covers the main
categories of coat types, many combinations of these types can exist, and with careful breeding, new shades can even be produced.
Brindle is a pattern, usually featuring dark colors, such as a combination of different degrees/shades of brown and a “dusky tawny” color. At the same time, there are thin black colored stripes that give the coat a unique texture.
It’s almost like a tiger’s coat, which explains why Brindle is sometimes called the “tiger stripe.”
Furthermore, there are many variations (and names) of the Brindle, such as Seal Brindle (almost non-existent black brindle) and Tiger Brindle (very obvious brindle pattern). This Brindle color isn’t exclusive to French Bulldogs. They’re seen in other dog breeds, guinea pigs, cattle and sometimes horses.
The cream color of the French Bulldog is pretty self-explanatory. They have a solid coat with the signature eggshell color seen in the base of the pied Frenchie. Again, cream is not a color exclusive to French Bulldogs. For example, it’s much more common with a Golden Retriever. It’s worth noting that a Cream Frenchie can sometimes have a dark mask. However, they’ll still be just as beautiful. Some even owners prefer the mask because it adds a nice contrast.
This color is certainly popular, but they’re surprisingly rare because it’s not an easy coat color to breed for. For this reason, expect higher prices for Cream Frenchies.
Frenchies with a fawn color can come in a tan, or with a reddish-caramel. Others call it a “light brown.” The spectrum can range with a Fawn Frenchie, but typically it’s anywhere between the tan and red.
It’s certainly a common color, as seen in many other dog breeds like the Great Dane, Beagle, Bloodhound or the Boxer. Like with the cream variation, a Fawn Frenchie does not have any spots or patches. Instead, it’s a solid color throughout the coat with few exceptions. However, the only other color markings can be a subtle mask or markings in ther places around the head and ears. In addition, these markings tend to be darker than the coat color. Though they’re not as popular as the Brindle or Pied, the Fawn Frenchie is still a very attractive French Bulldog.
The Piebald or “Pied” pattern is another popular coloring for these mazing little dogs. A piebald Frenchie needs to have at least 50% coloring or patches of white and another color. In addition, the other color needs to be present on the dog’s head, neck and body.
We call this a “dappled” coat color, which means the dog has spots and patches on the coat. The word “pied” is used to refer to a specific dappled coat color. In this case, it means a white base color with patches of dark color. These patches and spots can range anywhere from dark gray to brown or black, depending on the dog.
The Blue Fawn Frenchie is truly a spectacular sight that few have the opportunity to ever witness. They’re unique, beautiful and a little exotic. The blue is the result of a recessive black dilution gene. Blue Fawn French Bulldogs have a double recessive dilute gene, as well as
two genes with the fawn coloring.
The “blue” color can vary quite a bit in Frenchies. For instance, some of these dogs come in a darker blue coat, which is generally caused by a copy of the brindle gene.
A blue fawn will usually have a dark shade of fawn as the base, with a blue hue most noticeable on the ears and back.
Like the Blue Fawn, the Blue Brindle French Bulldog has the same double recessive dilute genes. A copy of these genes are carried over – one from each parent.
The result is a gorgeous gray color base with a noticeable blue shade. But what really sets them apart from the Blue Fawn is the brindle pattern on top of the blue coat.
Most of the time these dogs will develop light-colored eyes as well. When put together with the unique coat, they’re simply stunning to look at.
Finding a Blue Brindle Frenchie is going to be difficult because they’re relatively rare. For this reason, expect to pay premium dollars if you plan to get your hands on one of these.
Chocolate colored Frenchies are similar to Blue Frenchies, in the sense that they are a base color for French Bulldogs. For example, Chocolate Frenchies also come in Chocolate Brindle and Chocolate Pied. However, these colors are arguably even more rare than the others on this list. It’s because, like the blue color, the chocolate color comes from two copies of a recessive gene. The means that one copy of the recessive gene must come from each parent, making it slightly more difficult to breed for.
And if you thought it couldn’t get more difficult or complicated, this recessive gene is a nontestable gene. In other words, there’s currently no available DNA test for identifying this gene. The only way to “know” if a French Bulldog has the chocolate color gene is simply by looking. If it looks like chocolate, it’s probably chocolate.
What we do know is that Chocolate Frenchies can range from a light milk chocolate color to a dark brown chocolate. In addition, their eyes also will vary greatly in colors – such as yellow, green, gold and more.
It’s not difficult to explain what this is – they’re literally solid black French Bulldogs without any other markings. You can expect the coat to be glossy and smooth without any brindling at all. They’re just solid black.
Despite being a non-standard color, Black Frenchies are fairly popular.
It’s a classic look, and you can’t really go wrong with a Black French Bulldog.
Isabella or a Lilac French bulldog has a noticeable lilac hue of the coat. It occurs due to the same dilution gene that causes a blue hue of hair. It has a pale greyish-brown color. This type of color occurs spontaneously when a dog is a carrier of a recessive gene.
When a Lilac French bulldog is born, its coat may resemble a coat of a blue Frenchie. As it matures, its coat gets a lighter coloration and a visible Lilac hue. The eyes in a Lilac French bulldog are usually blue, light grey or amber. Their noses are usually pale pink or a greyish-brown and have visible pale pink markings around the eyes and mouth.
This type of dog requires a special way of breeding in order to avoid potential health issues. That’s why these Rare-colored Frenchies are expensive.
Merle is another very rare coat variety. Merle Frenchies have hundreds of markings on their coats and can come in the form of tiger stripes, spots, or patches. These come in different colors and patterns and are determined by heredity and genetics. Health issues can occur when two merle dogs are bred, therefore breeders usually mate a merle parent with a solid coat parent.
While Merle French Bulldogs can be quite exotic and strikingly beautiful, this kind of breeding can come with a number of serious problems from skeletal defects to blindness to deafness to increased fetal mortality. This is why it is extremely important to choose a reputable Frenchie breeder.