The Different Types of French Bulldog Breeds

How Many Types of French Bulldog Breeds Are There?

There are 14 different French Bulldog breeds, each with their unique character and personality traits.
Here is the complete list of the different types of French Bulldog you can find…

Fawn French Bulldog

The fawn Frenchie is one of symmetry and beauty. Classic fawn coloring varies from cream to nearly yellow. There may also be a reddish cast in some cases. Generally, the fawn-colored Frenchie is accompanied by a black mask, but not always.

Brindle French Bulldog

Brindle is a traditional French Bulldog color. The pattern exists with a dark coat of hair mixed with light strands. It is among the most popular Bulldog colors of all. Many Bull and Mastiff breeds can display this coat. It is caused by the Agouti gene, which controls black pigment distribution.

Tiger Brindle French Bulldog

This is a variation of the natural brindle markings you see on Frenchies. However, the tiger brindle pattern shows much more defined stripes. Regular brindle is more of a muddled mixture.

White French Bulldog

White coloring in Frenchies comes from certain genetic combinations. They are considered off-white and are frequently confused with piebald. A true white Frenchie has dark pigment around the lips, nose, and eyes. The white coloring can also be the result of albinism but is less likely. White can also be linked to deafness, especially if they show pink around the lips, nose, and eyes.

Pied French Bulldog

The pied pattern is when a dog is predominantly white or eggshell accompanied by darker spots. These areas can occur on any part of the body and are generally larger. This pattern is responsible for patches around eyes or ears, giving them a unique look.

Lilac French Bulldog

Because of the specific gene requirements, Frenches with lilac coloring are few and far between. If you do find one, they will likely come with an even higher price than an average Frenchie. To achieve a lilac coat, both parents much carry the blue and chocolate genes, which are also rare colors.

Black French Bulldog

Pure black is on the list of disqualification colors from the AKC. However, it makes it no less beautiful to see this stunning coat on a Frenchie. The color is caused by a recessive black gene. To be considered pure black, there can be no trace of brindle found in the coat. They often have sapphire or dark brown eyes.

Cream French Bulldogs

The cream coat appears due to a recessive dilution gene in the fawn coloring. When cream Frenchies are born, they have pure cream all over their bodies. However, as they age, they develop black shades around their eyes, noses, and mouths.

Chocolate French-Bulldog

When achieving a chocolate color, both parents must carry the recessive chocolate gene. When you have a true chocolate Frenchie, their eyes are typically light and penetrating, coming in shades of gold, green, or yellow.

Sable French Bullbog

Sable is a beautiful coloring that is similar to fawn but with a unique twist. These dogs are light tan to dark mahogany with black hairs at the tips, giving a lovely dark hue over a light-colored coat. Most sables are solid colored with black or dark masks.

Blue Sable French Bulldog

Blue Sable French Bulldogs gain their coloration the same way a sable does. Instead of their hair tips being dark or black, however, they are blue. So, it gives the overall coat a bluish cast over the top of their fawn coats. It is a charming and rare color. Both parents must carry the blue recessive gene to achieve this coat.

Merle French Bulldog

Merle is a pattern that is quite desirable in French Bulldogs today. However, as stunning as this pattern is, it isn’t a breed-acceptable color. It is considered a “new” color and the AKC does not recognize them. This is likely because Frenchies do not carry this gene, which means that a dog who does was mixed into the breeding at some point.

Blue French Bulldog

Blue is another rare color you can find in a Frenchie. While it is a lovely shade and looks adorable on those pointy bat-ears, it is another color that isn’t accepted by the AKC. The coloring is said to be a condition called alopecia. Since alopecia is considered a discoloration flaw in the breed, these dogs are considered undesirable in terms of standards.

Isabella French Bulldog

Isabella is considered the rarest color of all in French Bulldogs. Because of the link to alopecia, dogs with this coloring are — like most rare colors — deemed unhealthier than average Frenchies. The Isabella color comes from breeding dogs that are black DD gene carriers. It adds a lovely pale purplish hue to the already chocolate or blue coat.

We all can agree that each of these unique colors looks stunning on the Frenchie. Even though experimenting with color genetics may come with health risks, it is quite amazing to see how drastically you can manipulate and combine genes. With how desired this breed is, there is nothing stopping breeders when it comes to exploring its potential.

If you have an interest in a Frenchie yourself, be sure to carefully examine potential costs associated with the breed. Not only is the initial cost expensive, but the upkeep can also run up vet bills throughout their lifespan. Health aside, these are remarkable dogs deserving recognition.

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