The French Bulldog breed is a popular dog breed across the whole world, but even more so in the United States. Their origin lies in France, where they bred extremely small British Bulldogs. French people preferred smaller dogs, so they decided to produce the Frenchies.
That led to the French Bulldog, which differs from the original Bulldog breed. This common dog is stocky and compact. They come in a variety of colors, such as fawn, brindle , white, and brindle and white. However, many different colors are not approved by the AKC.
But, that doesn’t negate the fact that those disqualified colors are still wonderful!
We will discuss the French Bulldog colors in depth, so keep reading.
Many of those French Bulldogs are extremely expensive and you can expect to find some French Bulldog variants costing up to $10,000.
Standard French Bulldog Colors
We will first deal with the standard French Bulldog colors. The standard colors of the French Bulldog coat are those that are AKC approved and have their own codes. Common French Bulldog colors are brindle, brindle and white, cream, fawn, fawn and white, fawn brindle and white, pied, white and brindle, and white and fawn.
Let’s see each one of them!
1. Brindle French Bulldog
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The Brindle French Bulldog is often referred to as a tiger striped Bulldog, even though the pattern is more flexible, with irregular lines that appear darker than the base coat. Depending on the hair pattern, a Frenchie with a brindle coat may look light or dark.
Brindle is an adorable color, a mix of brown, tan, black, and gold fur, sometimes they also have white patches and a white chest. The brindle gene is natural and in no way harmful. Their fawn coat will be covered with dark brown stripes that look like tiger stripes.
There are also red brindles, blue brindles, and reverse brindles (black). Reverse brindling is a result of thick dark stripes that almost hide the lighter part of the fawn coat.
2. Brindle And White French Bulldog
The brindle and white Frenchie is another brindle Frenchie but it is adorned with white fur.
Those white patches make these puppies unique, the markings are usually on their chest, but can appear anywhere, from their head to their paws.
The breed standard accepts those white patches and actually appreciates them on this dog. This type of Frenchie is easy to find as the brindle and white is one of the most popular colors of this dog breed. If you want an exotic-looking pattern, search no more!
3. Cream French Bulldog
Cream French Bulldog is an eggshell- colored Frenchie that is sometimes mistaken for a white French Bulldog. But, they are not light colored and they have a tan-tint that makes them distinguishable.
In addition, cream Frenchies will have darker eye rims and lips, as opposed to the pink eye rims and lips of a white French Bulldog. If you can’t distinguish them at first glance, check their eye rims and lips.
Those darker eye rims and lips appear as a black mask. This color is accepted by the AKC and you can see these dogs in dog shows, but they are quite rare.
4. Fawn French Bulldog
The fawn French Bulldog is a fawn colored dog that is accepted by the American Kennel Club. The fawn Frenchies can range from lighter to darker colored fawn French Bulldogs.
Most of the fawn Frenchies have a black muzzle, patches of white on their coat, and a white chest. The fawn color on this dog ranges from a pale cream to a deer-red.
Sometimes the coat is yellowish, with shades of red fawn.
5. Fawn And White French Bulldog
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The fawn and white French Bulldog is also allowed to compete in dog shows and is registered with the AKC.
What we said about the fawn Frenchie also applies to this dog, but on a fawn base coat, there are white patches on the paws, chest, and face.
Do not mistake these dogs for white and fawn Frenchies, most people do but they have white coats.
6. Fawn Brindle And White French Bulldog
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This variant is truly something special. The fawn brindle and white Frenchie are very unique, they’re adorned with a fawn coat, and on top of that, they have a brindle pattern with black or brown lines and white patches.
Those white patches are usually found on the face and chest, while the black or brown lines are seen on the body. This is another color that is considered a breed standard and is easy to find. Some people might think that this dog is tri-colored, but they come under the brindle category and fawn brindle is considered its own pattern.
7. Pied French Bulldog
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Pied French Bulldog is a white frenchie that has patches of brindle or fawn. People call this variant, which is all white, a Platinum Frenchie.
These dogs have a white coat and colored markings over their back, head, and neck. There are a few larger patches, unlike the merle that is adorned with many small markings.
The Frenchie must be white to be recognized as a breed standard. This dog is common, as Pied Frenchies can have patches of any color. Later, we will mention fawn pied that have fawn markings, and brindle pied that are adorned with brindle patches.
8. White And Brindle French Bulldog
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The white and brindle, or brindle pied Frenchie, is a dog that has brindle markings on either its neck, back, or head over its white coat. The tiger-like brindle stripes are noticeable on a white coat and their beauty is from another world.
This dog is a great option if someone wants a white Frenchie but is scared of the possible health problems.
9. White And Fawn French Bulldog
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This is another name for a fawn pied Frenchie. These puppies are very similar to white Frenchies, however, their patches give them away. The patches of fawn are found on the places just like our previously mentioned dog, on the back, head, and neck.
They are a bit more colored than the white French Bulldogs, but they are not so distinctive as the brindle pied Frenchies. Nonetheless, this is also a unique color of dog and you will love their look, there’s no doubt there!
Rare French Bulldog Colors
A rare-colored Frenchie will likely be more prone to a number of health issues due to its breeding.
10. Isabella French Bulldog
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The Isabella French Bulldog often looks the same as the lilac Frenchies. They have the same genetic code: two copies of the dilution gene and chocolate gene.
However, the reason they separated the two is that the chocolate gene is testable. The breeder will test the dog to ensure that it is the chocolate gene that they carry. Only that way can they distinguish that the dog is an Isabela Frenchie. You can’t discover this just by looking at them.
Because of all the procedures the breeder and this dog does to prove the true lilac color, they are extremely expensive and they can cost from $15,000 to $40,000. They are surely one of the most expensive Frenchies out there.
And on top of that, they are the most difficult to find. First things first, you need to find a breeder that specializes in producing this Isabella Frenchie and then, if you’re lucky, get on the waiting list. Their popularity is slowly rising, so they might not be so rare in the future. When breeding two Isabella Frenchies, they will produce full Isabella puppies.
11. Merle French Bulldog
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The Merle French Bulldog is one of the most debatable French Bulldog colors out there. You may be wondering why. While many genes that Frenchies carry are natural, that is not the case with the merle gene. The genetic code for merle color has to be found somewhere in their bloodline. Most merle French Bulldogs are expected to have Chihuahuas in their lineage.
What does that Merle gene do then? The Merle gene causes mottled markings of color instead of the dog’s regular color. The merle gene is dominant, and for a dog to be a complete merle, one gene is enough.
However, the merle gene only affects the colors on a black coat, not a red coat. That’s why you may see some chocolate Frenchies with a merle color underneath. Those dogs look completely normal, but they tend to have very lightly colored eyes.
It sounds logical that if a dog carries two merle genes, they will have a stronger merle pattern. But, that double gene won’t actually affect their merle color or make it any stronger. But, it will affect their health.
The main problem with this gene is that it causes many health problems, in any dog breeds that have the gene. We don’t have the exact data on French Bulldogs, as this pattern is rare in this breed. But we know that Chihuahuas suffer from these side effects. And the Chihuahua is likely the one that forwarded the merle gene to the Frenchie.
So, what kind of problems can that gene cause? The merle gene can affect the pigment of a dog, including the pigment in their eyes. That being said, many dogs tend to have eye issues such as microphthalmia, colobomas, ocular pressure problems, and others anyway.
The merle gene can also affect the ears, causing hearing problems. However, many dogs are adaptable to hearing loss and blindness. Many owners won’t notice that the dog is blind until they become completely blind and are somewhere unfamiliar to them.
12. Black And White French Bulldog
Black and white French Bulldogs are almost completely black, just like the black Frenchie, but they have a few white patches. You shouldn’t mistake this color for the piebald patterns. Piebald dogs are almost purely white, with different spots of any color.
But, black and white Frenchies will have an almost entirely black coat. Their white patches will appear on their chest and neck. However, some of them may have white spots on their legs, belly, and face. This dog is very similar to the solid black French Bulldog.
We can’t know how many white markings this dog will have until he grows up because the puppies are very different looking when they are young compared to when they are adults, especially when we talk about the markings on their coats.
13. Blue Fawn French Bulldog
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The blue fawn Frenchie is a fawn color but has the dilution gene, they don’t look blue at all, but they can make blue puppies. That’s why there is blue in their name. They have signs of dilution on their paw pads, mask, ears, and noses.
Their mask is a different color to the fawn Frenchie’s mask, that’s how we distinguish them. Their eyes are also lighter because the dilute gene affects their eye color.
The reason this dog is quite expensive is because it can produce blue litters, but those that are sold without breeding rights, cost less. But usually, the price range is from $4,000 to $10,000.
14. Tan French Bulldog
Tan Frenchies are known for their golden coats. Many people confuse them with fawn Frenchies but they have reddish coats. These Frenchies are not light either, like eggshell cream. However, this is not an approved standard color, but it is acceptable as a fawn color. Many tan Frenchies end up being registered as fawn, even though they are not the same variant.
15. Blue And Tan French Bulldog
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The blue and tan Frenchie is just as beautiful as the Blue Frenchie. However, this variant is adorned with tan points. These dogs resemble the black and tan Frenchie abit, but they have a base coat that is a silvery blue color. They are likely to inherit light blue eyes instead of dark hazel brown ones.
They are also extremely rare to find and more expensive, just like blue Frenchies.
16. Black And Tan French Bulldog
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The black and tan French Bulldog is almost all black, but their small amount of tan markings sets them apart. Those spots of tan are often found on their chest, neck, face, and ears. Some of them have more tan patches than others.
The tan shade can vary, from a lighter to darker brown shade. Even though they are not purely black, they are more expensive than the average Frenchie Bulldog.
A breeder that specializes in black dogs may have this dog breed, as they are rare and hard to find. There are no health conditions associated with this coloration.
17. Black And Fawn French Bulldog
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The black and fawn French Bulldog is different to the black and tan French Bulldog, in that their legs, chest, and face are of a fawn color, instead of tan. This fawn color with this variant can be light brown, dark red, or have a yellow hue. A black and fawn Frenchie is different to the fawn with black, as those have black muzzles.
18. Lilac French Bulldog
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Another rare coloration of a Frenchie is definitely the lilac French Bulldog. As one of the rarest colors out there, they must inherit both the blue and chocolate genes, just like the Isabella Frenchie. But, both genes are quite rare, and if you find a dog that has both, you’re blessed with an extraordinary dog.
The dilute gene that is responsible for the blue color dilutes the chocolate color, and it becomes a lilac color. That dog is likely to be bright blue to silver. Their eyes are often lighter and their noses are pinkish.
These dogs, as we have learned, are rare, and it is no wonder that they cost from $5,000 to $7,000. The blue and chocolate Frenchies are less expensive than this dog.
Logically, when carrying the dilute gene, the dogs are prone to some health conditions, just like the blue Frenchie that has the same genetics.
These health issues are no reason for you not to adopt this coloration of dog. We just want to inform you of the possible skin conditions.
19. Pure Black French Bulldog
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These colorations are hard to find. The pure black French Bulldog has a black coat and no genes for any colored markings. That’s why they are completely black. Because it isn’t easy to find a Frenchie without patches, this dog is expected to be highly expensive.
Many of these may have small white markings on their chests. Even though they are declared as purely black, that doesn’t mean that their coat is completely black. Before you purchase a black Frenchie, make sure to ask for pictures.
Black is a favorite color of many people, and the people that tend to like black dogs need to know that they need to pay a bit more for a black dog breed.
20. Chocolate French Bulldog
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Chocolate French Bulldog is quite rare due to their recessive gene. Both of the parents need to have recessive genes in chocolate to produce a chocolate French Bulldog. If both parents are not carriers of the recessive gene, the dominant gene would take the part of determining the color.
These dogs can be darker brown or lighter brown and this depends on the dog’s genes. Chocolate French Bulldogs tend to have lighter eyes, such as green, golden, brown, and bright yellow, wonderful, isn’t it?
But, those with an orange eye color are more expensive due to their rarity. The chocolate gene is not connected to the coat, but that doesn’t mean that these dogs aren’t prone to some health conditions. However, there are no studies about it yet.
21. Chocolate And Tan French Bulldog
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If you want a chocolate French Bulldog with some patches, then your choice should be this one! This dog is adorned with tan markings. The base coat is chocolate, but the tan points are on their legs, chest, and face.
You have probably seen the Doberman with a dark brown coat, that is how this color looks. However, this color is often less expensive than a standard chocolate Frenchie but it depends on the breeder.
22. Blue French Bulldog
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the rarest of them all? The blue French Bulldog of course. Even though they are called blue, they mainly give off a grayish-blue shade. Many canine lovers describe it as a slate color.
However, a lot is going on regarding this dog breed. On the one hand, we have people that claim that this Blue Frenchie is prone to many health problems, while on the other hand, people disagree with this.
That’s why we want to clarify how this color may cause different health issues.
To be a blue French Bulldog, the dog must inherit two copies of the dilute gene. As this gene is recessive, the dog needs to have two copies. If two copies aren’t present, then the genes that are not recessive will cover up the color and the dog will just be a recessive gene carrier.
However, the dilute gene affects more than just the dog’s color. It even affects the health of their coat. Many dogs that have blue genes are prone to color dilution alopecia. What is that? It basically causes patches of hair to thin and fall out, sometimes it can manifest as itchy and flaky skin.
However, this disease is not that serious. Because the color is rare, these dogs are expensive and you can expect to see prices going up to $6,000.
23. Sable French Bulldog
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Sable French Bulldog is not the rarest color but they are challenging to find and usually more expensive than other Frenchies.
These dogs are another version of fawn, but they have fawn coats with black tipping. They look like they’re washed out a bit, and that makes them different to the usual fawn coloration.
Many sable Frenchies have a reddish pigment and because of that, they’ll look tanner. Some of them will have a darker shade of fawn, while others will have more black tips and others still, will be extremely light.
These dogs will be found at breeders that are specialists for fawn colorations. Today, there are no health issues connected with these colors.
24. Blue Merle French Bulldog
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A Blue Merle French Bulldog is the rarest color that exists in French Bulldog colors. The merle spots are all over their grayish blue coats. That’s why they look wonderfully speckled. Some of these Frenchies can sport blue eyes and when you add a blue merle pattern, you get the most unique dog ever!
This color is hard to find due to both their parents being very rare.
25. Cream And White French Bulldog
This Frenchie is a variant of the cream French Bulldog, with white patches that are seen on the legs, chest, and the face. In any other way they are the same, however, some of them may sport a black mask on their face. Do not mistake the cream and white Frenchie with a pure cream one. They are rare and difficult to purchase.
What Is The Rarest Color Of French Bulldog?
The blue merle Frenchie is the rarest color, their coat is grayish and blue, adorned with merle spots. And if the dog sports the blue eyes from their blue parent, you’ll get a gorgeous looking, but unique, Frenchie.
What Color Is The Most Popular French Bulldog?
Most French Bulldogs are brindles. Brindle is a dark colored coat that is mixed with lighter strands of hair and this color is the most popular French Bulldog color.
What Is The Cheapest Color French Bulldog?
Since the most popular color of French Bulldog colors is the brindle color, they are easy to find and therefore not so expensive. The brindle color is very common in many dogs. However, senior Frenchies are less expensive and cost $1000.
There are many French Bulldog colors, both standard and rare, and as expected, many of those are pretty expensive. There are numerous coat colors that are being produced all the time, in both male and female Frenchies.
The more rare the Frenchie color is, the more you pay. However, you should be aware that many of these colors are prone to health problems, so before you purchase a French Bulldog with a desirable color, know that the price of the treatments you’ll need to pay due to their health issues, will be high.
Nonetheless, you do you, choose what you think it’s best for you, the color of the French Bulldog doesn’t have anything to do with their nature and character, the Frenchies are known for not being an aggressive dog breed.
If you don’t want to adopt, make sure that you find a reputable breeder that will provide you with a happy and healthy Frenchie puppy.