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French Bulldog Colors Explained (WITH PHOTOS)

French Bulldogs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States and Europe, for very good reasons.

The Frenchie has a wonderful temperament, makes a great companion dog, and wants nothing more than to spend time with you. She is typically very good around children and also other pets and doesn’t require much exercise.

Once-upon-a-time French Bulldogs were only available in dark colors but since the mid-1990s a vast range of colors have been developed. You can now choose French Bulldogs in many colors including fawn, red, cream, and white.

When Breed Standards were modified, to allow fawn French Bulldogs, this coat became extremely popular. The basic color of all French Bulldogs is now fawn (or a warm beige color). 

Though Frenchies are available in several different colors, not all are officially approved. Unfortunately, some colors are more prone to health problems because of the breeding practices that produce them.

Along with photos, rather than a color chart, we describe all the colors that the French Bulldog is available in and detail known health problems associated with specific colors.

What are the Breed-Approved French Bulldog colors?

According to the UK Kennel Club, the only approved French Bulldog colors are Brindle, Fawn and the Pied sub-set. All other colors are deemed ‘highly-undesirable’.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), approved French Bulldog colors are Fawn, Fawn and Brindle, Fawn and White, Fawn Brindle and White, Fallow, White, Red, Red Brindle, Red and White, Red Brindle and White.

As far as the AKC is concerned, the following colors are undesirable: black, black and white, black and fawn, cream and white, fawn and black, fawn brindle and white, and gray and white.

Brindle, Fawn, and Pied French Bulldog Colors Explained

It’s easy, of course, to visualize the simple colors of these dogs when we talk about Black, White, Cream etc. but the French Bulldog is available in a number of colors and you might not be familiar with some of the nomenclature.

Let’s take a look at a few of these names and describe what they mean.

Brindle – You’ll more likely see ‘Brindle’ French Bulldogs than any other color as it’s one of the most common. Brindle French Bulldogs have a dark-colored coat with lighter strands mixed in.

Fawn – This is usually a light, yellowish-tan color that can have several different shades. The coat is uniform and the head is typically a bit darker than the rest of the body.

Pied – A French Bulldog with a pied or piebald coat is mostly white with prominent patches usually in brindle or fawn. 

The Blue French Bulldog may be undesirable

A French Bulldog with a blue coat is really dilute black. To the eye, this color looks grey or gray. Some French Bulldog coat colors are linked with genetic health conditions. Blue is often avoided even though the bad health links are disputed by many.

Health problems recorded in this color such as alopecia have also been found in dogs of other colors.

Because some colors deemed ‘undesirable’ they are also rare. This means a French Bulldog in one of these colors is often more expensive than the ‘desirable’ color range.

French Bulldog Colors

Fawn

Fawn is one of the accepted breed standard French Bulldog colors. A Fawn French Bulldog has a yellowish tan coat and the shade can vary from light fawn to red fawn.

Fawn is present in many other Frenchie coats.

A fawn French Bulldog typically has a black mask.

Fawn French Bulldog.

Black and White

As the name suggests, the black and white French Bulldog has black and white markings. This Frenchie coat can also be referred to as pied or piebald.

White is the predominant color and there are no white markings breaking up the black patches.

Beautiful as this pattern is, black and white French Bulldogs are not considered an official breed standard and are not eligible for shows.

Black and white French Bulldog.

Red Fawn

A Red Fawn French Bulldog has a light tan colored coat that can range from very pale to a dark reddish tan. A French Bulldog of this color often has a dark mask and ears with some brindled areas.

Red Fawn French Bulldog.

Brindle

This is a French Bulldog with a predominant fawn-colored coat with dark brindle. The intensity can change but the nails, nose, eyelids, and lips should always be dark.

Brindle French Bulldog.

Brindle and White

Even with the Brindle and White Frenchie, the base color is still fawn – even though you may think that the coat seems mostly white. Black spots are deemed ‘undesirable’ although breeding with this type is still permitted.

Brindle and white French Bulldog.

Cream

Similar to the white French Bulldog but with more of an eggshell flavor, it will be dominant over the whole body with no other patches of color.

Cream French Bulldog.

Fawn and White

Fawn and white French Bulldog.

White

You may be surprised to learn that even the ‘pure’ white French Bulldog is actually considered to be ‘pied’. What you’re actually seeing are the white spots (on a fawn coat) are just more pronounced.

White French Bulldog.

White and Brindle

White and Brindle French Bulldog.
Fawn Brindle and White French Bulldog.

White and Fawn

With the white and fawn French Bulldog, the white dominates the fawn and where you see the fawn color, it should be even.

White and fawn French Bulldog.

Cream and White

Cream and white French Bulldog.

Blue Fawn

Blue Fawn French Bulldog.

Blue Brindle

Blue Brindle French Bulldog.

Chocolate

Chocolate French Bulldog.

Blue and Chocolate

Blue and chocolate French Bulldog.

Merle

Merle French Bulldog.

Blue

The Blue French Bulldog is classed as ‘undesirable’. Well, you tell that to the hundreds of people who are still buying them.

Although this color has been linked to alopecia, the problem has also been seen in other colors.

There doesn’t seem to be any let-up in the quantity of blue Frenchies on the market and prices are still sky-high.

Blue French Bulldog
Blue French Bulldog with pups suckling.

Black

Black French Bulldog puppy.

Red

Red French Bulldog.

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