We all know that Frenchies are great family dogs of huge personalities that quickly find places in our hearts. Despite the fact they’re small in size Frenchies are actually pretty courageous and protective. In other words, it that doesn’t mean you can expect from a Frenchie to keep your back. These lovely ‘potato dogs’ are famous for their love for owners, and are seriously taking the World by storm!
Up to now, we were able to see rare coat colors in French bulldogs, but two of them were always intriguing to people. Since the uniqueness of Blue and Lilac French bulldogs leaves everyone speechless, we decided to represent you with their main features and differences.
- They’re quite expensive
Sometimes, it can be very hard to notice the difference between newborn blue and lilac French bulldogs. However, they’re different not only genetically but also characteristically. Blue and lilac French bulldogs are also higher in price. The more unique the dog is- the more expensive it is.
By making a decision of buying a lilac or blue Frenchie, you need to know that you can’t get the best quality dog for a small amount of money. Buying a blue or a lilac Frenchie from an unknown breeder and for a low price is never a good solution. It means that such a dog will often suffer from different health issues and will not have a long lifespan. Unfortunately, there’re breeders who care only about the money they can earn. Due to this reason, today we get a large number of unhealthy designer dogs.
We all know that buying a dog is not an easy task at all. It always takes a lot of time, patience and research, and that’s how it should stay. When someone’s buying a dog, he’s looking to live with a friend for life and not to find a temporary roommate. That’s why we highly recommend you to always consider all the pros and cons before buying a certain dog breed.
Who are blue French bulldog pups?
Despite the fact people often think that blue French bulldogs appeared in recent history, the truth is quite different. Their origins date back to 1900s when they used to appear in a small number. The French bulldog’s blue coat color comes from a very rare dilute black gene. The dilute gene is actually the main culprit for their insane blue/grey coat color. Although it’s originated from a black dilute gene, there can’t be noticed any black hair traces. It’s necessary to mention that not all French Bulldogs carry a dilute gene. If your Frenchie’s having it, then you’re a lucky guy!
If you’re wondering how do breeders ‘produce’ a blue Frenchie, there’re two ways to do it:
- Mating two blue carriers (in the case when both don’t carry any other genes).
- In the case when both dogs aren’t blue carriers but have produced a puppy with a mutation on Chromosome 25. This rare situation doesn’t mean it will be possible to produce such a blue French puppy again in the future.
Who are Lilac French bulldogs?
Although it looks similar to a blue Frenchie at first sight, a lilac French bulldog puppy is dilute of the brown gene. Lilac Frenchies can be created with a combination of chocolate and blue DNA from both parents. However, there are no any brown hair traces in their coat. Lilac French bulldog’s coat looks sort of dusted and shows a purple appearance in the light. It’s quite difficult to produce a Lilac Frenchie pup since it’s a product of multi-recessive coat coloration. It means that both dogs need to have two identical pairs of alleles being either brown or a dilute gene d/d or b/b. In other words, there’re two ways for producing lilac Frenchies:
- Mating dogs who are both brown carriers
- Mating dogs where is one brown and another blue carrier
In order to better see the difference you may take a look at the following video:
Possible eye and coat color changes
It’s useful to mention that there’s no possibility to get a blue Frenchie if both dogs are lilac. As your lilac or blue Frenchie pup gets older, you’ll also notice some changes in their coat color. As seen in human infants, hair and eye color may change as they grow. For example, if a puppy has blue eyes after birth, there’s a possibility for changing it into hazel gold or amber brown later. The same thing happens with their hair.
Blue and lilac French bulldog puppies will get a darker hair color as they get old. If you take a better look at newborn lilac and blue Frenchies, you’ll notice that their coat looks gray. However, they later develop strong bluish and lilac glints.
In case you’re not sure what color is your newborn Frenchie then take a look at its hair, eyes, and nose. If the puppy has a dark nose then you can be sure you’ve got a blue Frenchie puppy. Lilac French bulldogs puppies have pink noses after birth.
Lilac and blue French bulldog pups are not unique only in terms of hair color but also in terms of eyes. Their eyes are often blue or crystal blue. In most cases, crystal blue eyes don’t develop the ability to change the eye color in the future. On the other hand, if a dog has grey or dark blue eyes, there’s a possibility for color changing as they get old.
Does a dilute gene affect French bulldog’s health?
Lilac and Blue French bulldog pups’ popularity has sharply grown in recent years. Since people could often hear divided opinions about these two cuties, they need to be carefully chosen. While one considers them for ideal dogs, others think they’re pretty unhealthy breed. However, we don’t agree with the second statement.
The health of your French bulldog depends only on your choice of the breeder and the care you’ll provide him in the future. No matter if your Frenchie is lilac, blue or chocolate you only need to make a research in his breeding history and integrity of the breeder. When we talk about a dilute gene, there’s a wrong opinion that it will be the main culprit for your Frenchie’s future health issues. The only truth is that their dilute gene only affects French bulldog eyes and coat color. Scientists have also proven this statement. Blue and lilac Frenchies are completely the same as other Frenchies in all other aspects.
Are blue and lilac French bulldogs recognized by the AKC?
You probably already heard that blue and lilac French bulldog puppies are not recognized by the American Kennel Club and other kennel clubs. According to the AKC, desirable and accepted French bulldog coat colors are white, fawn and cream, while acceptable markings are black masks, pied, brindle, white markings, and black shadings. Here you can find what other characteristics purebred French Bulldogs need to have. However, blue and lilac colors don’t mean there’s something wrong with your Frenchie, it only means that he’s not allowed to compete.
Blue and lilac coat colors were not desirable in the past, but today they’re more than desirable because of their uniqueness. The reason for disqualification is the belief that blue French bulldogs often suffer from ‘blue dog alopecia’ (discoloration). However, this condition doesn’t affect only French bulldogs but also other dog breeds. Lately, ‘blue dog alopecia’ is the main reason for deliberation in a number of dog organizations.
The things you need to care about if you own a blue or lilac Frenchie
As we already mention, French bulldogs may manifest ‘blue dog alopecia’ condition so you need to know how to recognize it. Discoloration or blue dog alopecia is a skin condition when your dog becomes itchy and hairless. These Frenchies are born with a normal looking coat and the first symptoms may manifest at the 6th month of age or later.
There’s no specific explanation for such a problem, but it’s assumed that it happens due to their follicles abnormalities. A dog who suffers from this condition is excessively licking and scratching its hair, making it impossible to grow new hairs. By becoming a blue or lilac French bulldog owner, we recommend you to provide some extra care to their skin.
Useful tips for blue and lilac French bulldog owners
Here are the best tips for French bulldog skin care:
- Since Frenchies, in general, are prone to suffering from different allergies, we advise you to feed your Frenchie with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids rich food.
- Using paraben-free and soap-free shampoos for sensitive skin are also recommended.
- Provide your dog a coconut and castor oil massage at least once a week for keeping his hair smooth and shiny.
- Avoid giving your dog corn-rich food because it causes a skin allergy. Many producers use corn for producing dog’s food because it’s a rich source of protein. The other reason why they use is the price. Corn is much cheaper than meat, and there’s also something very important you need to know about it. Corn may occur allergies in dogs, so you need to be very careful when reading the label on the packaging. Corn is also in most cases the main culprit for dogs’ ‘itchy skin’
- Feed your dog with natural homemade food rich in vegetables, fish and chicken breasts (without skin). Avoid fatty fish meat. Healthy food can definitely affect the mental condition in dogs, not just their
- Avoid the lowest class of food where’s written ‘’by-products”-that means it contains animal heads, feet, skin etc
- Since Beta Carotene provides a healing effect not only on human’s but also on dog’s skin, we advise you to feed your dogs with carrots. They present a natural source of this pigment. For example, you can make a mix of rice, chicken meat, and carrots, and serve him as a tasty meal.
- If you don’t have time to prepare a homemade meal for your blue or lilac Frenchie pup, then we recommend you to buy a dog food only in pet supply stores. Pet supply stores not only have a great choice of food but also offer fresher food. Remember that if you feed your dog with high-quality food, it’s also an investment in his health. Spending a bit more of money now will definitely save you the cost of a veterinary visit in the future.
French bulldogs are maybe small in size but have huge hearts and personalities. When you made a decision to own a Frenchie, you made a decision for life. That means that you’ll have to share your free time with your lovely four-legged friend and to have a lot of patience. Having a dog is equal to having a child. Every dog owner needs to provide only the best care and nutrition for his dog, because in the end, dogs are human’s best friends.