French bulldog breed comes in different coat color variations. You can find them in acceptable AKC color standards such as fawn, brindle, cream, and white, as well as in rare lilac, Isabella, blue, chocolate, and sable coats.
Acceptable French bulldog colors
French bulldog breed is famous for its wide variety of colors. Here is the list of colors accepted by the AKC:
- Combinations of white, cream and fawn
Accepted French Bulldog colors and markings:
- Brindle markings
- Piebald (pied)
- Black mask
- White markings
Rare French bulldog colors
- Pure black
- Black and tan
- Black and white
- Blue and fawn
Blue French bulldogs definitely attract the most attention in people. Since their coats are so rare, you’ll often find divided opinions about owning blue Frenchies. As a reputable breeder, I must say that the health of a dog will only depend on the health history of the puppies parents.
The color simply can’t affect the health of a dog. For a breeder, it’s nothing else but success and honor to get a blue Frenchie puppy. Of course, it includes that the puppy was appropriately bred and has been cleared out of any potential issues.
The blue coat color comes from a very rare dilute gene that is responsible for their bluish shine of coats. It also affects their eye color, so that’s why is not surprising to see a blue Frenchie with blue, and grey eyes.
People often mix cream and white Frenchies because their coat colors look pretty similar at first sight. Cream Frenchies have an eggshell-like coloring. Unlike white French bulldog puppies that have pink eye rims, cream-colored ones have darker lips and eye rims. To be precise, they look sort of dusky. Both cream and white colors of Frenchie coats are accepted by the AKC and other kennel clubs.
Chocolate French bulldog coat belongs to rare coats that breeders get by a recessive gene. The recessive gene must be inherited from both parents. Another thrilling fact is that their eyes come in green, brown, golden, and even bright yellow color. Their color may vary from dark chocolate to lighter versions like you can see in the following image.
Black and tan
It’s true that this coat color isn’t rare for other dog breeds but for Frenchies it is. Black and tan French bulldogs have black colored furs with gorgeous tan markings
their cheeks, above their eyes, on their bellies, and inside the legs. Their tan markings can vary from cream to sort of reddish. In the following image, you can see three black and tan boy. You must admit that the contrast between black and tan colors is simply gorgeous!
The Pure Black French bulldog is another stunning rare Frenchie that looks both powerful and unique at the same time. Pure Black pooches don’t possess any markings or any other color traces. Their fur color is simply black. Unfortunately, this type of color is not accepted by the AKC but it’s very desirable on the market. So, in case you like pure black colored Frenchies and you don’t want to use it for showing purposes, then it might be the right pet for you.
For most people, the merle colored French bulldogs present the most unique and strange coat color. Their fur has hundreds of markings usually colored in dark brown or black. The color that dominates is usually cream, white or fawn all mixed with other darker colors. However, in most cases, merle Frenchies present crossbreed dogs that have been bred with Chihuahuas in the past.
The merle gene by itself should not cause any health issues. Since it is already a dominant gene, it’s recommended to mate one merle dog with another one that has a single colored coat.
In the following image, you can see a merle Frenchie with different colored eyes. That kind of condition is called Heterochromia and is caused by genetics. There are dog breeds that are on higher risk to develop Heterochromia and some of them are: Chihuahuas, Beagles, Border Collies, Huskies and many other.
Lilac French bulldogs also present one of the favorite coat colors in people. They are often high price because of the carried recessive gene. Lilac pooches often have light-colored eyes such as yellow, light brown and blue and as they mature their coats become lighter and lighter. Newborn lilac puppies remind of blue Frenchies.
Blue and tan
Blue and tan French bulldogs have a blue for their dominant color and fawn, white or cream markings above their eyes, on their cheeks, bellies, and legs. These beauties carry a recessive dilute gene inherited from both parents and belong to rare French bulldogs.
Isabella colored French bulldogs are definitely fascinating since their coats look amazing and unreal. These pooches have light-colored eyes such as yellow, light blue, green, and grey, and can have markings on their chests colored in white or cream. Since they have pink skin around their mouth, eyes and on their noses, Isabella French bulldog owners need to pay special attention to their skin protection.
Sable French bulldogs posses a reddish sort of pigment with basic fawn coloring. Their color may vary from light tan to darker variations. Sable pooches also have black and black-tipped hairs. Their coat is definitely one of the most special Frenchies a breeder can get.
Fawn French bulldogs may have different coat color variations. They can range from light tan cream, reddish and golden tan. Fawn dogs have visible black masks and in the following image, you can see a red-fawn puppy Frenchie.