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How To Identify A Brindle French Bulldog

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It is probably impossible to think of a dog breed that is not loved. The French bulldog breed is universally appealing.

Large ears that stick up, reminiscent of a bat, combine perfectly with a squashed face and eyes that seem to have wisdom beyond their years. Being relatively small, cute, and incredibly friendly helps.

If you decide to purchase one it will not be long before your home is littered with dog toys. This plush chew toy is a formidable and useful starting point.

Short History of French Bulldogs

The ancient Greeks were fond of the Molossian, a dog that became the English Mastiff, this mastiff subsequently developed into the bulldog, also known as the Bullenbeisser.

They gained rapid popularity in France. Once they were recognized as a rare breed of their own they were anointed with the name Bouledogue Francais, the French bulldog.

Popularity in the United States followed toward the end of the 19th century and the American kennel club officially recognized the breed in the majority of colors.

Breed Coloration – Identifying The Brindle French Bulldog

Although there are a variety of French bulldog colors, you may have observed that most French bulldogs are fawn colored.  In comparison, the white French bulldog is highly sought, although not as sought after as this rare Frenchie; the blue French bulldog is a rare color.

Identifying the colored Frenchie via dilution gene, color dilution alopecia, and the following pointers:

  • Brindle Frenchie

Potentially the most common types of French bulldog. They have dark-colored coats with lighter color spots or stripes patterned on their bodies, and dark eyelids, lips, nails, and nose. The spots and stripes are only marginally different in color to the base coat, although the possibility exists to find black stripes with a coat color of white.

In effect, a dark fawn combined with dark brindle which gives a mottled look to their final complex and adds to their charm.

A French bulldog can only be called a Brindle if it has received the recessive gene. This is known as K-brindle. If one parent passes on this gene and the other parent donates the K-dominant or non-slid black gene, the puppy will not be a Brindle.

  • Fawn

These Frenchies puppies have light coats, usually a yellowish color. The coat on their bodies is usually one uniform color although the head is often darker.

  • Pied

A mainly white French bulldog with small patches of fawn is referred to as a pied. In effect, it is a reverse brindle.

There are others, but dark-colored and blue Frenchies are generally avoided due to health issues.Of course, colors that are not recognized tend to be listed as rare French bulldogs which can increase their cost, if not their popularity.

  • Cream

Cream, or eggshell, French bulldog puppies are sought after. The coat is usually uniform with no obvious markings although there will be darker pieces around their eyes and mouth.

  • Blue

The Blue French bulldog is as rare as the Brindle French Bulldog, thanks to a recessive gene. These dogs are literally blue-tinted. Do you want to find out more about this stunning breed? Read all about the Blue brindle French Bulldog on this blog.

  • Chocolate

Finding a full chocolate-colored French bulldog is difficult, finding a Brindle version is much easier and still a highly desirable dog. Alongside the obvious chocolate coat, you will find they have pink eye rims and inner ears.

Facts To Be Aware Of When Choosing a Brindle French Bulldog

Black French Bulldog looking upward. Part of the "How To Identify A Brindle French Bulldog" article.
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The following is true regardless of which French bulldog you wish to choose.

  • Choose The Right Breeder

When purchasing one, deal exclusively with reputable French bulldog breeders, ensuring the dogs are healthy, have been checked and certified for known issues, as well as having the right temperament and registration.

  • Non-swimmers

Most dogs develop a passion for swimming but the French bulldog has a large heavy chest. This means it cannot swim and will quickly get into difficulty in water. Never leave them alone near the water.

Their flat face also provides them with breathing difficulties. This will not be beneficial if they do find themselves in water.

  • Grooming

French bulldogs do not shed much hair. This is good as you can brush them once a week and keep it all under control. Try using a pet grooming brush pad as your dog will simply feel like it is being loved.

The Bottom Line

The Brindle French bulldog is potentially the perfect pet, providing you’re aware of potential health issues. As soon as you take them home you will realize how easy they are to look after.


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