It’s difficult not to fall in love with the blue French bulldog, affectionately known as blue Frenchie. The fact is that these small dogs are adorable! They are also unique, there are few other dogs than can honestly say they have a blue coat. Although, to be fair, the blue colored fur is the main difference between these bulldogs and the more traditional French bulldog.
We are not talking Smurf blue here, the dog’s coat is a dusty blue hue that really stands out in sunlight.
Interestingly, the blue French bulldog is not recognized as a separate dog breed by the French bulldog club of America. Indeed, even the local kennel club will not recognize this coat color. Fortunately, this has not stopped a dramatic increase in blue Frenchie owners.
Cross Channel Breeding Created The Blue French Bulldog
The blue French bulldog is actually a product of toy bulldogs from England bred with ratters in France, specifically in Paris. These dogs are stocky and similar in appearance to the standard bulldog. Although smaller and much better tempered. Blue French bulldog puppies are extremely friendly and great companions. It’s what they were bred for.
The name is directly related to the color of their coat. However, not all blue French bulldogs are a solid color. There are plenty that have white patches on their chest and sometimes on their bellies. But the rest of them are blue, along with the majority of these delightful pets. If your French bulldog is a slightly lighter color it might be a Brindle French Bulldog.
On average the dog will be between 11-13 inches tall and weigh approximately 28 pounds. They are prone to gaining weight, especially because they prefer to be on the couch or your lap instead of walking.
They’re Exceptionally Chilled
This breed has the flat face of the larger bulldogs but they do not share the breed standard regarding energy levels. They are very happy lying on the couch instead of walking. Their exercise needs are minimal, it will be surprising if they move far from your side as you walk.
The downside of being so chilled is that they are not interested in being trained. This often translates into stubbornness, making it difficult for you to get them behaving properly. You may want to enlist the assistance of a professional dog trainer.
Blue French Bulldogs Have A Surprisingly Sweet Nature
All it takes to keep these blue dogs happy is your affection, they will demand it whenever they are awake, therefore ensure you allow sufficient time to play with them. The good news is that these dogs also give plenty of affection back, they want you to feel their adoration for you. It is a two-way street designed to warm your heart.
You will discover that, once this dog has attached itself to you, it rarely removes itself from your side!
However, because it is so affectionate it can be possessive, especially if you have other pets. Your blue French bulldog is unlikely to get along with existing small dogs and cats.
Known Health Issues
Unfortunately, blue French bulldogs commonly have a variety of health issues that you need to acknowledge and accommodate. Preparation is elementary to building a relationship and maintaining health with this breed. Some of the conditions are hereditary which is why it’s essential to purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. They will have the necessary certification, allowing confirmation of their health status.
One of the biggest issues is that they only have a singular coat of fur, and it is thin. In other words, they feel the cold in winter and summer, (especially if your air-conditioning is on). Having a blanket available at all times of the year is essential to their ongoing health.
The cold increases the risk of them contracting infections, it also dries out their skin and causes skin allergies. Be aware that they are also prone to food allergies, you may need to allocate more time at the vets with this breed of dog.
The Blue French bulldog is not particularly good at controlling its own temperature, potentially creating an issue in extreme heat, alongside cold-related issues.
The blue French bulldog sheds just twice a year, and, because it is a small dog there is very little hair when they do shed. That is a blessing for your clothing and soft furnishings.
Blue French Bulldogs Are Expensive
French bulldogs in general are more expensive than many other breeds, but the blue pied version is more difficult to find and, therefore, more expensive. Of course, it is worth every cent!
Other Relevant Details
This type of dog is not a good swimmer and generally prefers to stay away from the water, their little legs make it difficult for them to stay afloat. A dog life jacket and a quality harness are important when you are near any body of water.
You will also notice that their breathing often sounds labored, this is directly connected to their distinctive flat face. It can make them sound loud which could be an issue if you are a light sleeper and you want them in the same room as you. It is also worth being aware that the flat nose and common. Respiratory issues mean this type of dog is not good on a plane.
If you have to fly you will want to talk to the vet and the airline regarding keeping your adorable dog safe.
A Final Bark
It’s easy to understand why anyone would want a blue French bulldog. They are friendly, lovable, and a fantastic choice if you live in an apartment or the city.
Provided you have read this guide you will know everything you need to know to create a lasting relationship with your puppy as it grows into an affectionate adult.