Beautiful Blue French bulldog | Temperament and other facts

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Blue French Bulldog is an adorable and beautiful looking companion dog known for bat-like ears, flat face and a funny & friendly attitude.

Blue french bulldogs are just like regular Frenchie with the color of the coat as blue. This blue color of the coat is due to genetics. They are very cute dogs and quite popular among the French bulldog owners.

You should be aware of the fact that AKC and many other leading kennel clubs don’t recognize blue Frenchies. There is also an ongoing debate if they should be bred as well. This is due to the health issues that they are prone to.

Blue French Bulldog Appearance

Blue French Bulldog is just like a regular Frenchie except for the coat color of Blue.

Ears: The first thing that you notice about them is their bat-like ears. The ears are long with a broad base and a rounded tip.

Face: They have a flat face, a large square head, and a short muzzle. They have a short, black nose with wide nostrils.

Eyes: Their eyes are typically dark brown or black and would mostly have an alert or curious face.

Body: Though they are small dogs they have a compact, heavy boned and a muscular body. They have a short and smooth single coat which is easy to maintain.

They also have wrinkles on their face which add to their cuteness quotient.

Size: Blue French Bulldog grows to a height of 11 to 12 inches tall and weighs approximately 20 to 28 pounds.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of Blue French Bulldog is 10 to 12 years.

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Blue French Bulldog personality

Blue French bulldogs are very popular for their unique looks and is an excellent companion dog. Let us look below at their various personality traits.

Thrive on human company

Like other Frenchie, blue French Bulldog is a small, beautiful, and affectionate dog that loves the company of humans.

They are happy to sit near your feet for the long hours you work or follow you walking from room to room.

If you are looking for a dog that you can leave outdoor, a blue french bulldog is not the right pet for you.

Center of attraction

Blue French Bulldogs are greedy for your love and affection. They will do things that will make you laugh and keep looking at them.

They are quite playful and also called as “Clown dogs” who would do well with families having children.

Keep in mind, they are also prone to suffer from separation anxiety and should not be left alone for more than 2 – 3 hours.

Affectionate

While they are greedy for your love, they will pour equal, if not more, love and affection back on to you.

Intelligent

Blue French Bulldogs are intelligent dogs and are easy to train if they find it interesting. With their free-thinking, they can be a bit obstinate at times so keep your training sessions short.

Excellent watch dog

Blue Frenchies are alert and attentive dogs who would alarm you of any strangers.

Adapt to environment

Blue French Bulldogs are quite adaptable to the environment, they are kept in.

Quiet dogs but !!!

They are quiet dogs who don’t bark much unless needed but they can be noisy at night. Phew.. they are known for snoring. 🙂

Lazy dog

They love to play but are also lazy to just spend their time on the couch. They also do not have much of the exercise needs and a couple of short walks daily are enough to keep them healthy.

If you live in an apartment or do not have much space, then a Blue French Bulldog may be the perfect choice of pet for you.

They drool

If you are too fond of cleanliness, they may not be recommended dogs for you due to drooling. They do shed moderately.

Child friendly

Frenchies are small dogs that do well with children, even with toddlers. Having said that it is always recommended to keep supervision and see neither is bullying the other one.

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Care

Blue French Bulldogs do not handle heat very well. They can get overheated if exposed to direct sunlight. Prefer keeping them indoors or in shade.

Frenchies have fairly low energy levels as they grow and do not require much of an exercise. But they are prone to become obese. Ideally, they should not weigh more than 28 pounds.

Nutrition:

Blue French Bulldog is prone to obesity. It is recommended to give them high-quality food and give the treats in moderation.

As recommended by Dogtime, an ideal diet for a french bulldog is 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. This is not a substitute for Vet advice.

We recommend Royal Canin French bulldog food as this is tailor-made for them. If you would like to buy, do start in small quantities and check for any food allergy symptoms as with any other dog food.

This can vary based on the age, size, growth, and activity levels of the dog. So if your dog is more active, he can eat more than a Frenchie who is a tidbit lazy.

Grooming:

Blue French Bulldog has a short, shiny single blue color coat. They shed moderately and are easier to groom. Due to their short hairs, they do not need a haircut.

Bathing your dog should ideally be once in 4 to 6 weeks or whenever he is smelly or dirty. Bathing frequently may dry the skin due to the loss of natural oils. This may lead to dry skin and other skin issues.

Use a high-quality oatmeal shampoo for bathing them. We recommend Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo.

Once a week brushing is good for the coat to remain clean and magnificent. This would also help build the bonding between the parent and him.

Brush them gently as they have no undercoat and the best brush for them should be designed for their gentle skin. We recommend Miracle coat Care Slicker Dog Brush, Small.

Blue French bulldog has wrinkles on its face that need care. It is recommended to wipe the wrinkles clean so that no dirt or moisture is left trapped which can lead to infections.

Look at more wrinkle dogs and how to do wrinkle care – https://www.yourdogsworld.com/b/wrinkle-dogs/

Frenchies do not wear down their nails naturally and you need to keep trimming them regularly before they break or split which could be very painful.

Exercise:

Blue Frenchies are lazy dogs. Couple of 15 minutes short walks daily should suffice for keeping them healthy. You need to ensure they do not become obese ( more than 28 pounds) by making the balance of the right amount of diet and exercise.

Being a Brachycephalic breed, they have issues related to breathing. Care should be taken that they do not overexert themselves. They don’t do well in the heat so be cautious and don’t make them exercise at high temperatures.

Training:

Blue French bulldogs are intelligent dogs who can be obstinate at times. They are easy to train but need persistent training. Remember to reward good manners and ignore bad manners.

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Health

Blue French Bulldogs are prone to many health issues.

Dog Alopecia – Blue French Bulldog is prone to this skin disease which causes him to have partial or complete hair loss. It can impact the endocrine system, lymphatic system, and immune systems as well.

The symptoms may not be visible until 4 months to 2 years so care should be taken that you get your blue french bulldog puppy from the breeder of repute.

There are many other health issues for which all french Bulldogs are also prone to.

  1. They are flat face dogs who are known as brachycephalic. These types of dogs are known to have breathing issues known as Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS). The short-nose shape of the French bulldog causes narrow nostrils and breathing difficulties which causes them to snore.
  2. They have a single coat and hence they do not handle the change in temperature well. They should be monitored in a hot climate so that they do not overheat themselves.
  3. Skinfold dermatitis – Wrinkles on their face should be cleaned properly of the dirt as well as moisture. If they are left trapped in, this may lead to infections and dermatitis.
  4. Hemivertebrae – Frenchies are prone to spine malformations that may cause their shape like a wedge or a triangle.
  5. Conjunctivitis
  6. Ear infections

French Bulldogs typically need surgery for giving birth due to their large head. This leads to French Bulldogs being more expensive.

Blue French Bulldog Genetics

The blue color in the French Bulldog is very rare and it is due to a gene known as the “Dilution gene”. When there is a single gene, the black color will happen. But if the dog has two copies of this gene, the color coat would be Blue.

Unfortunately, this gene also makes them prone to have a skin condition known as Dog Alopecia as discussed above.

Though blue is a rare and exotic color but worldwide the clubs do not recognize this color and most of the breeders of repute do not breed Blue French Bulldogs. Check out more about this here – https://frenchbulldogclub.org/nofadcolors/

How are blue French bulldogs bred?

Typically kennel clubs approve of the colors that are considered healthy and occur naturally. Blue is not one of the approved due to illness associated with the same.

Blue French bulldogs are generally developed in two ways.

  1. They are crossbred with other dogs who have the genes for the blue color.
  2. It can also happen naturally in purebred french bulldogs as a genetic mutation.

It is quite possible that one of the parent has this gene coming from his ancestors.

Cost of Blue French Bulldog

Blue French Bulldogs are quite expensive to buy. This is because of following factors.

  1. French Bulldogs are a very popular breed and hence the demand for these dogs is quite high.
  2. Frenchies have a large head and small pelvises and hence most often they need a cesarean operation for giving birth.
  3. Blue color French bulldogs are not approved by Kennel clubs like AKC. Though they are not quite common but not rare as well. Still, this makes them more expensive compared to other approved colors.

Considering all the above factors, you should have already guessed that they are expensive compared to other dogs. A blue French bulldog may easily cost more than $2,500.

Blue French Bulldog

Interesting facts about French Bulldog

  1. Frenchies cannot breed naturally and breeders have to artificially inseminate. This makes easier to know about the lineage of your pet.
  2. Most of the French Bulldogs babies are born through cesareans sections. This is because they have large heads which makes puppies difficult to pass through naturally at the time of birth.
  3. Frenchies cannot swim, their short legs and stocky bodies do not help them in water. So get your dog a life vest if you plan to be near water.

Pros and Cons of Blue French Bulldog

ProsCons
Low exercise needsProne to many health issues
Don’t bark a lotExpensive to buy
Quite attractive and beautifulThey drool a lot
Easy to groom and do not require much maintenance
Apartment friendly dog
A great companion

Check out the differences between Pug and French Bulldog – https://www.yourdogsworld.com/b/pug-vs-french-bulldog/

History of French Bulldogs

The blue hue in French Bulldogs is a color that is rare and their history is the same as of other French Bulldogs.

French Bulldogs origin traces to toy breed of English Bulldog in England who were popular with the Lacemakers of Nottingham’s city. As the industrial revolution happened, lace makers migrated to France along with toy bulldog.

It is in the countryside of France that French Bulldogs with their bat-like ears were created by cross-breeding of a migrated toy English bulldog with local small dogs of France.

They soon became quite popular across France especially among the ladies and were given the name of Bouledogue Francais.

Soon for their bat-like ears, excellent adaptability, friendly and mischievous attitude, they became popular across the world as a companion dog. It is quite common to see Frenchies when you go walking on the roads in the USA.

Below are the statistics of AKC registrations that show the exponential number of registrations in AKC signifying the recent increase in popularity of French Bulldogs in the USA.

As per AKC, French bulldogs are 4th most popular dog breed in USA.

French Bulldog popularity
French Bulldog AKC registrations

FAQ

Are blue French bulldogs healthy?

No, they are not considered as a healthy dog breed. They may suffer from Dog Alopecia and many other health issues related to brachycephalic dogs.

Are Frenchies hard to potty train dogs?

While being intelligent they are also obstinate so they are not easy to potty train.

Are Frenchies high maintenance?

They don’t require much grooming and brushing them once a week is sufficient. Though your vet bill may be high as they are prone to health complications.

Can French bulldogs be left alone?

No. French Bulldogs are prone to suffer from separation anxiety. They should not be left alone for more than 2 – 3 hours.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a small, naughty and playful companion dog, the blue french bulldog is the right breed for you. They are apartment-friendly dogs who make an excellent family companion.

Though Blue French Bulldog does not require much maintenance in terms of grooming, be aware of the health risks associated with them, and keep some time to have their wrinkles cleaned regularly.

References –

  1. https://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/french-bulldog.html
  2. https://frenchbulldogclub.org/nofadcolors/
  3. https://academic.oup.com/jhered/article/100/suppl_1/S75/886518
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090023313004280
  5. https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_alopecia
  6. https://www.ufaw.org.uk/dogs/french-bulldog—brachycephalic-airway-obstruction-syndrome-baos-

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