The blue French bulldog is such a rare and majestic dog. Except for the color of its fur, the Blue French bulldog is like any other French bulldog. Affectionate, sociable, and excellent companion.
Thanks to genetics, its gray coat appears somewhat bluish. This characteristic makes the fur very attractive and distinct from other shades. Some Frenchie pups would even sport a striking pair of blue eyes, owing to its recessive gene. Like its feline counterpart, the Russian blue cat, the blue French bulldog is highly desirable for its beauty and appeal.
No wonder the blue French bulldog is fast becoming a famous and coveted breed. Even celebrities have caught on with its growing popularity. Reese Witherspoon, Zach Braff, and Lady Gaga are just some of the famous figures who own this regal breed.
Table of Contents
- Meet the Blue French Bulldog
- Get to Know The Frenchie with These 7 Interesting Facts
- Final Words On The Amazing Blue French Bulldog
Meet the Blue French Bulldog
The blue French Bulldog is not exactly French.
“Wait a minute. They’re not French?”
Well, the French bulldog or “Frenchie” traces its origin from the Toy Bulldog of England. They were favorite pets especially among the lace makers of Nottingham, sometime in the mid-1800s. The breeders cross-bred the Toy Bulldog with different breeds including terriers. Now, these lace traders relocated during the Industrial Revolution and brought these little dogs with them to northern France.
Our lovable bat-eared canine became popular in places like Normandy and Paris. Soon breeders began trading and exporting them to France. There, they earned the moniker Bouledogue Français. And in 1912, they were official named French bulldog.
In general, French Bulldogs are very affectionate and needy breed of dogs. The Frenchie loves the indoors and is relatively small in size. The Frenchie often grabs attention with its silly and funny demeanor. The blue French bulldogs, in particular, prefer to stay close to their owners rather than run around and play.
The “blue” shade of the blue Frenchie was made possible by its dilute gene. This rare gene made this Frenchie’s gray coat appear bluish. Its distinct color makes the blue Frenchie a special breed. The blue French bulldog’s color comes in different forms such as solid blue, blue brindle, blue piebald, or blue fawn piebald.
But the color of its fur made it controversial and subject of debates as well. Major dog breeder organizations like the Kennel Club, consider its rare color as one of blue Frenchie’s inherent “defects.” It is the reason they disqualified the blue Frenchie from entering any dog competition. But unless you intend to have a show dog, it should not matter.
On the average, the life expectancy of a Frenchie is about ten years (Traci Coates, 2007). That lifespan can be considered moderate compared to other Teacup sized dogs. Because of their loving nature, the years they live will surely be a life well lived and worth remembering.
These little bundles of fur cuteness come in small sizes. But, just how big do they get? Well, a full grown male French Bulldog weighs about 25 – 27 lbs and is only about 12 inches in height. The Frenchie is perfect for apartment dwellers because of its weight and size.
But there’s more to love about them. So, read on and let us get to know more about the blue French Bulldog.
Get to Know The Frenchie with These 7 Interesting Facts
1. How Does A Frenchie Look?
The Frenchie is a very muscular dog with a stocky and compact body. It has a flat pug-like nose, large rounded-eyes, sans the upturned jaw of the English Bulldog. Like the English bulldog, its head is flat although not as big. The French bulldog sports a soft, short, shiny, and smooth fur, which makes it so irresistible to touch and pet. It has a loose and wrinkled skin with either straight or cork-screw-like tail.
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Aside from blue, French bulldogs also come in black, white, brindle, and fawn color. Some type would have black or blue hairs turning brindle, which even adds more appeal to that handsome look. The chocolate brindle type of Frenchie has a variety of eye colors as well, which makes them unique.
Above all, the most outstanding characteristics of the French bulldogs are its “bat ears.” The Frenchie is typically born with ears down but start to stand up at about 4 weeks old. The Frenchies are exceptionally unique and utterly cute little dogs with endearing personality.
2. The Affectionate Frenchie
The blue Frenchie is a very affectionate little creature with an adorable temperament. His squashed face, “bat ears”, and frequent snorting add to that endearing personality. He is the ideal fur baby to have with its easy-going personality.
The blue Frenchie is playful and loves attention. He is very gentle and does not bark as much. But don’t expect them to be dead silent all the time, as they love to “talk” with their yipping and yawning. They get along well with other dogs, but they can be territorial too.
The Frenchie is very social and loves the company of people. He is a great family dog and is terrific with kids too. He is also very patient and easy going. Very ideal for people with not so active lifestyle. If not playing and running around, you will find him slouching and resting on the couch.
Because he loves spending time with people and constantly craves attention, you can’t leave him alone in your house for a very long time. Doing so, especially when they are still young, could result in destructive behavior. We don’t want that of course.
3. The Frenchie Activity (or Lack of it)
Blue French Bulldogs need just a little amount of exercise unless they are puppies, which relatively has a lot more energy to burn. While a puppy’s energy can be overwhelming at times, some proper kennels training should keep him relaxed and behaved when you wish.
And for the older ones, well, they tend to get lazier as they get older. So, always keep your couch ready folks. Keeping your blue Frenchie inactive much of time may be unhealthy in the long run. So, better take him for a few short walks every day. And the AKC might have classified it as a non-sporting breed, but it is still a great watch dog (AKC, n.d.).
The French bulldog can be stubborn and hardheaded. Training a blue Frenchie may be a bit of a challenge. But with the proper motivation, he will gladly oblige. So, it is important that your training sessions are always fun and creative.
They are intelligent and fast learners. And you don’t have to worry about them getting distracted easily by cats or birds, as they are not predatory creatures.
5. How Much Is That Doggie?
French bulldogs are quite expensive, especially the blue Frenchie. The blue Frenchie can be twice as expensive as a regular French bulldog. The reason for the increase in price is mainly because of its rarity. Also, blue Frenchies are not easy to breed.
The size and shape of the French bulldog’s limbs make it difficult for the male to mount a female to procreate. The process would require artificial insemination to help female produce her little ones. When giving birth, the blue Frenchie needs to undergo cesarean section because of its narrow birth canal.
Blue French bulldogs are very rare and indeed one of a kind. This rarity and attractive appearance are what makes dog lovers want to own them more. And, for most, this more than justify the price tag of these awesome creatures.
6. Caring, Feeding, and Grooming the Blue Frenchie
Blue French bulldogs love to stay indoors. Rarely they would go out to play in the dirt. Their traits makes them ideal for apartment dwellers. And because their short coat doesn’t shed as much, they require minimal grooming. A gentle weekly brushing to clean away shed fur and promote new hair growth should be enough. Also, trimming the nails and keeping the folds always clean and dry should keep this fur baby looking fab.
The blue French bulldog generally does not develop digestive problems. However, like any pet, they need to be fed properly to keep them healthy and active. High-quality kibble, fruits, and vegetables are great for his overall health. Raw meat works great for them too. But consult with your vet before feeding him with raw meat just for safety measure.
7. The Blue Frenchie Health Concerns
As I have mentioned, the blue French bulldogs are not recognized by dog breeder associations. Breeders believe that they are prone to many health problems. One of these conditions related to the blue French dog’s genetic problems is called blue dog alopecia.
Color dilution alopecia affects dogs with blue and fawn fur. It is characterized by flaky, itchy skin. This condition causes them to shed excessively (Robin Downing, n.d., para. 1). But not too many get affected by this though, in fact, Frenchies do not shed that much.
As with any breed of French bulldogs, the blue Frenchie is also prone to other health issues. First, they can suffer from breathing problem called Brachycephalic Syndrome. This condition is usually triggered when the Frenchie gets too hot or had too much exercise.
Second, a young French bulldog's eyes may suffer from the cherry eye. It is characterized by round red mass at the corner of the eye ("Cherry Eye," 2015). Third, heat stroke is also a health concern for this little doggie (AKC Staff, n.d., para. 2). So, keep your blue Frenchie well hydrated when the weather is hot. And never leave him in a hot room or vehicle.
Fourth, food allergies can cause them to develop ear infections (AKC Staff, n.d.) and other skin problems like excessive shedding. Other potential health concerns are patellar luxation, intervertebral disc disease, and Entropion–that could cause a corneal ulcer (AKC Canine Health Foundation, n.d.).
But if you pay regular visits to the vet, these shouldn’t be a problem. Your vet should be able to spot early signs of disease and give you proper advice to prevent more health problems.
Final Words On The Amazing Blue French Bulldog
First off, below is a quick glance at some of the important blue French Bulldog stats and facts.
Blue French Bulldog
Frenchie, Bouledogue Français
Blue / Gray, Black, Brindle, White, Fawn, Cream
Shiny, smooth, fine and short
11 - 13 inches
25 - 27 lbs.
Average of about ten years
Younger ones have a high energy level; Older ones have a lazy attitude
Affectionate, lively, and playful
Suitable For Children
Typically, sociable and great with kids. May not be ideal for very young kids.
Great for apartment life
No doubt, the adorable blue Frenchie is one of the most popular and beloved pets on this planet. Being a cross between English bulldog and terrier, they are so affectionate and fun. Don’t get fooled by the gloomy expression on his face. He can be such an entertaining and hilarious companion. Even his lazy attitude and constant snorting can be such a charm. He is more likely to cuddle up with you especially on cold weather.
I particularly love the fact that they are so ideal to have in small apartments as much as they would in larger houses. And most of all, I don’t have to walk the dog or exercise with him that much. Which perfectly works for people like me who have a very busy lifestyle.
The blue Frenchie is a great family dog. But keep in mind that blue French bulldogs are extremely rare. And that’s tantamount to a very hefty price. But if you’re okay with the price tag, you’ll see that this wonderful baby is well worth it.
So, how did you enjoy the list and the little bits of facts about these fur babies? Would you consider owning a French Bulldog, especially a Blue one?
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