What is a Blue Fawn French Bulldog
A Blue Fawn French Bulldog is not what you’d probably expect…
They don’t really look anything like a Blue Frenchie... they also look a bit different than a Fawn Frenchie.
It’s more of a mix between Fawn & light-grey/silver.
Read on to learn…
- Appearance — what Blue Fawn Frenchies look like
- Genetics — how they get their unique appearance
- Variations — the other types of Blue Frenchies
- Price — how much Blue Fawn French Bulldogs cost
- Health problems — Blue Fawn Frenchies are prone to specific health issues
There are so many French Bulldog colors…
I know, there’s a seemingly endless list of French Bulldog colors.
The AKC only recognizes certain colors
Some of these colors are “official” which means they’re recognized by the AKC as conforming to the French Bulldog Breed Standard.
With this being said…
Blue Fawn Frenchies aren’t recognized by the AKC.
What does this mean?
Colors not listed in the Breed Standard would be disqualified from being in an AKC dog show. They also wouldn’t be able to register with the AKC as a “Purebred French Bulldog”.
This doesn’t matter for most people
For a lot of us, we don’t really care about our dogs competing in these shows so there aren’t really many downsides. (Although Blue/Blue Fawn Frenchies could have some health issues which we will discuss later)
What does a Blue Fawn Frenchie look like?
- Similar to a Fawn Frenchie, but a bit lighter
- They have a Fawn & light-greyish/silver coat
- The silver-ish color makes their coat look super shiny
- Other than the color of their coat, they look just like any other Frenchie!
Check out these adorable Blue Fawn Frenchies
What gives Blue Fawn Frenchies their appearance?
Blue Fawn Frenchies get their silver-ish appearance from a mutation in the melanophilin gene (MLPH) which causes pigments that were originally supposed to be Fawn to appear silver/grey.
This is also called a dilution gene and responsible for other colors such as Blue and Lilac/Isabella.
Other types of Blue Frenchies
You may have heard of Blue… You may have heard of Fawn…
Now you know about Blue Fawns…
But do you know about these Blue Frenchie variants…?
- Blue: A Blue Frenchie has a solid blue coat, which can range from a light grey-blue to a darker, almost navy blue.
- Blue Fawn: A Blue Fawn Frenchie has a blue coat with fawn (a light tan) colored markings.
- Blue Merle: A Blue Merle Frenchie has a blue and grey mottled coat with black markings. This coat pattern is created by the merle gene, which causes a mottled or swirled pattern in the coat.
- Blue Pied: A Blue Pied Frenchie — or Piebald — has a blue coat with white markings on the chest, face, and legs. The Pied pattern is often compared to a “cow pattern” — cows, horses, and other animals can have the same Piebald pattern on their coat.
- Blue Sable: A Blue Sable Frenchie has a blue coat with sable markings. Sable is a type of coat pattern where the hair has a dark tip and a lighter base.
- Blue & Tan: A Blue & Tan Frenchie has a blue coat with tan markings on the face, legs, and chest.
How much are Blue Fawn French Bulldogs
You can expect to pay anywhere from $4,000 to $6,500+ for a Blue Fawn French Bulldog.
Frenchies are expensive — you probably already know that…
But Blue Fawn Frenchies cost even more than your average French Bulldog (which usually ranges anywhere from $2,000–$5,000+).
Blue Fawn Frenchie Price Comparison
|Average French Bulldog||$2,000–$5,000|
|Blue Fawn French Bulldog||$4,000–$6,5000|
Blue Fawn Frenchies are rare!
It’s not every day that you see a Blue Frenchie…
In fact, they are one of the rarest & sought-after Frenchie colors!
A good breeder will not be cheap but don’t overpay for a Frenchie
Unlike most dog breeds, Frenchies require to be artificially inseminated & undergo a c-section to give birth.
What is required to breed Frenchies
- C-sections – used to remove puppies from the uterus
- Artificial insemination – used to impregnate a female dog
This means that you’re going to pay at least a couple thousand dollars for a well-bred Frenchie… did you know that the average cost to breed a Frenchie is $7,000!
Blue Fawn French Bulldog Health Problems
If you haven’t heard by now, Frenchies are notorious for their health issues, especially breathing problems…
But some colors are prone to different health issues — Blue Fawn is one of these colors.
Color Dilution Alopecia
Unfortunately, Blue Fawn Frenchies are prone to a condition called color dilution alopecia, commonly abbreviated as CDA.
Color dilution alopecia is a hereditary skin disease that causes dry skin, flaky & itchy skin, and hair thinning & loss.
Color Dilution Alopecia at a Glance
- Diagnosis involves ruling out other issues
- Age of onset is between 6 months to 2-3 years of age
- A genetic condition — more common in Blue/Lilac/Isabella/Blue Fawn dogs
- No cure — but it can be managed with moisturizers, dietary changes, vitamin supplementation, etc.
Symptoms of Color Dilution Alopecia
- Thin hair
- A dry & dull coat
- Hair loss that progressively gets worse— it starts out as patches of hair loss
There’s no testing for Color Dilution Alopecia
Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to test for color dilution alopecia as the gene directly responsible is still unknown.
Regular Frenchie Health Issues
French Bulldogs in general (not just Lilac or Merles) are prone to a whole bunch of health issues…
Among Frenchies’ many health issues, joint problems are the most common.
5 Common Frenchie Health Issues
- Allergies: French Bulldogs can develop allergies to environmental factors such as pollen, dust, and certain types of
food. Common symptoms of allergies in dogs include itching, skin irritation, and digestive issues.
- Breathing issues: Due to their short snouts and flat faces, French Bulldogs can experience breathing problems. Stenotic nares (narrowed nostrils), elongated soft palate (a condition where the soft palate obstructs the airway), and tracheal collapse (when the trachea collapses or flattens) are all common respiratory problems in Frenchies.
- Joint problems: Joint problems are among the most common health issues in French Bulldogs. Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation (knee joint dislocation), and arthritis are all conditions that can affect Frenchies and cause pain and mobility issues.
- Spinal issues: French Bulldogs can also be prone to spinal problems such as hemivertebrae (a spinal deformity), intervertebral disc disease (a condition where the discs between the vertebrae in the spine degenerate or rupture), and degenerative myelopathy (a progressive disease that affects the spinal cord).
- Eye problems: Cherry eye (a condition where the tear gland in the eye protrudes from its normal position), cataracts (cloudiness in the lens of the eye), entropion (a condition where the eyelid rolls inward), and distichiasis (an abnormal eyelash growing from the wrong location) are all eye problems that can affect Frenchies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Blue Fawn Frenchies recognized by the AKC?
No, Blue Fawn is not one of the official colors recognized by the AKC.
Official AKC French Bulldog colors include: Cream, Fawn, White, Fawn & White, Brindle, White & Brindle, Fawn Brindle, and Fawn Brindle & White.
How much are Blue Fawn Frenchies?
Blue Fawn French Bulldog Puppies generally cost between $4,000-$9,000. This makes them more expensive than your average Frenchie (which is around $2,000–$5,000).
Price will vary depending on your location, breeder, and sex of the dog.
What health problems are common in Blue Fawn French Bulldogs?
Color dilution alopecia is a condition common in Blue & Blue Fawn dogs that can cause hair thinning & loss and dry/itchy skin.