French Bulldog Colors

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Frenchies & Their Colors

Frenchies come in all shapes, sizes, and colors with a whole bunch of unique markings!

With standard colors such as fawn & brindle to rarer colors such as blue, merle, and fluffy frenchies and patterns such as the “black mask” and “piebald”, there’s one thing for sure: every Frenchie is unique.

No, a “Blue Frenchie” is not actually blue— they’re more of a grey color.

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French Bulldog Color Price Chart

Not only do Frenchies come in different shapes and sizes— they also vary in price quite a bit. The rarer the color, the more expensive it’ll be.

Fawn brindle$4,500
Blue & Blue fawn$6,500

What colors do French Bulldogs come in?

Frenchies come in a whole bunch of colors… but only some of them are officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

All French Bulldog Colors: Cream; Fawn; White; Fawn & White; Brindle; Brindle & White; Fawn Brindle; Fawn Brindle & White; Blue; Blue Fawn; Lilac; Chocolate; Grey & White; Merle; Platinum; and Fluffy.

AKC French Bulldog Colors: Cream; Fawn; White; Fawn & White; Brindle; Brindle & White; Fawn Brindle; and Fawn Brindle & White

Exotic French Bulldog Colors: Blue; Blue Fawn; Lilac; Chocolate; Grey & White; Merle; Platinum; and Fluffy.

French Bulldog Colors Explained

1. Fawn Frenchies

Fawn is a lightish tan color that gets its name from the color of baby deer (fawns).

There are many different shades of fawn that range anywhere from a pale tan to deer-red.

Fawn is officially recognized as a French Bulldog color by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

A Fawn French Bulldog sleeping on the floor
A Fawn French Bulldog

2. Fawn & White Frenchies

Everything above applies, but there are patches of white fur throughout their coat. Fawn & white is also recognized by the AKC.

A Fawn & White French Bulldog
A Fawn & White French Bulldog

3. Cream Frenchies

Cream Frenchies are kinda like a mix between fawn & white. They commonly have a ”black mask” pattern as you can see in the following picture…

Take a look at this adorable cream Frenchie!

A Cream French Bulldog with a Black Mask
A Cream French Bulldog with a Black Mask

4. Brindle Frenchies

Brindle is such a cute color… it’s a mix of black, brown, tan, and/or gold.

It’s also called the ”tiger stripe” pattern because of its similarities to a tiger’s coat.

Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself!

A Brindle French Bulldog outside on its leash
A Brindle French Bulldog

5. Brindle & White Frenchies

Just like a brindle Frenchie but with some white fur!

Usually the white patches are on their chests, however, it can be present anywhere on their coat… their head, back, paws, chest, tail, etc.

A Brindle & White French Bulldog Outside
A Brindle & White Frenchie

6. Black Frenchies

Well, this one is pretty self-explanatory…

Or is it?

Black Frenchies can come in a variety of different patterns– some look like they have a “tuxedo”, and others have white paws. Not all black Frenchies look the same!

A Black French Bulldog outside in the sun
A Black French Bulldog

7. White/Platinum Frenchies

While you might think white Frenchies are obvious, sometimes people get them mixed up with the cream Frenchies. Some people also call an all-white Frenchie a “Platinum Frenchie”.

Anyways, here’s a picture of a white Frenchie:

A White French Bulldog sleeping at the beach
A White French Bulldog

The Role of Color in Hearing

You may be wondering how the color of the coat could affect hearing.

The reason for this is that these genes are associated with a lack of pigment cells which give the appearance of their coats.

There are small hairs in the inner ear that are called cilia, and when there is an extreme lack of pigment cells, the cilia may not develop properly, resulting in deafness.

If you are interested in a predominantly white French Bulldog or are just concerned about the possibility of your new puppy being deaf, be sure to ask your breeder about performing a BAER test.

8. Blue Frenchies

This one always confused me at first… blue Frenchies are not actually blue!

Instead, blue Frenchies are more of a light grey color like this:

A Blue French Bulldog Puppy
A Blue French Bulldog Puppy

When someone is talking about a “Grey Frenchie”, they probably are referring to a Blue Frenchie

Blue Frenchies are prone to Color Dilution Alopecia, which is a recessive genetic disorder that causes patches of hair to thin and/or hair loss.

While there is testing available for Color Dilution Alopecia, there is no cure.

9. Blue Fawn Frenchies

My Frenchie is a blue fawn… the mix of blue & fawn comes out to look like a lightish grey & fawn color.

A picture can explain better than I can… just look at my Blue Fawn Frenchie!

A Blue Fawn French Bulldog playing with a toy
A Blue Fawn Frenchie

10. Merle Frenchies

Merle Frenchies are prone to some health issues.

They have a high incidence of health issues such as eye anomalies, deafness, blindness, and increased fetal mortality rates.

A Merle French Bulldog Puppy
A Merle Frenchie

11. Chocolate Frenchies

This brown chocolate-like Frenchie is one of the cutest colors out there…

It’s not officially recognized by the AKC but that doesn’t make it any less cute!

Never seen a Chocolate Frenchie? Well now’s your chance!

A Chocolate French Bulldog outside walking on its leash
A Chocolate French Bulldog

Isn’t he such a cutie?

French Bulldog Coat Markings

In addition to a variety of coat colors, there are also “markings” that your Frenchie can have such as a black mask, piebald, ticked, etc.

Black masked Frenchies

A “masked” Frenchie is one that has a black snout, but the rest of their coat is another color.

This marking is super common & super cute… my Frenchie is “masked”, what about yours?

A Fawn French Bulldog with a Black Mask
A Frenchie with a Black Mask

Ticked Frenchies

A ticked Frenchie is one that has very small spots of one color (usually white) mixed in with its coat’s main color.

Take a look at this ticked Frenchie:

A Frenchie with a Ticked Coat Pattern
A Frenchie with a Ticked Coat Pattern

Piebald Frenchies

The piebald pattern is when there are spots of unpigmented (white) fur on top of the pigmented (colored) fur.

In this piebald Frenchie, you can see its spots of white fur on top of the black coat:

A Piebald French Bulldog
A Piebald Frenchie

Frequently Asked Questions

What French Bulldog colors are considered exotic?

You might have heard of some Frenchie colors being called “exotic”.

The truth about most of these fad colors is that they are made by breeding Frenchies with other dog breeds.

It’s sad that these breeders are after a profit without regard for the health of the breed. Unfortunately, there is a high demand for these “exotic” Frenchies, so I don’t see this practice ending anytime soon.

Fluffy Frenchies

The newest exotic Frenchie on the block is the Fluffy Frenchie.

Believe it or not, these Fluffy Frenchies are actually purebred Frenchies– the gene for fluffiness is just extremely rare.

Yes, you heard me right, some of these Frenchies (as you’re about to see) can even cost as much as $10,000 to $100,000+.

“That’s crazy!”

you might be saying, however, I promise we can explain everything.

Breeding Frenchies is a lot of work!

But, did you know the average cost to breed a French Bulldog is roughly $7000?

What makes breeding French Bulldogs (and hence Frenchie puppies) so expensive is that they require artificial insemination and c-sections to reproduce.

Their very slim hips make it very difficult, if not nearly impossible for them to reproduce naturally.

Not to mention, vet bills, high-quality foods for the puppies, and housing just add to the cost of breeding Frenchies.

There’s no other way to put it, breeding French Bulldogs is a full-time job; they require constant attention and care.

What French Bulldog Colors are Considered Rare?

These colors are not officially recognized by the AKC.

  • Blue looks like a silver/grey color. Grey & White Frenchies are usually “Blue” Frenchies.
  • Blue Fawn– This is what color my Frenchie is. It’s a lighter fawn that looks almost “silver” sometimes.
  • Blue Brindle– a mix of Blue with bits of Brindle mixed in
  • Blue Pied– Spots of unpigmented (white) fur on top of a blue coat
  • Lilac– a dilute of brown
  • Platinum–a lack of pigment – all-white Frenchie
  • Merle random splotches of dark pigment overlayed over a lighter shade of the same color
  • Chocolate the Brown gene (TYRP1); also called the B Locus
  • Isabella– a light grey/brown color; famously seen on Weimaraners
  • Chocolate Merle– a Merle coat with a base coat of Chocolate
  • Blue Fawn Merle– a Merle coat with a base of Blue Fawn
  • Platinum Merle– a Merle coat with a base of Platinum/White

What French Bulldog colors are officially recognized by the AKC?

While Frenchies may come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns, there are only a handful that are officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The standard French Bulldog colors recognized by the AKC are: cream, fawn, white, fawn & white, brindle, white & brindle, fawn brindle, and fawn brindle & white.

French Bulldog AKC Colors

These are the 8 color combinations officially recognized by the American Kennel Club for French Bulldogs:

  1. Cream
  2. Fawn
  3. White
  4. Fawn & White
  5. Brindle
  6. White & Brindle
  7. Fawn Brindle
  8. Fawn Brindle & White

French Bulldog AKC Markings

Frenchies not only come in 8 different colors but 5 different markings. These are the patterns the AKC recognizes:

  1. Black mask
  2. White markings
  3. Black markings
  4. Brindle markings
  5. Piebald

Other French Bulldog Markings

You might see Frenchies with these markings, but the AKC would disqualify a Frenchie with these markings (not important unless you want your dog to compete in AKC dog shows)

  • Spotted
  • Ticked
  • Tan Points