What is a Red Fawn French Bulldog?
There are so many Frenchie colors & patterns — it’s like a new one is popping up everyday.
But have you heard of a Red Fawn Frenchie?!
They’re not red like Clifford the Big Red Dog
When someone says they have a “Red French Bulldog”, you might look at the like they’re crazy. (if you don’t know what a Red Frenchie is).
They’re not actually red like you might think…
And they certainly don’t look anything like Clifford 😂
So then what does a Red Fawn Frenchie look like?
As it says in the name, a Red Frenchie is actually a “Red Fawn French Bulldog”.
It’s a shade of Fawn.
The Fawn color can vary in shade from a pale tan to deer-red.
A Red Fawn coat is characterized by…
- Characterized by a reddish-brown base color: The coat has a rich, luxurious appearance due to its deep mahogany hue.
- Features a fawn or tan tint: This adds softness and warmth to the coat, ranging from a light cream to a deeper caramel color.
- Lighter on the underbelly: The underbelly is typically lighter in color, creating a beautiful contrast with the rest of the coat.
- May have a black mask on the face: Some dogs have a black mask on their face, adding a touch of sophistication and mystery to their appearance.
What gives Red Fawn French Bulldogs their appearance?
The genetics of the Red Fawn French Bulldog’s appearance can be explained by several different genetic factors that influence coat color and patterning.
The “A locus”
One of the most important genes that determines coat color in dogs is the Agouti locus (A locus), which can produce either black or brown pigments.
In Red Fawn French Bulldogs, the A locus produces a brown-based coat color.
The “K locus”
Another gene that plays a role in the coat color of the Red Fawn French Bulldog is the K locus, which influences the production of both black or brown eumelanin and yellow or red phaeomelanin pigments.
In Red Fawn French Bulldogs, the K locus produces a fawn or tan tint to the coat, ranging from a light cream to a deeper caramel color.
In addition to coat color, other genetic factors influence the pattern of the Red Fawn French Bulldog’s coat.
The “S locus”
For example, the S locus controls the distribution of white spotting on the coat, which can result in a lighter underbelly.
The “E locus”
And the E locus controls the production of black pigment, which can result in a black mask on the face of some Red Fawn French Bulldogs.
It’s a complex process
Overall, the genetics of coat color and patterning in dogs can be complex and involve multiple genes and interactions.
Breeders carefully select for these traits to produce puppies with the desired physical characteristics while maintaining the breed standard.
How much are Red Fawn French Bulldogs?
On average, you can expect to pay $3,500–$5,500 for a Red Fawn French Bulldog from a reputable breeder.
There’s a pretty big gap in the Frenchie price range — the price you pay will depend on many factors.
Frenchie Price Factors
- Gender — typically female Frenchies will cost more than males due to their ability to breed
- Breeder — a breeder that has a good reputation will usually charge more for their puppies compared to a smaller, less-known breeder; highly reputable breeders will usually have a longer waitlist for their puppies as well
- Location — depending on where you live, the average price of a Frenchie might be more or less compared to the average of $3,500… in metropolitan areas (e.g. Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Miami, etc.) the price will be a bit higher compared to the prices you’d find in smaller cities or rural towns.
- Color & pattern — some colors & patterns have genetics that are quite rare and breeders will typically charge more for these
Frenchies are expensive
There’s no denying it — Frenchies are expensive…
Do you think they’re worth it?
Red Fawn French Bulldog Health Problems
Some colors like Blue, Merle, and Lilac are known for having health issues that are related to the color of their coat.
For example, Blue Frenchies are prone to a condition known as Color Dilution Alopecia which causes hair follicles to become weakened due to the dilution of pigment, leading to hair loss and skin inflammation.
Do Red Fawn Frenchies have more health issues?
Fortunately, Red Fawn Frenchies don’t have any color-specific health issues like these colors mentioned above.
But that doesn’t mean they’re free of health issues by any means…
Regular Frenchie Health Issues
Frenchies are notorious for health issues. And the Red Fawn Frenchie is certainly no exception.
French Bulldogs in general are prone to a whole bunch of health issues…
Among Frenchies’ many health issues, joint & breathing problems are the most common.
The most 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 Red Fawn Frenchies recognized by the AKC?
Yes, Fawn is one of the official French Bulldog patterns recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). As Red Fawn is a shade of Fawn, it would be recognized by the AKC.
Are Red Fawn Frenchies purebred?
Yes, a French Bulldog with a Red Fawn coat may be purebred — but this is not always the case. There are some colors that would be impossible for a Frenchie to have if they were purebred, but Red Fawn is not one of those.
How much are Red Fawn Frenchies?
The price of a Red Fawn Frenchie ranges from $3,500–$5,500 for a puppy from a reputable breeder.
What health problems are common in Red Fawn Frenchies
There are no color-specific health issues for Red Fawn French Bulldogs — but they still are prone to the same health issues that any Frenchie would be prone to.
These would be: allergies, breathing issues, joint, eye, and spinal problems.