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Blue French Bulldog: Info, Pictures, History & Traits

Gregory Iacono

By Gregory Iacono

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If you’re looking for an adorable dog that’s small, easy to care for, and makes an outstanding companion pet, the Blue French Bulldog is a fantastic choice! The Blue Frenchie is highly adaptable and will thrive in a tiny apartment or large home. They have the same traits and characteristics as other French Bulldogs except for their color.

If you’re looking for information to help you choose between a Blue Frenchie and another breed, the data and facts below will be helpful. From their size and lifespan to health issues, recognition by canine associations, and much more, we’ve got it for you below!

Breed Overview

Height: 10 – 12 inches
Weight: 15 – 30 pounds
Lifespan: 9 – 15 years
Colors: White, blue
Suitable for: Seniors, apartment dwellers, families with older children
Temperament: Laid-back, social, affectionate, silly

The Blue French Bulldog is like other Frenchies except for their color, which is a gorgeous blue-grey slate. One rumor you might have heard is that Blue French Bulldogs have more health problems than their “regular” cousins, but that’s simply not true.

The only reason these darling dogs are blue is because of a color gene that’s been diluted, which changes the color of their fur and, occasionally, the color of their eyes. Yes, Blue Frenchies had some problems a few years back, but they were mostly caused by overbreeding. Today, most breeders are very careful not to breed Blue French Bulldogs.

Blue French Bulldog Characteristics



The Earliest Records of Blue French Bulldogs in History

It was in the 1800s that the first French Bulldogs were seen, but when the first true “blue” variation occurred is difficult to pinpoint. Around 1860 in the United Kingdom, miniature Bulldogs became more popular, especially after the country banned bullbaiting and many dogs were “put out to pasture.”

What’s fascinating is that these miniature Bulldogs weren’t extremely popular in the UK, but in France, they were a smash hit! Fast forward to 1895, and the first French Bulldogs were making their way to the shores of the United States, where they were recognized by the AKC in 1898 thanks to the help of wealthy French Bulldog lovers like JP Morgan and the Rockefellers. Then, in the 1980s, thanks to the help of the French Bulldog Club of America, French Bulldogs became a huge hit and have stayed that way ever since.

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How Blue French Bulldogs Gained Popularity

French Bulldogs and the Blue Frenchie were very popular among the French at the end of the 19th century. They loved the smaller size of this bully breed and the way their ears stood up straight. Although they weren’t a huge hit in the U.S. at first, after the 1980s, the French Bulldog became popular in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia, where today they are in the Top 10 dog breeds in each country. The Blue Frenchie is even more popular because it’s rare and hard to come by.

Formal Recognition of Blue French Bulldogs

The French Bulldog was recognized in 1898 by the AKC, but the Blue French Bulldog is not recognized as a standard color. The only colors that the AKC recognizes in French Bulldogs are the following: Brindle, Brindle & White, Cream, Fawn, Fawn & White, Fawn brindle, White, White & Brindle, Fawn, Brindle & White, and White & Fawn

Most canine associations don’t recognize the Blue French Bulldog because the recessive gene, D locus, Is considered undesirable. Finding a breeder who will breed a Blue French Bulldog is extremely hard to do because most breeders if they follow the rules and desire to protect a breed’s bloodlines, refuse to do it.

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Top 6 Unique Facts About Blue French Bulldog

1. Blue Frenchies Love to Be Lazy

If you’re used to smaller dogs with a ton of energy, you might be surprised by the Blue French Bulldog. They would rather lay around the house, lie on your lap and snooze the entire day away than go outside and play, even when they’re younger.

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2. Blue French Bulldogs Are Expensive

You might already know that French Bulldogs are relatively expensive and can run between $2,000 and $3,000. Now take that price and triple or even quadruple it, and you’ll have the price of a Blue French Bulldog. Because they’re so difficult to obtain, you’ll end up paying between $8,000 and $10,000 for a Blue Frenchie.

3. Blue French Bulldogs Are Not from France

If you were reading closely, you might’ve noticed that French bulldogs were first bred in the United Kingdom, not France. They became popular in France, and the breed was honed to perfection there, but they aren’t from France.

4. Blue Frenchies Can’t Swim

Many dogs adore the water and love getting wet. The Blue French Bulldog does not like the water, and because of their short legs and brachycephalic faces, they’re very poor swimmers. Most will avoid it at all costs unless it’s in their water bowl.

5. Most Blue French Bulldogs Are Born by C-Section

Did you know that some dogs need to be delivered by cesarean section? Because they have such large heads, females have a difficult time pushing their pups through their birth canal.

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6. Blue Frenchies Often Suffer from Allergies

When you own a Blue French Bulldog, you should always feed them the right diet. Many suffer from environmental or food allergies and must be regularly cleaned and groomed to prevent them.

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French Bulldogs are incredibly affectionate with family, especially with young children. They’re also very good with other dogs, shed very little, and are highly adaptable. When you add that to the fact that they’re small dogs who can easily live in an apartment and travel with you wherever you go, it’s easy to see why the French Bulldog and Blue French Bulldog are incredibly popular as pets.

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Final Thoughts

The French Bulldog is popular because of their calm temperament and adaptability. When it comes to the Blue French Bulldog, however, the biggest drawback is that they’re incredibly expensive. Breeders, especially those who strive to stick to proper breeding practices, won’t breed Blue French Bulldogs because of the genetic issue they possess that gives them their lovely color.

However, if you’re lucky enough to find a breeder with a Blue French Bulldog for sale (and you’re financially able to afford one), there are very no differences between these fantastic canines and their AKC-accepted cousins.

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