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Merle French Bulldog: Pictures, Facts, Origin & History

Patricia Dickson

By Patricia Dickson

Merle French Bulldog

While most pet owners know what a French Bulldog is, the Merle French Bulldog is a little different.

The breed’s rare color pattern has become extremely popular in recent years. Since the Merle has increased in popularity, several misconceptions about the breed need to be dispelled. We’ll examine some facts about the Merle French Bulldog’s history and more in the guide below.

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The Earliest Records of Merle French Bulldog in History

Since the Merle French Bulldog is a relatively new breed, there are really no records of it throughout history. However, the Merle is a cross between a French Bulldog and a Merle Chihuahua.

This is also believed to be how the Merle color was introduced into the French Bulldog line. While the Merle color is why many people love the dog, there are concerns and issues with the breed because the Merle color can lead to health problems.

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How Merle French Bulldog Gained Popularity

There are seven types of Merle French Bulldogs: blue, blue-fawn, Isabella, chocolate, pied, black, and fluffy. The rarest variety is the Isabella Merle French Bulldog:  they have a rare color pattern that’s hard to find, which makes them even more in demand with pet owners.

Formal Recognition of Merle French Bulldog

Merle French Bulldogs are not considered to be purebreds and have no formal recognition by the AKC, and they can’t be registered with the organization. Also, the Merle French Bulldog colors are not acceptable or allowed under the AKC’s color standards. The AKC only accepts white, black, brindle, pied, fawn, and cream.

The exotic colors of the Merle Frenchie make them an impure breed according to AKC standards. Ironically, the same exotic colors that label the adorable pups impure are the same colors that command high prices.Divider 5

Top 5 Unique Facts About Merle French Bulldog

Here are a few unique facts about the Merle French Bulldog.

1. Merle French Bulldogs have Health Issues

As previously stated, Merle French Bulldogs have health issues that are thought to be tied to their Merle coloring. One of the most common issues is genetic deformity. This could result in blindness, deafness, and stunted limbs.

Many Merle French Bulldogs also suffer from allergies, hip dysplasia, heart murmurs, and immune disorders. Because of their light eye color, they sometimes suffer from eye abnormalities as well.

Merle French Bulldogs
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2. There’s a Debate Over Merle French Bulldogs

There’s a debate over whether purchasing and breeding Merle French Bulldogs is ethical due to the health problems dogs are known to suffer from. There are those who say if people don’t purchase them, they will end up in pet shelters and eventually be put to sleep. Then, some say it’s best not to breed them at all.

3. Merle French Bulldogs Are Rare

Not only is this breed rare, but when you find one, it will be a costly investment. It’s also essential to only purchase one of the Bulldogs from a reputable breeder.

4. Three Types of Merle French Bulldogs Are Most Often Sought

Three types of Merle French Bulldogs seem to be sought out by pet owners the most often. Those are the black, lilac, and blue Merle breeds. They are some of the rarest dogs alive, but not quite as rare as the Merle colors we mentioned above.

5. Merle French Bulldogs Are Expensive

A Merle French Bulldog will run you between $6,000 and $8,000; a regular French Bulldog will cost you significantly less at $1,500 to $3,000. Because of their genetic makeup and health issues, Merle French Bulldogs are more expensive to care for than their French Bulldog relatives.

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Does the Merle French Bulldog Make a Good Pet?

Merle French Bulldogs make great pets. They are playful, fun to be with, and loyal to their owners. They also do well with kids. However, as with any dog breed, it’s best to socialize them and train them as puppies to get along with children and other pets.Divider 5


This concludes our guide, origins, history, and facts about the Merle French Bulldog breed. Although Merle French Bulldogs make excellent pets, they are rare and could be hard to find.

If you decide this is the dog for you, remember that extra love, patience, and frequent veterinary appointments might be required to make the Merle French Bulldog happy and healthy in its forever home.

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