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blue french bulldog guide

The Blue French Bulldog: Beautiful Rarity Or Undesirable Abnormality?

Online images of the blue French Bulldog show that this alternative form of the Frenchie is an undoubtedly attractive dog. Also, there are clearly many different forms of blue, giving these pups some charming looks and characteristic appearances – such as the blue fawn French Bulldog and blue brindle French Bulldog.

The problem is that while many celebrate and enjoy this genetic line in the Frenchie, others would like to see it eradicated. So who is correct?

Are blue French Bulldog puppies a blessing or something to be phased out?

In this guide to blue Frenchie puppies we will look at some of the different arguments about the value of this version of the French Bulldog.

We will use blue French Bulldog information to look deeper into the key issues here surrounding the legitimacy of the gene type, the breed standards for Frenchies and the health care concerns of these blue animals.

We will also look at the other “rare” forms of bulldog that are in the company of the baby blue French Bulldog and look at some of the issues surrounding blue Frenchies for sale. How much is a blue French Bulldog and, more importantly, should you really be looking at them over other, accepted Frenchie types?

One of the reasons that the French Bulldog is so popular as a pet these days is because of its looks

This is not the most typically attractive dog, with its odd features, squashed-in face, large ears and lack of tail, but many people are immediately drawn to these dogs – especially as puppies. This appeal continues with the range of colorations in the fur. Some dogs are pretty limited in color options. Here it seems that there is the potential for a range of colors because of the genetics of the dog.

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There are many fawn and pied animals, but there are also a number that retain the gene for a brindle animal. In addition to this there are the rarer coat types from recessive and less common genes that are still part of the gene pool. The potential for this depends on the linage of the pup and its links to other breeds. Some people deliberately breed a specific color. Others have animals with a broad genetic history and the potential for a mixed litter.

The blue coloration comes about from a recessive allele on one of the genes that determines coat color. What would normally be a black hair becomes blue. This color is highly attractive to many owners, and the dogs are striking because they stand out from other animals with their rich color.

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In some cases, there is a strong blue uniform that is seen across the entire body. In other cases we can see blue and tan or blue and white coloration where there are markings and patterns on the coat.

There are also some blue eyed French Bulldog pups, which makes them stand out even more from the typical colors. There is no doubt that this trait is pretty, but there are mixed opinions on the benefits of breeding animals with this recessive gene.

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Many see no issue with the blue/grey Frenchie when bred responsibly because they are still pure Frenchies

There are many people that love the blue Frenchie and see it as another legitimate color in the varied spectrum of the French Bulldog.

Most are happy to breed and sell these dogs, when bred responsibly and see few issues with allowing this dominant gene to remain in the gene pool. As far as many blue Frenchie owners are concerned, as long as there is a happy, healthy dog, there should be no reason to look down upon the sub-type.

The reason for this comes from the fact that many Blue French Bulldogs are pretty much exactly the same as their pied, fawn or black cousins when it comes to the blue French Bulldog temperament, care needs and physically.

The only major difference is that gene for the coat color. The temperament of the dog does not alter with a different shade to the fur. They are still the laid back, fun, loving dogs that Frenchies owners would expect – with the typical quirks and traits – and they have no sense of ego about them for being this “rare” alternative.

This blue gene should have no baring on their intelligence either, so there shouldn’t be any further issues with training a blue Frenchie compared to a pied or brindle one.

As always, those that find themselves struggling with a behavioral issue should turn to reliable online resources like Doggy Dan the online dog trainer and the Secrets to Dog Training online program.

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The care needs are pretty much the same in regard to diet, exercise and home environment if they are a healthy dog with no major issues to contend with.

The grooming needs should still be minimal because the length and quality of the coat should not alter with this new color. They keep the short, single coat that needs a gentle brush now and then. Shedding concerns should remain the same. They also have the same eyes and upright ears that need the same amount of attention.

This short coat and the breathing issues of the breed mean that can have issues with temperature. If you want your dog to go outside, blue French Bulldog kennels may not be a great idea. However, there are some great crates for indoor dens where pups can play and create their own space, such as the AmazonBasics Folding Metal Dog Crate.

So why are some people so against this idea of these blue French Bulldog pups?

Then there are those that are completely against the idea of the blue French Bulldog because they believe that it is an undesirable trait that should not be encouraged.

This dramatic contrast in opinion can seem a little surprising when we consider all those similarities between the pied and brindle bulldogs and the blue and black and tan ones. The reasons for these concerns often come down to two important criteria.

First of all, the blue is not recognised by the AKC and other major organisations. Therefore, it isn’t seen as a desirable breed standard and the animal cannot be shown. There are only three of the many different coat colorations that are recognized as legitimate for this breed. They are the pied, fawn and brindle French Bulldog. This means that all those highly popular all-black and all-white Frenchies are just as unpopular with the AKC as the blue.

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Then there is the issue of healthcare with the blue/grey French Bulldog.

There are also some concerns over potential blue French Bulldog health issues because of this blue gene. Again, different sites from different owners and breeders will have different views. There are those that will assure all Frenchie lovers that the blue pup is just as likely to be happy and healthy as the pied, brindle, cream or any other colour. They will say things like there is no “biological proof” that these animals are less healthy.

However, others will point out the potential for blue dog alopecia. Blue dog alopecia is a condition that occurs with animals that have this recessive allele in the coloration gene for the blue. Any breed of dog could be at risk, and this include the blue French Bulldogs. This condition is characterized by a skin complaint that leads to dry, damaged skin and the potential for hair loss. It is linked to the pigment in the hair and skin.

Of course this isn’t the only health concern that owners need to be aware of when dealing with a blue Frenchie pup. Because they share the same physical features as the other French Bulldogs, this means that they are a brachycephalic dog – an animal with a short snout and potential breathing issues. At best, they may pant and snort a lot and find themselves struggling with long distances or dramatic changes in temperature. At their worse, they could deal with elongated palettes, obstructed breathing, collapsed trachea and other major respiratory issues.

Dealing with blue French Bulldog breeders and sales of “rare blue pups”

The other reason for the divide in opinion on these dogs is the way that they are sold.

The biggest issue here is the idea of a breeder with blue French Bulldog puppies for sale that calls it a rare breed and charges extra for it. Some feel that this is immoral as people are making a larger profit on an animal that is undesirable and potentially problematic for the owner.

There are also the concerns that those that focus on the “rare” angle may be over-breeding for this recessive trait and putting dogs at risk.

On the other side of the fence are those that argue that this color type is rarer than some others and that they are worth more than a “typical” breed standard Frenchie for it.

Placing the issue of rarity to one side, it is important that new owners take the time to research potential breeders and pups before committing. The wording in the adverts and initial price tag aren’t that important compared to the condition of the pup and the linage.

Where possible, all new Frenchie owners should be able to view the litter with the parents to learn more about the genetics and the health of the animal. Is this a breeder that selectively breeds from blues –female blue French Bulldog with a blue French Bulldog male – with potential negative impacts on the animal? Or is this a litter with a range of colors where there happen to be blues, blacks, pied and other types of Frenchie in the mix? Also, if the latter is the case, is the blue at the same price as the other pups and seen as equal.

How much do blue French Bulldogs cost?

The cost of these dogs is always going to be a contentious issue, no matter which side of the fence you stand on when it comes to the ethics of the breed type. A blue French Bulldog for sale is always going to cost a little – or perhaps a lot – more than a typical, commonly-found Frenchie type.

Some will do so to get a quick buck on a rare form and cash in on a trend, while others will feel justified in charging more for their careful breeding of an interesting gene type and the work that goes into raising these dogs.

The costs will be high with Frenchies anyway because of their popularity right now. The blue French Bulldog price will vary depending on breeder, location and other factors. Buyers can either shop around or go for a different approach with adoption.

Is adoption really the best option for a mini blue French Bulldog?

This minefield of buying blue French Bulldog puppies means that some people may prefer the option of adopting.

Blue French Bulldog adoption is a great idea for anyone that isn’t keen to find a puppy to train and likes the idea of giving an adult blue French Bulldog a second chance.

There could be Frenchies of all different colors in shelters depending on their circumstances. There is the chance that some owners gave away blues because of the issues of the breed standard and felt they were inferior.

French Bulldog with Blue EyesBlue Eyed French Bulldog Puppy – Image Source

Are these blue French Bulldog puppies worth saving?

This argument over the worth of the blue French Bulldog is sure to rage on while these pups are still being bred. Those that have a happy, healthy blue French Bulldog full grown are sure to see no reason why dog lovers shouldn’t buy blue French Bulldog pups from a respectable breeder. They are on the same level as the black and the white French Bulldog as far as the AKC are concerned.

However, there is this concern over the recessive gene and the health care risk with alopecia. Breeders with good stock should prevent against this, but some still feel that blues should not be bred at all. It is a tricky issue with interesting points on both sides.

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