The French Bulldog is one of the most popular dogs in America, and it remains popular in the rest of the world as well. These friendly pups are well known for their lazy nature, and most are content sitting on the couch watching television or lying in bed. What’s less well known is the variety of colors they come in. The blue French Bulldog, in particular, is very easy on the eyes, but there is a little bit more going on behind the scenes that you should know about before you make a purchase.
Join us while we take an in-depth look at the blue French Bulldog and discuss the good and the bad about this particular breed. We’ll discuss health, temperament, genes, and breeding dangers to help you get better informed so you can make an educated purchase.
Blue French Bulldog
The Blue French Bulldog is a cross between the English Bulldog and French Ratters, which are small terrier dogs. This breed was created primarily in response to the illegalization of blood sports, something the English Bulldog did well. Mixing the two breeds created a smaller dog with a friendlier temperament.
These are primarily indoor dogs that enjoy relaxing. They require minimal exercise, and usually one short walk a day is enough to keep them healthy. While walking, the blue French Bulldog will stay close by your feet, and it is not likely to wander off or pull their leash like many other breeds. They may do some barking around strangers, but their primary purpose is as a companion, not protection.
The shape of their face and the small size of their nostrils prevents them from getting enough oxygen. They also make it difficult for your dog to regulate its body temperature, which can cause it to overheat in a warm climate or if it gets to much exercise. At the same time, this breed only has one coat of short, thin hair. This lack of dense fur causes the dog to get cold quickly, and this dog may even seek blankets in the summer when the air conditioner is running. These dogs have small litters consisting of only one or two dogs delivered by cesarian because the puppy’s head is too large to fit through the birth canal.
What to Expect
- Since the French Bulldog does not need a lot of exercise, their nails can get quite long and will need continuous grooming.
- The flat face of the French bulldog affects the ear canal which leads to a much higher chance of chronic ear infections than is present with a lot of other dog breeds
- French Bulldogs are in constant danger of catching a cold due to their thin coat. Even during the warm summer months, these dogs can catch a cold from the air conditioner.
- It’s essential to keep all skin folds clean as the dogs are susceptible to dermatitis in these areas — especially around the rope-like skin that goes over the dog’s nose.
- French Bulldogs have a sensitive stomach and need a controlled diet to prevent gas, bloating, and diarrhea
- The exact reason is unknown, but French Bulldogs are at a higher risk of getting a condition known as Cherry Eye, which causes the eye to be red and uncomfortable. This redness is the result of a damaged or infected third eyelid.
The French Bulldog Association of America
The French Bulldog Club of America began in 1897, and it is the oldest organization in the world devoted to the French Bulldog breed. This organization does not accept the blue color coat as a standard for the French Bulldog. The only approved colors are fawn and cream, and either color can be solid or brindle. The French Bulldog Association of America asks breeders to stick to these colors, and not try to produce blue French Bulldogs. They also ask the public not to encourage the breeding of blue French Bulldogs by creating a demand.
Color Dilution Alopecia
One reason the blue coat is discouraged by the French Bulldog Association of America is because of a disease called Color Dilution Alopecia, which is an inherited genetic disorder that causes patches of hair thinning and hair loss. This disease can also cause itchy and flaky skin.
No one knows what causes Color Dilution Alopecia, but many believe the same gene that gives the dogs their blue color, the Dilution gene, also causes the disease Color Dilution Alopecia.
Another reason that the blue coat is discouraged is that the Dilution gene is quite rare, and for a dog to have a blue coat, the Dilution gene must be present in both parents. Finding two dogs with this rare gene is one thing, but locating two dogs with this gene that are also perfect in all of the other ways breeders look for is extremely unlikely. The fear is that breeders will only look for this gene and breed only for color, disregarding other imperfections that might lead to poor health.
As we have stated, no one knows the exact cause of Color Dilution Alopecia. The discouragement towards the blue coat works to keep demand low so breeders can focus on health instead of color, but there are plenty of healthy dogs that have a blue coat. Modern technology makes it thousands of times easier to find two healthy dogs with the right genes, and the same technology can bring them together.
There are plenty of breeders that take pride in their work, and will not try to breed an unhealthy dog. These people are also much easier to find thanks to the internet. If a blue French Bulldog is something you need to have, and a fawn or cream-colored bulldog won’t cut it, we believe if you weed out the greedy puppy mills, and do plenty of research to locate a skilled breeder, you can have one that’s as healthy as any other. Of course, it is going to cost you.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading about the famous blue French Bulldog, and have learned something new about this fantastic companion. It’s common to want a specific color pet, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but with this particular color and breed, make sure your up to the task of finding a quality breeder that is concerned about more than the dog’s color.
The blue French Bulldog is certainly a good looking dog, but they are also great friends. They are one of the best dog breeds to have around kids, and they are perfect for cramped apartments, the elderly, and the disabled. Please share this information about the blue French Bulldog on Facebook and Twitter.
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