Don’t let their jowly face fool you – the English Bulldog is actually a super mellow ball of mush. Developed way back in the 13th century in the United Kingdom, these jaunty pups are the fourth most popular breed of pooch in the United States.
Stocky yet small, English Bulldogs, affectionately known as “Bullies” (though they’re anything but), are loyal and loving canines that thrive in both urban apartments and sprawling suburban homes.
If you’re thinking about adding a brawny Bully to your family, we applaud you for your excellent choice! However, you may be wondering what color or coat pattern to pick. Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered.
What follows are the top 10 color choices of English Bulldogs to select from. We’ve also included some of the rarer color options for your convenience.
Standard English Bulldog Colors:
English Bulldogs come in 8 main standard colors, although these can be mixed and matched into different combinations, like Piebald and Tri- color.
Those 8 colors are:
The brindle is the signature look for the English Bulldog. When you picture a Bully, your mind probably immediately conjures up this traditional coat pattern. Brindle Bulldogs have a striped pattern in conjunction with a different colored base. The brindle will show up as tiger-esque stripes for a unique, defined appearance.
2. Fawn or Fallow
Seen as a color in clothing and furnishings, fawn is also a popular color for dogs, including the English Bulldog. This light tannish yellow color has many different shades, ranging from a pale tan to a deep deer-red.
Fun fact: the first recorded use of fawn as a color name was in 1789 in England, exactly where your Bully originated from!
White is another coveted color of English Bulldog. White Bullies are pure white, from tip to tail. They typically have no other markings on their body. However, a few freckles of a different hue aren’t unheard of.
A piebald-patterned Bulldog, also known as a “pied,” has a pattern of white spots on a pigmented backdrop of fur, including muddy brindle, red, or fawn. In layman’s terms, piebald simply means a Bully with two different colors on his coat.
Lilac is one of the rarer color variations found in English Bulldogs. A lilac Bully has had his color diluted twice, once from black to brown, and also from black to blue. The color looks like the result of mixing blue and brown hues, resulting in a gorgeous purplish-gray color. Your lilac Bully may have a fawn-colored undercoat if you rub his hair backyards. His nose, pads, and eyeliner will be some shade of purple.
Some lilac Bullies even have frosty blue eyes!
Though a common color in other breeds, black is a rarer color for English Bulldogs. Your Bully’s black coat should be shiny and may have a fawn undercoat. His eyeliner, pads, and nose are a true black color.
Another variation of the black Bully is known as a “black tri.” This is when your English Bulldog has a black and white coat with tan-colored points.
A blue-colored Bulldog is simply a black one that has been diluted in color by the dd genotype. Your blue Bully’s coat should appear to be gray in the sun or against darker-colored objects, and his nose, pads, and eyeliner should be a slate gray.
Another rare color, chocolate English Bulldogs get their stunning hue from the bb genotype. Their coats are a rich, deep brown color and their nose, pads, and eyeliner can be a brown or a liver hue.
Seal-colored English Bulldogs are extremely hard to find, but these beauties do exist. They have a unique reddish or brownish cast to their coats with lighter colored eyes and a dark stripe down their backs. Their legs and tail will generally be darker than the main part of their coats.
10. Tri Pattern
English Bulldogs that have a coat with three colors in a very specific pattern are known as “tri patterned” Bullies. They typically display points of a third color, usually in fawn or golden brown, above their eyes, on their cheeks, and inner front legs and chest.
From brindle and white to lilac and seal, English Bulldogs come in a myriad of colors that suit any style preference. But whatever color you choose, know that you’re adding a swell and sweet dog to your home.
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