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Blue French Bulldog – Must Know Facts About The Rare Breed

Blue French Bulldog
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Blue French Dog, “appealing” more than “good-looking” is just another paradigm of the subjective nature of “beauty”.

Their compelling color turn heads wherever they go, and their lovable personalities help them make quick friends with everyone they meet. And that face and big old bulldog eyes? Do I have to even say about it?

The blue French bulldog resembles other French bulldogs save for the coloration of the dog’s fur. What makes this dog a bit different in terms of color is nothing more than the fact that the dog’s gray coat has a slightly bluish hue, well, thank its genetics.

Some Frenchie pups would even sport a striking pair of blue eyes, owing to its recessive gene. In the vein of its feline peer – the Russian blue cat, the blue French bulldog is highly sought-after for its cuteness and charm.

The unique features (in fact, bizarre physiology!) that they integrate have made them popular among the dog lovers.

While the top breeder associations give a cold shoulder to these blue boys, their trade has been exponentially high in most parts of the world. Like other French bulldogs, the blue ones are also referred to as Frenchie.

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Blue French Bulldog Breed Characteristics Sheet

  • Origin: France
  • Size: Small
  • Dog Breed Group: Non-Sporting Group
  • Purebred: Yes
  • Lifespan: 10-12 Years
  • Height: Male – 11-12 Inches (28 – 30 Cm), Female – 11-12 Inches (28 – 30 Cm)
  • Weight: Males – 9 – 13 Kg (20-28 Lbs) And Females – 9 – 13 Kg (18-26  Lbs)
  • Coat Appearance: Single Coat
  • Coat Colors: Solid Blue, Blue Brindle, Blue Piebald, Or Blue Fawn Piebald
  • Temperament: Affectionate,   Adorable,  Energetic, Easygoing, Friendly, Laidback,  Intelligent, Lively,  Loyal, Keen, Outgoing, Pleasant, Responsive, Social, Spirited
  • Good With Children: Yes
  • Intelligence Level: High
  • Good With Pets: Yes
  • HypoallergenicNo
  • Grooming: High
  • Shedding: Low
  • Barking: Barks When Necessary
  • Suitable For Apartments: Yes
  • Need For Exercise: High
  • Easy To Train: Yes
  • Good For First Time Owners: Yes
  • Health Issues: Baos, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Distichiasis, Pulmonic Stenosis, Hemivertebrae
  • Litter Size: 3-5 Puppies
  • Average Price: $4000 – $6000

Blue French Bulldog History

This blue Frenchie origin remains confused, but most sources trace the origin of standard French bulldog roots to English bulldogs.

The most accepted theory is that the crossbreeding between the English bulldog ancestors and local matters in France. Nottingham lace workers in search of a toy-sized bulldog that would be more likely to snooze while they worked brought over to England during the 1800s.

They, somehow, did introduce the “bat ear,” which is not an attribute of the English bullies.  The blue coloration of a Frenchie comes about from a recessive allele (genetic mutation) on one of the genes that determine coat color.

This color is highly attractive to many owners, so the breeders continue to breed them for their popularity.

Is Blue French Bulldog, The Right Dog For You?

If you want a dog who…

  • Is playful and lively little munchkin – not a subtle lapdog
  • Very compliant, content to live in an apartment or house
  • Are Low shedders  and a sleek easy-care coat
  • Well-mannered with everybody, including other pets
  • Intelligent, intrepid but impish
  • Only need shorter walks and perfect for inactive lifestyles

Blue Frenchie may be right for you.

If you don’t want to deal with…

  • Snorting, snoring, snuffling and some slobbering
  • Stubbornness and excessively possessive of families and owners
  • Sometimes prickly and may adopt “small dog syndrome
  • Quite a few potential health problems due to their ‘extreme anatomic features’
  • High-pricey nature

A bluey may not be right for you.  but, they were made for lovin’ you, buddy.   Still not convinced? Keep reading

Blue French Bulldog Size And Lifespan

Blue French Bulldog Size

  • Height – Male – 11-13 inches (28 – 30 cm), female – 11-12 inches (28 – 30 cm)
  • Weight – Males – 9 – 14 kg (20-28 lbs) and Females – 9 – 13 Kg (18-26  lbs)

Blue French Bulldog Lifespan

The average blue Frenchie life-span is about 10-12 years which is relatively moderate especially when compared to other small breeds.

Blue French Bulldog Coat Color And Appearance

Blue French Bulldog Coat Color

What else????

  • Blue
  • Blue brindle
  • Solid blue
  • Blue piebald
  • Blue fawn piebald

A blue French bulldog’s medium-fine coat is soft, short, shiny, and smooth. They are “rare” colored French bulldogs and come in blue brindle, solid blue, blue piebald and blue fawn piebald colors which are undesirable according to Kennel Club breed standards.

Blue French Bulldog Appearance

They belong to Brachycephalics or “smushed-face dog” breeds which have certain common anatomical traits that make them both amazingly cute and incredibly impaired.

Despite his ‘down in the dumps’ expression, the blue French bulldog is comical, compelling and consistently cordial.  

Important Proportions

A French bulldog is the smallest of the Bulldog clan. They are small yet really strapping and strong guys. The body length between the shoulder point and the point of the buttocks slightly exceeds the length of withers.

The head should be outsized and a slightly rounded skull with wrinkles and skin folds typically found around it. The muzzle length is about 1/6 of the total length of the head.

Facial Region 

Stocky frame but a squishy face and snubbed noses; the French wrinkler have a number of adorable features, the face being the most important one. Broad, domed forehead with prominent superciliary arches, separated by a particularly developed furrow between eyes.

The muzzle is short, broad, with concentric symmetrical folds. A little squashed-in nose which is extremely short and black in color. The underjaw is square, deep, but neat. The teeth meet in an underbite.

Round, prominent Eyes are set low down in the skull quite far from the nose and ears. A French Bulldog’s ears are often referred to as ‘bat ears’, they are medium sized, set high on a dog’s head, elongated, narrowing in a triangular shape and rounded at the top.

Body

A well proportioned, slightly arched, thickly set, without dewlaps and broadens toward shoulders. Topline rise progressively, but not exceptionally, from the withers towards the loin.

That touchback conformation is typical for the breed. Short, broad and arched loin with well sloping croup. Very well sprung ribs, “barrel-shaped” chest and belly is tucked up but never whipped. The tail is set low, rather straight, tapering at the tip and thick at the base.

Blue French Bulldog Temperament

Pros

  • Don’t expect anything different. They’re some of the goofiest, good-humored breeds. You’ll be entertained all day by their mischiefs. They are Playful, patient, outgoing, lively and laidback.
  • If you want a dog that will slouch around and watch Netflix with you or go for a stroll in the park, you’ve found your match!
  • Frenchies are considered as the smallest and smartest of all the “bully” breeds. Their acumen ranks somewhere pushed in the middle when compared to all other dog breeds.
  • These quirky little slobbers will keep you entertained for hours. They always have the knack of getting into tomfoolery or do something facetious. If you don’t believe, just watch the thousands of compilation of the funniest Frenchies on the internet!
  • Blue Frenchies have become so popular in cosmopolitans for obvious reasons. They’re one of the best apartment dogs for apartment dwellers! In cities like London, NYC etc where almost everybody is living in an apartment, having a hefty dog that needs tons of exercise isn’t a feasible thing.
  • He is a one-man-orchestra (or rather a one-dog orchestra) and a goofy sound machine! This is delightful to some people and annoying to others and his acoustics arsenal includes snuffling, snorting, wheezing, snoring and farting.
  • Nay, you‘ve heard me correct! But, turn your upbeat mode- you will never have to worry about that gauche moment of silence when the guests or non-guests because he sure to produce some VFX sound effects.

To wrap up, take care of these anatomical disasters – They’re not the patron saint of cuteness; they are genetically manipulated and bred for us. In spite of all their health concerns,   they will do anything to please you.

They’ll be mad about you eternally. Charismatic cuddlers. You’ll never feel alone 24/7. Such a small breed fits rather imperfectly into your lap but perfectly fits into your heart….oops. Just watch out for the farts!!!!

Cons

Squishy face, snubbed nose, giant googly eats, big bat-ears and all these come in a blue package. Who wouldn’t fall in love with this blue-eyed boy! Seriously.

Is that possible?!  Forget the farting, separation anxiety, health issues, stubborn nature and high maintenance of blueys.

Properties below are those of blue Frenchies. Trespass if you want to get one

 Adaptability

  • Apartment Living – Yes
  • Good For First-Time Owners – Yes
  • Sensitivity Level – High
  • Loneliness – Averagely Suited To Be Alone
  • Cold Weather – Average
  • Hot Weather – Low

Friendliness

  • With Family – High
  • Kids – High
  • Other Dogs – High
  • With Cats – Good, If Raised Together
  • Other Pets – Good, If Raised Together
  • Strangers – Average, Reserved

General Behavior

  • Independence – Fairly Independent
  • Dominance – Moderate
  • Combativeness – Bit Aggressive
  • Indoors – Moderately Active
  • Outdoor – Highly Active
  • Territorial – Yes
  • Easy Of Transportation – Medium

 

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Blue French Bulldog Food

Calorie considerations – A health, active French bulldog should be fed about 25-30 calories worth of food per pound of body weight. So,

-French bulldog puppy (4-12 months) who doesn’t exercise a lot, weighing an average of 16lbs, needs around 400-500 calories per day, split between two or three meals.

-An active, adult blue French bulldog in the 28lbs range should get around 700-800 calories per day.

-Older blue French Bulldogs need 400-450 calories per day

-The average adult blue Frenchies should get anywhere from 600 to 750 calories per day.

Rough Feeding guide for French Bulldog

Puppies need to be fed a highly nutritious, wholesome diet for them to develop and grow as they should. In general, a Frenchie puppy should be fed with their meals is evenly spread out throughout the day.  It’s best to feed 2 or 3 times daily:

  • Daily cost – $1.00 – $2.00 (average)
  • Monthly cost – $25.00 – $30.00
  • Pups between 2-3 months old – 3 meals every 24 hours (120g- 220g).
  • 4 to 6 months old – 3 meals every 24 hour period (220 g)
  • Feed puppies 6 months to 1 year – 2 bowls of food daily (200g)
  • When your blue Frenchie hits his first birthday, 1-2 smaller bowls every 24 hours is typically all that’s necessary.

Remember, the feedings depend on puppy’s build. Once a franchise is 11 months old they can be fed adult dog food depending on their activity level, eating tendencies and health.

  • Dogs weighing-8 kg = 122g
  • 10 kg =125g to 150g
  • 12 kg = 175g
  • 4 kg = 200g
  • Protein content should be anything from 14 – 25%
  • Carb content should be 30 to 65%
  • Fiber content should be less than 4%
  • Fat content should be less than 8%
  • Calcium content should be 0.5 – 0.8%
  • Phosphorous content should be 0.4 – 0.7%
  • Sodium content should be 0.2 – 0.4%

Blue French Bulldog Care

  • Exercise NeedsAverage
  • Intensity – High
  • Activity Level – Low
  • Exercise Requirements – >30 Minutes/Day
  • Walk Mileage/ Week – 6 Miles
  • Playfulness – High
  • Grooming Needs – High
  • Tendency To DroolHigh
  • To SnoreHigh
  • BarkAverage
  • Tendency To DigLow
  • Social/Attention NeedsHigh

Blue French Bulldog Training

  • Trainability – Easy
  • Intelligence – Average
  • Memory – High
  • Mouthiness – Low
  • Prey Drive – High
  • Barking – High
  • Wanderlust Potential – High

Here are some basic Frenchie training tips

  • This is highly subservient breed, with the slightest urge for stubbornness. They always make you smile with his antics but don’t let those hilarious antics fool you in training him.
  • The importance of early training and proper socialization is really significant. In the right hands, Frenchie is an “on the ball” learner and they thoroughly enjoy the one-to-one connection they have with their trainers.
  • Basic obedience training and early socialization are good for setting a solid foundation but it alone won’t solve all behavior issues. Continuous and smooth communication is required for your pooch to become a well-mannered gentleman.
  • The Coren ranking of canine intelligence has discarded the French bulldog at the bottom of the rankings. This just indicates that you should pick the commands that you do teach them carefully!
  • While your pup can most definitely be trained to follow basic and fundamental commands, but, they won’t take well picking up a complex or a very wide range of commands in initial stages. However, several owners have proved corner is wrong.
  • He can be cheeky and might take a little more time housebreaking, but this is not an attribute that is reserved only for Frenchies, but many other dogs as well.

Blue French Bulldog Grooming And Shedding

  • Coat Density – Normal
  • Length – Medium
  • Texture – Straight
  • Brushing Frequency – Weekly
  • Trimming/Stripping – No
  • Hypoallergenic – No
  • Shedding – Minimal

French Bulldogs have a fine, shiny, smooth, glossy coat and these are all traits that may suggest that they don’t shed very much. French Bulldogs are low shedders but they shed profusely during the shedding seasons.

Blue French bulldogs which have a relatively thin coat shed minimally year-round. There are some French bulldogs that have got a really thick coat which will shed (aggressively, almost) during warmer months.

In general, these tend to shed less overall but they still shed some of their furs in the warmer months as to cool down for the summer month.  Regular brushing will not only keep their coats and skin in good condition, but it will help keep any shed hair under control.

If you’re going to own a Blue French bulldog, you need to be well-informed about proper care for their adorable pudgy face. They have lots of wrinkles and folds around their faces and other parts of their bodies.

At grooming time, it’s always a good idea to make sure these are kept free of any debris and dead skin. Make sure to wipe any dirt out from each facial fold with a mild soap or mild germicidal shampoo or alcohol-free baby wipe at least once a week.

It’s better to apply a little bit of Vaseline in the folds after the wash.

Blue French Bulldog Health Problems

Major concerns

Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS)

Being a brachycephalic breed, the French bulldog can have some degree of increased work associated with breathing with varying degrees of obstruction to their airways, due to shortened muzzles, elongated and fleshy soft palate, and narrowed nostrils.

The main congenital abnormalities seen are excessively long soft palate in relation to head shape, stenotic nares (narrowed openings at the nose) and hypoplastic trachea (narrowed or underdeveloped windpipe), Tonsillar eversion and hypertrophy, Pharyngeal muscle hypertrophy, Acid reflux, and heart failure.

Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is caused by a congenital deformity in the hip joint or cartilage damage from traumatic fracture i.e. deformity of the ball and socket joint (the head of the femur and the acetabulum). The deterioration of the joint results in varying degrees of discomfort, pain, stiffness, and lameness.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

This is an inherited photoreceptor degeneration characterized by the gradual degeneration of the retina in the eye that eventually leads to complete vision loss

 Pulmonic stenosis

The third most common canine congenital cardiac defect and occurs much more commonly in the brachycephalic breeds.

Pulmonary valve stenosis is characterized by the constriction of right ventricular outflow tract or the pulmonary artery leading to an obstruction of the outflow from the right side of the heart where blood enters the lungs.

This disease can be inherited with different degrees of severity; the usual symptoms when the disease is advanced are not tolerant to exercise, arrhythmia and heart problems.

Minor concerns

Distichiasis 

These are a sort of eyelash disorders that are found in Bulldogs in which extra hairs grow out of the eyelash area that can cause tremendous irritation to the cornea.

Hemivertebrae 

These are common Vertebral and spinal abnormalities found in bulldogs. Breeds that have been bred purposely to have “screw tails” are at risk to this condition which can lead to pressure on the spinal cord resulting in progressive pain, incontinence and loss of hind limb function.

Hypothyroidism  

This is the most commonly diagnosed hormone disorders in the dog and usually, hypothyroidism is a congenital disorder of thyroid gland, causing slow physical and mental development.

Blue French Bulldog Price

You should budget anywhere from ($4000 – $6000) for a Blue French bulldog with top breed lines and a superior pedigree.

They are expensive because of the small litter count and very few Blue French Bulldogs can breed naturally, mostly due to their constricted hips which makes mounting difficult.

Most Frenchie females should be artificially inseminated and most puppies are born with a C section. This time-consuming process makes this designer dog expensive.

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