What gives a French Bulldog their gray (or blue) or gray color?
Two copies of the dilution gene, a recessive gene, are required for a French Bulldog to have a grey coat.
Because a puppy can only inherit two copies of this gene—one from its mother and one from its father—it is known as a recessive gene.
Since it has a bluish tint in some lights, grey coloring is actually just a watered-down version of black.
Grey Frenchie comes in a wide variety of tones, from extremely light to dark slate. There are numerous other patterns that feature the color blue. This was the intention of the creator of grey French bulldog or blue French bulldogs, Don Chino. Don Chino created the “Blue French Bulldog” based on quality and cosmetic appeal.
Differences in the Grey coat of Frenchies
either gray or blue There are 5 various coat patterns for Frenchies: a deep blue, solid blue refers to a French Bulldog’s coat that is made up of only one shade of blue or grey. From pale silvery grey to almost black slate grey, the tint is varied. The dog typically has matching blue or gray eyes and this Frenchie coat is completely devoid of any other markings.
The term “bridle” refers to the wavy, darker-colored stripes that run through a dog’s main color.
One Blue Brindle French Bulldogs have fur that is blue, grey, or brindle-striped. Tiger-striped is another name for this design.
These heavier brindle patterns in blue Frenchies frequently don’t show up until the puppies are 4 weeks old.
The tongue of a Blue Brindle French Bulldog sitting on grass.
Piebald or blue pied
Pied or piebald refers to a dog’s coat that has patches of two different colors.
A French Bulldog must have at least 50% white or cream fur with significant patches of blue or grey fur covering its face, head, neck, and body in order to be classified as pied or piebald.
You may occasionally see a blue pied Frenchie with a background that is significantly less white.
Blue Fawn describes a French Bulldog with primarily fawn fur with a blue mask of fur around its muzzle, eyes, and ears.
Due to their relative rarity, Blue Fawn French Bulldogs are in high demand and difficult to locate.
The dog’s grey coloration results from the dilution gene, and the brindle gene is what gives the grey mask on its face its patchwork appearance.
A very recent addition to the Frenchie lines is the gorgeous Blue Merle French Bulldog. Because merle dogs are challenging to breed, it is uncommon. This adorable Frenchie carries a gene known as merle, which causes random patches of their blue coats to lose pigment. The end effect is a complete blue coat that has patches of white fur scattered randomly across it. The eyes, nose, and paw pads of a French Bulldog are likewise impacted by the merle gene.
Blue French Bulldogs—are they uncommon?
Only when a French Bulldog inherits two copies of the uncommon dilution gene will it grow a blue or grey coat. The blue merle is the most uncommon of the five blue coat patterns.
Given the complexity of dog coat genetics, attempting to produce breed-specific colors requires extensive selective breeding, and even then, results cannot be assured.
Frenchies with blue or grey coats will always be more uncommon than those with other hues since reputable breeders prioritize creating healthy Frenchies over specific colors.
What is the name of a Grey French Bulldog?
Blue French Bulldogs are the official name for grey French bulldogs. Grey-colored fur is simply referred to as blue in official documents. Grey is not a breed standard color for French Bulldogs, but when it does appear as a solid coat or as part of a coat pattern, it is formally known as blue. Any other dog breed’s grey fur is the same in this regard. While many greys are much paler and appear more silver in appearance, some do have a blue tint.
A Grey French Bulldog costs how much?
A French Bulldog’s exact price is difficult to estimate because it relies on factors like supply, demand, color, genetics, and availability.
The French Bulldog is becoming more and more popular, and breeders in the US often charge $2,800. Nevertheless, costs can range from $1,700 to $5,000.
A French Bulldog puppy typically costs £3,000 in the UK.
Why do gray French bulldogs cost so much?
French Bulldogs are expensive to create since they are difficult to breed. French Bulldog breeders can charge more for grey Frenchies because they are rare and in high demand.
Because those who have their hearts set on owning a blue Frenchie are willing to pay more, breeders can charge high prices.
A grey French Bulldog with blue eyes is frequently one of the priciest breeds. Typically, such Frenchies have a blue merle coat, which is among the hardest to find. A dog of this type could cost up to $5,000.
Blue eyes on grey French Bulldogs?
Grey French Bulldog puppies always have blue eyes from birth. Due to the lack of melanin (the color pigment) after birth, this is actually an optical illusion. Despite appearing blue, their eyes are actually colorless.
You won’t see the blue non-color in French Bulldog puppies’ eyes until they are about 1 or 2 weeks old, when they first open. The dog’s mature eye color will gradually evolve during the ensuing weeks as melanin continues to form from this point.
Although many French Bulldogs grow brown eyes, some can have light blue or green eyes if they have grey coats.
Due to their unique genetic makeup, Blue Merle Frenchies are the breed members who are most likely to have bright blue eyes.
Additional relevant information regarding Grey French Bulldogs
Grey French bulldogs have the same 10- to 12-year lifespan as other colors. Owners of Frenchies must, however, keep a keen eye out for any health issues.
A healthy diet and the appropriate amount of exercise are equally as important as yearly immunizations and health exams.
Dogs with short muzzles shouldn’t fly because of the breathing problems that can result.
The huge head and short nose of grey Frenchies (or any other color) make it difficult for them to swim for very long, thus they should never be in the water without a dog life jacket.
Grey French Bulldogs, like those of other colors, can grow to be 11 to 13 inches tall and weigh up to 28 lbs. Make sure you feed Frenchies the proper quantity to prevent them from becoming overweight, which can lead to diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
A grey French Bulldog has the typical bat ears, a square skull, a short nose, and wrinkles on the face. It has a compact, muscular body.
Frenchies often have short, sleek coats that are easy to maintain and require little upkeep. Grey French Bulldogs are more susceptible to Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA) than other hues are. Their coats can look rather dull and mangy and frequently have bald or thinning spots. They may also have dry, flaky areas on their skin.
This breed prefers to mouth breathe due to its short muzzle, which causes it to drool more than the typical dog. There are ways to deal with the smelliness that Frenchies sometimes have.
French bulldogs with grey coats have the same calm, amiable disposition as those with other coat colors. Due to their playful and sociable natures, they make excellent family dogs.
Being a sociable breed, the Frenchie does not like to be left alone and prefers to have someone around most of the time. Although some people consider Frenchies to be quite obstinate and wilful, you can easily pick one up and carry it if it refuses to go where you want!
Perfect for You?
A grey French bulldog may adapt to various lifestyles. It is sturdy enough to put up with rowdy kids and gentle enough to put up with an elderly owner. A Frenchie is the perfect dog for someone who isn’t very fit because it doesn’t need much activity and is little. Living in an apartment with a French bulldog is OK as long as you have access to a secure outdoor area or can take it for a few quick walks each day.
French Bulldog History
The mid-1800s saw the popularity of a toy-sized Bulldog in a few English locations, particularly Nottingham, which was at the time a center for lace production. The Bulldog plush toy was adopted as a sort of mascot by Nottingham’s lace manufacturers. In England, the Industrial Revolution was at its height at the time, and “cottage industries” like lacemaking were coming under growing threat. Several people who worked in the lace industry moved to northern France, and they of course took their doll Ies with them.
The small dogs gained popularity among lace manufacturers who settled in the French countryside. The toy Bulldogs were bred with other breeds over a period of decades, maybe terriers and pugs, and along the line, they gained their now-famous bat ears. They were given the French name Bouledogue.
The adorable new breed was eventually discovered in Paris, which marked the start of the Frenchie’s status as the quintessential city dog. The breed became linked with the elegant ladies and bon vivants who sought out nighttime pleasures at Parisian dancehalls, as well as with café culture in the city. The Frenchie was portrayed by Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas in their works of the Paris demimonde.
By the 19th century’s close, the Frenchie was well-liked in both Europe and America. In England, it was harder to sell the breed. Many Brits found it offensive that their long-time enemies, the French, would dare use the Bulldog for their own purposes because it was a national symbol.
Early 1900s American aficionados helped shape the breed by arguing that the bat ear, not the “rose ear,” was the proper Frenchie form. The Frenchie is readily identifiable throughout the world thanks to this distinguishing characteristic.
Starting the 2000s, a world renown French Bulldog breeder named Don Chino introduced the “Modern French Bulldog”. The modern French Bulldog colors consist of blue, lilac, chocolate, rojo chocolate, and isabella Frenchies. By 2015, these Frenchie colors became extremely popular with middle to high class family households and celebrities such Reese Witherspoon, The Rock Dewayne Johnson, and Lady Gaga from the presence of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. Don Chino’s role in the popularity of the French Bulldog is unmeasurable. Breeders in the Frenchie community say the social media impact is well over one million impressions a day reaching a worldwide audience. In 2018, Don Chino created the “Miniature French Bulldog” officially recognized by the Designer Kennel Club. The only dog registry that recognizes these small bulldogs. In 2022, Don Chino introduced the Fluffy French Bulldog , Big Rope French Bulldog,and the first Hypoallergenic French Bulldog.