Fad Colours... Blue, merle, black and tan, Tri, chocolate all black with no trace of brindle
Every now and then I get emails asking if I have any BLUE frenchies with the blue eyes…
The answer is simply never… Those colours are no where to be found in the breed standard. The only reason other breeders market them as “rare” is beacase reputable breeders choose not to breed them. That way they can charge more money… it’s a money making scam. They are not rare and are not worth more money. These colours are a disqualified in the show ring... have you ever seen a BLUE Frenchie at Westminster… NO! Most ethical breeders choose to belong to their national or regional breed clubs, and almost all Bulldog clubs do not allow intentional breeding of disqualification colors by their members.
Any breeder can, by accident, get a puppy of a DQ color in a litter. Reputable breeders simply place these puppies as pets, for the same price as any other puppy. In fact, past breeders who had DQ colors appear would usually place the puppies for free, since their color was considered undesirable.By pushing these colors as ‘rare’, Fad Color breeders are attempting to inflate their value, and their price. They want you to become convinced that these puppy have some sort of value added, by virtue of their color, and that this makes them worth a higher price. They are taking advantage of the naivete of novice owners, who might be attracted to the idea of owning something ‘unique’, and who don’t understand the truth behind ‘fad’ colors.
Some fad colors have been linked to health conditions, specifically, Blues with a condition called color dilution alopecia (this condition is so common in Blue dogs of every breed that it is often referred to as “Blue Dog Alopecia”. CDA can result in hair loss and chronic skin inflammation. This inflammation can lead to skin ruptures, cracks and injuries, leaving the dogs afflicted by it prone to Staph infections, or even MRSA. In Collie puppies, blue dogs an suffer from an immune linked disorder which can cause them to die within the first few weeks after birth. Early breeders noted all of these factors, and declared “Blue”, “Mouse” and “Grey” in French Bulldogs to be a disqualification because they did not want to see breeding stock afflicted by these devastating conditions. Only a breeder who truly cares about nothing more than the money would resurrect them, at the potential detriment to the breed, and to the puppies produced.
This is particularly disturbing. The gene for Merle patterning is not found in purebred French Bulldogs. Breeders only produce them by cross breeding a French Bulldog to a dog of a breed that carries Merle – likely Chihuahuas. The resulting offspring are selected for the ones that look ‘most like’ purebreds, crossed together, and the puppies are then sold to the unsuspecting public as “purebred Merle French Bulldogs” The resulting offspring are screened and selected for the merle dogs that also look most like purebred French Bulldogs. These dogs are then crossed together, and the puppies are then sold to the unsuspecting public as “purebred” Merle French Bulldogs. These cross bred dogs carry a very high price tag – much higher than the best bred French Bulldog from health tested, well bred litters.