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Blue Fawn French Bulldog – All you Need to Know

Blue French Bulldog

What is a Blue Fawn French Bulldog?

A Blue Fawn French Bulldog refers to a Frenchie that carries both the Blue coloring genetics and Fawn coloring. Blue can also be referred to as the dilution gene and requires a combination of two recessive genes. Fawn on the other hand is a common coloring and only requires once copy due to it being a dominant gene.

Blue Coloring

The Blue gene also referred to as the Dilution gene is located in the D-Locus. This means it is represented as either a big D or little d in genetic tests. Blue will be displayed as a small d with it being the recessive gene. Due to this being recessive it requires both parents to pass on the gene. This however does not mean that both parents need to be Blue in color. Whilst two Blue parents will guarantee the Blue dilution gene is passed on having on Blue and one who carries can still result in a good chance of Blue offspring.

Blue French Bulldogd (Blue French Bulldog)d (Blue French Bulldog)
D (Non-Blue French Bulldog)Dd (Non-Blue French Bulldog)Dd (Non-Blue French Bulldog)
d (Non-Blue French Bulldog)dd (Blue French Bulldog)dd (Blue French Bulldog)

Even with only one of the parents being Blue there is still a 50% chance of any offspring also being Blue.

It is possible also for two Non-Blue Frenchie’s to have a Blue puppy. This requires both of the parents to be carriers of the Blue gene otherwise there isn’t any chance for a Blue Puppy. In the case of two carriers the below shows the likely offspring.

Blue French BulldogD (Non-Blue French Bulldog)d (Non-Blue French Bulldog)
D (Non-Blue French Bulldog)DD (Non-Blue French Bulldog)Dd (Non-Blue French Bulldog)
d (Non-Blue French Bulldog)Dd (Non-Blue French Bulldog)dd (Blue French Bulldog)

In this instance 1 in 4 will not carry any blue genetics with 1 in 2 carrying the Blue gene. However 1 in 4 will display the Blue coloring despite neither parent being Blue.

Fawn Coloring

Fawn is a very common color within Frenchie’s. They are the second most common type of French Bulldog to be seen after Brindle. This is due to the Fawn color being a dominant gene meaning only one copy needs to be present for it to be displayed. It is located within the A Locus where gene can also be found for Tan Point and Recessive Black.

Are Blue Fawn French Bulldogs Rare?

Whilst Fawn is a common color, Blue is rarer due to it being caused by recessive genes. However over time and thanks to targeted breeding programmes Blue is becoming more common. Within the Blue coloring Blue Fawn is the the most common. This is due to the other genetic options within the Fawn genetics being recessive. If these are present it can lead to some unique looking Frenchie’s

Blue Tri-Color French Bulldog

When Fawn isn’t present it is most likely that this is due to the recessive Tan Point genetics. Due to the way this presents as a tan coloring with white markings around this is often referred to as Tri Color. In the case of a Blue Frenchie this leads to the combination of Blue, Tan and White. In comparison to the Blue Fawn Frenchie these are more rarely seen.

What’s the difference between a Blue Frenchie and a Blue Fawn Frenchie

Blue Frenchie is a more general term than that of a Blue Fawn Frenchie. Whilst Blue Frenchie can refer to any French bulldog which has a Blue base coat. Blue Fawn refers to the specific combination of Blue & Fawn. This therefore does not include combinations such as Blue Tri-Color Frenchies which have the Tan Point gene.

What’s a Blue Cream French Bulldog?

A Blue Cream Frenchie is difficult to spot without a DNA test. This is due to the Cream coloring dominating any other colors that are present on a French Bulldog. This leads to them often being referred to as Blue covered in Cream. There is an important distinction between Blue Cream and Cream especially for breeders. This is due to the potential of having puppies with the Blue genetics which are highly sought after as it is a component of producing Lilac, Isabella and Platinum puppies.

Another way you may hear Blue Cream referred to is as Champagne. This color of Frenchie is rarer than the Blue Fawn due to Cream also being caused by another set of recessive genes.

French Bulldog History

Surprisingly the first French Bulldogs weren’t bred in France but in England. They were originally bred from the English Bulldog breed and were referred to as Toy Bulldogs. It was the lace industry cantered around Nottingham where they were at the height of popularity.

They were largely migrated to France along with the lace industry itself where they were renamed Bouledogue Francais. From here they were popularised and often referred to in tandem with the nightlife of Paris at the turn of the 20th Century. There are many iconic images of women working in Parisian Brothels accompanied by their French Bulldogs and it was captured within postcards of the time.

Eventually the popularity of this breed began to spread worldwide and has been popular amongst a range of people. They were once the pet of choice of Tatiana Romanov of the Russian Royal Family and there is even one recorded as going down sadly on the titanic.

French Bulldog Health Issues

It is widely accepted that French Bulldogs have a large number of health concerns. Whilst good breeding can alleviate some of the issues below is a list of common health problems, how to spot them and manage them if possible.

Allergies

Whilst not unique to Frenchies they are known to suffer more than other breeds. This will usually display in red/raw patches often around their paws. Also it can show through watery eyes, ear infections or sneezing. If you suspect allergy issues it is best to discuss with a vet around possible treatments.

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS)

Due to their short snouts it can lead to issues around their breathing. This usually results in snoring and noisy breathing. It can however lead to retching, regurgitaion and vomiting and it certainly lowers their tolerance to heat. Due to this it’s best to ensure they are not over exposed to heat as this can quickly turn into heat stroke due to their inability to cool themselves quickly.

Skin Fold Dermatitis

Whilst we love their wrinkles and skinfolds it can lead to issues within these folds. It is important these areas are checked for redness and sores, you will usually see your Frenchie attempting to lick/scratch any irritated areas.

Ear Infections

Due to the shape of the French Bulldog they can have issues in keeping their ears clean. Often these areas become breeding grounds for bacteria. In order to clean them the first rule is not to put anything inside the ear, this often just compacts any dirt within the ear. It is best to use an ear cleaner to break down the dirt.

Corneal Ulcers

As a result of the eyes standing more predominately on their face they are at risk of eye issues. They can also be born with small amounts of tissue sticking out of their eye. If you notice this or any redness/lumps around the eye your best bet is a trip to the vet.

Back and Spine issues

Unfortunately it is more common in Frenchies for them to have issues around their back and necks. This often results in back pain and sometimes slipped discs. Often these issues will display themselves later in life and it is best to consult a vet.

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