Frenchies, or French Bulldogs are becoming increasingly popular all across the globe. Once just a companion dog, this breed is one of the most popular and well known dog breeds due to its endearing bat-like ears and goofy appearance.
The French Bulldog is now considered a designer dog breed, and is one of the most desirable breeds at the moment. If you’re looking for a new canine companion, then you may be thinking of buying a Frenchie.
Frenchies come in many shapes and sizes, but by far the most popular is the Blue French Bulldog. Luckily, we have created this guide to tell you all about the Blue French Bulldog, and how much they cost.
What Is A French Bulldog?
The French Bulldog is basically a miniature Bulldog, with large, erect bat-like ears that make this breed unmistakable. The Frenchie is a long established companion dog that has been around since the 1880s.
They were first bred in England, when lacemakers sought a mini version of a bulldog, called the Toy Bulldog. When such lacemakers moved to France, the breed became ever more popular, and so they were given the name French Bulldogs.
The French Bulldog of today is about 11 to 12 inches tall, with males weighing around 20 to 28 pounds and females weighing about 16 to 24 pounds. They are loving, affectionate and fun loving creatures that make the perfect companion pet.
What Are Blue Frenchies?
Frenchies can be bred in a range of colors. For instance, the American Kennel Club approves of 11 French Bulldog colors for them to be registered as part of the breed.
You have the very common fawn color, which is quite beige in appearance, you can also get white Frenchies, or a mix of fawn and white.
In addition, Frenchies can be brindle, which looks sort of striped like a tiger. This coat pattern can be mixed with white or cream. Finally, there are also rare colored French Bulldogs, which are highly sought after.
These Frenchies are Blue, Lilac, Blue and Tan, and Blue Merle. Blue Frenchies are some of the rarest, and most desirable of the breed due to their unique, interesting color.
A Blue Frenchie will have a grey-ish and blue tone on their coats, that sort of glimmers in the light.
They can also be mixed with other colors, or have a merle, patterned effect. Due to the rarity of these coats, Blue Frenchies tend to fetch a much higher price, so how much are Blue Frenchies exactly?
How Much Are Blue Frenchies On Average?
The price of a Blue French Bulldog will depend on your location, the breeder, the experience they have, the coat color and the lineage of the dog. If the Frenchie is blue in color, then it will be rather expensive, however blue merle Frenchies can cost even more.
On average, a Blue French Bulldog in the United States can cost anywhere from $1,500 and $4,000, which is often double the price of a normal colored French Bulldog. In the United Kingdom, a Blue French Bulldog will cost about $1,500 to $3,000, but prices seem to keep rising as the popularity of this breed grows.
It is also important to note that people are aware of the popularity of these dogs, and the high price tag they can sell them at. Therefore, be cautious when trying to purchase one, and only buy from a reputable breeder, with information about the mother, father, and lineage of the litter.
Some breeders will also breed French Bulldogs with Pugs, as they have similar characteristics, but this will result in a cross breed, and not an actual French Bulldog.
However, they may still try to charge you for a French Bulldog, so be wary when purchasing, and always do your research. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Why Do Blue Frenchies Cost So Much?
French Bulldogs in general are rather expensive, and much more costly than other breeds, this is due to the costs incurred during the breeding process.
Frenchies are small dogs, and often the hips are too narrow to give birth naturally, so most breeders will opt for their pregnant Frenchies to have a C-section, which obviously will incur a cost.
Therefore, it is normally more expensive to breed a Frenchie, and therefore the resulting litter can fetch a higher price. However, Blue Frenchies are even more expensive to buy because of the rarity of the color of their coats.
This, along with the complexity of the breeding process for Frenchies is why most breeders need to be experienced and willing to cover large vet bills just to create the litter.
This is why backyard breeding of Frenchies is such an issue as inexperienced breeders will attempt to breed these dogs to create an expensive and valuable litter.
In those cases, precautions may not have been taken, and the resulting litter can be at risk of a range of health problems that will cost you later down the line.
Frenchies naturally have fawn, white, pied (black with white marks) and brindle (mottled/striped brown) coat colors, so the Blue, Merle, Black and Tan colors are a result of selective breeding.
With such a high demand for these unique and rare coat patterns, and considering the popularity of the breed, the price just keeps being driven up for this type of dog.
How Long Do Blue French Bulldogs Live?
Blue French Bulldogs have the same expected lifespan of any other type of Frenchie, which is between 10-12 years old. However, if your Blue Frenchie has not been bred responsibly, then it could have a range of health conditions, and a much shorter lifespan as a result.
What Health Problems Do Blue French Bulldogs Have?
Just like other dog breeds, Frenchies are prone to a range of health problems. The other thing is that Frenchies are a flat-faced breed like a Pug, which means that they have problems breathing.
Frenchies may develop Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, which can cause laboured breathing and many other airway problems.
Flat faced breeds have shortened noses, which makes it harder for them to breathe, but also makes them more prone to things like overheating because they cannot cool themselves down as quickly. Due to this, Frenchies may also struggle exercising, and can find it difficult to participate in strenuous exercise as they cannot breathe properly.
They can also be prone to spine malformations, and can suffer from hip dysplasia later in life. Because of their small hips, it is also difficult for them to reproduce, as giving birth can cause a lot of complications.
One of the lesser health problems that Frenchies are prone to are allergies and skin problems. Some frenchies may have food allergies and intolerances that can be treated with dietary supplements, medication and management.
The only sort of variation of health problems that a Blue Frenchie may have over a normal Frenchie is that rare coat colors are more prone to alopecia and other coat conditions.
The main issue is Color Dilution Alopecia, which is a genetic defect found in dogs with the more unique and rare coat colors.
Excessive pigmentation can cause the hair shaft to break, which is what results in the bald spots in the fur and alopecia. However, this can be treated with medication and veterinary care.
The main problem with Blue Frenchies is that they are so popular. Once people caught wind that the Blue Frenchie is rare and most fashionable, inexperienced, backyard breeders began trying to breed these pups for themselves.
In this case, some Blue Frenchies may not have been responsibly bred, and could be prone to a range of health problems.
If you are concerned about purchasing a Blue Frenchie, then it is important that you make sure you purchase from a proper, professional breeder, so that you’re not met with expensive vet bills down the line because the dog has not been bred responsibly.
However, not all rare colored French Bulldogs will be responsibly bred. Just make sure that you do your research before buying, and preferably find a breeder and litter that is AKC registered.
Do Blue Frenchies Shed More?
You may think that because of their small size and short fur coats, Frenchies are not prone to shedding.
We’re sorry to break it to you but this is not quite the case. Frenchies actually shed quite a lot and will shed their undercoat twice a year. However, this is how it is for most dog breeds.
Shedding can always be lessened if you keep on top of regular grooming, which means that you’ll want to bathe and brush your French Bulldog every week. As the coat is very short, regular bathing is essential if you want to keep the skin and coat clean and hygienic.
Unfortunately, Frenchies are not hypoallergenic and you will find their hair all around your home. When it comes to Blue Frenchies, they do not shed more or less than any other normal French Bulldog.
The only difference is that Blue Frenchies are more prone to alopecia and hair loss, so you may find tufts of hair around your home if your dog is affected by this condition.
What Is The Temperament Of A Blue Frenchie?
Blue Frenchies are the same as other colored Frenchies. They are very affectionate, friendly and loving dogs, but they are often stubborn and want their own way. However, they can be trained well.
The good news is that Frenchies, despite their small size, are not aggressive, snappy or yappy like other smaller breeds, and are very kind, amiable creatures.
Should I Rescue A Blue Frenchie?
Rescuing a dog is always a good idea because it means that a dog has a home to go to and a warm place to cuddle up at night. If you’re not fussed about finding a purebred puppy or a young Blue Frenchie, then rescuing one is a great option for you.
All rescue dogs will need a little extra TLC and will need lots of attention and cuddles to make them feel safe and comfortable in your home.
In addition, by rescuing, you’ll find Frenchies easier to find, but they will usually be a little older, as the puppies are snapped up quickly. Also, adopting an older or rescue Blue Frenchie will often be much more cost effective than purchasing a purebred puppy.
Frenchies are loyal companions, and make wonderful pets, so adopting rather than purchasing a Blue Frenchie might be a better choice depending on your personal circumstances.
Blue Frenchies are some of the rarest colored French Bulldogs on the market.
However, these dogs come at a steep price tag. Make sure you know who the breeder is, the lineage of the dog and whether it is prone to any health problems before you purchase one of these to be your furry canine companion!