So if you guys are curious, there is nothing actually ‘blue’ about the Blue french bulldog. But I wouldn’t say it is a total misnomer, because if sunlight touches your puppy at just the right angle, it brings out a slight bluish tinge in the coat.
Which is probably the only reason for the distinction from other French bulldogs.
I came across this extremely adorable breed while going through my Instagram feed. You can’t even imagine the sheer number of dog and puppy related pages I’m following on there!
In any case, let’s go find out some more about Blue french bulldogs! This article will cover the following topics:
History | Appearance | Personality & Temperament | Diet | Health & Diseases | Shedding and Grooming | Training| Living environment |
History Of A Blue French Bulldog
Blue French Bulldogs are basically a variety of French Bulldogs, who have certain origins in France, hence the name “French”. In the early 1850’s, blood sports like bull-baiting were banned, leaving the Bulldogs without any particular use.
They were then used as a companion breed by the English, but their size was reduced by crossing them with Pugs or Terriers, leading to the birth of Miniature Bulldogs.
These miniature Bulldogs were transported to France during the Industrial revolution, where in breeding or crossbreeding due to the high demand from the French population resulted in the French Bulldogs we see today.
Though they were initially called Bouledogue Francais, the name was changed to French bulldog in 1912.
Their bulldog ancestry seems to have diluted and they have acquired features of the Pug, like their long straight ears and round eyes.
The AKC recognized the breed in the early 20th century, and by 1906 the French Bulldog was the fifth most popular breed in America and after a few fluctuations in its rank every year, in 2014 the French Bulldog had moved up to the ninth most popular breed in America.
Appearance Of A Blue French Bulldog
The Blue French Bulldog is a perfect fit for most families, as it is a small breed and is perfect for apartment living.
It is also easy to groom due to its short hair and compact build. It may not be the most beautiful dog breed, but the Blue Frenchie definitely has a unique appeal.
Appearance: Bat eared with a squashed muzzle, powerful muscular body.
Colour/s: Due to a genetic trait that appears in Blue Frenchies, the fur that would have been black is a peculiar shade of grey, giving it a rich look and texture. Some Blue French Bulldogs have blue eyes, which go beautifully with their coat.
Size: This companion breed is slightly bigger than a toy breed, but not too big.
Height: 25 – 30 cms
Weight: Males: 20 – 28 pounds
Females: 16 – 24 pounds
Coat: Short and shiny, the Blue French Bulldog has a coat that is easy to care for and requires minimal grooming.
Personality & Temperament Of A Blue French Bulldog
As soon as you hear the word ‘companion’ linked to a breed, it is a clear indication of the temperament of the dog. Such is the case with the Blue French Bulldog as well.
Blue French Bulldogs are extremely friendly and sociable puppies, who love to stay indoors but are very playful at the same time.
They are pure bundles of energy and need lots of affection and care, so if there are times when your puppy has to stay alone at home, he will get lonely pretty quick. They love to spend time with their humans, as well as basking in their attention constantly.
They do well living in an apartment and do not need to be taken on long walks, as French Bulldogs prefer minimal exercise with lots of lazy naps.
They are excellent watchdogs and are prone to territorial behaviour, and are also very good with children.
They have a gentle yet mischievous nature, and it is probably their most lovable trait.
Even though Blue French Bulldogs do not face many digestive problems, it is always better to keep your dog’s diet full of essential nutrients to avoid any other health problems that he/she might face.
Kibble or Canned food: High-grade kibble is always a better option as it contains more nutrients in a smaller serving, which means less quantity but more quality food for your Frenchie.
Canned foods, on the other hand, are not very economical, as they have a higher quantity of water as compared to actual nutrients which requires a larger quantity of food for your dog.
Raw meat: Raw meat diets usually include ground beef, chicken breast, heart, kidney and bone. Confer with your vet before feeding your French Bulldog any kind of raw meat, and make sure to handle raw meat carefully to prevent bacterial contamination.
Vegetables and fruits: Blue French Bulldogs are prone to eye problems, so one veggie you can include in its diet is carrots. For healthy teeth and gums, you can give him raw carrots, cauliflower and broccoli stalks. Apples, pears and leafy vegetables help to keep the digestive tract healthy.
Health and Disease Concerns
Though not all Blue French Bulldogs will suffer from these disorders, they have a higher predisposition to develop them, and as their owners, it is up to you to take care if/when your puppy is diagnosed with any of these diseases.
Hip Dysplasia: One way to be certain that your dog will not develop this is to ask the breeder for proof that the parents of your puppy have been tested for hip dysplasia. It is a painful condition of dislocation of the leg bone from the hip, and such dogs must not be bred.
Brachycephalic syndrome: Seen in all dogs with a flat face like Frenchies, it leads to breathing problems due to airway obstruction and it may indicate laboured breathing to complete collapse of the airway. Therapy depends on the grade of the disease.
Intervertebral Disc Disease: It is a serious condition where one of the intervertebral discs ruptures into the spinal cord and may cause weakness or paralysis. It requires intensive therapy.
Cleft palate and Extended soft palate: Both are genetic conditions acquired from the parents.
Shedding and Grooming Of A Blue French Bulldog
Blue French Bulldogs require minimal grooming due to their short fur and their laid-back personalities, by virtue of which they are less likely to romp around in the mud and get themselves dirty.
They are average shedders and are more or less cooperative with their owners when being groomed.
Be sure to check for any scabs or bare patches that might indicate infections, and also give their gums and teeth a regular checkup. Clean their ears with a damp cloth or cotton and keep their nails clipped neatly, and your Blue Frenchie will be a happy ball of fur.
Training A Blue French Bulldog
A fairly intelligent breed, Blue French Bulldogs are quite easy to train but they may become stubborn if pestered too much. So you must make sure to make their training sessions seem like play time and are fun and innovative.
As they will spend most of their time indoors, you must reserve a special area that is their own and crate train them. Also, puppy proofing your house at least for the first 6 months will avoid any mishaps considering the puppy nature of chewing everything within reach.
Blue French Bulldogs cannot tolerate heat or cold very well and so require a minimally air-conditioned environment at home.
Being indoors by nature, one must avoid exercising Frenchies in hot conditions, preferring to take them out on short walks in the morning or evening.
Alternatively, these dogs must not be taken out in the snow either, as they can become exceptionally cold at any given moment.
Can you KC register a Blue French Bulldog?
Although Blue French Bulldogs are not accepted as show dogs, they can certainly be KC registered if they are purebred.
How long do Blue French Bulldogs live?
The AKC states their lifespan to be 11 to 13 years, though a UK club states that it is 12 to 14 years.
Do Blue French Bulldogs snore a lot?
Due to their short and squashed face, Blue French bulldogs normally tend to grunt, snore and wheeze. After a while, all owners get used to it and it is also an endearing feature of the breed.
Do Blue French Bulldogs bite?
If your puppy is biting you or any other family member, please remember that he is still being trained, and this kind of biting is more playful than aggressive.
Your puppy will slowly learn the rules with your firm guidance and these episodes will vanish.
And last but not the least, a few POINTS TO REMEMBER:
- Blue French Bulldogs require a lot of attention and cannot be left alone for extended periods of time. Snoring and wheezing and other sounds are caused due to their flat facial structure and are not a cause for concern unless your dog appears to be in actual distress.
- Blue French bulldogs are difficult to come by, so if you are being offered
an opportunity to own one, note that it will come at a hefty price.
- Blue Frenchies are not good with water and swimming.
- They are prone to allergies.
But, when all is said and done, Blue French Bulldogs are extremely affectionate dogs, playful and smart, and guaranteed to make you feel loved, every day of your life.
I hope you find the perfect Frenchie for you and your family, and live a long and happy life together!
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