Easily identifiable by their bat ears, flat faces, and happy expression, the Blue French Bulldog (better known as the Frenchie) is a hugely popular dog.
Loved by dog lovers, and non-dog lovers alike, there is a special place in everyone’s home for a blue Frenchie.
These lovable characteristics make this dog the second most expensive dog to buy, with some puppies costing up to $10,000 USD.
Whether you are just curious, or are looking to welcome one these adorable pups into your home, this article covers everything you need to know about Blue French Bulldogs!
Let’s get started…
|Blue French Bulldog Breed Information|
|Size||11 to 12 inches|
|Weight||Males 20-28lb / Females 16-24lb|
|Lifespan||11 – 14 years|
|Color Variations||Blue (sometimes Brindle)|
|Temperament||Kind, Goofy, Friendly, Dopey, Sociable|
|Other Names||Frenchie, Bouledogue Français|
Blue French Bulldog: Dog Breed Information
The Blue French Bulldog is a flat-faced dog breed (i.e. brachycephalic), known for its adorable looks and comical personality.
Taking the real world, and the internet by storm, everyone has a soft spot for the French Bulldog.
French Bulldogs have a short and yet relatively action-packed history.
First seen in the 1800s, they were a popular choice for the fighting pits. The first Frenchies were a cross between English bulldogs and the local Parisian dogs (usually ratter type dogs).
Their flatter faces allowed them to bite other dogs and still breathe, and their upright ears made it harder for the other dog to bite them back, making them a quick favorite among those involved in dog fighting.
However, the horrific nature of blood sports soon meant that these dogs became a favorite of the show ring instead.
The French Bulldog is now recognized by most kennel clubs worldwide; including the American Kennel Club since 1898.
The Blue French Bulldog was first seen in the United States around this time (possibly early 19th century) and these loveable little dogs quickly became the favorite of the rich and famous, and still are massively popular to this day.
The French Bulldog at present is the 4th most popular dog in America!
Blue French Bulldog Puppies
As a breed, French Bulldogs struggle to reproduce naturally.
As a result, breeders will often have to artificially inseminate females, who will then give birth through a cesarian section, giving birth to only one or two Blue French Bulldog puppies at a time.
All of these factors result in the average price for a French Bulldog puppy being around $2,000 – $2,500 USD.
However, if one of the parents is a pedigree, or is famous in the show ring, these pups can sell for up to $10,000 USD each.
Like all purebred puppies, it is important to be vigilant for backyard breeders, especially for breeds as popular as this; who are notoriously overbred.
You should ideally find a breeder, before you find a puppy. Puppies advertised on classified advert websites (e.g. GumTree) and dog forums should be avoided.
Good breeders will have long waiting lists, so you should be prepared to wait for up to a year.
Try to purchase your Blue French Bulldog puppy from a breeder who is registered with your national kennel club (e.g. American Kennel Club) as these breeders are subject to home visits and welfare standards.
If you would prefer to adopt, charities such as the French Bulldog Rescue Network re-home dogs all over the United States.
Blue French Bulldog Temperament
|Ease of Care|
The Blue French Bulldog was bred to be a companion animal, a job they are perfectly suited to. Fuzzy and warm, with funny personalities, these dogs light up the lives of their owners.
They are very low maintenance dogs, loving nothing more than being asleep on their owners, couch, bed or lap. Be warned though, they are noisy sleepers, famed for their snoring; due to their flatter faces.
French Bulldogs are not known to bark often, if at all. When they do bark, it is usually to bring your attention to something, which is usually the fact that they themselves want attention.
Their quiet nature and low space requirement mean they are often well suited to city living, as they thrive in apartments.
Are Blue Frenchies Good With Families?
French Bulldogs get on incredibly well with children and other pets.
They may require small amounts of socialization when young, but, they are very easy going, and as a result can get along with pretty much everyone.
Their comic personalities allow them to delight and please all people of all shapes and sizes, and they get on well with other dogs too.
Caring For A Blue French Bulldog (Feeding, Exercise & Training)
Due to their stable temperament, the French Bulldog is suited to everyone! These funny pets are highly adaptable and consequently are happy in most settings.
Food and Diet Requirements
|Daily Food Consumption|
|Cups of Kibble|
Blue French Bulldogs can have sensitive stomachs, so try to feed a natural food. Choose a high quality, grain free food to help avoid stomach upsets.
If you choose a dry food, try to choose a smaller kibble, such as those foods designed for dogs with a brachycephalic face.
You can purchase these either at your local pet store, or through your veterinarian.
If you want to feed raw you should feed about 75% meat.
Fruits and vegetables are good for your Frenchie, just make sure they are safe to feed.
Due to their fatter faces, it is important to make sure that their face is cleaned after eating to stop food from getting in the ears, eyes and nose (causing infection).
This is especially important if you are feeding them wet or raw food. However, wet foods are not recommended due to the associated dental issues in brachycephalic dogs.
|Daily Exercise Requirements|
|Minutes||20 – 30 minutes|
Like all dog breeds, these dogs are most active as puppies.
When they are young, they are full of energy, loving nothing more than being outside. You should aim to walk your Blue French Bulldog for between 20 – 30 minutes daily.
The French Bulldog has a short, thin coat that is not suited to weather extremes. If the temperature is particularly warm, they should be walked only in the mornings and evenings to avoid over-heating.
On the flip side, they are not suited to cold weather, and so if the temperature is cold be sure to wrap them up warm on their walk.
Once outside, these dogs have an incredible zest for life and love to be out and about, exploring the world. Everything is an adventure, from getting the dry cleaning to going to drive thru.
These dogs are not strong swimmers, so they should use a life jacket and should never be left unattended near water.
Older Blue French Bulldogs are not as active, preferring to be curled up on a couch as opposed to running through the fields.
It is often said among Frenchie owners that they spend more time convincing their older dog to go walking than actually out walking.
These funny dogs have many desirable qualities, but, intelligence is not their strong suit.
This can make them difficult to train as they may not always understand what you want. Be clear and concise, giving precise commands… it takes a lot of focus and patience, but, Blue French Bulldogs will do anything if asked nicely enough.
Training sessions are best when they are short and sweet, with lots of positive reinforcement.
Start training with three, five minute training sessions daily.
These dogs can be incredibly food oriented. Try training with a clicker as this turns your dogs training into a game and harness their playful side.
Most dogs thrive on routine, Blue Frenchies are no different, and so this works to your advantage with training, feeding and house breaking.
Toilet training should begin the day you get your dog home. Do this by taking your dog to their allocated toilet area at the time you want them to go, encourage them to explore and when they finally go to the toilet use a cue word such as “Potty”.
Repeat this process daily until their body routine matches with your timetable.
Blue French Bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs, this means they have shorter, flatter faces when compared with other dog breeds.
This means they are much more likely to develop brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome which results in breathing difficulty and temperature regulation difficulty.
Their flatter faces, larger eyes and “bat like” ears means that they are more susceptible to ear and eye infections.
To help prevent this, their faces should be kept clean and dry. When bathing, you may wish to put a small cotton wool bud in the top of the dog’s ear to help protect the ear cannels from excess water.
Due to selective breeding, which has resulted in this tiny dog, they have some spinal issues, such as Intervertebral Disk Degeneration. Because of this, caution should be exercised when it comes to allowing your dog to jump on and off furniture.
Blue French Bulldogs have a short thin coat, which means they can suffer from temperature extremes, and a coat should be used in colder weather.
This dog breed is known for their propensity to develop allergies, they can develop skin conditions such as eczema, however, this can be managed through skin creams and medicated shampoos.
Due to their associated health costs, you may wish to get private health care insurance for your French Bulldog, this will cost around $450 USD per year.
Blue French Bulldog Color, Appearance, Coat and Grooming
French Bulldogs usually have blue or brown eyes and a black nose.
They are easily recognizable with their big eyes, “bat ears”, and large, smiling mouths.
Their appearance is short and stocky, with a triangular shaped body and short legs. They have a distinctive short screwed tail.
The Blue French Bulldog has a short, single coat that is stiff and thin.
It is important to note that a Blue French Bulldog is not a color recognized by the breed standard. If you are looking for a pedigree dog, you will need to purchase another color such as Black, White, Fawn or Brindle.
Grooming a Bulldog
Due to their bat like ears and large exposed eyes, it is important that their ears and eyes are kept clean.
If it is particularly dusty, you may wish to invest in a pair of “Doggles” to protect their eyes. If large quantities of dirt get into their eyes or ears, you will need to clear them out as soon as possible.
The Blue French Bulldog does not need to be clipped (because of their short coat) and they have a low shred frequency so brushing will be rare.
However, using a brush to remove dirt and massage your dog will be an excellent bonding experience.
Because of their skin conditions, such as eczema, use only medicated shampoos when bathing your Frenchie and only bath him when absolutely necessary to help this condition from becoming an issue.
Perfect for anyone looking for a companion, the highly adaptable Blue French Bulldog is perfect for seniors, singles, couples, families and everything in between!
French Bulldogs are a large financial outgoing right from the get-go, with the Blue French Bulldog price often exceeding $2,000 USD, regular health check-ups and specialist dietary needs. If you cannot afford the associated costs you may want to consider another breed.
If the health concerns and costs are too uncertain for you, but, you’ve decided that you’d love a French bulldog, why not check out a crossbreed? The funky Frenchton is a cross between the French Bulldog and the Boston Terrier.
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