Blue And Tan French Bulldog

Blue And Tan French Bulldog: An In-depth Guide

The blue and tan French bulldog is a stunning variant of this popular breed. With their solid blue base coat and tan points, these beautiful “blue and tans” attract attention wherever they go. In this complete guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about blue and tan French bulldogs.

What is The blue and tan French bulldog?

The blue and tan French bulldog is a rare color variant of the popular French bulldog breed. This guide will cover what makes the blue and tan Frenchie’s appearance unique and some key facts about these colorful dogs.

The hallmark of the blue and tan French bulldog is its distinct color pattern:

  • Bluecoat – This is a dilute grayish-blue base coat color. It results from a rare dilute gene that reduces black pigment.
  • Tan markings – Tan points appear above the eyes, on the cheeks, chest, legs, and underside. These beige markings contrast with the blue.

The solid blue coat paired with the reddish-tan points creates a dynamic, eye-catching look. It’s a color pattern seen in other breeds too like Dobermans.

A Brief History of Blue and Tan French Bulldogs

The French bulldog originated in England in the 1800s as a smaller version of the English bulldog. These “Frenchie” dogs became popular companions in France. The first official French bulldogs were exhibited in the late 1800s.

The blue coloration first appeared in the breed in the early 20th century when breeders mixed French bulldogs with blue Mastiffs and English bulldogs. The tan points were then introduced through crossbreeding with tan breeds like the Staffordshire bull terrier.

By combining the rare blue dilution gene with tan point genes, breeders eventually achieved French bulldogs with a stunning solid blue coat and tan markings. This eye-catching combo gained popularity among French bulldog enthusiasts.

How to get a Blue and Tan French Bulldog
How to get a Blue and Tan French Bulldog

The Rarity Factor: Blue French Bulldog Puppies Prices

Blue French bulldogs are one of the most coveted color variants of this popular breed. But what exactly accounts for their ultra-high pricing compared to other colors? The main driver is simple supply and demand.

The Genetics of Blue Frenchies

Genetically, blue French bulldogs occur due to a rare dilute gene that affects coat color. For a French bulldog to have a blue coat, they must inherit two recessive copies of the dilute gene, one from each parent.

This is very uncommon, as most Frenchies will not carry any copy of the dilute gene. When two dilute gene carriers are bred, on average only 25% of the litter will inherit a double dilute genotype and exhibit the blue coat.

Low Supply, High Demand

Since only about one in four puppies from rare dilute gene carriers will be blue, they are naturally in very limited supply. Yet the unique and striking blue coat color is extremely desirable to French bulldog enthusiasts.

This creates a classic situation of low supply and high demand that allows blue French bulldog breeders to charge premium prices. The rarity of dilute gene carriers and low odds of producing blue puppies make each one valuable.

Breeding Challenges Raise Prices

Responsible breeding of blue Frenchies comes with additional challenges as well. Due to the inherited health issues in French bulldogs, ethical breeding requires extensive health testing of the sire and dam.

Breeders must invest in artificial insemination and c-sections for delivery due to the bulldogs’ narrow hips. More intensive care of litters adds to costs. The rarity of blues also means maintaining more breeding dogs to find dilute gene carriers.

These expenses mean breeders must charge higher prices for blues compared to the common colors like fawn, brindle, and pied Frenchies. The costs and risks justify the premium pricing of these rare dogs.

Price Ranges for Blue Frenchies

So what prices can you expect for a blue French bulldog puppy? Here are some typical price ranges:

  • Pet quality blues from health-tested parents: $4,000 – $5,000
  • Show quality blues from champion bloodlines: $5,000 – $7,500+
  • Teacup or micro blues under 11 lbs: $7,500+

For comparison, prices for other colors from reputable show breeders average $3,000 to $5,000 per puppy. The increased prices for blues reflect their exclusivity.

Beware Bargain Blues

Be very wary of any blue French bulldog puppies priced under $3,000. Cheap blues almost certainly come from substandard breeders without health testing or regard for the dogs’ welfare.

While the upfront cost is high, a responsibly bred blue Frenchie from health-tested parents should live a long, healthy life and prove an outstanding companion. For blue French bulldog lovers, the extra cost is worthwhile to find their dream puppy.

The Signature Blue and Tan Frenchie Appearance

The blue and tan French bulldog has a short, smooth coat that comes in a unique blue and tan color pattern.

The Blue Coat

The blue coat is a rare dilution of the black pigment in the fur. This dilution turns the fur into a distinctive bluish-gray or silver hue. The blue gene must be inherited from both parents to achieve this uniform blue coat.

There are different shades of blue possibly based on the influence of other coat color genes present. French bulldogs can also have a blue brindle or blue fawn pattern in addition to solid blue.

The Tan Markings

Tan French bulldogs have tan points – tan markings on their muzzle, eyebrows, cheeks, chest, legs, and underside. These beige markings contrast beautifully against the blue coat.

The tan markings are the result of a recessive tan points gene. Dogs only need one copy of this gene from one parent to exhibit the tan points.

The tan points can appear in different variations. Some blue and tan French bulldogs have minimal tan restricted to the paws and underside. Others have more extensive tan on the face, legs, and chest.

The combination of the solid blue base coat with the tan points creates the dazzling look that makes blue and tan Frenchies stand out. The tan is a rich reddish beige that complements the blue perfectly.

In addition to their colors, Frenchies have short, flat faces, bat-like ears, and a muscular, compact body. Blue and tan Frenchies tend to weigh under 28 pounds and stand 12-13 inches tall.

The Playful, Affectionate Blue and Tan Frenchie Temperament

The blue and tan French bulldog inherits the sweet, playful personality standard for Frenchies. Here are some of their most notable traits:

  • Extremely affectionate and loving – Frenchies bond very closely with their owners. They crave attention and companionship. They often become velcro dogs that stick by your side.
  • Thrives on human interaction – This is a breed that needs to be with its people. They soak up any attention and playtime you can provide. They generally do not do well left alone for long periods.
  • Playful and energetic – Frenchies are known for their playful, clownish nature. They love to play with toys, romp with their owners, and entertain themselves. Puppies especially have high energy.
  • Also enjoys napping and cuddling – While playful, Frenchies also appreciate lounging on the couch with their favorite people. They love to cuddle up for naps.
  • Patient and gentle – This breed tends to be very good with children. They have a high tolerance and patience for kids. With supervision, they can make great family pets.
  • Intelligent and trainable – Frenchies often pick up on training and tricks quickly. Positive reinforcement and treats help them learn rapidly. They can master basic obedience and fun tricks.
  • Males tend to be more playful and rambunctious than females. Females are often calmer and more independent. But personalities vary greatly from dog to dog.
  • Minimal barkers – Frenchies are not big barkers and make reasonable apartment dogs if exercised sufficiently. They can live happily in the city or country.

Proper socialization and companionship are key to a well-adjusted Frenchie. These are not dogs to leave outside or neglected. They thrive when treated as part of the family.

taking care of a Blue and Tan French Bulldog
taking care of a Blue and Tan French Bulldog

Common Health Issues in Blue and Tan French Bulldogs

Unfortunately, French bulldogs tend to suffer from certain health problems, especially related to their breathing and joints. Potential issues include:

  • Brachycephalic syndrome – This condition describes the breathing difficulties short-nosed dogs can face. An elongated soft palate, narrow nostrils, and tight windpipe cause obstruction. Signs include loud/labored breathing, snoring, exercise intolerance, gagging, and collapsing. Mild cases can be medically managed. Severe cases may require corrective surgery.
  • Spinal problems – The breed is prone to intervertebral disc disease and hemivertebrae. IVDD happens when a disc ruptures and presses on the spinal cord. Signs range from mild pain to partial paralysis. Hemivertebrae is a malformation of spinal bones that can wedge against the spinal cord. Mild cases cause visible bunny-hopping gait abnormalities. Severe cases lead to paralysis if left untreated.
  • Joint diseases – Hip dysplasia and patellar luxation are both common. Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip socket and ball. Patellar luxation is when the kneecap slips out of position. Both can lead to osteoarthritis over time. Maintaining a healthy weight and joint supplements can help minimize pain and damage.
  • Eye diseases – Cherry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and dry eye can all affect Frenchies. Cherry eye is a glandular prolapse in the corner of the eye treated by surgical replacement. Cataracts cause vision loss treated with surgery. Medicated eye drops can control glaucoma and dry eye.
  • Skin allergies – Allergies to foods, environment, or grooming products often manifest as itchy, inflamed skin. Finding and avoiding allergy triggers and medicated baths offer relief.
  • Dental issues – Overcrowding, misaligned bite, and early tooth loss are common due to the shortened muzzle. Daily brushing and professional cleaning help prevent dental disease. Severely misaligned bites may require orthodontics or tooth removal.

Responsible blue and tan Frenchie breeders should screen all their breeding dogs for these and other potential issues. Work closely with your vet on preventative care and early treatment to help your Frenchie live their healthiest, fullest life possible.

Caring for Your Blue and Tan Frenchie

Proper care is vital to your blue and tan French bulldog’s health and happiness. Here are top care tips:

  • Diet – Feed a high-quality kibble suited for bulldogs or Frenchies. Look for a food tailored to their facial and body structure. Consult your vet on portion sizes and nutrition requirements. Treats should comprise no more than 10% of daily calories.
  • Exercise – Frenchies require at least 20-30 minutes of activity per day. Several short walks and indoor play sessions are ideal. Take care not to overheat or overexert them, especially as puppies. Swimming and joint-friendly activities like agility can supplement walks.
  • Grooming – Brush their short coat weekly to remove loose hair using a rubber pet grooming glove or bristle brush. Clean face folds daily with a damp cloth to prevent sores and infection. Trim nails monthly. Check and clean ears weekly. Brush teeth daily.
  • Training – Start training early using positive reinforcement like treats and praise. Practice basic obedience commands and manners. Work on socialization skills and exposure to new people, places, sounds, and animals. Consistency and patience are key. Consider professional training for help.
  • Enrichment – In addition to physical exercise, Frenchies need mental stimulation. Food puzzles, interactive toys, trick training, and hide-and-seek treats prevent boredom and destruction.
  • Weight management – Measure food carefully and avoid overfeeding. Weigh monthly and adjust portions if needed. Exercise aids in weight control as well. Excess weight stresses joints and airways.

With proper preventative care, exercise, enrichment, training, and veterinary guidance, your blue and tan Frenchie can have many happy, healthy years as your beloved companion! Reach out to us if you need any assistance caring for your special pup.

Finding a Reputable Blue and Tan Frenchie Breeder

It’s essential to find a responsible, ethical blue and tan French bulldog breeder. Warning signs of bad breeders include:

  • Having many litters available at all times
  • Breeding dogs at every heat cycle without rest
  • Not performing health testing on all breeding dogs
  • Unable or unwilling to show parents/facilities on-site
  • No interview or application process for buyers
  • Charging below-market pricing for puppies

Characteristics of a good breeder:

  • Has just 1-2 litter per year from different dams
  • Allows dams at least 1 year rest between litters
  • Tests all breeding dogs for hereditary issues and provides proof
  • Interview buyers thoroughly about their experience and home life
  • Requires spay/neuter and return contracts
  • Charges over $4000 per puppy
  • Takes dogs back at any point in life if buyers can’t keep them

A great breeder will start vetting and getting to know potential owners long before pairings are even made. They want the best possible match between the puppy and the family.

Be very wary of breeders advertising cut-rate blue and tan French bulldog puppies online or in classified ads. Only consider breeders you can meet in person who prove health testing.

Preparing for Your New Blue and Tan Frenchie Puppy

Once you find your perfect blue and tan French bulldog, start preparing for their arrival! Puppy-proof your home by removing hazards and locking up valuables. Gather essential supplies like a crate, collar and leash, stainless steel food bowls, and interactive toys.

Schedule a first vet visit within 3-5 days of bringing your puppy home. The vet will give a physical exam, deworming medication, and initial vaccines. Be sure to sign up for pet insurance and establish a preventative care plan.

Ask the breeder for a blanket or toy carrying the scent of your puppy’s mother and littermates to aid their transition. When bringing your puppy home, start introductions slowly to family members and allow exploration of their new environment.

In the first weeks, start crate and potty training as well as socialization to new sights and sounds. Establish a consistent schedule and rules. Enroll in a puppy kindergarten class for early training and social skills.

With the proper preparation, you’ll be on your way to many wonderful years with your unique blue and tan French bulldog! Let us know if you have any other questions. We wish you the best on your journey together!

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