After a heated conversation with another breeder regarding my decision to purchase a blue frenchie for my breeding line I feel the need to share with you why I made this decision which is the reason for writing this page.
First of all I would like to start by saying.... I am a responsible breeder, I am aware that every dog is NOT meant to be bred. For this reason when selecting my males & females for my breeding line I ONLY choose the best quality dogs. I ONLY select dogs without health problems and those that represent the BEST standards of the breed.
People ask....why are French bulldogs so expensive? These are just a few of the reasons why. For these reasons and more buyers should be careful when purchasing from breeder's selling "cheap" puppies". The majority of these type of breeders ONLY care about the money NOT the health of the dog.
I have owned twelve French bulldogs since 1987 and NOT one of them has EVER had health issues! My dogs are given the best of care, nutrition, and quality of life with our family.
I think the blue French bulldogs are just beautiful but wouldn't breed them just for that reason. I needed to be sure I could produce healthy puppies breeding blues, which is why I spent years of researching this beautiful exotic color before adding them to my breeding line and why I am sharing my findings with you.
What I found is the blue (gray) color comes from a rare gene called the dilute gene(d) which changes the coat color from black to blue (gray) and is also responsible for the change in their eye color. It is this rare gene (d) that makes the blue French bulldogs rare and is why there is a higher price tag for the blue & chocolate colored French bulldogs then the regular colored French bulldogs. They are NOT more expensive because blue breeders want to scam you into thinking they are rare because all they are is a defect of the breed...THIS IS NOT TRUE!!
I learned during my research there is no clear "beginning" with the blue colored dogs. Fact is there are many types of breeds that carry this rare dilute gene (d) and the French bulldogs are no different. It is a naturally occurring gene, it is NOT a defect!! When you speak of the gene pool for French bulldogs you must include the dilute gene(d) as it DOES exist in our breed. There are breeders that believe the blue French bulldogs will "pollute" the gene pool, however I feel since the dilute gene (d) has been in the gene pool since the beginning and merely affects the hair and eye color, has no bearing on the dogs conformation, temperament or health, how could the dilute gene (d) be considered to be contaminate.
I LOVE the blue French bulldogs!! again spent several years researching the dilute gene (d) that's responsible for this beautiful rare color. Held off on purchasing a blue because of all the negative controversy about them and their so called health issues that is said to be related to this blue dilute gene (d).
What I found in all my research is there is NO PROVEN FACT that the blue coat color has anymore health issues then the normal colored French bulldog. Does this mean that no blue French bulldog will ever have health issue? Of course not. But I feel my findings have proven that the coat and eye color of the dog has no correlation with health issues and are NOT RELATED. That the health issues in the blue color is NOT do to coloring but to poor breeding judgment and inbreeding. My findings lead me to believe that one should be more concerned with the quality of the dog and the integrity of the breeder rather then the dog's eye & coat color.
So I ask the question....Why are blue French bulldogs not allowed in the breed standard? The ONLY answer I got when I asked this question was the blue color in a French bulldog is considered to be an undesirable color, as well as the chocolate/liver colored French bulldogs which are also rare. This may have been the case back in 1911 when the disqualifications were first written but doesn't seem to be the case now. Blue French bulldogs are more popular now then ever before and are in high demand. I feel if the only known reason the blue colored French bulldogs was not included in the breed standard was because it was an undesirable color back then and the blue color is desirable now, why shouldn't the breed standard include the blue French bulldogs and why shouldn't they be shown?
For these reasons and NO known facts to health issues caused by the dilute gene (d) I made a decision to add the blue French bulldogs to my breeding line. On June 7, 2011 I added my first little blue brindle girl & since I have added five more blue frenchies which all are in perfect health.
I am aware that blue French bulldogs remain the topic of a much heated controversy. I know there will be those that will disagree with my decision, this is your right and I respect that. But on the other hand know it is also my right to own and or breed blue French bulldogs if I desire. I don't care to argue my decision with anyone so PLEASE DO NOT contact me with your opinion. I feel I did my research, I love the blue French bulldogs and have for quite some time now. I couldn't find ANYTHING solid enough to prove or link the dilute gene (d) to health related issues in the blue French bulldogs. With this being said I based my decision on my findings and what I feel in my heart.
My advise to anyone thinking about purchasing a blue French bulldog is to consider the reputation and integrity of the breeder first and foremost and to be concerned primarily with the health of the dog rather then the color. To research the facts for yourselves. Not to trust any one source or one side of this debate because everyone has presuppositions that influence how they view this subject.
The blue French bulldogs come in solid blue/blue brindle, blue fawn, blue piebald (white with blue markings) and blue fawn piebald (white with blue fawn markings). Most often the eyes in a blue french bulldog will start out a beautiful sapphire blue as a puppy but most generally will turn to a shade of brown as an adult. I'm not saying that all blue french bulldogs don't have blue eyes, I'm just saying that mine don't and the majority of them don't.
I also would like to add....Even thou blue French bulldogs are disqualified for show do to the blue mouse color and are not considered to be of standard breed, the blue French bulldogs can still be AKC registered through American Kennel Club. Gray & white is the available color for the solid blue/blue brindle. Gray & white piebald is the color you would go with for blue piebalds. There is not a blue color substituted for the blue fawns or blue fawn piebalds therefor they would have to be registered under the regular fawn piebald and fawn color.
View my "Up Coming Litter" page for information as to when I will be expecting my next litter of blue puppies.