The French Bulldog can come in a variety of different colors. The standard colors acceptable by the AKC are brindle, fawn, cream, white, brindle and white. Non standard colors are solid black; black and white; mouse, liver, and black and tan.
Bindle is described as a dark color mixed with lighter colored hair mixed between, this color is a dominant gene. Fawn is usually described as a tan color, it can range from light to dark, and is a recessive gene. Cream is a warmer version of the white and both are recessive.
Are you wondering where does the color blue come from? Well..the blue frenchie color comes from a rare gene known as the dilute gene(d) which alters the coat color of the frenchie from black to blue or gray, and can also cause the change of their eye color.
Why avoid Merle color trend? It is impossible for a Merle French Bulldog to be purebred. French Bulldogs do NOT carry the genetic mutation for Merle. Breeders are crossing into other strains that carry Merle, like a Chihuahua, to create the Merle French Bulldogs. The cross bred pups are then weeded out to pick the Merle examples, which are then bred back to other French Bulldogs. Merle dogs can face alot of health issues ranging from increased fetal mortality rates, deafness, blindness, eye anomalies, and structural defects.