French Bulldogs are charming and have plenty of love to give. While their amazing personalities make them one of the most desirable pooches, their physical features are also special. They have a small body, ears that stick up, and they come in quite a few different colors. The brindle coat is one of the most notable.
What is a Brindle French Bulldog?
Some may refer to brindle as ‘tiger-striped.’ The pattern is actually irregular streaks of color that are darker than their base coat. Dark and light stripes create a distinctive, enchanting coat different from your typical solid Frenchie. Depending on the pattern, the brindle French Bulldog may appear light or dark-colored.
Where Does the Brindle Color Come From?
Brindle is one of the oldest French Bulldog colors. A Frenchie’s coat color is determined by its parents’ genes. While several genes contribute to a brindle pattern, the K-Locus gene is responsible for dominant black, fawn, brindle colors. Three types of K-Locus genes create the stunning brindle French Bulldog. For a Frenchie to have a brindle coat, it would need to have a recessive K gene from both parents.
Other genes play a role in the pattern of the brindle coat, so this means each brindle French Bulldog is unique. Some coats show the brindle pattern all over, while others just have it in certain areas.
What Are the Brindle Coat Variations?
Again, genes inherited from the parents will be the deciding factor of a Frenchie’s coat. The uniqueness of the brindle color doesn’t stop at the variety of patterns. There are also several different colored brindle French Bulldogs.
The most common of brindles in predominantly dark hair with some light-colored strands.
White and Brindle
A white and brindle French Bulldog has a white or cream coat color with little patches of dark-colored hairs.
Brindle and White
While a brindle and white French Bulldog also has a white or creat coat color, they have quite a lot of dark-colored hairs so they have a darker appearance. This breed is rarer than the white and brindle.
A seal brindle French Bulldog has a dark coat with fine white hairs. Sometimes the white hairs are so barely noticeable that a seal brindle Frenchie may appear to simply be a pure black pooch.
A blue brindle French Bulldog has a coat that’s blue/gray. Their nose is also blue/gray with a small bit of brindle striping.
This one is quite adorable, but aren’t they all! A chocolate brindle is a mix of brown and a milky color. These Frenchies typically have brown noses and nails and blue eyes.
As their name says, the tiger brindle French Bulldog has a coat similar to that of a tiger. They have a dark coat with white hairs that form tiger-like stripes.
While we’ve seen the brindle French Bulldog for most of the time these cute dogs have been around, there are many other French Bulldog colors like the blue French Bulldog. Check out the full list of Frenchie colors here.
What are Pros and Cons of a Brindle French Bulldog?
If you’re considering bringing a brindle French Bulldog home, it’s important to consider all of the pros and cons to make sure you are making the best decision for you, your family, and your potential new pup.
- Small size: Whether you live in a house or an apartment, a brindle French Bulldog will fit right in. They don’t take up a lot of space. This also means they’re quite simple to travel with!
- Low-maintenance: Brindle Frenchies don’t shed very much. When they do, it’s minimal. The good news is that their hair is short and easy to clean. Regular hair brushing can minimize their shedding.
- Little exercise requirement: Frenchies don’t typically have much energy to burn. Short walks and some playtime is about all the exercise they require. They love to cuddle!
- Loyalty: Frenchies are known for their loyalty. Bringing this furry family member home will assure you a loving lifelong companion.
- Distinctive: French Bulldogs are adorable as it is, but the brindle coat so captivating that your brindle Frenchie will certainly be a head-turner.
- Cost: French Bulldogs are a popular breed dog and their price tag reflects this. They can typically cost anywhere from $1,500-$8,000. Read more on their costs here.
- Health problems: All French Bulldogs are prone to health issues. Common conditions seen in Frenchies are Brachycephalic Obstructive Syndrome (BOS), Skinfold Dermatitis, and Cherry Eye. Carefully choosing a breeder can minimize the chances of medical issues in your new pup. Read more on French Bulldog health issues.
- Climate matters: Because many Frenchies suffer from BOS, they have trouble breathing. Hot climates can exacerbate this. Their thin coat also makes them more prone to sunburn. They also aren’t able to stay warm in very cold weather due to their thin coat. This means that mild temperatures are best.
While the cons are worth considering, there are more positives than negatives to having a brindle French Bulldog join your family.
How Can I Best Care for a Brindle French Bulldog?
One reason Frenchies are so sought-after is because of how low maintenance they are. They are quite simple to care for if you follow a few straightforward steps.
- Regular vet visits: Since Frenchies are prone to health issues, visiting the vet every 6 months or so allows you to stay on top of your pup’s health. We know this can get pricey, but having pet insurance can relieve some financial stress of regular vet visits.
- Grooming: The coat of a brindle French Bulldog is their greatest feature so, of course, you want to keep it looking clean and healthy. You can do this with bathtime about four times per year and regular hair brushing.
- Provide a high-quality diet: A brindle Frenchie’s diet affects the important things like their beautiful coat and their overall health. Ingredients to include are water, minerals, vitamins, good carbohydrates, grains from fruit, vegetables, rice, oats, and barley, healthy fats from meat, and oils. Steer clear of preservatives (BHT and BHA), artificial food colorings, gluten, corn syrup, and white flour. Here’s a complete guide to French Bulldog food.
- Be mindful outside: It’s crucial to watch French Bulldogs near water since they can’t swim well due to there large chests. They also shouldn’t be in the sunshine for too long. They can easily sunburn due to their thin coat.
- Crate training: Frenchies crave attention and may suffer from separation anxiety when their owner is away. To ease this, crate training provides security for many. Crate training is also useful for housebreaking puppies, senior dogs, and travel convenience.
How Can I Find a Brindle French Bulldog?
Since French Bulldogs are purebred, it’s common to purchase one from a breeder. There’s also the option of adopting a French Bulldog from a rescue.
Purchase from a Breeder
The brindle French Bulldog is an uncommon breed, so finding one with good health can take some time and effort. Prepare to begin your search even before you may be ready to bring your new pup home.
Top-notch breeders must be very careful when breeding two dogs and raising new puppies, especially Frenchie breeders since these pups are known to have many health issues. The problem is, many backyard breeders breed dogs quickly to make fast cash. If the process feels rushed or the cost seems low for Frenchie, keep looking.
Research should be at the top of your list when looking for your brindle French Bulldog. You can search for breeders through the AKC Breeder of Merit Program. Breeders here have been recognized for precisely looking into health issues, temperament, and placement of puppies. These breeders also perform genetic screenings and provide careful individual care. Additionally, the AKC has a list of breeder referrals.
Aside from the AKC, there are many responsible breeders on the internet and through word of mouth. Read reviews and look into the history of these breeders. When you find a potential breeder to work with, be aware of important questions to ask before purchasing your new furry family member.
Adopt from a Rescue
Many times, people get a French Bulldog and realize they don’t have time for the new responsibility or the funds to stay on top of their health. There are several other reasons one may return their dog or take it to a dog rescue. When this happens, a dog is now left with no home. Adopting your new Frenchie is an option worth looking into because it can be more affordable than purchasing your dog from a breeder and you are providing a second chance.
Finding a brindle French Bulldog from a rescue can take as long or longer than finding a responsible breeder you want to work with. But, the good news is that there are several dog adoption programs you can find Frenchies through such as Pet Finder and French Bulldog Village.
Sometimes you can get medical records from a rescue. Other times you can’t and you don’t have the option to look into the health and history of your rescued brindle French Bulldog. An upside to adopting a dog is that it’s usually more affordable since their vaccines and spay/neuter costs are likely taken care of.
The unique brindle French Bulldog is a committed, loving, and fairly low-maintenance dog. Adding one to your family is sure to bring so much joy. While your new brindle Frenchie may not be the easiest to come by because good things take time, it will surely be worth the wait!