Don't pay more money a fad coloured French Bulldog.
FACT: Puppies of any colour, all cost the same to Breed and raise.
Breeders who intentionally breed FAD colours, tell you these colours are rare, as a marketing ploy to charge more money for them.
FAD coloured French Bulldogs cannot be shown. FAD coloured French Bulldogs are not eligible to be registered on the main register of the ANKC.
If a Breeder tells you that a FAD coloured French Bulldog is registered on the ANKC main register, then they are purposely deceiving the ANKC, and as such, can be fined and de-registered for supplying false information and paperwork.
The ONLY colours that are allowable on main registration are Brindle, Fawn and Pied, as described to the right.
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Standard colours -vs- Fad colours
As described in the official ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council) Breed Standard for the French Bulldog, there are three accepted colours in the French Bulldog breed.
Below is the colour description as that appears in the Breed Standard.
Brindle, pied or fawn. Tan, mouse and grey/blue highly undesirable.
(1) Brindle - a mixture of black and coloured hairs. May contain white provided brindle predominates.
(2) Pied - white predominates over brindle. Whites are classified with pieds for show purposes; but their eyelashes and eyerims should be black. In pieds the white should be clear with definite brindle patches and no ticking or black spots.
(3) Fawn - may contain brindle hairs but must have black eye lashes and eye rims.
'FAD' colours are colours that are considered undesirable in the breed standard, yet attract Breeders trying to make money from the Breed, by declaring them as 'rare'.
Certain 'FAD' colours do occur naturally in the Breed, and can crop up from time to time in any Breeding program. Ethical Breeders who find this to occur, will sell these puppies for no more money, than the standard coloured puppies.
Because these colours are considered highly undesirable, puppies of these colours cannot be registered on the main register, and are therefore not eligible to be shown or bred from. An ethical Breeder will place these puppies on the limited register.
Breeders who purposely concentrate on producing these colours, are intentionally Breeding away from the Breed standard, and by doing so, are going against the ethics of the ANKC.
To be able to continually produce these undesirable colours, Breeders need to keep breeding back to dogs that also carry the same colour genes. Because ethical breeders do not intentionally breed Blue, Tan or Mouse coloured dogs, the gene pool for these colours is relatively small. This presents with the problem then, of severely inbred dogs, who are more prone to suffer from health issues.
Breeders who continually produce undesirable colours, often refute that they are in-breeding, but without DNA parentage tests, for at least three generations, this is impossible for them to prove this.
There seems to be more and more FAD colours popping up within the breed such as black and tan, lilac, and merle for example. The Merle colour was introduced by cross-breeding, most likley with a chihuahua.
Please don't be fooled into thinking Merle Frnech Bulldogs are rare, or worth more money. These dogs are a result of cross-breeding, and therefore are not even a purebred French Bulldog.
Merle French Bulldogs present additional health concerns that can affect the Breed. Unfortunately, the effects of the merle allele (M) are not confined to coat patterning and it is known that there can be an increased risk of impaired hearing and sight associated with it, particularly in dogs that are homozygous for M (dogs that carry two copies of the M allele).