French Bulldog Colors & Colloquialisms
This visual guide to standard French Bulldog colors and patterns is a very simple classification of a very complicated subject.
DQ or ‘disqualifying’ colors (often referred to as ‘rare’ colors) are not covered here, but can be found here.
I’ve used the term ‘colloquialisms’ because many terms such as ‘tiger brindle’, ‘honey pied’ and ‘smutty fawn’ are not standard terms found in breed standards. Rather, they are subjective terms that breeders have used over the years to refer to certain colors and patterns. Differing opinions exist on the “correct” terminology for many of these patterns and colors, and this guide does not claim to be the definitive one, just my own preference for terminology.
Fawn French Bulldogs
This is rather confusing, but I’ll attempt to simplify it as best I can.
Genetically, all French Bulldogs start out as fawn. This can vary from deep red fawn, to pale golden fawn to a so called ‘smutty’ fawn with black tips on the hair.
Via the E allele, fawn French Bulldogs can be masked if they carry one or more copies of the M allele along with the dominant E allele, or non masked if they are ee, Ee or EE.