The Difference Between American, French, and English Bulldogs

Rare Colored Bulldogs are gaining in popularity

Did you know that the original bulldog was chocolate? 

How did the first chocolate color evolve into what is traditionally known as the standard colors now? With the many years of breeding to perfect the bulldog breed to be a loving loyal pet, it is only natural to expect some color changes also.


When we talk about the bulldog breed standard, I always go back to the AKC bulldog standard. There should not be any more health concerns with a rare color bulldog then there are with a standard color. Like any good quality healthy bloodline, you would always want to breed into that line good qualities. A good breeder will never risk a dog’s health.


Ok, so the rarest color now is the Merle, the most unique and strange coatcolor. The fur has hundreds of markings usually colored in dark brown or black. The color that dominates is usually cream, white or fawn all mixed with other darker colors. Other rare colors include Black, Chocolate, Blue and Lilac. With those combinations, you can throw in the tri-color brand.


Tri basically means that you have three colors present, the most typical we see is the solid body color in fawn or red with the tan points (meaning on the feet and around eyebrows) And white. There is a genetic test that can be done to determine whether your dog has certain colors and combinations even if they don’t show it. You can learn more about genetic color testing at animal genetics.


The most common color you will see in the English Bulldog breed as of the present time is the fawn and white English Bulldog. The Red and White Bulldog come in second and then, of course, is the Brindle English Bulldog

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