Look-a-Likes" No FCI recognized colors

A “look-a-like” French Bulldog is a dog that looks like a French Bulldog without a recognized pedigree.

A dog without a pedigree is not a pedigree dog. A dog without a pedigree can look like a pedigree dog. But because you do not know how, where and why he was bred, we call him a “look-a-likes”. Of course, a bastard or a dog that looks like a pedigree can be as sweet as a pedigree dog, and of course a pedigree says nothing about the fun you can have with your dog. But a family tree does say something about whether the dog is bred with care.

“Look-a-likes” determine outcomes of research

In some breeds there are a lot of “look-a-likes”; this is less for other breeds. This is also reflected in the results of scientific research done on the health of purebred dogs.
From the study ‘Incidence of harmful breed characteristics and hereditary defects in populations of companion animals’ recently commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (and for which in the future more dog breeds will be investigated), it appeared for example that a large part of the researched dogs was not a pedigree dog at all. Almost all dogs that were examined in the context of this study were “look-a-likes”.
In the first part of this study three breeds were examined, namely the Chihuahua, the French Bulldog and the Labrador Retriever. Of the researched Labradors, only twenty percent had a family tree, with the French Bulldog it was twelve percent and of the Chihuahuas it was an overwhelming few six percent. For the sake of clarity: in the case of the Chihuahuas this means that 94 percent of the dogs tested have a “look-a-like”. A dog that is bred without any demands on his parents regarding health, welfare and social behavior. This large group of “look-a-likes” determines the image that comes from the research.

Globally recognized pedigrees are (FCI, AKC (AMERIKA) and UNITED KENNELCLUB (ENGLAND)

It is important that potential puppy buyers understand that dogs with a disqualifying color occur from time to time, but that breeders who do not intentionally breed according to standard breeding. They can be the result of recessive traits that only emerge when puppies of each parent inherit a recessive gene or are traits that go back to earlier ancestors. Regardless of the mode of inheritance, puppies and dogs that show disqualifying or disqualifying qualities should be best, out of respect for our breed standard, sterilized or neutered, and as a companion animal play an equally valuable role as other companion animals but not more valuable financially.

Which colors give health problems to the French Bulldog:

Color Merle: (made by crossing) These dogs often suffer from eye and ear abnormalities including mild to severe deafness, increased intraocular pressure, ametropia (poor refractive power) and colobomes. Individuals of the MM genotype may also be associated with abnormalities in skeletal, cardiac and reproductive systems.

Color Blue or Mouse gray (all variants such as blue-brindled, blue-fur, blue-fawn, etc.) blue is a dilution of black (weak color) and can lead to scabies, alopecia, immune disorders, neurological disorders, allergies, heart disease and cataracts .

Color White: Can carry the deaf gene

Why you do not want purebred dogs in rare colors
Author Karen Dibert retired breeder of French Bulldogs (USA)

I see an alarming trend in purebred dog breeding that bothers me: Rare colors within a breed have become trendy. This craze is not new, but he gains strength and will be the downfall of purebred dogs, due to the ignorance of breeders and owners.

As a retired French Bulldogs breeder, I know they have many acceptable colors, but there are a few that are not allowed by registering organizations. Not because they are new, or of a hidden gene that suddenly came up, but because it has been proven that they are damaging the breed in some way. The same also applies to other breeds.

A cream colored purple dog in a standard color.
Cooper is a cream Frenchie, a standard color within the variety. (Photo by Alicia Kerns)

French people who are all white or black and have no trace of it, carry the deaf gene and blue-eyed dogs can cause eye problems. Liver or chocolate colors, as often (and safely) seen in Labradors, can produce yellow-eyed French with early blindness or juvenile cataracts. These are health issues that no pet parent wants to deal with, and ones that should never be imposed on an animal because a breeder wants to make money on a “rare color” or a person wants an unusual-looking pup. A good breeder will never risk a dog’s health, and a good owner has the responsibility of researching the breed they are getting.

Other colors considered rare in French Bulldogs are the black and tan (like a Doberman), and the all black with no trace of brindle. These colors are so dominant that when used for breeding, will eliminate all other colors in the bloodline. It would be sad, indeed, to lose healthy fawns, brindles, creams, and pieds because a handful of unethical and uneducated people wanted blacks as well as black and tans.

The blue color is the biggest trend of all for Frenchies. They’re being bred and sold so quickly that there are waiting lists for the puppies. Blues (colored like a Weimaraner) have been more of an issue with the breed than any other fad color. This color tends to produce yellow- or green-eyed dogs, which as noted above can lead to blindness.

In addition, the color carries a genetic disorder that causes dry, scaly skin and hair loss. While this won’t be evident in a puppy, as the dog gets older problems will develop. Healthy dogs live longer, and cause less stress and worry for their pet parents. Setting yourself up for a lifetime of heartache, at your beloved pup’s expense, isn’t worth a designer color or a trending fad.

Please do your research before buying a dog of a particular breed. Sacrificing your pet’s future health, or contributing to your favorite breed’s eventual health decline, is not worth the bragging rights of having a rare dog. These are living creatures who suffer from our stupidity — not a handbag we’ll toss aside when it gets worn. Be a responsible owner, and enjoy your dog’s long healthy years as a result.

Since 1 February 2016, French Bulldogs with the unrecognized colors of blue, blue merle, chocolate brown and black & tan are no longer suitable for breeding. This stems from a covenant that the Board of Management has concluded with the Dutch Bulldoggen Club and the First Companion Dog Club Netherlands.

The aforementioned colors do not in principle occur with the French Bulldog and there is a suspicion that these health problems entail. By concluding this covenant we prevent breeding of colors that may develop health problems. In order to actually implement the measure in the covenant, the Board of Management will check the colors of the male and female on the stud declaration from 1 February 2016.

This means that these non-recognized colors can still occur in pedigrees that were issued before 1 February 2016.

Previously these bans were given a color a NEK (unrecognized color) entry on the pedigree and were allowed to breed with it but luckily this is now a thing of the past.

Regardless of the information that is disseminated, there is no official French Bulldog standard that accepts these colors as desirable.

Most fad colors (NOT ALL) are the result of crosses with various other breeds, so they are NOT French Bulldogs but crosses with other breeds in the bloodline! DO NOT BE FOOLED !!

Black & Tan

(blue pied brindle)

(Blue/Gray/Mouse color)

(Blue & Tan)

(Blue Fawn)

(Blue pied)

(Choco/Pied)

(Blue/Fawn/Mouse color)

(Choco/Fawn)

Lilac/Tan

(Blue Brindle)

(Chocolate)

(Choco/Lever)

Merle

Lilac