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)

There are colors that can appear spontaneously at the French Bulldog but are not recognized worldwide. These unrecognized colors previously received a recognized pedigree with a NEK entry, but these dogs now no longer receive a pedigree.

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

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)


(Blue/Fawn/Mouse color)



(Blue Brindle)