Your Comprehensive Guide to Black French Bulldogs

A lot of people looking for Black French Bulldogs online…but, do they exist? Look no more, because we have the answer right here. In this article you’ll find:

  • The truth behind Black French Bulldogs.
  • A little bit about the genetics of a Black Frenchie.
  • And much more about this “rare” variation.

After reading this, you’ll know more about it and the main reason we can share to convince you to stay away from it. Let’s shed some light on this dark little dog.

So, are Black French Bulldogs real Frenchies?

In short, nope, they’re not – at least not for the AKC and the rest of Kennel Clubs around the world! You see, black is not an accepted color for Kennel Clubs. This is like this because there’s no natural way in which a Frenchie would turn out black. Instead, they’ve engineered dogs that were created by dog designers as a marketing appeal to uneducated people looking for a Frenchie.

The main reason most recognized KC do not accept this type of dog is that they’re not natural, thus the only purpose for breeding it is to make money, and, well, that’s not good at all. Also, it’s not a part of the breed’s natural colors, and reproducing it would be a threat to the true version.

That’s why most of the breeders who breed this type of Frenchie are not recognized and can be banned by the AKC and other KC around the world.

“A fad color is a coat color disqualified by the FBDCA/AKC French Bulldog Breed Standard. These colors are also often referred to as rare colors. Those who intentionally breed disqualification (DQ) colors in French Bulldogs are motivated only to make money. No responsible breeder would breed against their breed standard”

French Bulldog Club of America

How are Black French Bulldogs created?

Black genes are present in French Bulldogs, but, they are a recessive gene. This gene appears in the A-locus and it’s the A gene. It is recessive, meaning there needs to be two genes in the A-locus and no interference from the K-locus or the rest of the Locus for the dog to be black, which is very, very unlikely!

This doesn’t mean it can’t happen though. But, most of the time, they come with health issues related to the fact that they are pure black. Most of them have or will develop eye or hearing issues as they grow, even from the French Bulldogs Puppies stage, making this an undesired trait in a Frenchie.

Another way Black French Bulldogs are created is by mixing a Frenchie with a French Bulldog, which has dominant black genes. In the case of French Bulldogs, Black is the most common color for their coat, even though breeders produce more of the Fawn variation for some reason. Of course, the resulting dog can’t be called a Frenchie, even if it’s 100% French Bulldog in genetic tests (which can be tricked, by the way). Not only that, but it’s probable that they will inherit the issues from both dogs, plus a boost in the brachycephalic issues of both breeds.

What about Black and White French Bulldogs?

Even though they look like a real thing, they’re not French Bulldogs and this is not an accepted color. What is accepted among Frenchies is Pied Frenchies, which is a mostly white Frenchie with markings of brindle. The markings cannot be black, just brindle and fawn, otherwise, this is not an accepted version.

Similar to the creation of Black Frenchies, the Black and White Frenchie is usually a mix between our beloved breed and Boston Terriers. Boston Terriers are yet another brachycephalic breed with similar issues to the one in French Bulldogs and Frenchies. If you mix them, they multiply immensely!

“Disqualifying colors and patterns include, but are not limited to, solid black, black and tan, black and white, white with black, blue, blue fawn, liver, and merle. Black means black without a trace of brindle”


The truth of Black French Bulldogs

Black French Bulldogs are nothing but a marketing strategy and a result of the exploitation of bad breeders. French Bulldogs currently occupy 4th place in the AKC, which makes it a pretty popular breed. And why wouldn’t it be? They are lovely dogs. Still, exploitation of the breed is the result of their popularity; people want them a lot!

This doesn’t mean that people looking for a dog will respect the breed. Instead, they will also look for a version of Frenchie that is unique or original, just to brag about their rare dog.

People like that don’t love dogs, whether they like it or not.

Bad breeders have had their share of the blame, still, this practice (and others, like Teacup dogs) prevails in our society because of that. It’s about time that we educate ourselves to know how a French Bulldog actually looks!


There are no Black Frenchies! If you see one, it’s probably part of a scheme developed by bad dog breeders. Not only they are not accepted by KC, but they’re simply bad for you as an owner. Why? Because, eventually, they will become a source of pain and an economic burden for you and your family. French Bulldogs already have a set of issues that make owners think twice if they’re the right dog to get.

We know they are the right dogs, but if this version of them spreads, of course, they won’t be perceived as such.

Do you still want a Black French Bulldog?

About the Author

Tomas Rubio, a co-creator of has an outstanding passion for these charming companions. With his meticulous attention to detail and vast expertise in French Bulldogs, Tomas guarantees that each article is thoroughly researched and filled with informative content, making them essential reading for any devoted Frenchie's parent.

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