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Did You Know...
There are standard, breed recognized colors and disqualified colors, sometimes referred to as "rare colors". There is a debate, or rift, in the French Bulldog community with what is referred to as "rare colors" which really are/but aren't rare - I know it can be confusing. Some breeders claim that if you breed for "rare/disqualified" colors you are disreputable. Some people favor the different, that's just a fact and that doesn't necessarily make you disreputable. Yes, there are reasons these rare/disqualified colors were not favored in the past, and consequently are not allowed to be shown, hence the disqualified status. Some breeders feel they should not be bred.
What I will not dispute is there CAN be genetic problems derived from certain colors, but not that there necessarily WILL be.
However, my personal opinion is that you can selectively breed rare/disqualified colors responsibly, I know several people that do, their dogs are exceptional and they are by no means disreputable by choosing to breed those colors. Moreover, I have seen very disreputable breeders produce poor quality standard colors. This is MY OPINION ONLY, and you are asked to do your own research and form your own. I am one of those people that like "different", and I don't feel I need to apologize for that. My dogs are all healthy, loved and cared for by me personally their entire lives. I am more than happy to provide references at any time.
Because I have always liked different, I also own and have raised on a very small scale Paint Horses since 1987. Paint Horses were derived from disqualified Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred registries for having excessive white color. Much like there is a community of people who like unusually colored or marked French Bulldogs there was a community of people that preferred a more uniquely marked horse, so in the late 1960's formed their own registry to promote the breed and color patterns. It is now one of the largest registries in the world, I believe the third largest. So from cast off to top dog. Yes, Paint horses do carry a genetic mutation that causes the beautiful variety in coat colors and patterns, with that comes an unfortunate condition in some horses- one of which is known as OWLS (Overo White Lethal Syndrome) in certain patterns. Horses that carry OWLS should not be bred with other horses that carry OWLS as the resulting offspring can be born pure white with improperly formed internal organs which result in death, typically within 2 to 24 hours of birth. The beauty of our modern era is that we can now genetically test for many diseases, including OWLS, and we can selectively breed horses that exhibit the desired coat color pattern but do not carry the genetic mutation that exhibits the OWLS. Excessive white on the face and one or two blue eyes can make a horse more susceptible to certain skin cancers due to lack of pigment. I have a horse that has a white face/head and two blue eyes - when she is turned out she wears sunscreen and a face mask to protect her eyes in the summer, she has a barn she can go into any time she likes, as well. She is beautiful and I care for unique characteristics appropriately. I am blonde, and fair complected from Eastern-European descent - I too have to protect myself from the sun far more than my husband who is half Portuguese.
My opinion on colors and patterns in bulldogs is much the same, selectively breed the ones that don't exhibit the characteristic problems within the color. Society is such that some individuals prefer the unusual and there is nothing wrong with that. Everyone is different and can make the choice for themselves.
Additionally, another thing to consider is the fact that "rare colored" French Bulldogs were derived from standard colored French Bulldogs. The rare colors were a result of two or more recessive genes popping up in a particular cross of parent Frenchies. For many years care was taken to "breed those colors out" based on visual inspection of colors and whether an "undesirable" color showed up in the litter of a particular cross, however that was prior to onset and availability of modern genetic testing. Though many may have considered the color bred out to a certain degree, in reality the color remained hidden and carried forward in the standard-colored dogs genetics. The only way to truly breed a color out of, or into a breed is to have color DNA run on each of the dogs and breed accordingly. In other words, unless a DNA test is done to prove otherwise, the Brindle or Fawn French Bulldog you see may be carrying a blue, chocolate or black and tan gene.
It comes down to making an informed decision and living with the consequences of that decision. My dogs live with me for life, even after they're retired. I don't keep so many that it is impractical to do so. I'm happy to say that none of my dogs, even the oldest one's, do not exhibit any of the conditions characteristically associated with some of the rare/disqualified colors.
Did you know...
While the merle coat pattern is relatively new and has been bred in since the French Bulldog Breed Book closed roughly about 1898, the two-tone pattern of Black and Tan has always existed, but was not favored because it would overtake all other colors due to its dominant nature. Black and Tan was therefore disqualified from standard colors. Now you will see not only beautiful black and tans, but also blue and tans, chocolate and tans, lilac and tans and even platinum and tans. This is a combination of dilute gene crosses over the black and tan coat pattern which is either ata or at at in genetic color terms.