In the UK and all over the world, Pugs and French bulldogs became very popular in the last 10 years. In 2018 French bulldogs over took Labrador puppies as being the most popular.
With popularity comes sadly the wrong types of breeders. Even criminal gangs started breeding prolifically these breeds as they were crossing the pedigree dogs with other breeds to create so called "Designer/Rare" colours. First thing to note is they are cross breeds. So although now look like French bulldogs, the different colours were added, and then bred back to pedigree, so the dogs looked more like a pedigree dog. But what we got left with was health problems.
Since Covid 19 the price of these breeds have rocketed to ridiculous money starting from £3000 upwards to £5000 a puppy and in some cases Ive seen adverts of 20,000 and more.
Do not get caught up in so called designer or rare colours as they are cross breeds. But do not promote these breeders either as they are just doing it to produce colour, not healthy dogs.
Celebrities who do not know better are buying up these different coloured dogs which is causing another problem, popularity of ill bred dogs.
To learn more about colours of French bulldogs go to the French bulldog club of the UK. Their are a few pages dedicated to teaching you about colours of the dogs and what is acceptable and what is not.
Recognised colours in French bulldogswhich can be shown, are Fawn, Brindle, Pied, Fawn Pied, Brindle pied.
Recognised colours which can be shown in pugs are Fawn, Black, Apricot, Silver.
Unrecognised colours which can not be shown are Merle, chocolate and tan, lilac fawn, blue fawn, chocolate fawn, panda pugs, pink pugs, white pugs, platinum pugs, So basically any single colour which doesn't fall into the category of recognised.
Please do your research and do not promote unhealthy dogs, or poor breeds. We need to single out puppy farming, we need to stop promoting greedy breeders that only want colour not health.
Here at Silvestre we only sell Fawn French bulldogs, Fawn Pugs. I can recommend other great breeders of the other colours.
I will do another blog soon about the health problems in these breeds. For now if your looking for a Pug or Frenchie, only buy recognised colours and puppies thats parents have been health tested.
Please read the links below on colour information. Check out the french bulldog club.
Mrs Rachel Savage