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Merle French Bulldog

French Bulldogs possessing a merle pattern have a solid base color varying from chocolate brown to blue, and black to fawn, marked with regular or irregular stripes or spots.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize merle as an official color. In fact, the regular Frenchies are crossed with official merle breeds like the Chihuahua, with the outcome being a litter of mostly merle puppies.

Merle French Bulldog
Merle French Bulldog Pup
Fawn Merle French Bulldog
Merle French Bulldog Full Grown

A merle French Bulldog needs to inherit a copy of the dominant gene – “M” allele. Only when a dog has the combination of a dominant “M” allele and a recessive “m” allele, it will display the merle pattern. When a Frenchie possesses two dominant “M” alleles, it is a double merle French Bulldog.

It can often develop blue eyes because of either the M-locus gene or a low melanin level. Don’t panic if your dog has two different colored eyes as it is caused by a genetic condition called heterochromia.

Different Types of Merle French Bulldogs

Chocolate Merle French Bulldog

Chocolate Merle

These Bulldogs display merle patterns over a brown base coat.

Pied Merle French Bulldog

Pied Merle

This dog has blue and gray patches over a white coat.

Black Merle French Bulldog

Black Merle

This dog displays dark fur over a base coat ranging from light grey to brown and black mottling.

Brindle Merle French Bulldog

Brindle Merle

The brindle merle Frenchie has a series of patterns consisting of tan and merle spots.

Red Merle french Bulldog

Red Merle

One of the common patterns, the coat has a slightly pink tone covered with merle streaks.

Tan Merle French Bulldog

Tan Merle

These dogs have a tan coat, with brown spots all over, though some have grey spots instead. Other characteristic features include pink or light brown noses and pale paw pads.

Brown Merle French Bulldog

Brown Merle

The brown merle is very similar to the red merle, just with a darker tone.

White Merle French Bulldog

White Merle

Often confused with the pied merle, these Frenchies have black and tan patches over a white coat.

Black and Tan Merle French Bulldog

Black and Tan Merle

These Bulldogs have black patches along with a merle pattern over a tan coat.

Harlequin Merle French Bulldog

Harlequin Merle

When a French Bulldog inherits both the harlequin and merle genes, they develop this pattern.

Tri Merle French Bulldog

Tri Merle

These dogs have a blue and fawn coat, with black patches all over.

Spotted French Bulldog


When a merle pattern on a French Bulldog is broken down into spots, it appears like this.

More Merle French Bulldogs

How Much Does a Merle French Bulldog Cost

On average, a merle Frenchie costs between $7,500 and $15,000.

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