If you are reading this article, you are either about to or thinking about buying a Lilac Frenchie.
Why wouldn’t you want one of the adorable little potatoes?
They have the cutest smooshed face, can live anywhere, and have the biggest personalities.
In this article, I will guide you through everything you need to know about Lilac Frenchies.
Table of contents
- Breed Overview
- What Makes a Lilac Frenchie so Different?
- Do Lilac French Bulldogs Have Any Health Issues?
- How to Care for a Lilac French Bulldog?
- What are the Grooming Needs of Lilac Frenchies?
- The Bottom Line
|Height||Up to 12 inches|
|Weight||Up to 20 lb Dependant on diet and exercise|
|Color||Lilac, grey, blue, and slight pink on the muzzle|
|Coat type||Short, however, they still shed and need regular brushing to keep their coat shiny|
|Personality||Energetic, Laidback, Affectionate, Friendly|
|Life expectancy||Up to 12 years|
|Price||Can range from $1000 – $7000|
Now let’s take a deep dive into the world of the Lilac Frenchie.
What Makes a Lilac Frenchie so Different?
The main thing that makes them so unique is their coloring.
This is down to the dilution (weakening) of the blue and brown gene, resulting in the stunning paler hues of lilac.
They also typically have lighter eyes and a pink muzzle…so adorable.
Lilac is a rare color due to a complex selective breeding process. This is what warrants the higher-than-normal price tag.
It is also worth noting that the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC) don’t recognize lilac as an official Frenchie color.
So unless you have aspirations of a show dog, a lilac Frenchie could be for you!
Do Lilac French Bulldogs Have Any Health Issues?
So we have to talk about it, to be responsible! Selective breeding is where parent dogs are chosen to emphasize specific physical attributes, such as color.
Selective breeding can cause health issues like the ones outlined below.
The process name for creating these colors is dilute coloration, caused by gene variants that result in the pastel color.
As I’m sure, you can imagine, cherry-picking which genes are desirable and trying to mute the rest can lead to other health problems.
This may not always be the case, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t give you all the facts.
Dilute coloration can also lead to Colour dilution alopecia, this has no cure, but medication can help manage symptoms.
But what are the symptoms?
Like in humans, alopecia is a form of hair loss.
Puppies born with this condition generally have a more textured coat when they are born, and then usually, around the 6-month mark, they start losing their hair.
Their coat will have balding areas with exposed skin that can be itchy and flakey.
Due to breeding, Frenchies can have a host of health problems specific to the breed.
Like that adorable squashed face, this can make breathing difficult due to the shortened facial structure.
They may need BOAS surgery (Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome) to correct this.
As well as making it difficult to breathe, it also makes it harder to regulate temperature, which is done through panting to cool down. This is especially something to be aware of if you live in hotter climates.
So please ensure you go to a reputable breeder to find your lilac Frenchie.
How to Care for a Lilac French Bulldog?
When it comes to exercise, Lilac Frenchies are very laidback dogs. They are happy to go on long nature walks with you, or if exercise is not your thing, they are delighted to have a walk through the neighborhood.
Make sure they are getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
Frenchies are incredibly intelligent and relatively easy to train when they aren’t testing your patience with their selective deafness and stubbornness!
Brain training games can be fun and rewarding for your furry friend; that kind of mental stimulation can exert as much energy as a walk.
Find the snack games are great. Try using dried sprats; the strong smell will help engage their nose and keep their coat lovely and glossy.
What are the Grooming Needs of Lilac Frenchies?
To keep that luscious lilac coat looking its best, use a grooming mitt once a week to remove any loose hairs and dirt that have built up.
These are short-haired dogs, but they still shed!
Also, keep those big bat-like ears nice and clean with a cotton pad and water or a specific ear-cleaning solution. Be careful not to go too deep; you don’t want to hurt their eardrums.
Since the muzzle is a light pink color, it is easier to see if the skin folds are irritated or need cleaning. Use a damp cotton pad to clean between the folds gently; if they are irritated, use a soothing balm to calm the irritation.
Lilac Frenchies can be prone to allergies and infections due to their delicate skin, so staying on top of their grooming needs is best.
Use this pamper time as a time to bond with your fur baby.
The Bottom Line
Lilac Frenchies make the most adorable, easygoing, loyal companions.
Before you make the commitment, research, find a reputable breeder, and swat up on all that you can.
These are amazing dogs and joy to have, but they often end up being surrendered due to health problems that families weren’t aware of.
I’m not saying any of this to scare you, just to make you aware of every aspect of owning a Lilac Frenchie before you embark on your adventure together.
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