The Blue French Bulldog is prone to several health issues and physical restrictions because of their body structure. Some of the health issues that they may face are Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Brachycephalic Syndrome, and Chondrodystrophy.
When trying to breed a Blue Frenchie, you should make sure that both parents are completely healthy and that they do not possess a faulty version of the dl, which is the d allele. The faulty dl causes a condition known as Color Dilution Alopecia.
When both parents carry the rare dilute gene, then it is highly probable that their puppies will end up with blue fur coats. The exact color of the puppies’ fur coats may range from black, gray, and blue. Blue Frenchies typically have charming and vivid blue eyes.
A Blue Frenchie can be expected to live for approximately 10 to 12 years. This life expectancy is according to AKC.
Here are some of the common health issues these dogs may have:
Hip dysplasia is a common orthopedic condition in Blue French Bulldogs. It is a heritable condition caused by a malformed hip joint. More specifically, hip dysplasia is the result of your Blue Frenchie’s femur not adequately fitting into their pelvic socket.
Hip dysplasia can affect one or both of your Blue Frenchie’s hips, leading to lame hindlegs. If hip dysplasia is not treated, it can cause arthritis, bone spurs, and erosion of cartilage. Symptoms of hip dysplasia include:
- Drastic decrease in activity level
- Loss of thigh muscles
- Lameness in hind legs
Patellar Luxation is a condition that commonly manifests in small dogs. It is also referred to as ‘Slipped Stifles’. This condition is caused when the patella is not lined properly, resulting in it moving in and out of place.
The constant movement of the patella results in lameness and unusual mobility. Patellar Luxation is a condition that presents itself at birth. However, the patella movement may occur later in your Blue Frenchie’s life. Symptoms of Patellar Luxation include:
- Movement of the kneecap to the side
- Locking of the knee
- Popping of the knee
- Inflammation in the knee
Brachycephalic Syndrome is commonly found in dogs with short heads, soft palates, and narrow nostrils, causing their airways to be obstructed and limited to different degrees. The airway obstruction can result in difficulty breathing or the failure of your Blue Frenchie’s airway.
Blue French Bulldogs who are affected by this syndrome often snore and snort. Symptoms of Brachycephalic Syndrome include:
- Excessively loud breathing
- Difficulty breathing while exercising
- Gagging while swallowing
This is a form of Dwarfism that many Frenchies suffer from. It results in features that are widely sought after by numerous breeders. However, this desirable appearance does not come without a price.
Chondrodystrophy can cause back problems, hip deformities, and heads that are oversized when compared to the Frenchie’s body. The oversized heads along with narrow pelvises prevent many Blue French Bulldogs from being able to have natural births.