The French bulldog is the UK’s most popular dog breed overall, both in terms of new puppy registrations with the Kennel Club each year and also in terms of the number of adverts for French bulldogs for sale placed on our website too, incorporating both pedigree and non-pedigree Frenchies.
These small, stocky and quirky little dogs are now such a common sight in the UK that most of us who are interested in dogs would be able to spot one if we saw one out and about, although individual French bulldogs can of course look quite different from each other in terms of physical appearance.
One of the most obvious and distinctive differences that we tend to notice between individual dogs of the same breed is of course their colour, and there are quite a variety of colour and pattern variants that French bulldogs can be seen in. As well as the standard French bulldog colours that are notated within the breed standard, there are also a number of other coat colours too that are not formally recognised by the Kennel Club, some of which are described by puppy sellers are “rare” or “unusual,” even though some are considered to be undesirable within the breed.
Whilst the names and terms used to describe most French bulldog colours are self-explanatory, others can be harder to work out if you’re not familiar with how dog coat colours are described, and what the various different terms used for different colours and patterns mean.
The pied French bulldog colour is one of these, and in this article we will explain in more detail what a pied coat is, what a pied French bulldog looks like, and how the colour is represented within the breed. Read on to learn more.
What is a pied French bulldog?
The word “pied” is a term used to describe a specific colour and pattern combination that can be found in some dogs of the French bulldog breed. The words “pied” and “piebald” are sometimes used interchangeably, but within the French bulldog breed, the correct term to use is “pied.”
A pied French bulldog is a dog whose coat colour is predominantly white, with clearly marked patches in another, darker colour covering parts of the body, head, or both.
How the pattern is distributed and what proportion of the coat is white versus a darker colour can be quite variable from dog to dog, and French bulldog breeders often put a lot of effort into producing pied litters with distinctive and desirable markings.
The shade of the darker-coloured markings classed as acceptable and desirable in pied French bulldogs should be either fawn or brindle.