Coco, the fluffy French, attracts a lot of attention! Whenever we walk down the street, people stop and ask about her unique appearance. They often suggest that she is a mixed breed because, although French-shaped, she has unusual, long hair. They are confused when I explain that both of her parents are purebred French Bulldogs. So what is a fluffy French or a long-haired French Bulldog?
Long hair in the French Bulldog is the result of a rare autosomal recessive gene carried by parents. In Coco’s case, both her parents have coats of standard length, but they carry this gene. Of the five puppies in the litter, three are fluffy and two have short hair. All three fluffy French are tanned with black masks (like their father), but long-haired French come in all their colors like standard coats.
What is the standard for the French Bulldog breed?
According to the standard for the French Bulldog breed, only dogs with short hair can compete in the show ring. French bulldogs with too long coats or with a disqualified color are neglected by many professional breeders. In extreme cases, they can even euthanize puppies without the perfect appearance.
In theory, there are standards for the breed to protect the health of each type of dog. It seems that the French in some disqualified colors are prone to specific health conditions. However, there is no evidence that the gene that causes long hair in the French Bulldog affects health. The breed standard forbids the fluffy French, based solely on aesthetics.
What is Fluffy French? – DNA testing
I have never had an interest in breeding my dogs. It doesn’t matter to me if the puppies have registered pedigrees. I don’t even care if my pets are purebred. I had the opportunity to meet the parents of my fluffy Frenchman and saw first hand that they were French bulldogs. However, because so many people were skeptical of her breed, I decided to do a DNA test on Coco.
To test Coco’s DNA, I purchased a test from the Wisdom Panel on Amazon.com. They offer several versions, but I recommend Premium. The premium DNA test identifies the dog’s breed and checks for more than 200 genetic conditions. All you have to do is smear the inside of the dog’s mouth and send it to Wisdom Panel in a prepaid envelope. A few weeks after submitting the Coco sample, I received the results – she really is a 100% French Bulldog.
Where can I Get Fluffy French?
Coco was born in France, where long-haired French bulldogs are not so rare. I found out about her litter through a group of fluffy French owners on Facebook. Using Google Translate, I communicated with the family that owns their parents. They offered me a puppy at such a reasonable price that I could justify the flight to France to take Coco. I just had to wait until she was three months old.
Due to the exposure on social media, the desire for fluffy French is increasing. In the last few years, some French Bulldog kennels have deliberately started breeding carriers of the long-haired gene. It is now possible to find fluffy puppies born in the United States, but be prepared to pay a premium. As with any purebred dog, please find a reputable breeder. Never buy from a puppy mill!
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