The French Bulldog has been a beloved member of homes since the 1800s. While these small dogs are known to be quirky and full of love, they are also known for their distinguishing looks.
One of the rarest colors you will find when it comes to this breed of dog is the Platinum French Bulldog. These dogs come in various shades, but all feature distinguishing dilution that makes them an exotic breed of their own. Let’s learn more about these dogs and why you should consider making one a member of your family if you have the opportunity.
The Earliest Records of Platinum French Bulldogs in History
Although we tried, finding the exact dates of when the first Platinum French Bulldog made their appearance in history is a bit difficult. However, we can trace back the history of the French Bulldogs. An ancient Greek tribe, the Molossians needed large dogs for working and fighting by them during times of war. This breed became known as the Molossus breed.
The Molossus breed gave us several sub-families. One of these, the Bullenbeisser, was used in a bloody sport known then as bull baiting. This gruesome sport would have these dogs using their large jaws to clamp onto the bull’s snout in an attempt to immobilize the animal. It was this strong breed, the Bullenbeisser, which is now extinct, that gave way to the bulldog breeds we see in the world today.
In 1835, bull baiting was outlawed. This prompted people to breed their Bullenbeissers with other dogs, especially terriers, to make smaller versions. By the 1860s, these miniature versions of the bulldog were easy to find around England but when some of the dogs were taken to Normandy by workers going to France a new love for these dogs was born.
It wasn’t long until breeders in England began sending all the dogs they felt were unfit to France. The workers in France loved the dogs, especially their erect ears, and named them Bouledogue Francais. These dogs began appearing in showings around 1902 and were later renamed the French Bulldog in 1912. By the year 1895, the French Bulldog had also made its way to America where their popularity with some of the best-known socialites quickly got them accepted into The American Kennel Club.
How Platinum French Bulldogs Gained Popularity
It’s easy to see why a Platinum French Bulldog would be so popular. Being one of the rarest French Bulldog colors puts it in high demand. This exotic color is basically cream but with a few differences. Normally, a cream-colored Frenchie has a black nose, black lips, black rims along its eyes, and black paw pads.
In a Platinum French Bulldog, you’ll notice the same cream-colored coat, but you’ll see dilution around the dog’s eyes, lips, paw pads, and nose. You may mistake these dogs for the albino Bulldog, which is all-white, except Platinum Frenchies have noticeable luster on their coats. With these dogs having latent qualities they are less aggressive than others of the breed and make ideal pets.
Formal Recognition of Platinum French Bulldogs
Unfortunately, the Platinum French Bulldog is not able to compete in the AKC ring. While dogs of this color can be registered, they simply cannot compete due to their recessive genes and bad health. Platinum Frenchies are known for itchy skin, ear infections, sneezing, and breathing problems. You’ll also find that Frenchies with a recessive gene are more prone to bone and tissue weakness which can result in larger problems down the road.
Top 3 Unique Facts About Platinum French Bulldogs
Does a Platinum French Bulldog Make a Good Pet?
Yes, if you have the time to provide a Platinum French Bulldog with the care they need due to possible health issues related to this breed, they are amazing pets. They are noticeably less aggressive than other French Bulldogs and are quite docile and loving to their families. However, their skin, including their folds, needs constant care.
You must also be advised to never take your Frenchie swimming as the breed cannot swim and will instantly sink. When you bring one of these beautiful dogs into your family, make sure to take them for a visit to their veterinarian soon. Routine visits and wellness checkups will help keep your Platinum Frenchie happy and healthy.
As you can see, Platinum French Bulldogs are an exotic breed that should be adored. These cute critters come in various shades and rarities but are all something to be in awe of. If you are a fan of the French Bulldog and are seeking a rare color, these pups are ideal pets. Just remember to always work with a reputable breeder to ensure the dog you bring home has been cared for and bred properly.
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