“No good dog is a bad color”

Bulldogs exhibit strength, courage, determination, and work. They’re loyal, affectionate, courageous, bold, friendly, patient, and attentive.

But the extent of these traits and other qualities is much dependable on genetics. To see the genetics in physical traits color is the top preferred qualification, you can go for!

Bulldogs and color association: 

The color of the dog’s coat reflects a specific breed, and the breed reflects specific traits. Color being the trait representative speaks a lot about the dog’s personality and temperament. 

TIP: The most wanting best color in a bulldog coat is red or a mixture of red and white as they represent valor, purity, and innocence. 

So, before going to have a bulldog, it’s better to know what your preferred dog’s coat color should be!

FACT: The best considered bulldog’s coat-color attributes include uniformity, pureness, and brilliance.

Look at the most common color coats in a bulldog species via the bulldog color chart down below.

Fact: In beginning, French dogs were found only in dark colors. With time, wide range of colors were developed. Most common are: Fawn, white, cream and red. 

DID YOU KNOW? Bulldogs coat colors are categorized as standard and non-standard colors. The colors approved by the Kennel Clubs are known as standard colors.

Standard ColorsNon Standard ColorsMarkings
Fawn/ FallowBlackBlack Mask
White Markings

Color Nomenclature in Bulldog Breeds

It’s easy to visualize the common colors like white, black, blue, and red in bulldogs’ breeds. But when it comes to fawn, merle, lilac, etc. understanding the exact color might become difficult. 

So, just for your ease down below are the bulldogs’ coat color names and their meaning. That’ll help you in selecting the dog of your choice.

Brindle – The most common color in bulldogs’ breed. Brindle-colored dogs feature a dark color coat with a mix of lighter color codes and strands. 

Fawn – A light yellowish tan color preferably with various different shades. Fawn-colored dogs feature a uniform coat with a darker head color with respect to body color. 

Pied – Pied-colored bulldogs feature a coat of white color with prominent brindle or fawn patches.  

Bluies – Blues represent bulldogs with distinct blue colors. Blues feature a reddish or gray pigmentation in eye rims, noses, and lips. 

Merle – It’s a unique marking pattern that reflects the marbling effect of dark color patches on the light-colored background of the same color. 

Sable – A sable is an underdeveloped tri-colored dog whose coat color shows black spots on various background colors like blue, fawn, and red. 

Lilac – Lilac is a color mixture of blue and brown. Lilac bulldogs show the same color in their pads, eyeliner, and nose as they do reflect in their coat.  

Seal – It’s a distinct reddish-brown color coat that’s found in bulldogs’ breeds. Seal bulldogs show lighter eye coloration as compared to their body color.  

Tri Markings / Pattern

Tri markings or patterns on bulldogs’ coat color reflect three colors in distinctive patterns over the coat. The third color appears as points on the coat, if not it’s a bi-colored dog then. 

The points on the coat reflect golden brown or light fawn colors that are usually found on eyes, cheeks, chest, and legs (usually inner front of the leg).

The color variations in tri patterned colors are four:

  • Black tri
  • Chocolate Tri
  • Lilac Tri
  • Blue Tri

A tri-colored bulldog can feature a uniform one-colored coat with small white points on the chest. Or it can be a more piebald pattern- a coat of majority-white with specific tri-patterns on it. 

Colors Found in The Bulldog Breeds- Representation and Attributes

Black and white:

Black and white bulldogs have a Frenchie coat (referred to as pied or piebald) featuring black and white markings. 

The predominant color is white that never interferes with black markings.

Black and white color in bulldogs fall in the category of non-standard colors, therefore black and the white bulldog is not an officially recognized breed. Because of this, they’re not eligible for shows.

Black tri:

Black tri bulldogs’ coat color features deep black patches with tan points on the face, chest, and legs. Sometimes, brindle is seen over tan points. This breed reflects an eye color of brown.

White and fawn:

White and fawn bulldogs’ color coat has a dominating white and a recessive fawn. Fawn is always an even color over the bulldogs’ coat.


White bulldogs’ coat is not an even-pure white color, instead, It’s pied (a coat of white color with prominent brindle or fawn patches). It’s known as white bulldog because of the more prominent white patches over a fawn coat.

Brindle and white:

Brindle and white bulldogs’ coat color features a fawn-base with more off-white on it. Black spots can be seen but are undesirable.

Chocolate tri:

Chocolate tri bulldogs’ coat color is dark brown with tan points on eyes, legs, and face. They reflect an eye color of green that may turn hazel, sometimes. It’s a high in demand, popular, rich color. 


Fawn bulldogs’ coat color shade is yellowish-tan that varies from light fawn to red fawn. These dogs typically have a black mask. Fawn is an accepted breed standard bulldog color.


Merle bulldogs’ undercoat is blue with darker top coat shades. This newest color in the bulldogs’ breed comes in tri-pattern usually black tri, chocolate tri, and blue tri. They reflect ice-blue eye colors.

Lilac tri merle:

As the name shows, it’s a tri-pattern color, featuring lilac, tan, and white with merle characters (dark tri shades).

Red Fawn:

Red Fawn bulldogs’ coat color shade is light tan that varies from dark pale to dark reddish tan. These bulldogs feature a dark mask with brindled patched ears.


Brindle bulldogs’ coat color is pre-dominant fawn with dark brindle patches. The color tone intensity may vary from dog to dog but eyelids, nails, lips, and nose are always reflecting rich dark tones. 


Cream bulldogs’ coat color resembles white bulldog’s coat color with the addition of an eggshell flavor. This eggshell tone dominates the cream bulldogs’ coat and lets no other patch overcome and reflect. 


Blue bulldogs’ breed is an undesirable class, still rich in demand. The reason behind the unlikeliness of this breed is the linkage of the blue color with alopecia (partial or complete baldness). However, the same issue seems to occur in other colors too.

Black and tan:

Black and tan bulldogs’ coat color is a tri pattern of black, tan with minimum white scars (scarcely found).

Chocolate and tan:

Chocolate and tan bulldogs’ coat color is a tri of chocolate with tan and no additional white. 


A bulldog coat color speaks a lot about the dog’s trait and is a sure sign of breed recognition, as bulldogs are categorized on the basis of their coat colors. Coat colors have varieties and even have specific color nomenclature. 

Some of the bulldogs’ coat colors are officially recognized by Kennel Clubs while the rest are not. Recognized coat colors are prioritized over non-recognized colors. Bulldogs are allowed in plays and clubs if they feature one of the recognized standard colors.

This was it, hope this bulldog color chart article makes you aware of the color variations found in bulldogs’ breeds. 

Do let us know in the comment section down below your favorite bulldog coat color and your selection criteria through which you own your dog. We’d love to hear back from you guys. 

Till then be safe- Happy colored life!!

6 thoughts on “BULLDOG COLOR CHART”

  1. I have a white male 4 mo. His ears are marbled , but his body has black dots like a Dalmatian. Is he ok, I’ve never seen another like him.

  2. So I was told my guy is a tri colored Merle. After looking at your descriptions I am unsure. He is blue (gray) with white socks that changes to a light tan foot and has a white stripe crossing between his eyes vertically. He also has a white/tan chest and two brown spots where his eyes could be. So he looks like he is awake when he is sleeping.


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