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Cream French Bulldog: Characteristics, Temperament, and Care Tips

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe

cream French Bulldog

Cream French Bulldogs have become increasingly popular in recent years and for good reason. These adorable, tiny canines are known for their unique coat color and charming personalities. 

While they may look similar to other French Bulldogs, the cream coloration sets them apart and makes them stand out in a crowd. Their glowy color also calls for special measures like using canine eye wipes to keep their under-eyes bright and rejuvenated.

French Bulldogs, in general, are known for their friendly and affectionate nature, and cream French Bulldogs are no exception. With resources like Edward Ealing’s French Bulldog Guide, we’ve developed the ultimate Cream Frenchie manual.

French Bulldogs, with their bat ears and faces that look punched in, will make anyone fall in love with them at first sight. So naturally, breeders went right to work and discovered how to harness genetics for exotic variations, which is how we landed Cream Frenchies. 

We have other rare Frenchies like Isabella Frenchies, Lilac French Bulldogs, Merle, Teacups, Blue Frenchies, and even Fluffy French Bulldogs. We’ve covered all these unique Frenchie varieties in the linked articles if you want to learn more about them.

It’s important to note that while Cream French Bulldogs are a beautiful and unique breed variation, they’re not a separate breed recognized by major kennel clubs such as the AKC. Instead, the AKC recognizes them as one of many acceptable colors, code 076.

However, they are still highly sought-after by French Bulldog enthusiasts and make excellent pets for those looking for a loyal and affectionate companion.

Check out this Feisty Cream Frenchie arguing with her mom:

History and Origin of Cream French Bulldogs

Cream French Bulldogs are simply a dilute color variation of the French Bulldog breed. By dilute, we mean they are fawn or tan Frenchies, whose pigment has been “diluted” until it is a very soft whitish color with a golden or apricot hue. The French Bulldog breed itself originated in France during the 1800s as a smaller version of the English Bulldog. 

Other breeds, such as Terriers and Pugs, were added to give distinct features like bat ears to the breed. The breed was created to be a companion dog, and its popularity quickly spread throughout France and eventually to other parts of Europe and the United States.

The cream color variation of French Bulldogs is a result of selective breeding. Breeders have been able to produce cream-colored French Bulldogs by breeding dogs with the recessive cream gene. While cream French Bulldogs are not as common as other colors, they have become increasingly popular in recent years.

Cream French Bulldog Genetics

As per research, the recessive gene responsible for cream coloration in dogs is the e/e gene. Since the e gene is recessive, the offspring must inherit a copy from each parent, so Cream Frenchies are exceedingly rare.

The e gene is responsible for the red base color instead of the black that would occur with the dominant E gene.

It gets a bit complicated from here because some studies point to the I Locus (Intesity gene) to dilute the red color to cream. Other sources point to the dilution of the e/e red color to cream to the Chinchilla Dilution (“Cch”) gene. 

Others claim that the gene that dilutes is called the “dilution gene” or “d.” The reason this last gene is unlikely is that the “d” gene mainly dilutes eumelanin (black to brown pigment) instead of pheomelanin (red and yellow). However, academic sources suggest it affects both pigments.

It’s important to note that cream French Bulldogs are not albino. Albino dogs lack all pigmentation, including skin and eyes, while cream French Bulldogs have normal pigmentation in these areas.

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Cream vs. Platinum French Bulldog

Cream and Platinum Frenchies may look similar, but there are some key differences between the two, as outlined below:

Coat Color

The cream French Bulldog has a light off-white, cream coat. On the other hand, Platinum French Bulldogs have a light coat with a very slight bluish-gray tinge, which is why they’re called Platinum. However, the eyes as discussed below, are the best way to tell the two apart.

Eye, Nose & Paw Color

One of the most noticeable differences between cream and platinum French Bulldogs is their eye and nose color. Cream Frenchies typically have dark brown eyes and a black nose, while platinum Frenchies have light blue, hazel, or gray eyes with a pinkish or pale brown nose. Additionally, Platinum’s paws, lips, and nose have a pinkish hue, unlike the darker ones in Cream Frenchies.

Cream vs. White French Bulldog

Cream French Bulldogs have a pale, creamy coat, often with a slightly yellow or beige undertone. In contrast, white French Bulldogs have a pure white coat without any other colors or undertones present. While both colors are beautiful, some people may prefer one over the other based on personal preference.

One of the main differences between cream and white French Bulldogs is their susceptibility to specific health issues. White French Bulldogs are more prone to skin allergies and sunburn due to their lack of pigmentation. Cream French Bulldogs, on the other hand, have more natural protection from the sun and are less likely to suffer from these issues.

Another difference between the two colors is their availability. While both cream and white French Bulldogs are popular, cream French Bulldogs tend to be rare and, therefore, may be more expensive to purchase. White French Bulldogs are more commonly found and may be less expensive.

Physical Characteristics of Cream French Bulldogs

What Does A Cream French Bulldog Look Like?

The cream French bulldog has a distinctive, flat face, short snout, and large, bat-like ears. They have a wrinkled forehead, which gives them a unique and adorable appearance. However, 

Cream French Bulldogs have all the physical characteristics of a standard French Bulldog, including their short and stocky build and expressive faces. 

One of the unique features of Cream French Bulldogs is their coat color. While cream coloration is the most common, there are also variations, such as white cream, dark cream, and light cream. Their coats are short and smooth and require minimal grooming to keep them looking their best.

How Big Does a Cream French Bulldog Get?

A cream French bulldog is a small dog that typically weighs between 16 and 28 pounds (7 to 12 kg) and stands about 11 to 13 inches (27 to 33 cm) tall at the shoulder. 

Coat and Color

The cream French bulldog has a short, smooth coat that is soft. Their coat is generally a light cream color, although it can range from very pale cream to a darker, more beige color. Their black noses and dark eyes contrast nicely with their light-colored coats.

Types of Cream French Bulldog

Several types of cream French Bulldogs are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). This section will discuss the different types of cream French Bulldogs.

However, please note that a lot of these 

Pied Cream

Pied Cream French Bulldogs have a cream-colored coat with patches of white. The patches can vary in size and shape and can be located on different body parts. The S-Locus is responsible for Piebald (white spots) markings. 

Chocolate and Cream

Chocolate and Cream French Bulldogs have a cream-colored coat with chocolate-colored patches. The chocolate patches can range from light to dark brown. The B-Locus is responsible for the Chocolate color. 

Blue and Cream

Blue and Cream French Bulldogs have cream-colored coats with blue-colored patches. The blue patches can range from light to dark gray. These dogs possibly have Dominant Black (K locus) as well as the dilution “d” gene on top of the genes responsible for the cream color.

Cream Merle

Cream Merle French Bulldogs have cream-colored coats with merle markings. Merle markings are patches of color that are mottled or swirled with a lighter color. Cream Merle French. These dogs have one copy of the dominant M allele (Merle gene)

Temperament and Behavior of Cream French Bulldogs

Cream French Bulldogs are known for their friendly and loving temperament. They are loyal and loving towards their owners, making them great family pets. These stocky cuties will make the best snuggle buddies due to their highly affectionate personalities. But they can also be sassy and “dramatic,” as they are known for having big personalities and big feelings, that express freely and with Frenchie flair.

Cream French Bulldogs are also known for their playful and energetic nature. They love to play and are always up for a game of fetch or tug-of-war. However, they do not require a lot of exercise, making them suitable for apartment living.

When it comes to behavior, French Bulldogs can be prone to separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. They thrive on human interaction and may become destructive if left alone for too long. Therefore, providing them with plenty of attention and mental stimulation is essential.

These dogs are below average in intelligence (compared to breeds like the Border Collie), but their eagerness to please and cuteness make up for it.  They are absolutely ideal companion dogs. They respond well to positive reinforcement, such as treats and praise. However, they can sometimes be stubborn, so patience and consistency are key when training them.

Cream French Bulldog Suitability with Kids and Animals 

Cream Frenchies are good with children and other pets, making them ideal for families with multiple pets. However, never leave your Frenchie unsupervised with kids to prevent accidents on either of them.

Health Concerns and Lifespan of Cream French Bulldogs

Common Health Issues

Like all French Bulldogs, cream French Bulldogs can be prone to certain health issues. These include:

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome: This condition affects dogs with short snouts, like French Bulldogs. It can cause breathing difficulties and other respiratory issues.
  • Skin Issues: Cream Frenchies are susceptible to skin conditions like Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA), causing dry, itchy skin and skin infections. They are also prone to hair loss.
  • Hip Dysplasia: This is a genetic condition that affects the hip joints. It can cause pain and difficulty walking.
  • Allergies: Cream French Bulldogs can be prone to allergies, which can cause skin irritation and other symptoms.
  • Ear Infections: French Bulldogs have floppy ears that can trap moisture and bacteria, making them prone to ear infections.
  • Stenotic nares where the nostrils are too small
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) that affects the spinal cord
  • Mild to moderate issues like Dental issues, allergies, food sensitivity, and obesity 

How Long Do Cream French Bulldogs Live?

The lifespan of a cream French Bulldog is typically between 10 and 12 years. However, this can vary depending on several factors, including genetics, diet, exercise, and overall health.

Caring for Cream French Bulldogs

Dietary Needs

Cream French Bulldogs require a well-balanced diet to maintain their health. They need high-quality dog food that is rich in protein (at least 25%), vitamins, and minerals.

Feeding them twice a day is recommended, and the amount should be based on their age, weight, and activity level. Owners should avoid feeding their Cream French Bulldog human food, as it can cause digestive problems and lead to obesity.

Exercise Requirements

Cream French Bulldogs are a breed that requires about 30 to 45 minutes of daily exercise to maintain their weight and overall health. They enjoy short walks and playtime but are not a high-energy breed. 

Owners should be careful not to over-exercise their Cream French Bulldog, as they can easily become overheated due to their short snouts. It is essential to provide them with plenty of water during exercise and avoid exercising during the hottest parts of the day.

Grooming Tips

Cream French Bulldogs have short, smooth coats that require minimal grooming.

  1. Regular brushing can help to remove loose hair and prevent matting. 
  2. Owners should also regularly clean their Cream French Bulldog’s ears with canine wipes to prevent infections. 
  3. Additionally, they should trim their nails with clippers to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort.
  4. Baths every 3 to 4 weeks with a mild shampoo to keep their coats clean and healthy. Dry their wrinkles thoroughly with absorbent towels to prevent itching and infections.

Training a Cream French Bulldog

Training a cream French Bulldog requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. These dogs aren’t too intelligent but eager to please and don’t give up, making training much more manageable.

One of the first things to teach a cream French Bulldog is basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel. Socialization is a crucial skill you must train in your dog from puppyhood. Crate training will also fasten potty training and help your dog with separation.

Positive reinforcement is the most effective training method for cream French Bulldogs. This means rewarding good behavior with treats, praise, and affection. Punishing bad behavior, on the other hand, will only make your dog fearful and anxious. You can read our article on will my dog forgive me for hitting him if you lost your cool when your Frenchie was being extra naughty. 

Finding a Cream French Bulldog

Choosing a Breeder

When searching for a cream French Bulldog, it is essential to choose a reputable breeder. A good breeder will have a clean and safe environment for their dogs and be knowledgeable about the breed. They should be able to provide you with health clearances for both the parents and the puppies and answer any questions you may have about the breed.

It is recommended to visit the breeder’s facility in person to see the dogs’ living conditions and to meet the puppies’ parents. This can give you a better idea of the temperament and health of the dogs.

Adoption Options

Adopting a cream French Bulldog is another option for those looking to add a furry friend to their family. Several rescue organizations specialize in French Bulldogs, including cream-colored ones. These organizations often have dogs of all ages, from puppies to seniors, available for adoption.

It is essential to do research on the rescue organization before adoption. Ensure they are reputable and have the dogs’ best interest in mind. Adoption fees may vary but typically include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and other necessary medical treatments.

Frenchie rescue organizations include:

  • French Bulldog Rescue Network (FBRN);
  • Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR);
  • Rescue French Bulldogs (RFB);
  • Short Mugs Rescue Squad (site); and
  • Short Noses and Friends United Rescue (SNAFU).

Ideal Cream French Bulldog Home

  1. People living in smaller spaces (they can adapt to apartments);
  2. Non-allergic homes since they shed and aren’t hypoallergenic;
  3. People ready for possibly higher vet bills due to their breathing and eye issues (see our article on treating bloodshot eyes in dogs); 
  4. People with only mildly active lifestyles; and
  5. Multipet households. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between a cream and a fawn French Bulldog?

Cream French Bulldogs have a lighter coat color than fawn French Bulldogs. Cream Frenchies have a cream-colored coat ranging from pale ivory to a darker beige, whereas fawn Frenchies have a coat that is a mix of light and dark hairs, resulting in a tan or brownish color.

How much does a cream French Bulldog cost?

The cost of a cream French Bulldog can vary depending on several factors, such as the breeder, location, and bloodline. On average, a cream French Bulldog can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000.

Is a cream French Bulldog rare?

While cream French Bulldogs are quite rare since both parents must be carriers of the responsible color genes. Cream is an accepted color in the French Bulldog breed standard, and many breeders intentionally breed for this color.

Do cream French Bulldogs shed?

Yes, cream French Bulldogs do shed. However, their short, smooth coat makes them easier to groom and maintain than some other breeds.

Are cream French Bulldogs hypoallergenic?

No, cream French Bulldogs are not hypoallergenic. They still produce dander, which can trigger allergic reactions in some people.

Are there any distinguishing characteristics of a Cream Merle Frenchie?

Yes, Cream Merle Frenchies have a cream-colored base coat with patches of Merle coloring. Merle is a pattern that creates a mottled or speckled effect on the coat, and it can come in various colors, such as blue, red, or chocolate. Cream Merle Frenchies are highly sought after and can be more expensive than other colors.

Final Thoughts

The Cream French Bulldog is a unique and beautiful breed gaining popularity among dog lovers. They are known for their affectionate and playful nature, making them great family pets. However, prospective owners should be aware of the potential health issues associated with this breed, such as respiratory problems and skin allergies.

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Tamsin De La Harpe


Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.