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American Bulldog Colours

White with Patches of Brindle, Red or Fawn

So you are curious about american bulldog colors, the most common and traditional colour of American Bulldogs is white with patches of brindle or red or fawn.  Just like McEvoy’s Grim below.  

Some have more patches like Barbie and Zsa Zsa below.

Body Suits

Some american bulldogs have bigger patches, covering most of the body, so we call that a body suit.  JJ in the video below has a brindle body suit.  Body suits can also be red and fawn.  A dog with a body suit must have white on the head, chest, tail and legs, to be correct, the dog cannot be solid brindle, red or fawn.

White American Bulldog With Blue Brindle Patches

The first american bulldog that we bought from Mr. John D. Johnson in 1998 was white with blue brindle patches.  You can see a picture of that american bulldog colour in the photos of Blue below.

American Bulldog with a Red Body Suit

Queenie is sporting a red body suit in the photo below.  It’s another traditional american bulldog color.

This is the official description of american bulldog colour from the American Bulldog Registry & Archives Breed Standard.

“Color:  All white, pied, and bodysuits with white on tail, feet, head, neck and chest are acceptable. Patches can be brindle, reverse brindle, black, blue, red, brown, chocolate, fawn, blue fawn & tan. Dogs that are primarily solid black, blue or chocolate, black and tan or trindle pattern markings, fawn with a black mask, and/or any degree of merle are all disqualified from showing. (black, blue & chocolate patches are allowed but dogs that could be described as being primarily black, blue or chocolate are disqualified)
**Merle is a dilution of overall body color (black or red) with splotches of darker color giving the effect of “merling” or “marbling” not to be confused with Brindle that gives the effect of “striping”.

Pictures of our blue merle great dane below.

What is Merle?

Merle is a dilution of overall body color (black or red) with splotches of darker color giving the effect of “merling” or “marbling” not to be confused with Brindle that gives the effect of “striping”.  I have never seen a merle American Bulldog, they do not exist.

Chocolate, Black & Blue American Bulldogs

Occaisionally you will see black, chocolate, &/or blue american bulldogs but those are not acceptable colours for the american bulldog, they might still be attractive, healthy, fabulous pets but not “correct”.  Some American Bulldog fanciers are vehemently opposed to those colours saying that it can only have happened if a different breed was crossed in, we have many very passionate people in this breed.  Rosebull Kennels do not breed incorrect colors but to each his own.  If you want to show or breed your American Bulldog you should definitely not select one that is blue, black or chocolate but if it is just a companion and you like the look, go for it, just realize that many will disapprove.