Just like other dogs, a micro merle French bulldog also exists. Breeders do selective breeding to produce such dogs. Even the standard merle French bulldog doesn’t count among the big dogs; they are hardly 12 inches tall and weigh around 28 pounds. Then what about the micro size? They are even smaller; they are smaller than 11 inches in height and weigh between 5 to 14 pounds. These dogs have several names, miniature, mini, micro, or the teacup merle French bulldog. Let’s discuss the exciting facts about these miniature dogs.
How Are Micro Merle French Bulldogs Born?
As told earlier, breeders to selective breeding to produce a micro or teacup merle French bulldog. Two methods can be used to produce such dogs. The first one is by mating the small dogs (runt), and the second one is by mating two dwarf dogs.
Mating the smallest dogs
Breeders take the two smallest merle French bulldogs of the litters (runts) and breed them together. That’s how they increase the chances that the newborn puppy will be a micro or miniature merle French bulldog.
You shouldn’t ignore the health risks here. The two smallest litters are not only small in size, but they are also the weakest as well. That’s how the risks of several health issues and short lifespan increase for the newborn puppy.
Dwarf breeding method
This one is the most unethical and unreliable way of producing a mini or micro merle French bulldog. Dwarfism causes the dog to suffer their entire life from breathing issues and pain in the hips, back, and joints. In this method, breeders breed two dwarf merle French bulldogs to produce a micro-sized puppy.
What Do They Look Like?
They look exactly the same merle French bulldog, but a smaller version. They have a short snout, bat-like ears, large heads. As they are smaller than the standard breed; that’s why they weigh between 5-14 pounds and are smaller than 11 inches in height. That’s why they look super cute: everyone wants to hold them in hand and play with them. You can even consider them a good lap dog.
Pros and Cons of Having a Micro Merle French Bulldog
- Their cuteness will remain forever.
- Their maintenance cost is low as you have to feed them less.
- You don’t have to take them on a long walk or make them do extensive exercise.
- They can get everyone’s attention due to their small size.
- They are very loyal to their owners.
- Their purchase price is higher than the standard merle French bulldog.
- They are prone to more health issues than the standard Frenchie.
- These mini dogs can develop dwarfism, due to which their legs can be bowed, and bones can be malformed.
- You cannot consider them guard dogs.
- Just like the standard Frenchie, it’s tough for them to swim.
Why are They More Expensive Than Their Standard Breed?
Because they are more had to produce compared to a standard Frenchie. A breeder may go through multiple failed attempts just to produce a single micro merle French bulldog. That’s why they require extra cost and time to produce one such dog. Moreover, the popularity of these dogs and minimal production has also contributed to increasing the price of these dogs.
Can They Get Registered in AKC and UKC?
No, only standard French bulldogs can get registered in AKC (American Kennel Club) and UKC (United Kennel Club). Neither they recognize the merle color nor the micro size as standard. That’s why it is bad news for you if you are thinking of buying a micro merle French bulldog.
These micro-sized merle French bulldogs look super cute in their unique color and portable size. However, neither the merle color nor the mini size is standard. Moreover, the process of producing such dogs can make them prone to many health conditions. That’s why if you plan to get such a dog, make sure to check the breeder’s history do health tests of the dogs to ensure the health and safety of the puppy.