Crowd Pleazer's Gianni with the Good Hair; Ma+ Merle fluffy carrier; carries cocoa. OFA Certified GOOD Hips (preliminary); cardiac, trachea, patellas, elbows, spine; DNA CLEAR DM/JHC/CMR1/HUU/C3
Everyone says they want healthy, but you deserve more than just good intentions (#PlausibleDeniabilty). How many times have you heard "well, I know my lines and we've never had problems" or "the parents were health tested" but they never show you the tests and if you dig a little, turns out there hasn't been a health test in 3+ generations. Don't accept less! A legitimate, SERIOUS breeder will take that extra step to provide you with test results and if they haven't done them, consider swiping left.
Gianni is clear of 180+ genetic diseases. He's had his OFA evaluations for hips (we're anticipating Good or better); heart, elbows and knees and trachea (all normal). Like his half brother, he's also Cystinuria 3 Clear!
Note: Cystinuria 3 is not the same as Cystinuria 1 & 2... it requires an extra test through VetGen or PennGen. This is the disease that causes kidney stones in intact males and they must be neutered along with a lifetime of care and/or surgeries. It's a big deal! Very few studs have been tested and even fewer are clear. And ask yourself this: how many Merle Fluffy carriers do you know with extensive health testing?
DNA Color Panel: ay/a co/Co d/d Em/Em kb/ky Sp/Sp Ma+ (258)/m L4/N In/In As/As
Gianni is an "ay/a" blue brindle Merle Pied French Bulldog Stud, carrying cocoa and the L4 "fluffy" gene. He's an Ma+258 Merle AND he's got the fluffy gene which makes him that much more unusual. Gianni also carries two copies of the Intensity Gene modifier (In/In) and his eyes are a crystally emerald green vs. blue or amber. He also carries two copies of the Saddle/RALY gene (As/As).
The "a" gene also allows for some pretty amazing patterns, especially when combined with Intensity gene (In) modifier, which Gianni also carries. If you're a fan of chrome, you can add Pied into the equation or just have your pups be carriers if your girl is N/N.
If you've been around a while in the French Bulldog world, you have probably heard about the controversy surrounding the Merle gene, which is in several canine breeds and (for better or worse) is now very embedded in FBDs. There are several debates about HOW it came to be and like any trait, there are "shortcuts" that breeders can take to "insert" a gene/trait into breed. So when we welcomed Gianni into our fold, we were SKEPTICAL.
First test performed was through Embark to ensure Gianni passed as 100% FBD, which he did. All that confirmed (to be clear), is that he had at least 3 generations of 100% French Bulldog with no outside breed in the mix. We couldn't find ANY photos of his maternal grandmother and as a breeder who likes to know EVERYTHING about the pedigrees of our dogs, this was maddening. And then we stumbled upon a key clue: we found the breeder who produced Bossy II and photos of his dam, Bekki II, an import from Belarus with champion lines in her immediate pedigree. And behold, we saw a dog that actually LOOKED like a French Bulldog, not a mix. And even better, she was visibly the same type of “Merle” that Gianni has, something called Ma+ with a SINE length of 258.
What does Ma+ Merle Mean? You may or may not have heard French Bulldog breeders talk about how Merle has been in the breed “hidden”. The idea is that the gene can hide either as “cryptic” or it is a higher SINE length but you may or may not be able to identify the gene as present because the gene is not a straight-forward player, meaning that a SINE length such as Ma+ may or may not show as a phenotype and visibly you cannot tell what you’re seeing in a dog’s coat pattern is something other than the dilute gene (d/d) or brindle. And to make it more difficult, it could be deleted by the spotting gene in Piebalds. According to this article submitted by Mary Langovin in 2018:
“m/Ma+; Merle pattern is muted, not crisp and clear or as well defined as some breed standards may require, most often diluted in color even when d/d is not present and/or a brownish hue may express that is not related to b/b. Alternatively, some dogs may express with no Merle pattern, no dilution and no change to coat color or pigment shading. Blue eyes can be expressed. No pigment is deleted to white.
”In Gianni, the Ma+ Merle pattern is much like malted Easter egg candy. He has a brownish color or tinge to his coat that threw us off at first because we thought he might have been lilac vs. blue. DNA tests confirm he is blue (d/d) carrying one copy of cocoa (Co/co). He has speckles or some might say “freckles” within lighter patches of diluted hairs on his otherwise blue brindle coat. There are at least three distinct patches on Gianni that we can see. There might be more, but because he’s Sp/Sp Piebald, any other areas that might have displayed are “erased” by the white pattern of Pied. His eyes are definitely affected by the color because while they aren’t blue, they are emerald green with speckles of “confetti”.
To complicate matters further, Gianni carries two copies of Intensity Dilution gene (In/In), which wasn’t testable until May of 2018, the month he was born. To put that into context, Gianni is a diluted blue brindle carrying two copies of Intensity dilution that is combined with a Merle gene that is described also as diluted pattern with a brownish hue. Compound that with brindle and hide it some more with pied. So if you look through the pedigree of Gianni and view his sire and paternal grandmother with this information, you can start to see where the gene may have truly been hiding. Both of them look like diluted blue (maybe) brindles. And then when you branch off to their pedigrees you find a few extreme pieds and then a lot of splashy brindles and pieds. The pattern that sometimes expresses within that SINE length and sometimes doesn’t is very hard to see in a simple photo.
What we do know is that the Merle pattern that Gianni has is visibly traceable in at least three generations of dogs that are French Bulldog type and pedigree with lines to FBD champions. This is NOT a recent "insertion" or shortcut to get a pattern.
If you're interested at all in the Merle gene, we cannot more strongly suggest TESTING your French Bulldog for the gene even if you think it doesn't carry the gene. Why? Because like the L4 gene (a.k.a fluffy), your French Bulldog might not visibly show you what's going on inside like you think. There are a LOT of dogs who silently carry these genes.
And while Ma+ might seem very subtle, when combined with Mc, Mc+, Ma, Ma+ (all genes that you might not even know are in your dog's panel) it can create very visible patterns, such as the highly coveted "tweed" pattern. When combined with M or Mh, the visible Merle patterns increase and also come with an increased risk of white deletion that can result in deafness and/or blindness, so it is very important to know what your dog does or does not carry.
For anyone who is considering adding Merle into their program, you can order the SINE length test from UC Davis (VGL) for only $20. You might be surprised by what's already in your yard.
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Gianni is OFA certified clear of CMR1/JHC/HUU/DM/Cystinuria 3 and has the following:
Hips: GOOD (preliminary report) #supercool
Basic Cardiac: Normal
Trachea: Normal (3)
Elbows: Normal (preliminary report)
Spine*: Tested (it's really nice!)
DNA Color Panel:
Fluffy Carrier: N/L4
Carries Chocolate: Co/co
Ma+ Merle: SINE Length N/258 Ma+
ay/a Co/co d/d Em/Em Kb/ky Sp/Sp As/As In/In
If you're interested at all in the Merle gene, we cannot more strongly suggest TESTING your French Bulldog for the gene even if you think it doesn't carry the gene.
Why? Because like the L4 gene (a.k.a fluffy), your French Bulldog might not visibly show you what's going on inside like you think. There are a LOT of dogs who silently carry these genes.
And while Ma+ might seem very subtle, when combined with Mc, Mc+, Ma, Ma+ (all genes that you might not even know are in your dog's panel) it can create very visible patterns, such as the highly coveted "tweed" pattern.
When combined with M or Mh, the visible Merle patterns increase and also come with an increased risk of white deletion that can result in deafness and/or blindness, so it is very important to know what your dog does or does not carry.
For anyone who is considering adding Merle into their program, you can order the SINE length test from UC Davis (VGL) for only $20. You might be surprised by what's already in your yard.
If you're a breeder who's serious about carefully planning an amazing litter, Gianni's pedigree has some serious players, which explains a lot of what is behind this quality French Bulldog Stud. Most of Gianni's lines are full of Hungarian, American and Eastern European champion lines, with a heavy saturation of Von Der Monarchia, Du Champagne, Belboulecon, Super Bully, Smokey Valley, Tisza-Parte, Gold Sierra, Pelshire and Glenlee. Several key foundation dogs are represented top and bottom giving the "engine" the power to "bring forward" all the right players.
Who Were These Dogs? If you don't immediately recognize them that could be in part because the main players in his pedigree are NOT from the "Fad Color" breeding that started with the popularity of the Blues. In fact, the Blue that is in his pedigree is a minor chapter in the Color world, but it was enough to bring forward two copies of dilute (d/d). A careful analysis reveals a heavier focus on chocolates imported from Hungarian kennels, such as Von Der Monarchia, Du Champagne and Super Bully, who used Champion show dogs (Smokey Valley's Hoop Shot, Belboulecan Du Champagne Mondo, and Pelshire's Picasso Picco) to bring forward tan, blue and what was then "untestable" chocolate (now known as Cocoa co/co).
Gianni's grandsire, Star Il Dago Ungherese was visibly chocolate and carried a copy of blue, which is why he was used to chase after Chocolate and "Lilac" in the day, siring several well-known, compact lilacs with exceptional bone and prominent headpiece. Bred by Agnes Faddi of Bastille-Ore kennel in Hungary, home of the very first documented lilac French Bulldog, Star produced several notable offspring that included flashy blues lilacs and chocolate tans along with some very interesting color patterns like "reverse sable".
Scroll through the photo gallery and you'll get a sense of which dogs are major players in this pedigree, some making up to 11 appearances each, such as International champion Smokey Valley's Hoop Shot. If you think about that, it's even more impressive because that dog was born decades ago, which is like an eternity in dog years. We've provided links and photos to help out with the history, as many of these dogs were not campaigned as "Fad Color" and had successful careers in the ring as well as contributing to the beautiful color world of French Bulldogs. In fact, a few of the programs mentioned are actually strong advocates against color breeding and are not pleased that Gianni's pedigree effectively joins many of these key champions together, normally reserved for the pedigrees of the "preservationist" clubs, with genetic "Fad Color". If you look closely, You will see a strong collaboration between Belboulecan, Smokey Valley, Du Champagne, Gold Sierra, Super Bully and Glenlee as they imported and shared their lines together in the 70s, 80, 90, etc.
Open Gianni's Ingrus link to display 9 generations and you'll see the magic display in full color:
View Crowd Pleazer's Gianni With the Good Hair's pedigree here.
Star Il Dago Ungherese x Bekki II
Sire of Gianni. This blue brindle Ma+ Merle carries the "fluffy" gene as well as cocoa and pied. Bossy was born a bright red, which faded into his Merle as he matured.
Bossy is from Belarus Ch. Lines.
Ch. Chip Meskot Pog's x Deizi Uoker
Sired by Ch. Chip Meskot Pog's; imported from Belarus. Grand dam of Gianni, this blue brindle pied Merle French Bulldog has a huge head, straight front, short back and strong hips. Ma+ Merle and L4 carrier.
Marosmenti Csillag Dakota x Kingsblood Cora
Grandsire of Gianni ans sire of Bossy II.
Chocolate Brindle bred by Agnes Faddi of Bastille Ore, this thick, compact stud is known for producing heavy boned French Bulldogs with large heads.
"I love him so much. He was my best stud ever." @bastilleore
Carries the gene to produce "blanket" pieds as well as Urajiro patterns. Carries two copies of the "Saddle" or "RALY" gene.
Kingsblood Pier x Little Predator Gloria
Paternal Gr. Grand dam of Gianni.
ay/a carrying blue and chocolate.
Bred by Agnes Faddi of Bastille Ore Kennel in Hungary.
Woton Von Der Monarchia x Daisy If You Do
Maternal Grandsire & Gr. Grandsire of Gianni.
La Vie was Bred by Annette Wood of Buffalo Run
Heavy Von Der Monarchia lines, this chocolate stud is 23 lbs and 11" x 11". La Vie is behind the pedigrees of many top Cocoa chocolate French Bulldogs today.
Gr. Great Grandsire
Gold Sierra Amor x Gold Sierra Cecile
Heavy Gold-Sierra and Sopianae Imperator lines. This "honey pied" blue fawn ay/a carrying chocolate was the foundation sire of Bastille-Ore & sired one of the first ever known "lilacs" in the world.
The legend and foundation Sire for Buffalo Run; one of the first chocolate French Bulldogs imported to USA from Hungary. Sire of La Vie En Chocolat.
Smokey Valley's Hoot Shot; Foundation sire in multiple pedigrees of French Bulldogs of "Fad Color"; 12x in pedigree of Crowd Pleazer's Gianni with the Good Hair. That's pretty impressive considering Hoop Shot was born over 23 years ago.
Ch of Ch `97, CH HU, J CH HU,
CH HG 6xHPJ, KL-GY, C1.W, 6 HF
GY, R.BIS, BOD, 3 CACIB, 3 r.CACIB, 13 CAC, 3 R.CAC, 6xBOB
This highly titled fawn is behind the pedigrees some of the best French Bulldogs of Color. Multiple championships. He's represented 10x in the pedigree of Crowd Pleazer's Gianni with the Good Hair.
ELITE A, Ch.HU + Ch.NL, JCh.HU
International Champion behind many top winners and producers throughout Europe, Canada and USA. 6x in pedigree of Crowd Pleazer's Gianni with the Good Hair.
HGCH - HCH- INT CH, 6xHPJ-9xHF
om-szepe Esztergom bajn-4xCAC-
" Ch. Pelshires Sonlit Mario. Mario was a big, mushy sweet laid back boy with a gorgeous headpiece, big black eyes and stunning conformation. He had a patch over one eye and on his little rumpkus but was white as snow otherwise. Pat (Mentiply of Pelshire's Kennel) bred Mario and from that came a bitch (Marilyn's Reno). Pat also bred English import Tikka (a.k.a Ch. Allstone Douglas) to American Ch. Lebo's Pollyanna). Down the road a couple years, the Tikka grand daughter (Excel's Pelshire in Excess) was bred to a Cox/Delaparure dog (Miss B'S Stormcrest Chivas R ) . The final product was a most handsome brindle boy with Pat's kennel name on it (assumption: Pat's dog) which was then exported to Europe. His name was Ch. Pelshires Picasso and he is behind many of the top winners and producers throughout Europe...and by way of being imported back to the USA, now many American and Canadian winners as well. He is behind the red fawn pied European grand champion winner, Ch. Super Bulli Monarchia-Mirabeau, from where these clear red fawns and red fawn pieds with black masking have in no small part, emerged. "
"Fast forward a few years; a fellow breeder here in Minnesota suddenly discovered a black and tan bitch in her litter of purebred French Bulldogs. There was no accounting for where this color pattern emerged from but many speculated she was crossbred. She was not but she was from such respectable bloodlines it was hard to account for her illicit color.
This top producing bitch is behind the brindle American BIS. Winner Ch. Affabulls King of Diamonds. Still, she was of good type, beautiful in color and her owner bred her several times. The color was never reproduced even in subsequent linebreedings...which many legitimate breeders held a keen interest in. Yet, her color made its way into the pedigrees of Frenchies worldwide through a dog exported by Belboulecan Kennel in Canada to Europe, named Ch. Belboulecan Du Champagne Mondo. Mondo, was a BM fawn gr. grandson of the brindle pied Hollylane bitch (Ch.Sunoak Sunspot) that was also granddam (2x) to the black and tan (Hollylane's No Regrets)
" So, let's put this all together in a way that makes sense...the combination of Tikka and Mario was a stroke of brilliance on Pat's part (I assume) because it created a virtual inbreeding on the dogs behind Tommyville (very famous Kennel in England owned by Maureen Bootle, winner of 28 Best in Show at Crufts), which of course, were actually Grimmelsburg, just as they are behind DeLaParure. The top winning kennels worldwide appear to have all emerged from the same basic kennel in Germany with some additions here and there. However, with the same stroke that the du Shepherd, Sopianae Imperator and Super Bulli bloodlines of Europe were created, the so called "rare colors" were unleashed simultaneously."
" Blue Moon, meanwhile was doing in OZ what, apparently, Picasso and Mondo had been doing in Europe. Improving breed type. These were quality dogs of quality breeding - and ours at least, Pats and mine, were health tested breeding stock. The notoriously shy black and tan coat pattern disappeared into the American woodwork only to reappear in the hands of European dog profiteers (puppy millers) later, who seemed to make the color pattern magically appear at will.
Keep in mind that the champion dogs I've described were superb specimens from top bloodlines whose progeny fell into nefarious hands... As with all products that are salable, profiteers seek a 'hook' to snag buyers with and having found it in so called 'rare colors', have pimped it to the max. Let me tell you, the dilute colors were not rare. They were HIDDEN. Hidden by breeders who were ashamed of admitting they occurred in their own breeding programs." - Carol Hawke, AKC Judge and founder of Sonlit Kennel
This information was excerpted from the blog by Carol Hawke, AKC Judge and founder of Sonlit Kennel
Hollylanes No Regrets, a black and tan whelped 11/22/1991; great granddam to Intch. Belboulecan Du Champagne Mondo. Keep in mind that this color was already in the top show programs in the United States BEFORE the "No Fad Colors" campaign started in 2011
Affabull's King of Diamonds (Bis. AM CH 1996 USA. # 1 FRENCH BULLDOG). Sire of Belboulecan Du Champagne Mondo. His great grandsire is the granddam of Hollylane's No Regrets.
Intch. Belboulecan Du Champagne Mondo, a prolific sire behind quality French Bulldogs of color. "Mondo" is described by top ABKC judges to be largely behind the structure and health of these dogs.
Ch. Sopianae Imperator Metric, Hungarian and UK Champion