My beautiful girls produce beautiful fawns and also the stunning ‘True’ cream colours. There is much confusion about creams because people believe what the read in social media & rarely research to find the proper answer. If you google cream, 95% of the results are fawns or pieds.
Cream vs Fawn vs White/Pied
A true cream Frenchie will look slightly off white throughout – solid colour. Its a recessive dilute from the fawn coat. They have no markings on them, they have black pigment, black noses, black eye rims, black paw pads, and black lips. When born they look white & within 24 hours they develop black edges to their ears. A cream is a solid color and as adults they may develop light cream edges to their ears but they never have colour patterns on their bodies or any pied markings.
A lot of people advertise or register white or light fawn as cream, which is why the confusion. True cream is actually really not all that common.
Cream is different to white. See sample pic below (not my litter). The pied boy on the left and the true cream girl on the right. You can see how much darker her lips and eye rims are- the dusky black is coming in more and more. While the pied is developing his pigment with the spots of black coming in on the nose. The cream of the girls coat is now much more obvious against the true white of the pied. When she was born even next to them she looked white, but by 48 hours there was a difference. Now it is much clearer even than it was.
I just saw this (and about 20 other dogs) advertised online as creams. They are not, this is a white pied below. You can tell instanly by the mottle nose and pink eyerims, as creams have no pink pigment. There’s even some ticking, again true creams have no ticking.
Below is a mottle nose cream pied next to a True Cream puppy
All of these below are often mistaken for creams. They are NOT. They are maskless fawns, extreme piebalds, honeycomb pieds, but not creams. So there’s alot of confusion out there – thus the term True Cream. PS: All of these puppies below are stunning, and there’s nothing wrong with Fawn etc. The various shades of fawn are really beautiful and I have one apricot fawn Frenchie myself. This post is just for comparison & discussion puposes, pointing out that True Creams are special and not common at all.
Below: Not True Creams.
White dogs and extreme pieds can be problematic. Extreme white can often cause problems when it removes large amounts of pigment from the face and ears. The most common problem is deafness (due to lack of pigment in certain parts of the inner ear, which prevents it from functioning properly), but dogs with exposed unpigmented (pink) skin are also more prone to skin cancer than those with more pigment. Extreme pieds, ie mostly white dogs, are also linked to the deaf gene and its not uncommon for extreme piebalds to have blue eyes, which is a genetic defect and specifically noted in the breed standard as not desirable. The pink pigment on lips, noses and eye rims found in whites, pieds, and mottle nosed dogs are also high risk of UV sunburn damage. All of these issues are not present in a True Cream Frenchie..
There is no DNA test to define a true cream, yet. They will all be e/e which has the effect of having no black fur at all incl the face, which creates fawn Frenchies to have no mask, ie no black fur means no black mask. Science suggests its the additional recessive C-locus (Cch Cch) that produces the true cream from fawns, and others think there’s an undiscovered E allelle (Ec). Regardless, the visual confirmation would be a solid cream colour at birth, solid black nose and black paw pads (so no pink pigment on nose or white pawpads) within 48 hours, no mottle, black eye rims & lips, no markings on the body, no patterns, no ticking, and a dark fur edge on the ears. Having all these features should turn to a solid cream colour as they mature that does not darken into light shades of fawn. This is a true cream puppy below (previous litter).
The Cream Dream
It took 4 years to find Bonnie, this beautiful cream Frenchie. This was my third girl and I was extra specific with all this extra experience and knowledge over time. It had to be a puppy that wasn’t affected by any diseases, a cream, and with good nostrils that could breathe. Alot harder than you think. Regardless of colour, nearly 90% of frenchies have stenotic nares, completely pinched shut. Its weird because the breed standard states that stenotic flares is a fault and should not be on the main register, and yet I see ‘champions’ and ribbons to all these doggies that have zero nasal opening. Really not champions at all.
I passed 16 puppies until I finally found Bonnie, perfect nose, stunning cream, and perfect size. I dont like the bigger sized Frenchies that hit the 15kg mark. Bonnie is beautifully shaped, such a chilled friendly and social personality, and around 9-10kg as per the breed standard. This is Bonnie as a puppy, beginning her skate training:
This is now mama cream, Bonnie.
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