Frenchton is a cross of a purebred Boston Terrier and a purebred French Bulldog, also known as Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix or Frenchbo. It’s a small dog breed at about 11 to 14 inches, weighing between 15 to 25 pounds. Frenchton’s average lifespan is anywhere between 12 to 15 years.
I put the article together because sometimes Frenchton puppies get overlooked. People either mistake them for a purebred French Bulldog or a purebred Boston Terrier.
But in fact, this mix gets you the best of both worlds. Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of the worldly Frenchton.
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Frenchton Vs. French Bulldog: What Are The Differences?
The Frenchton and French Bulldog are not the same breeds; however, they can be close in genetic makeup.
This mix can either be 50% French Bulldog and 50% Boston Terrier. Or, 75% French Bulldog and only 25% Boston Terrier.
Of course, this isn’t always an exact science. What we can draw from this is the Frenchton will carry more traits and characteristics from the Frenchie.
If you’ve ever Googled the Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix, chances are the English Bulldog came up as well. Just know these two breeds have nothing to do with each other.
There are no English Bulldog genes in the Frenchton.
Check out the size difference between a Boston Terrier and a Frenchton puppy.
The Frenchton Is The Ultimate Companion
This designer dog was first developed in the 1990s to be a healthier version of its parent breeds.
Their goal was to eliminate health hazards, as well as increase the Frenchton’s overall size and stamina.
Amongst these organizations, this breed goes by many names.
- Faux Frenchbo Bulldog
- Faux French Bulldog
- Boston Frenchie
Health improvements aside, the Frenchton was bred to be a great companion dog who will sit with you on the couch for hours.
People grow so attached to this mix that they buy clothes for it and dress it up in cute accessories.
Frenchton Health Issues
Word of caution: all Bulldogs have a fair amount of health concerns, even if it’s mixed with different breeds.
The most common health issue for Frenchton is respiratory. Their short snouts make it harder to breathe after exercise or in the heat.
Frenchtons also cannot handle extreme temperatures, hot or cold.
Less active Bulldogs are also prone to obesity. They don’t necessarily enjoy going outside for a long time, but it’s important for their health.
Regarding grooming, It’s important to check their eyes for infections (commonly known as cherry eye, which causes the area to bulge out of the socket), skin wrinkles for allergies, and teeth for gum disease.
Frenchtons need weekly brushing because their coat is thick and dense. They shed, although minimally, and are not “hypoallergenic.”
You’ll save time with bathing these dogs because many owners choose to clean their face and body with a baby wipe or washcloth. They rarely need proper shampoo.
The French Bulldog Boston Terrier Mix requires high-quality dry food to be accurately measured each time to avoid overfeeding and underfeeding. About two cups a day is perfect.
The weight of this mix is vital to its health. If taken care of properly, Frenchton typically lives between 12 – 15 years as pointed out above.
Big Personality Packed In A Small Body
The French Bulldog and Boston Terrier are both considered companion breeds, with energetic and playful personalities — much like the Frenchton as well.
This mix is extremely friendly, energetic, loyal, and intelligent. However, their smarts do not make them easy to train.
The stubbornness of the French Bulldog could make training difficult and more time-consuming. However, the Boston Terrier is more eager to please.
Because man bred the Frenchton, it’s in its nature to love human attention. It craves cuddles and tummy rubs from children, adults, and strangers.
Ergo, not the best guard dog.
The ideal owner for a Frenchton is someone who is home often and keep it company throughout the day.
One of an area of caution around this breed is with other dogs. Sometimes, the Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix can get snippy and aggressive around other smaller dogs, but cats are just fine.
This trait is common with French Bulldogs and could be passed down to the Frenchton.
What Does A Frenchton Look Like?
This dog is quite the chunky meatball! Its thick and muscular body takes after the French Bulldog more so than the Boston Terrier.
As mentioned above a full-grown Frenchton reaches between 11 – 14 inches (28 – 35 cm) and 15 – 25 pounds (7 – 11 kg).
The coat colors range from brindle, black and white, fawn, cream, and brown.
Arguably their most distinctive feature is that adorable and goofy underbite.
Common Question About Their Ears
When I was researching this breed, I noticed MANY people in the community were curious about the Frenchton’s ears.
Although we can’t predict the exact time its ears will stand up, the French Bulldog’s breeders suggest its offspring can be born with two floppy ears, or just one.
But by the time they’re done teething, both ears should be straight and stiff. Like a bat. Hopefully, that answers this question, you possibly also had.
Taking A Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix Home
When looking for a Frenchton, keep in mind that designer dogs, in general, are harder to find at adoption centers, rescue websites, and human societies.
Breeder websites (like Lancaster Puppies in Pennsylvania, Puppy Love Kennels in Tennessee, and Canada-based Kijiji) are a popular choice because you know exactly where your dog is coming from and who the parents are.
That being said, breeders can charge up to $1,500 for Frenchton puppies. Not a cheap breed.
Best Living Conditions For A Frenchton
This mix can adapt to many homes, like a tiny apartment in the heart of New York City or a snow cabin in the woods of Calgary.
Another benefit of living with the Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix is they rarely bark.
The Frenchton can have brief moments of hyperactive activity, where it runs in circles and scratches its back against the floor. But that usually only lasts a few minutes and then it’s immediately exhausted.
For the most part, this breed only needs 30 minutes of activity each day. But whatever you do, do not take your Frenchton swimming.
I’ve seen Youtube videos of Bulldogs in the water…but don’t be misled! They can paddle for a brief period on their own, but once tired, they could drown.
If it’s a scorching hot day, only put your Frenchton in the water with a doggie life vest.
Final Thoughts On The Frenchton
After reading this, you’ve probably decided whether this breed is right for you.
My suggestion is, if you spend a lot of time at home and don’t mind a semi-lazy dog, go for the Frenchton.
But if you’re worried about getting along with other dogs, or you take frequent business trips, pick a different breed.
So, does the Frenchton suit your lifestyle? Comment below and let us know!