The Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix is a mix of two very popular breeds.
French bulldogs and Boston terriers are very popular right now.
With two popular parent breeds, this cross sees a lot of attention.
Specifically based on claims that this cross remedies health problems that are common to both breeds.
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix.
Designer Dog Controversy
Because the Frenchton is a mix of two recognized purebred breeds, it is known as the “designer dog”.
Designer dogs have come under fire in recent years.
There are many concerns about the health and welfare of these new breeds.
There are also allegations that designer dog breeders are currently taking advantage of a fad for cash.
One study found that purebred dogs were at higher risk for genetic diseases than mothers.
Another study from 2013 found that mixed breed dogs lived an average of 1.2 years longer.
It is believed that this was due to a concept called the Hybrid Vigor.
Where increased genetic diversity promotes a dog’s health.
Misunderstandings about intersections
There are many misconceptions about crossbreeds.
We have an article here that deepens these misconceptions.
It provides the scientifically proven truths behind these things.
Proponents of pedigree dogs state that it is very difficult to accurately predict the resulting puppy of a cross.
Since they can exist in every respect according to both parent races, it cannot be guaranteed which traits will be passed on.
However, it is much easier to predict the characteristics of a purebred dog.
While this statement is true, many dog lovers enjoy the casual aspect that comes with crossing them.
There are many concerns that the designer dog scene contains many bad breeders.
Crossbreeding is not as strictly regulated as pedigree breeding, so many believe that it allows for more bad breeders.
However, despite the stricter regulations in pedigree breeding, bad breeders are still prevalent.
It is always worth doing research on a breeder’s trustworthiness beforehand and checking the health of a puppy’s parent dogs.
So let’s take a look at everything there is to know about the French Bulldog Cross Boston Terrier.
Origin of the French bulldog
The French bulldog actually got its ancestry in England, where a toy-sized bulldog was popular in the 1800s.
They were particularly prevalent in the city of Nottingham and became a mascot for the city.
Nottingham was known for its lace trade, but during the Industrial Revolution, these lace-making jobs were increasingly threatened by new technologies.
Many decided to move to France and used them to buy their toy bulldogs.
From there, the toy bulldog was bred with various other breeds until it became the French bulldog we see today.
By the late 19th century, the breed had become popular across Europe and America.
Origins of the Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier dates back to the unfortunate days in England when the blood sport was still very popular.
A blood sport is a brutal form of entertainment based on the violent bloodshed of various animals.
Dogfighting was an especially popular pastime, and breeders of the time were bred into bulldogs and terrier crossbreeds.
They created a breed that could excel in both pit fighting and ratting competitions.
From these breeding attempts, a dog named Judge was born, who is believed to be the very first Boston Terrier.
It was bought by an American and brought back to their hometown of Boston, hence the origin of their name.
Today, in addition to being a fighter, the Boston Terrier is more of a cute companion and is incredibly popular all over the world.
Size, height, and weight of the Frenchton
The Boston Terrier is the larger of the two breeds at 15-17 inches.
However, they are also the lighter of the two breeds and usually weigh between 12 and 25 pounds.
French Bulldogs are slightly smaller at 11-13 inches but can weigh up to 28 pounds.
The Boston Terrier French Bulldog mix could range between 11 and 17 inches in height and weigh around 12 to 28 pounds, depending on which parents it takes.
If they take after the Frenchie they may be significantly more weight for their size.
Characteristics of the Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix
Both the Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog are known to have flat faces.
While this is a cute and appealing aspect to many, it is a deformity introduced into the dog that can seriously affect the health of either breed.
The French bulldog in particular has another structural deformity known as achondroplasia.
This is the cause of their strong front legs and can also lead to health problems.
We’ll talk about the problems these structural deformities can lead to later in the article.
Boston Terrier appearance
Boston Terriers have a stocky body with a short and sleek coat. They have a very short tail, commonly known as pimples.
They have large, erect ears that look more like a bat and bulging protruding eyes.
French Bulldog appearance
As for the French bulldog, they are a little deeper than the Boston Terrier and even more stocky and muscular.
They have short, fine, and supple fur that can be available in white, deer, or cream.
Their fur can be patterned or solid.
They have ears similar to the Boston Terrier and the same protruding eyes.
However, their face is much more wrinkled and the Frenchie holds a lot more loose skin.
They have a short tail that can be straight or bolted.
French Bulldog Mix from Boston Terrier
Since the parent breeds share some traits, it is very likely that these will show up in Frenchton puppies.
The short and smooth coat, bat-like ears, flat face, and showy eyes will most likely all be present in dogs of this cross.
Searching for the Frenchie parent can result in loose skin resulting in a wrinkled face and body.
The temperament of the Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix
Despite their history as an attack dog, the Boston Terrier is a friendly, intelligent dog with a gentlemanly flair.
Provided they have been well trained and socialized.
You can definitely be the entertainer!
As for the French Bulldog, they’re smart and loving like the Boston Terrier, but they can be a little more dangerous to strangers.
Hence, early socialization is crucial to contain potentially negative behaviors.
They tend to have a headstrong side and are known to be independent free thinkers.
But like the Boston Terriers, they love to be entertained.
Grooming the Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix
Both the Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog can groom coats easily.
You need a standard weekly brush to remove dead hair and see the best.
While the Boston Terrier sheds a little more than the Frenchie, in general, neither of them shed much.
Both parent breeds have relatively low grooming requirements, and therefore the Frenchton dog is likely to have low grooming requirements too.
However, it is recommended to cleanse the wrinkles and skin folds regularly.
These areas are prone to infection and irritation.
Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix Health Problems
This cross is not designed to fix the serious health problems that are associated with brachycephaly.
As mentioned earlier, both parent breeds are known to have flat faces.
This is due to a deformity introduced into the dog that shortens the skull and leaves them with little to no snout.
While some might find this cute, this trait compresses the nasal cavity, which can significantly affect the dog’s ability to breathe.
This is known as brachycephalic airway syndrome.
Brachycephalic airway syndrome
Both the Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog are considered loud breaths.
This is due to the extra effort these dogs take to breathe.
The compromised breathing of these dogs is compounded by hot weather and exercise.
If you own a brachycephalic breed, never take them outside on a hot day.
Exercise should always be kept easy to moderate.
Your breathing difficulties could eventually lead to a serious condition called the collapse of the larynx.
This quickly speeds up the dog’s breathing and requires immediate attention from the veterinarian as it can quickly lead to death.
Unfortunately, shortness of breath is only a problem caused by brachycephaly.
Problems with eyes, skin, and achondroplasia
Due to the shortened skull, the eyes of Brachycephalic breeds bulge and are poorly protected.
They are much more prone to irritation, infection, and injury.
Back problems can also be more common in these breeds, especially those with screwed tails.
These problems can be serious and require complex and costly surgery to correct.
Skin problems are also common in Brachycephalic breeds with lots of loose skin.
The folds of skin in these breeds, like the French bulldog, are easily irritated and infected.
Many Brachycephalic dogs cannot give birth naturally due to the large heads of their pups.
Cesarean sections are usually necessary.
Bad health is almost inevitable
Since both parent breeds are Brachycephalic, it is certain that pups of this crossbreed will be so too.
You will need a lot of care and potentially life-threatening problems.
Despite the good intentions of this cross, a second structural health problem could potentially arise in Frenchton puppies.
French bulldogs have short, strong front legs.
This is another deformity known as achondroplasia that has been drawn into it over time.
This is another problem that can lead to joint problems such as patellar luxation or hip dysplasia.
Or in more severe cases, back problems such as intervertebral disc disease.
If you own a breed with achondroplasia, it is imperative to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the joints and back.
Not allowing them to walk up or downstairs and preventing them from jumping on and off furniture can help.
Other health problems
Despite having generally healthier legs than the French Bulldog, the Boston Terrier is also prone to common problems such as patellar dislocation.
French bulldogs have high rates of cancer, which may be a higher risk for Frenchton puppies.
The Boston Terrier is prone to epilepsy, which could be passed on to a Frenchton puppy.
Both races are also exposed to congenital deafness. This is persistent deafness with a genetic basis.
Unfortunately, both parent breeds have a ton of health issues that could arise in Boston Terrier French Bulldog mix puppies.
Some of these could potentially be avoided if proper precautions are taken when purchasing a puppy.
Finding a trusted breeder who can demonstrate the genetic health of the parent dogs can reduce the risk of certain health problems.
Since both parent breeds are brachycephalic, this is a trait that shows up in Frenchtons.
Along with all the health problems it brings with it.
Since this is a structural problem that is part of the conformation of both parent breeds, there is nothing you can do about it.
It is very important that you consider this before purchasing puppies.
The Frenchton is at high risk of developing brachycephalic airway syndrome.
Hence, you need to take into account that puppies of this cross may not have the best quality of life and require special care and expensive veterinary visits.
Training and Exercising Your French Boston Terrier Mix
Both the Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog have similar exercise conditions.
For these two breeds, a short to medium length is usually sufficient.
Because both parents have similar energy levels, a daily walk is likely good enough for Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix dogs.
The Boston Terrier can be a breeze to exercise.
As always, the best method is to offer positive, reward-based training.
French Bulldogs may be more difficult to train, however, as they tend to be really stubborn when they don’t want to take action.
Exercising can be easier or harder depending on which parent the Frenchton is taking.
If you’re struggling to train your puppy, always sign up for puppy classes and let a professional do it.
Ideal home for the Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix
The Frenchton can fit into many families as a companion dog.
Viele Häuser sind gute Orte, um einen Frenchton aufzubauen, sofern sie gut klimatisiert sind.
Diese Rasse kann mit ihrem geringen Energiebedarf auch als Wohnungshunde auskommen.
Dies kann helfen, sicherzustellen, dass das Haus keine scharfen Ecken oder Kanten in Augenhöhe des Frenchton hat.
Ihre hervorstehenden Augen können durch diese Oberflächen leicht verletzt werden.
Sie können gut mit Kindern und anderen Haustieren zusammen sein, vorausgesetzt, dass sie schon in jungen Jahren gut sozialisiert wurden.
Trennungsangst könnte möglicherweise ein Problem bei dieser Rasse sein.
Daher wird empfohlen, diesen Hund dort zu unterbringen, wo sich immer mindestens ein Familienmitglied im Haus aufhält, um den Frenchton zu behalten.
French Bulldog Puppies Search and Buy
Since this mix is quite popular, finding a breeder shouldn’t be too difficult.
Potential breeders can be searched online or found in more traditional ways, such as in newspaper advertisements.
Finding a breeder who can be trusted is important.
Positive feedback from previous customers and recognition from established breeding societies can be signs of a good breeder.
Once you’ve found a puppy, it’s time to check it out.
What to Check in a Frenchton Puppy
Do you breathe loudly, sniff and sniff?
Are their nostrils open and free-flowing or are they clamped in place?
Signs of impaired breathing can be a warning sign for this puppy who may have severe brachycephalic airway syndrome.
Avoiding Frenchton puppies, who have inherited the short, sturdy legs of the French Bulldog, may also be considered, as doing so could lead to more health problems in the future.
It is also important to check the health of the parent dogs.
Check their breathing like the puppy and that they can move without pain and lameness.
Ask the breeder for evidence
Ask the breeder for proof of the following health assessments that both parent dogs will pass.
For the Boston Terrier, these are:
- Patellar Assessment
- Ophthalmologist evaluation
- BAER exam
French Bulldogs require these ratings:
- Hip evaluation
- Patellar Assessment
- Ophthalmologist evaluation
- Cardiac examination
The parents who pass these reviews can help ensure that certain health issues do not occur in a Frenchton puppy.
Are you right for me?
Unfortunately, we cannot recommend this breed to every family with a clear conscience.
The Boston Terrier French Bulldog Mix cannot fix the structural health problems of either breed.
It can actually add another structural problem if the Frenchton inherits the French Bulldog’s short and stumpy legs.
These structural health problems cannot be avoided in this mix. Severity levels can vary from dog to dog, but still have a huge impact on the dog’s quality of life.
We recommend taking a look at other similar breeds who are leading healthier lives before making decisions.
Some recommendations are:
However, if your heart is really set for this mix, then rescue is your best bet.
What do you think of this cross? Let us know in the comments!