French Bulldog vs. Boston Terrier

A Boston Terrier on the beach

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What’s the difference between a Frenchie & Boston Terrier?

Are you trying to decide between a Frenchie or Boston Terrier?

Obviously, the easy thing to do would be to get a Frenchie & call it a day– but is a Frenchie the right breed for you?

Each breed has its pros/cons

While Frenchies & Bostons are similar, there are a few pros/cons to each breed…

Read on and learn about the difference between their personalities, physical appearances, health, history, and price!

Frenchie vs Boston Personality

The highlight of both of these breeds is without a doubt their personalities.

Both are super playful & loving– you can’t go wrong with either breed!

French Bulldog Personality Traits

When it comes to Frenchies, the biggest personality trait that stands out to me is their stubbornness!

Frenchies are mischievous little buggers that are always getting into some goofy shenanigans.

Frenchies can be…

Boston Terrier Personality Traits

While these two dogs have similar personalities, Boston Terriers are known to be a bit more energetic & athletic than Frenchies.

Bostons are known to be…

  • Loyal
  • Friendly
  • High energy
  • More independent

Frenchie vs Boston Physical Traits

They’re often mistaken for each other, however, they both have unique traits that can help you differentiate between the two.

 French BulldogBoston Terrier
Weight16-28lbs12-25lbs
EarsRose shapedPointy ears
BuildShort & stockySlender
SheddingModerateMild

Frenchies and Boston Terriers are two of the cutest “flat-faced” dog breeds out there… and they have a few things in common:

  1. These breeds are both flat-faced (brachycephalic) breeds.
  2. They both have big ol’ ears that stick up

French Bulldog Physical Traits

  • 16-28lbs (7.2kg – 12.7kg) on average
  • Stockier than Boston Terriers
  • More “rose-shaped” round ears than Boston Terriers
  • Drool more than Boston Terriers
  • Shed more than Boston Terriers
  • Less exercise tolerant than Boston Terriers

Boston Terrier Physical Traits

  • 12-25lbs (5.5kg – 11.3kg) on average
  • More slender & lighter than Frenchies
  • Ears are much pointier than Frenchies
  • Drool much less than Frenchies
  • Shed a bit less than Frenchies (they still shed!)
  • More exercise-tolerant than Frenchies

Frenchie vs Boston Health

While Frenchies are notorious for their health issues, Boston Terriers are less prone to health issues– though they still are a brachycephalic breed and experience breathing issues from time to time.


French Bulldog Health Problems

Boston Terrier Health Problems

  • Less prone to health issues
  • Common health issues are: cataracts, cherry eye, heart murmurs, and deafness

Frenchie vs Boston Price

You’re going to be spending at least a thousand dollars to get either of these dogs from a breeder (you can always rescue!).

The cost of these purebred dogs isn’t cheap!

 French BulldogBoston Terrier
Average Price$3,500+$1,500+
Vet BillsMedium–HighLow-Medium

Frenchie vs Boston History

These dogs have an obvious — and not so obvious — history.

 French BulldogBoston Terrier
Country of OriginEnglandUnited States
Year Recognized18981893

French Bulldog History

Surely a French Bulldog is French, right?

Did you know that Frenchies aren’t from France?

They actually come from England!

Frenchie History At a Glance
  • Recognized as a breed in 1898
  • Originated in England

Boston Terrier History

Boston Terrier History At a Glance
  • Recognized as a breed in 1893
  • Originated in the United States

Should I get a Frenchie or a Boston Terrier?

Reasons to get a French Bulldog over a Boston Terrier

  • You want a dog that doesn’t bark much
  • You live in an apartment
  • You want a highly social dog

If you still aren’t sure whether or not a French Bulldog is for you, check out all their pros and cons!

Reasons to get a Boston Terrier over a French Bulldog

It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention any of the reasons you’d want a Boston Terrier over a Frenchie.

  • You want a more active dog
  • You want a lighter dog
  • You want a dog that sheds less

Frequently Asked Questions

French Bulldog Similar Breeds

These are the breeds that look like French Bulldogs… I don’t know how, but people often mistake these breeds for each other:

Boston Terrier Similar Breeds

Is a Boston Terrier a French Bulldog Alternative?

No, that’s not a fair comparison to make for either breed. They are both unique breeds with their own pros/cons.

Types of Boston Terriers

There are tons of Boston Terrier mixes… here’s a few that you might recognize:

  • Frenchton: a French Bulldog & Boston Terrier mix
  • Boston Bulldog: a Bulldog & Boston Terrier mix
  • Bolgen Terrier: a Beagle & Boston Terrier mix

  • Pomstom: a Pomeranian & Boston Terrier mix

  • Boston Lab: a Labrador Retriever & Boston Terrier mix

  • Bojack: a Jack Russell & Boston Terrier mix

  • Bostchon: a Bichon Frise & Boston Terrier mix

  • Boston Spaniel: a Cocker Spaniel & Boston Terrier mix

What are the differences between Frenchies & Boston Terriers?

Frenchies are a bit bigger & bulkier than Boston Terriers.
Boston Terriers are slightly taller & more athletic than Frenchies & experience fewer health issues.