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Meet the Frenchton— French Bulldog x Boston Terrier Mix


The French Bulldog x Boston Terrier Mix

You’ve probably heard of the French Bulldog…

And I’d be a bit surprised if you didn’t know about the Boston Terrier.

But a Frenchton?

“What exactly is a Frenchton?!”

Simply put, It’s a mix between a Frenchie & a Boston Terrier.

A white Frenchton (French Bulldog Boston Terrier Mix)
A White Frenchton

A Frenchton is what some call a designer dog or hybrid breed.

A hybrid or designer breed is what you get when you take two purebred dogs and breed them together— you get the best of both breeds.

Frenchton Breed Information Chart

Weight15-25lbs
Height11-15 inches
Eye ColorBlack or Brown
Eye ShapeRound
Shedding LevelModerate
Cost$800-$3,500
Lifespan11-15 years

How much is a Frenchton Puppy?

A Frenchton puppy generally costs between $800 and $3,500.

The average price of a Boston Terrier is $1,200, while a Frenchie is typically somewhere around $2,000-$3,000.

Price varies depending on many factors

Price varies depending on your location, the breeder, the dog’s bloodline, and the color/pattern of the dog.

Factors such as…

  • Gender— female dogs tend to cost more because of their use in breeding
  • Breeder— more reputable breeders tend to have higher prices— but just because the price is high, doesn’t mean they’re a reputable breeder!
  • Location— metropolitan cities like Miami, NYC, and LA tend to have higher prices than smaller towns or rural areas
  • Color & pattern— some patterns & colors have rarer genetics, and breeders know this— they’ll probably charge more for one of these “rare” colors

Price comparison

Both the Frenchie & Boston Terrier are known for being expensive breeds…

So you can expect the Frenchton to be somewhere in the middle between the cost of a Frenchie & Boston Terrier.

This would be anywhere from $800–$3,500.

Note: The price of the puppy isn’t all that makes these dogs expensive… their health problems can quickly add up to thousands of dollars, especially when something unexpected comes up!

Frenchton Price Comparison Chart

Frenchton PriceFrench Bulldog PriceBoston Terrier Price
$800-$3,500$2,000-$5,000$600-$3,000

Frenchton Colors & Patterns

Purebred dogs like the French Bulldog & Boston Terrier have a breed standard that lists the colors & patterns that are officially recognized.

While these breeds have a list of colors & patterns…

There is no official list of Frenchton colors & patterns

A brindle and white Frenchton (Boston Terrier x French Bulldog Mix) outside with a red collar on
A Frenchton

Because the Frenchton it’s a mixed/hybrid breed, they can come in pretty much any color.

With that being said, Frenchtons are often found in the following colors…

Common Frenchton Colors

  • Seal— a dark color that is similar to black but has a slight reddish tint.
  • Blue— a grayish-blue color that can range from light to dark.
  • Fawn— a light tan or beige color that can range from pale to dark.
  • Black— a solid black color that can range from shiny to matte.
  • White— a pure white color that can have some black or colored markings.
  • Brindle— a pattern where the base coat color is streaked or flecked with another color, usually black.
  • Chocolate (brown)— a deep brown color that can range from light to dark.

With this being said, Frenchtons can be found in nearly any color as they are a hybrid breed & their color and pattern will depend on the color of their parents.

Common Frenchton Patterns

  • Brindle— Brindle is a coat pattern where the base coat color is streaked or flecked with another color. The striping can be very subtle or very prominent, depending on the dog. Brindle is a common pattern in Frenchtons, and it can come in a range of shades, from dark to light.
  • Tuxedo— A tuxedo pattern is typically black with white markings on the chest and feet, and it is named after the formal attire that it resembles. Frenchtons with a tuxedo pattern often have a solid black coat with a white spot on the chest that looks like a bowtie, as well as white markings on their paws that resemble socks.
  • Bicolor— A bicolor Frenchton has two distinct colors on its coat. The most common bicolor pattern seen in Frenchtons is black and white, although other combinations can occur. Bicolor Frenchtons can have a variety of different markings, including white on the chest, face, and paws.
  • Tricolor— A tricolor Frenchton has three distinct colors on its coat. The most common tricolor pattern seen in Frenchtons is black, white, and brown, although other combinations can occur. Tricolor Frenchtons can have a variety of different markings, including a white blaze on the face, white on the chest, and brown or black patches on the body.

In addition to the wide variety of colors that Frenchtons can have, they also have a bunch of patterns that they can be seen with as seen above.

Full Grown Frenchton Size

When Frenchtons are fully-grown (~2 years old), they usually weigh between 15-25lbs and are 11-15 inches in height.

Other names for a Frenchton

  • Froston
  • Frenchbo
  • Frenchton
  • Bulldog Terrier
  • Boston Bulldog
  • Frenchie Terrier
  • Boston Frenchie
  • Faux Boston Terrier
  • Faux French Bulldog
  • French Bulldog Boston Terrier Mix

Just as some people call a French Bulldog a Frenchie, other people call the Frenchton a “Boston Bulldog”– but that’s far from it!

All these Frenchton names can get confusing… just know that whenever you hear someone talk about one of the above dogs, they’re talking about the French Bulldog Boston Terrier Mix (aka Frenchton).

Frenchton Personality

Both Frenchies & Boston Terriers have some of the best personality traits of any dog breed out there— they’re so goofy & entertaining!

There’s never a dull moment with a Boston Terrier or Frenchie… the same goes for the Frenchton.

Frenchton Personality Traits

  • Friendly & playful
  • Alert but laid-back
  • Loving & socialable
  • Curious & intelligent
  • Known to be stubborn
  • Good with children & other pets
  • May be prone to separation anxiety

Both Frenchies & Boston Terriers are known for their amazing loving personalities— you really can’t go wrong with either breed, and the Frenchton gets the best of both worlds.

Frenchtons are super friendly and a great addition to any family, especially those with young children or seniors. They are sweet & gentle dogs that love the outdoors just as much as they love laying around on the couch with you.

Frenchton Health Problems

Frenchies are notorious for their health issues and Boston Terriers aren’t exactly the healthiest breed in the world (but they’re healthier than Frenchies).

So taking this into account, you can expect the Frenchton to have more health problems than your average dog, but less than the Frenchie.

They still have higher-than-average lifespans of 11–15 years (compared to the average of 10–13 years).

Frenchton Shedding

Frenchtons are known for being mild to moderate shedders. This means you can expect to do a bit of brushing with something like the FURminator to reduce their shedding, as well as groom them every now and then.

Both breeds are known for shedding

Both the Frenchie & Boston Terrier are known for shedding; Frenchies are moderate shedders and Boston Terriers are mild/moderate shedders.

As they are a mixed breed, some Frenchtons will be more Frenchie and others will be more Boston Terrier— so a Frenchton that has more “Frenchie” in them might shed a bit more than one that is more “Boston Terrier”.

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Frenchton Breathing Issues

Just like Frenchies and Boston Terriers, Frenchtons are a brachycephalic breed— often called a “flat-faced breed”.

This means they’re prone to the same types of breathing issues found in Frenchies & Boston Terriers

ConditionDetails
Brachycephalic Airway SyndromeMainly consists of stenotic nares and elongated soft palate
Stenotic NaresPinched/narrow nostrils
Elongated Soft PalateThe soft part in the roof of the mouth is too long
Tracheal CollapseWeakening of the cartilage rings of the trachea causes collapse

To learn more about brachycephalic breeds & their breathing issues, check out our post on French Bulldog Breathing Issues… it all applies to Frenchtons as well!

Frenchton Joint Issues

Both French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers are both prone to joint issues, however, Frenchies typically have worse joint issues than Boston Terriers.

Fortunately, Frenchtons are prone to fewer joint issues than the Frenchie, but they are still susceptible to joint issues.

Tips for taking care of their joints

  • Feed them a nutritious diet
  • Ensure that your Frenchton maintains a healthy weight
  • Don’t play too rough (even if they seem like they’re having fun)
  • Use something like puppy stairs to help them get on/off high surfaces like a bed
  • Reducing strain on hind legs (for example: avoid holding toys above them, making them jump up for them and land on their hind legs; this puts a lot of strain on the back legs)

Frenchton Lifespan

The lifespan of a Frenchton is typically between 11 to 15 years, which is longer than the lifespan of a purebred French Bulldog, which is 10 to 12 years but shorter the Boston Terrier which has an average of 13–15 years.

Lifespan is influenced by many factors such as…

  • Lifestyle— activity level; do you take care of their joints?
  • Environment— exposure to things such as second-hand smoke
  • Diet— do you share a lot of human food with them? do they eat a ton of treats? are they overweight?
  • Genetics— some Frenchies are predisposed to certain health issues which can negatively impact their lifespan

Lifespan Comparison Chart

FrenchtonFrench BulldogBoston Terrier
11-15 years10-12 years13-15 years

Where to Rescue a Frenchton

As they are a mixed breed, you probably won’t find many “Frenchton-only” rescue groups. They’re just not as common or popular as their purebred parents…

But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a Frenchton to rescue.

Frenchie & Boston Terrier rescues are your best bet

You probably will have good luck finding Frenchtons at both Frenchie & Boston Terrier focused rescues in your area. You might have to keep your eye out and be quick when you see a Frenchton available in your area.

I’d start first by checking your local French Bulldog Rescue Shelters to see if they are fostering any Frenchtons!

French Bulldog Rescue Groups

You may have luck finding a Frenchton at a French Bulldog Rescue Group…

  1. French Bulldog Rescue Network (North America – US & Canada)
  2. French Bulldog Village Rescue (United States – Nationwide)
  3. French Bulldog Rescue Shelter (United States – Nationwide)
  4. SNORT Rescue (Northeast US – New Jersey)
  5. Short Noses and Friends United Rescue (Midwest US – Nebraska & Iowa)
  6. RescueMe.Org Florida
  7. Adopt a Pet.com
  8. F.R.O.G.S. (French Bulldog Rescue Of Georgia & Southeast United States)
  9. Norcal French Bulldog Rescue (Northern California)
  10. Rocky Mountain French Bulldog Rescue (Colorado)
  11. Chicago French Bulldog Rescue

Boston Terrier Rescue Shelters

You may also find a Frenchton at any of the following Boston Terrier Rescue Shelters…

  1. Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida
  2. Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue
  3. MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue Inc.

Where can I register my Frenchton?

While Frenchtons are not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), there are a few kennel clubs that recognize this hybrid breed…

Kennel Clubs that recognize the Frenchton

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the AKC recognize the Frenchton?

The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the Frenchton as one of its official breeds, though the French Bulldog and Boston Terrier are both officially recognized by the AKC.

Are Frenchtons good apartment dogs?

Yes. Given their small size and lower-than-average exercise needs, a small apartment is likely enough for them to have all the fun they’d ever want to have in.

Given their breathing issues and exercise-intolerance, it might even be better to have them play inside sometimes rather than outside so they don’t overheat.

Are Frenchtons good with children?

Yes, Frenchtons are a perfect addition to any family, especially ones with younger kids.

Both the Frenchie & Boston Terrier have a reputation for being super friendly and good with children— the Frenchie even made the AKC’s Top 10 Best Family Dogs.

Are Frenchtons hypoallergenic?

No, Frenchtons are not hypoallergenic by any means— don’t be fooled by their short coats. While Boston Terriers don’t shed a ton, Frenchies are known for being moderate shedders.

The Frenchton’s shedding level would be somewhere in between the Boston & Frenchie… making them mild/moderate shedders.

Barbara

Saturday 23rd of September 2023

I have read that Frenchtons do not need a lot of exercise. I am a walker and would like to have know if a Frenchton is able to do a 5-7 mile morning easy walk.

I also live in a cold climate, so what would be the range of 'cold' accecpable for the Frenchton?

I would really appreciate your advice.

frenchiewiki

Thursday 9th of November 2023

Hi Barbara,

Frenchtons are indeed less active than some other breeds, but they can enjoy longer walks provided they are healthy and the weather is not too extreme.

A 5-7 mile easy walk might be a bit much for some Frenchtons, especially if they are not used to it. It's best to start with shorter distances and gradually increase as you gauge your dog's comfort and endurance.

Regarding the cold climate, Frenchtons can be sensitive to the cold due to their short coats. They may need a sweater or coat when temperatures drop. Boots can also help keep them warm.

In terms of temperature, anything below 45°F (7°C) requires caution. A dog coat and boots are wise choices to keep your Frenchton comfortable. It's crucial to avoid walks in temperatures of 20°F (-6°C) or below, as it's too cold for a short-coated breed like the Frenchton. You'd be fine running out really quickly so they can go pee though. Always watch for signs that your dog is cold, such as shivering or hesitation to keep moving, and be ready to head back home if they seem uncomfortable.

Stay warm this winter!

- FrenchieWiki