Frenchton Dogs – French Bulldog Boston Terrier Mix Designer Dogs 101
What do you get when you mix the easy-going and affectionate French Bulldog and the people-oriented, intelligent Boston Terrier? Well, as the title suggests, you get the intelligent, highly energetic and more than adequately adorable designer crossbreed; the Frenchton.
Like many designer mixes, the end result is often more than just the sum of its parts. Let’s learn more about the fantastic Frenchton.
As many of you have commented on my French Bulldog vs. Boston Terrier, the Frenchton is the best of both worlds.
In fact, the Frenchton has roots in both the new and old world. The Frenchie with its roots in England and France and the “American Gentleman” the Boston Terrier created in the US both as companion dogs. Both are awesome dogs, as you have made abundantly clear in the comments of that video.
They are very similar breeds often confused for one another, including some shared health issues, specifically respiratory issues.
I won’t go into more detail of the history of the parent breeds here. You can go check out the previous video if you’ve not seen it.
The Frenchton designer dog mix was first developed in the 1990s to be a healthier version of its parent breeds as well as to increase the overall size and stamina.
The 1990s saw a boom in designer mix breeds, starting with the Labradoodle created by an Australian breeder to be used as guide dogs. The craze caught on as the media dubbed them “designer dogs” and breeders around the world set out to create sometimes practical, sometimes impractical mixes all sharing a portmanteau naming convention of combining the parent breeds names.
We think that the Frenchton is one of the more practical mixes. As its goal was to create a healthier companion dog from two of the best companion breeds on Earth.
Being bred from two great companion breeds, the Frenchton is endowed with the antics, amusing personality and independence of the French Bulldog as well as the obedience, intelligence and willingness to please of the Boston Terrier.
Like its parent breeds, the Frencton is a very lovable pupper. It can have bursts of crazy energy but also loves a good cuddle on the couch.
Frenchtons are great with children and can even be protective of them.
Their small size makes them an ideal choice for city dwellers and they thrive in busy family households.
Not known for barking, these guys really are perfect for apartment living. Your neighbors will barely know you have a dog.
The most noise you’ll hear from them is when they are sleeping. They snore, loudly!
Despite not being very vocal, they are great as watchdogs with very low aggressive tendencies.
As with their tolerance for children, they get along fantastically with other pets.
And it’s a good thing they get along so well with other people and animals because this is not a dog that likes to be left alone for long periods of time. They often suffer from separation anxiety when left on their own.
The Frenchton is considered to be fairly small sized, although it certainly isn’t the smallest among all crossbreeds out there.
On average, the full-grown Frenchton stands at anywhere between 13 to 16 inches in height and anywhere between 13 to 25 pounds in weight.
This dog has a short silky coat which infrequently sheds. Round-headed, flat faced with a snub nose and erect ears, the Frenchton comes in a range of colors. You will notice them in black, brindle, black and white, brown, cream and golden.
The Frenchton has a slightly longer snout than the French Bulldog, but still having those “bat ears”.
They’ve also lost the bulging eyes from the Boston Terrier, which means eye issues are less of a problem.
Despite having been bred to avoid some of the health issues of the French Bulldog, the Frenchton does have some common health concerns.
Being a brachycephalic breed, as both of the parent breeds, the Frenchton is known to suffer from Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome; an umbrella term for a range of abnormalities including stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, hypoplastic trachea, and everted laryngeal saccules. A brachy breed may suffer from one or all of these. In short, they cause problems breathing, as well as dealing with hot temperatures.
Like their Frenchie parent, they can get overweight quite easily. Obesity contributes to a range of health conditions affecting organs, bones and joints and ultimately the lifespan of the dog.
Their brachy structure means they are ill-equipped to cool themselves in the heat and their short coat doesn’t give them much insulation in the cold.
A moderate climate is best or a home where you can hide from the elements when necessary.
A well taken care of Frenchton can live up to 15 years on average.
When it comes to training is when we run into some uncertainness of crossbred dogs. On one hand, you have the French Bulldog that can be quite stubborn when it comes to training and on the other, you have the Boston Terrier that can be quite easy to train. But with either, training is certainly not impossible, especially since this is a dog that really needs you to be around often anyway.
The Frenchton is food motivated, so with some patience and some high-value snacks, you can have this little dog trained.
Frenchtons have moderate exercise needs. They may be small, but they do like a good walk. A 30-minute walk per day should suffice and as it turns out, it’s not bad for you either. If a walk is not an option because of weather and such, some more vigorous play in the house will help keep your Frenchton in shape, along with watching your pooch’s calories as they are known to overeat. You don’t want to overexercise your Frenchton though, because of their brachy nature.
Like their exercise needs, the overall care for a Frenchton is easy. Their short silky coat is wash and wear and really needs no more than brushing to release shedding hair and a bath only when they are dirty or stinky. They shouldn’t be overwashed as it can irritate their sensitive skin.
Is the Frenchton right for you? Well, do you spend a lot of time at home? Do you like a dog that is rather lazy? If so, then the Frenchton is probably a good choice for you. The Frenchton is a people-oriented, loving small companion dog that is well-suited for family living.
But it can be needy. If you can’t spend a lot of time with a dog, the Frenchton is probably not the breed you are looking for.
So, what do you think about the Frenchton? I know from the comments of previous videos that quite a few of you love this designer breed. Tell us all about it in the comments.
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