10 Facts You Should Know About Frenchtons (with Pictures)

Taylor A Ritz Ever heard of a Frenchton? These mixed-breed dogs are a cross between a French Bulldog and a Boston Terrier. Such a 50-50 cross is colloquially known as a “designer dog,” the breeding of which became popular in the early 1990s. The Frenchton is also known at the Faux French Bulldog and the Boston Frenchie.

1. Where Does the Frenchton Come From?

Before we address the origins of the Frenchton, let’s discuss where the parent breeds came from. The French Bulldog’s origins lie with the Molossians, an ancient tribe in Greece. Phoenician traders then spread the dogs throughout the world. Bulldogs were used to bait bulls for sport, which is where their name comes from. When blood sports such as bull-baiting became less popular, and even outlawed in some countries, bulldogs became companion animals, with a focus on breeding smaller and smaller bulldogs. The Boston Terrier, by no surprise, was developed in Boston in 1875 by Robert C. Hooper. The first non-sporting breed in the United States, these dogs were created as companion animals. So where does the Frenchton come in? Over the centuries, many purebreds have begun to encounter increasing health issues, mostly stemming from a lack of genetic variation in their respective populations. In order to reduce some of the known health issues that have arisen in both purebred French Bulldogs and purebred Boston Terriers, the two were crossbred. A Frenchton maintains the compact size of both parent breeds and attempts to take the best attributes from each breed to make a hardier mix.

2. How Much Does a Frenchton Eat?

Despite their moderate size, Frenchtons can have rather large appetites. These dogs can be prone to obesity, so make sure to follow serving-size recommendations from pet food manufacturers or instructions from your veterinarian. 

3. What Does a Frenchton Look Like?

Frenchtons are characterized by a round-shaped head, flat face, and snub nose. They sport large, erect ears, straight legs, and a short tail. Frenchtons lack the bulging eyes of the Boston Terrier and the flat face of the French Bulldog, both of which can cause significant health issues. Their coloration can include black, brindle, black/white, brown, and golden/cream. A Frenchton’s coat is short and sleek.

4. How Big Is a Frenchton?

Frenchtons retain the shorter stature of their parent breeds; they stand between 14 and 16 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 15 and 25 pounds.

5. What Is the Temperament of a Frenchton?

Both French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers are excellent companion animals. Combine them together and you have a super-companion; the Frenchton is loyal, loving, and content to always remain by your side. Frenchtons are made to be family animals. They thrive among children, couples, singles, and retirees. Basically, they get along with everyone. Frenchtons can tolerate other pets if they are socialized from a young age. This extreme love for their people means that Frenchtons do not tolerate being left alone for long periods of time. These dogs usually want nothing more than to cuddle up with you on the couch. Frenchtons do not bark very much and are well-suited to apartment living.

6. What Are the Exercise Requirements For a Frenchton?

Despite their moderate size, Frenchtons still require regular exercise to be happy and healthy. Luckily, their size means that they do not require vast amounts of exercise to tire out. A quick walk or play session in the yard twice a day is more than enough to burn off the excess energy your Frenchton has. Maintaining a practice of daily exercise will help keep him or her fit and healthy. Additionally, a tired dog will be a more well-behaved dog. Dogs that are not provided with adequate exercise will become bored and resort to undesirable and possibly even destructive activities. Due to their short snout, it is important to be aware of your Frenchton’s breathing during exercise. Their respiratory issues can be exacerbated by extreme temperatures. Their short coat can make them unsuited for extreme cold as well, and Frenchtons can often be seen sporting stylish sweaters. 

7. How Do You Train a Frenchton?

Training and socialization are vital from an early age for any dog. Though Frencthons are quite intelligent and eager to please their people, they also inherit a stubborn streak from their Frenchie parents. Have no fear though; with some patience and perseverance, you will find that training your Frenchton can be an enjoyable pastime for both of you. Avoid harsh training methods like shouting or punishment, as these will likely cause your Frenchton to shut down during a training set. Instead, stick with positive reinforcement and keep training sessions short and fun. If you begin to feel frustrated, end your training session as soon as possible.

8. How Healthy is a Frenchton?

As with any dog, Frenchtons can experience health issues, but mixed-breed dogs tend to have fewer problems than purebred individuals. Here are a few health concerns Frenchtons may be more prone to:
  • Respiratory Issues: the short snout of a Frenchton makes them more likely to suffer from Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome, which can lead to breathing problems.
  • Obesity: both parent breeds are prone to obesity. Obesity contributes to a wide range of health problems that can affect organs, bones, and joints, so be sure to keep your Frenchton on a strict dietary regiment.
Overall, Frenchtons are a relatively healthy breed, with a life expectancy of up to 15 years.

9. How Often Do You Groom a Frenchton?

A Frenchton’s coat is silky and short, shedding infrequently. As such, grooming will be a fairly low-maintenance activity. Use a grooming mitt once a week to remove dead hair and keep the coat shiny. Bathe your Frenchton periodically with dog shampoo if they start to smell. Consider using a gentle eye-cleaner to combat tear staining on their face and dirt accumulation in the creases of the muzzle. Due to their ears being large and erect, these bat-like appendages require regular cleaning. Use cotton pads soaked in an anti-bacterial ear wash once a week.  

10. Do Frenchtons Make Good Pets For a Family?

A Frenchton is incredibly sweet and loving. They bond quite strongly with their human companions and love nothing more than to snuggle up on the laps of their family members. They get along with all other members of the household and have virtually no shedding. In short, the Frenchton makes an excellent, energetic, loving addition to any home.

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Taylor Ritz

Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She is a former zookeeper and animal trainer. She has her own dog, Dobby, with whom she has bicycled across the U.S. and thru-hiked the Long Trail.

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