Frenchton [Complete Breed Guide 2023]

Frenchton [Complete Breed Guide 2023]

Author WDF Staff | Last updated: May 03 2023


Frenchton is a charming little crossbreed that is known for its character and charm. This is a Boston Terrier French Bulldog mix, and the idea behind this designer breed was a designer crossbreed that gets the best of both worlds. These dogs might get overlooked sometimes, and they are often mistaken for a pureblooded member of the Boston Terrier or Frenchie families. If you are interested in learning more about this little charmer, stick with us, and we will let you know everything you need to know about the Frenchton.



11 - 14 in



15 - 25 lb




 Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

11 -15 years

What kind of pet is a Frenchton?

The Frenchton is a crossbreed, so individual dogs can be quite different. That is not that unusual, even in pureblooded dogs. Dogs have different personalities. Some might be friendlier than others, or some might prefer being with humans instead of other dogs. It is impossible to know how a crossbreed will end up behaving. Their character will depend on which genes are dominant.

What we can be sure about the Frenchton is that most of these designer dogs are friendly, active, and great with kids. Their lovable character makes them ideal small companions to large active families. Large families are important to these dogs because they usually hate being left alone. That shouldn’t be a problem if you can spend most of your time with your dog.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

Temperament mix

When it comes to a crossbred dog’s character, they are usually between their parent breeds’ personalities. It is the same case with the Frenchton. The idea behind creating this designer breed is to get a dog that will eliminate common health issues French Bulldogs face. Boston Terriers have a longer muzzles, so mixing them with the French Bulldog breed would hopefully rid the new puppies of any breathing issues that come along with short muzzles.

The temperament of a Frenchton is that of a friendly family dog. They love being included in everything their family does, and they hate being left behind. These dogs can have a stubborn streak, which might be a common trait with their parent breeds. Experienced owners will know that this phase will pass. If they keep training and socializing their dogs, they will end up with a wonderful family dog that will shower all family members with love and affection.

frenchton dog

Influencing their character

The temperament of any individual dog can be heavily influenced by its owners. Hunting breeds will indeed have a higher prey drive. Still, even hunters can learn to live with other pets like gerbils, bunnies, or parrots with proper socialization. The end result will reflect how much time the owner spent working with their dog.

If you want to have a well-behaved dog that will listen to you and know how to behave in any situation, you will have to spend considerable time training your dog. Plus, dogs love training, especially if you include plenty of treats and praises. All breeds react well to positive reinforcement, and Frenchtons will do anything for food. Working with them can be a pleasure, so invest plenty of time in their training. If you don’t know where to start, check out this article - Obedience training basics.

Pros and cons of owning a Frenchton

Like any other dog breed in the world (designer or pureblooded), owning them has certain advantages and disadvantages. For example, Golden Retrievers are great family pets, but they shed like crazy. French Bulldogs love playing, but their short muzzles cause them respiratory issues and health concerns. The same goes for Frenchtons.

Frenchton pros

Let’s start with the best parts of owning these lovable little dogs. These dogs are a deliberate French Bulldog Boston Terrier mix, and their creators wanted to eliminate specific issues that bothered Frenchies. They have partially succeeded. Frenchtons are friendly, easy to maintain, happy, curious, great with kids, and love spending time with their owners. They don’t shed too much and are generally good small family dogs.

Frenchton cons

Like any other dog breed, there are certain drawbacks, and Frenchtons are no exception. Their breeders might have wanted to eliminate the health issues connected to Frenchies. Even though they have partially succeeded, that doesn’t mean they have eliminated them. Most health concerns in Frenchtones are still respiratory, and they can’t tolerate extreme cold or heat.

Pureblooded Frenchies are prone to obesity. If their Frenchton offspring takes more on their side, they will have the same predispositions. You have to be careful how much food and treats you give your dog.

How big are these dogs?

A French Bulldog and Boston Terrier mix is a small dog, which is entirely expected since its parent breeds are small. These dogs are usually between 11 and 14 inches tall and can weigh anywhere from 15 to 25 pounds. That is quite the weight range which shouldn’t be that surprising.

Frenchies are a lot more substantial than Boston Terriers; they are thin, muscular, and agile. The exact size and looks of the Frenchton puppy will be determined by genes from both sides of the family, which is the same as all crossbred dogs.

If you love French Bulldogs, check out this article - French Bulldog From A Different Perspective.

Getting a Frenchton

Getting mixed but carefully bred dogs could be tricky. Some breeders have specialized in breeding designer breeds, but the lack of official control and testing is worrying. Such designer breeds can go for a lot of money, and breeders are often irresponsible. No reputable breeding club controls the breeding process, so we advise against buying a mixed breed.

If you are adamant about getting a Frenchton, it would be best to adopt one. You will see their exact characteristics and health concerns if you get a slightly older puppy. You can check with French Bulldog rescue groups as well as Boston Terrier rescue groups. Check your local shelter and ask if they might have a Frenchton you can adopt. Keep in mind that when it comes to designer dog breeds, this rule should apply - Adopt, don’t shop!

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