Curious about what a Frenchton is exactly?
It is another designer breed that will surely capture the hearts of many with its adorable size and charming personality.
Let’s get to know more about this exciting breed in this blog.
What is a Frenchton Breed Mix?
Frenchton is a mix between American Kennel Club (AKC)’s 4th most popular dog, the French Bulldog and the 21st on the list, Boston Terrier.
Frenchton was bred to be a companion lapdog aimed at eliminating some of the common health issues of the purebred French Bulldog as well as increase its overall stamina.
This designer breed is also mistaken as either of its parents.
Some of the breeders produce F1 hybrids exclusively or 50% French Bulldog and 50% Boston Terrier but a much common cross is the F1B or a cross between the Frenchie (French Bulldog) and Frenchton (French Bulldog Boston Terrier Mix). The latter produces 75% Frenchie and 25% Boston Terrier.
The Frenchton is also known by its many monikers:
- Boston Bulldog
- Boston Frenchie
- Bulldog Terrier
- Faux Boston Terrier
- Faux French Bulldog
- Frenchie Terrier
History of the Frenchton
Frenchtons were first seen in the 1990s in the US and in the last 20 years, its popularity has been surging. Like many designer breeds, not much is known about its beginning unlike its purebred parents.
French Bulldogs originated in Nottingham, England around the 19th Century. The lacemakers of the area craved for a smaller version of bulldogs that they can just put on their laps. During the Industrial Revolution, they were displaced and traveled to France. Continuously being crossed with terriers and pugs, they soon began to be discovered by Parisian ladies.
The pups soon made their way in the United States and Frenchies were recognized by AKC in 1886.
Boston Terriers were named in honor of the city it was painstakingly developed, Boston, Massachusetts. But before it became what it is today, sometime in the late 1860s in Liverpool, a mix between a Bulldog and the now extinct English Terrier resulted in a muscular dog named Judge.
The owner of Judge sold him to William O’Brien who brought his new dog to Boston who then sold it to a fellow Bostonian, Robert C. Hooper. “Hooper’s Judge”, as it was called, became the patriarch of the true Boston Terriers.
Boston Terriers are proud of its city and have been the official mascot of Boston University for nearly 100 years.
The breed was recognized by AKC in 1893 and it is its 48th breed.
While Frenchton’s purebred parents are recognized by AKC, this designer breed is not since it may take years before a standard can come out of this mix. It is however, recognized by:
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Breed Registry
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America
- International Designer Canine Registry
How does a Frenchton Look Like?
French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers are sometimes mistaken as the same even if their only differences are their smudged face and erect ears. If you look at their side profile, you will see the difference.
Now, this chunky meatball of a Frenchton is said to look more like the French Bulldog than the Boston Terrier.
A Frenchton will have a round-shaped, flat face, snub nose, erect ears or “bat ears” in a thick, muscular body with straight legs and short tail. They do not have the “bulging eyes” of their Boston Terrier parent which is prone to several eye problems. Their snouts are slightly longer than a Frenchie and it has its distinctive goofy underbite. Their bat ears are also said to appear too big for their body.
Both parents have brachycephalic heads that because it is somewhat squashed, they have respiratory and breathing difficulties.
The main colors of a Frenchton are:
Sometimes they can be a combination of any of those colors and occasionally they are in a brindle.
Like its parents, the coat of a Frenchton is short, straight and sleek. It is soft to the touch and minimally sheds.
In terms of size, a Frenchton’s weight is between 15 to 25 pounds or 7 to 11 kilograms. From their shoulders, they can grow tall from 13 to 16 inches tall or 33 cm to 41 cm.
To have a fair idea of how much they will grow or weigh, just add both parent’s sizes and divide them by two.
Grooming Needs of a Frenchton
A Frenchton is said to be a low-maintenance breed. With its short hair, it will only need one to two brushes per week. Since they have a thin and short coat, use a softer brush or comb for them. It also sheds less, even lesser than the French Bulldog so that is a plus!
Speaking of their short coat, Frenchton does not do well in extreme weather whether that be cold or hot. During winter, they need a doggy coat to keep them cold. In hot summer months, apply sunscreen on their nose and other sensitive areas.
They also do not need to bathe often, only when needed; four baths a year is even enough. Use a mild or diluted shampoo when giving them a bath and do not over wash as it can irritate their sensitive skin.
An area you should also check is their ears and ensure that there is no dirt or moisture that can end up as an infection. Clean your Frenchton’s ears as recommended by your vet.
Their nails should also be trimmed once or twice per month. You will also know when it’s time to cut those nails when it starts clicking on the floor.
Since Frenchton’s have flat faces, oral health is always an issue. To prevent tartar build-up, brush their teeth 3 to 4 times a week.
Help also clean their eyes with a damp cloth when you see eye crust building up.
Another tip is when you find your Frenchton “scooting”, practically dragging their bottom or licking their butt a lot, it may be best to have their anal glands expressed. This messy job can be handled professionally by a groomer or vet.
What is the Temperament of a Frenchton?
French Bulldogs are said to be adaptable, playful and smart. Boston Terriers meanwhile are described as friendly, bright, amusing.
With these in combo, what becomes of the general attitude of a Frenchton?
Frenchtons are outgoing, affectionate, playful, chill, loveable and strong-willed. They are also very loyal to their owners and will stay by their side no matter what.
They are total charmers and they love to be at the center of attention. Make no mistake, they also crave cuddles. Not only are they also cute but they are a comic! They would love to give you a hearty laugh.
They are very friendly, too! With socialization at a young age, they can get along well with other people and even pets!
While they are sweet, they also have a stubborn streak that can leave their parents exasperated.
This breed does not enjoy being left alone for too long. When they do, they can exhibit negative behaviors such as biting some furniture.
Does the Frenchton Bark a lot?
Boston Terriers are known to bark a lot but French Bulldog is not fond of it. Your Frenchton can be at any of those sides. Because it is a cross-breed, it is like joining a lottery. So you’ll never know until you get one.
Though they are really not known for barking.
Some would even say that they are perfect for apartment living. Not only because they are small but also because they rarely make noise from barking. Although when they make noise, it is from sleeping because of their loud snore!
Do the Frenchtons Make a Good Guard Dog?
They are not known for barking and they are extra friendly, even to strangers. So no, they may not be the best guard dog. But for a cuddle dog? Perfect!
Is the Frenchton a Good Family Dog?
Yes, Frenchtons are great family dogs! They are a perfect fit for a family with children and even elderlies.
Because they are small, they are also great as traveling companions. This sweet-natured dog is small enough not to knock a toddler but also stocky enough not to get injured. Even so, children must always be supervised with a dog and must be taught how to properly deal with pets.
Female Frenchtons are also known to be very loving but protective of children.
Exercise Needs of a Frenchton
French Bulldogs are known as indoor dwellers and may need a lot of coaxing going outside. On the other mix, Boston Terriers enjoy lots of exercises and will be happy to go out and about!
Their offspring is also a mix of these: they are active but also laid back. For the exercise needs of this pooch, 30 minutes of daily activity like walking, playing, long strolls is enough to keep them healthy and happy. This breed also loves squeak toys and tug-o-war!
Do not over-exercise this breed. As mentioned, they have flat faces that make breathing quite a challenge for them. They also tire easily. Always have fresh water with them when exercising.
Mind the weather also. Walk them out when the sun is not scorching hot as they cannot deal with it.
Any exercise will do for this breed except for swimming. Their big head and stocky build is not great for this exercise. While they can paddle for a while, once they get tired, they could drown.
Since Frenchtons are also quite inquisitive with a stubborn streak, it is best to always keep them on leash when out walking.
How Trainable is a Frenchton?
French Bulldogs are on the 58th list of intelligent dogs. With the capability to understand new commands after 40 to 80 repetitions and follow basic commands 30% of the time or better, they are considered to have fair working intelligence.
Boston Terriers are in a slightly higher position at 54th with average working intelligence. Breeds on this tier can understand new commands with just 25 to 40 repetitions. They can also obey the first command 50% of the time.
With an average intelligence combined with the eagerness to please their owners, it is not impossible to train this breed. However, training can be done at a much slower pace with large amounts of repetition for the Frenchton. Patience and consistency are the keys!
Start training your pet at puppyhood and make training sessions short. Use positive training techniques by giving plenty of praise, reward and positive reinforcement.
For struggling owners, clicker training may also be employed. Now, if your dog is also showing its stubborn streak, try using a better incentive that will catch its attention.
Areas to cover for your Frenchton are socialization, obedience, crate, potty and leash training.
Food and Dietary Requirements of a Frenchton
The ideal food for your Frenchton is the one designed for a small breed with moderate activity levels. Age, weight and health considerations must also be part of the equation.
The best one to recommend the right size food intake for your Frenchton is your vet. However, as a guide, this small breed needs 20 calories per pound of body weight per day. So, if your Frenchton is 18 pounds, you will need to feed him 360 calories per day.
Their meals should be split into 2 to 3 meals spread evenly throughout the day.
Always read the label when buying for your Frenchton. This breed needs between 18 to 20% protein and 5% fat.
Take note also that this breed is prone to obesity. When giving him treats, go for low calories like fruits and veggies. Do not also go overboard as the recommended percentage of treats is only at 10% of their daily diet.
What are the Common Health Issues of a Frenchton?
The most common health concern for the Frenchton is caused by its flat face or brachycephalic head. This leads to this breed’s inability to breathe without hindrance thus they always pant and wheeze.
Because also of this condition whereby the skull is large, their eyes are bulging making it susceptible to eye diseases.
Below are some of the common health issues of a Frenchton:
- Anal sac impaction
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Brachycephalic Obstructive Syndrome (BOS)
- Cherry eye
- Ear infections and inflammation
- Heat intolerance
- Hip dysplasia
- Intertrigo (Skinfold Dermatitis)
- Patellar luxation (dislocated kneecap)
- Perineal Hernia
- Skin infections and allergies
- Stenotic nares (difficulty breathing)
- Upper respiratory tract infection
A regular visit to the vet will also allow early detection and treatment of some of the issues plaguing your Frenchton.
Life Expectancy of a Frenchton
French Bulldogs have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years and Boston Terriers at 11 to 13 years.
With proper nutrition, grooming, regular vet check-up and vaccinations, Frenchtons can live from 12 to 15 years.
How Much is a Frenchton?
Frenchtons are very rare and this rarity comes with a price. First, it is always recommended to find a reputable breeder that will ensure a healthy pup. Typically, a pup will cost from USD 900 to USD 3,500!
How come it is so expensive? With the shape of a French Bulldog’s body, they cannot mate so artificial insemination is done. In addition, they also cannot give birth naturally that is why a caesarian section is always performed. Those hikes up the cost of the puppy.
But rescuing a Frenchton from a shelter is also a great option. Not only are you saving a life but it can also cost less. You can try to find a Frenchton in breed-specific rescues as they also take in the mixes.
Conclusion: Is a Frenchton the One for You?
Frenchtons are great family dogs and if you are not very much into the outdoors and would love just to lie on the couch sometimes, this breed can be your perfect companion.
However, you should also consider the possible health issues of the Frenchton and do extra research.
If you are good with all the terms of owning one, remember that it is a lifelong commitment. Take care of your Frenchton from day one and you will have a companion who will shower you with lots of love and cuddle.