What is a Frenchton Dog? 29 Facts & Frenchton Dog Info


what is a frenchton dog

Over the last few years there has been an increase in cross breeds. Frenchies are no different, with the French Bulldog and Boston Terrier mix being one of the more popular which has now resulted in the Frenchton dog.

Whilst many people get French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers mixed up (here are the differences), that’s now even more confusing with the Frenchton. But I wanted to put some of the questions to rest, with as much info and as many facts about Frenchtons as I could possibly muster.

What is a Frenchton? A Frenchton is a designer dog breed mix of French Bulldog and Boston Terrier. It’s a brachycephalic dog breed but has a slightly longer snout than a Frenchie. The first Frenchtons are said to have been bred in the United States in the mid-1990s.

A Frenchton’s can also be known as a:

  • Boston Bulldog
  • Boston Frenchie
  • Bulldog Terrier
  • Faux Boston Terrier
  • Faux French Bulldog
  • Frenchbo
  • Frenchie Terrier

Below you can find all the Frenchton dog info you would ever want, with many side by side comparisons of a Frenchton vs French Bulldog.

1. Are Frenchtons healthy? 

Some people will tell you that Frenchtons are healthier than French Bulldogs. Their reasoning is that the Boston Terrier in the mix can reduce the chances of respiratory problems.

It’s not true.

When you mix two dogs, the resulting puppy with inherit the health problems common in both breeds. Health issues can actually be worse. Don’t just take my word for it though, here’s what the vet Dr. Libbye Miller says:

“Adorable mixed breeds get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, and orthopaedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every day in my veterinary practice, but mixed breed dogs aren’t tracked like the purebreds, so they have a reputation as healthier that is actually undeserved in many cases.”

Frenchtons will be prone to a range of health issues that affect brachycephalic dogs… after all, they have quite flat faces are combine the Frenchie and Boston Terrier.

Don’t let anyone tell you that Frenchtons don’t have health problems. It’s simple not the case. There’s still a lot of French Bulldog in them so you could expect the following issues.

  • Ear infections and inflammation.
  • Conjunctivitis.
  • Skin fold dermatitis.
  • Anal sac impaction.
  • Upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Skin infections and allergies.
  • Cherry eye (read more about red eye).
  • Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome.
  • Patellar luxation (dislocated kneecap).
  • Stenotic nares (difficulty breathing).
  • Heat intolerance.
  • Hip dysplasia.

Handy Hint: To find out how common these Frenchton health problems are take a look at this list of health issues based on scientific research.

2. What is the lifespan of a Frenchton dog?

The Frenchton’s life span is one area where they can outperform French Bulldogs. Frenchtons are said to be able to live between 11 and 15 years.

Frenchton Health Problems
Frenchton’s can live a little longer than French Bulldogs.

On average, Frenchton dogs live 1 or 2 years longer than a Frenchie. There are some examples of Frenchtons living longer than 15 years where a good diet and regular exercise has been maintained. 

3. Do Frenchton dogs shed hair? 

Frenchtons have a short and fine smooth coat, but they will still shed a lot of hair. During warmer summer months, a Frenchton dog will shed more hair, and in the winter grow a thicker coat. 

Handy Hint: To find out how you can manage your Frenchton’s shedding and what to expect watch this video where you can see a real-life example.

4. When do Frenchton ears stand up? 

Most Frenchton puppy’s ears will stand up at the ages of 5 to 15 weeks. Sometimes Frenchton ears don’t actually stand up at the same time, with one being floppy and one erect.

There will be some Frenchton’s whose ears don’t stand up and become fully erect until they are 8 months old, but this is rare. 

Handy Hint: If you own a Frenchton whose ears haven’t yet become erect, take a look at these notes on what you can do about floppy Frenchton ears.

5. How much do Frenchton puppies cost? 

Frenchton puppies are rare and not that easy to find. That puts a premium on their cost, with Frenchton puppies sometimes costing as little as $900 or as much as $2,500.

Another reason for the high cost is due to the way in which French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers will mate for a cross breed dog. Just like Frenchies, most will require some help with artificial insemination occurring in the majority of cases, and then delivery via a c-section.

These processes all mount up to put a very expensive cost on Frenchton puppies. 

Handy Hint: Watch this video of a French Bulldog giving birth naturally. Just like Frenchton’s this is a very rare occasion, with most being delivery with a Caesarean.

6. Do Frenchtons drool? 

Frenchtons will typically drool a lot after eating or drinking. They can also drool after exercise, with many having long stringy drool after excessive exercise.

Handy Hint: Excessive drooling can actually be a sign that your Frenchton has a serious health problem. Read this guide to drooling so you know the signs to look out for. 

7. Do Frenchtons snore? 

Frenchtons do snore a lot. As a brachycephalic breed of dog, their French Bulldog and Boston Terrier heritage results in flat faces and narrow nostrils leading to blocked airways and frequent snoring.

If you get a Frenchton there will be no way you can escape the snoring, but there are some ways in which you can help reduce it. Click here to see my guide to stopping snoring in Frenchies which relates to Frenchtons just as well.

Handy Hint: For more information on why Frenchtons snore, check out this explanation which goes into more detail on what to expect.

8. How big do Frenchtons get?

Due to the Boston Terrier mix in Frenchtons, they tend to be bigger and taller than Frenchies. Male Frenchtons can get as big as 20 inches long, with females reaching up to 16 inches.

In terms of height, Frenchtons can get as big as 16 inches tall. Compare that to a Frenchie who will average at no more than 11 inches tall. Weight-wise, a Frenchton can get as big as 25 pounds.

Frenchtons manage to mix the stamina and strength of a French Bulldog, with the longer legs and height of a Boston Terrier.

9. Can Frenchtons swim?

Brachycephalic dogs such as Frenchtons have heavy heads in comparison to their bodies. This makes swimming very difficult. Whilst Frenchtons do like water, I would not recommend you let your swim out of his depth.

Frenchie paddling pool
You need to be careful when your Frenchton is near water, as most of them cannot swim.

A Frenchton might be able to paddle around for a while but could soon become tired swimming and end up drowning.

But there’s no reason why you couldn’t get a life jacket for your Frenchton though. It will make swimming a breeze with a little training.

Handy Hint: Find out more about why brachycephalic dogs cannot swim and how careful you need to be around water.

10. Can Frenchtons give birth naturally? 

Frenchtons can give birth naturally, but it’s rare, with most litters being delivered via a C-section. This is entirely due to their mix of Boston Terrier and French Bulldog, both of whom have narrow hips so will struggle to deliver through the birth canal. 

According to research, 92% of all Boston Terrier births (see source) and 81% of French Bulldog births (see source) are not natural, but by Caesarean.

11. Can Frenchtons be left alone? 

Frenchtons don’t like to be left alone and will often suffer from separation anxiety. Both Bosties and Frenchies were bred to be companion dogs and crave human company.

As a Frenchie owner, we know we can’t leave our boy alone for any longer than a couple of hours at a time. It’s the same with Frenchtons, so you should not get one if you have commitments that mean they are left home alone for hours on end.

Handy Hint: I wrote a guide about separation anxiety and how you can help to manage it with your dog. Read the tips here.

12. Can Frenchtons be registered?

Can you register Frenchtons? No, you can’t register Frenchtons with the American Kennel Club. The AKC do not recognise Frenchtons as a pure-bred dog. That could change in the future but for now, you won’t be able to register them as pedigree.

New dog breeds need to become established for many years before the AKC will consider them as an acceptable breed in their own right.

However, Frenchtons are recognised by other organisations including:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America
  • International Designer Canine Registry

13. Do Frenchtons have tails?

Just like their Boston and Frenchie lineage, Frenchtons do have tails but most of them will be very short and stumpy. That’s not always the case though, but as an overall generalization, Frenchton’s are born with tails, albeit very short ones that sometimes won’t even cover their bottom.

puppy tails
Frenchton puppies have very short and stumpy tails most of the time.

Another common misunderstanding with the Frenchton breed is that their tails have been docked and cut off. This is not the case, but is an understandable mistake that people make sure to how short the tails are. Frenchton tails are short due to breeding and heritage. 

Handy Hint: To understand more about Frenchton tails and why they look they way they do, check out this guide to French Bulldog tails.

14. Do Frenchtons bark?

Some Frenchtons will bark a lot, some won’t. This is all due to their crossbreeding. Boston Terriers can be big barkers, but most French Bulldogs bark very little. Put the two breeds together and you’ve got a lottery as to whether you get a barking Frenchton or not.

Your Frenchton might bark very little except for when a doorbell rings, when scared, or during play. Or you might have one who barks at literally everything – you won’t know until you get one.

Handy Hint: If you have a Frenchton barking problem there are ways in which you can reduce the barking.

15. Do Frenchtons get along with cats? 

Frenchtons can get along ok with cats, but in my experience it’s all down to how you introduce them. For example, bringing a Frenchton puppy into your home when you already have a cat will make things a lot easier.

Things can get trickier if you have an adult Frenchton and then bring a kitten into your home.

Ultimately, it’s down to how you manage the situation, and the personalities of your cat and Frenchton. Here’s a video where I explain it in more detail with our cat and Frenchie. 

Handy Hint: I wrote a guide which explains how you can introduce a Frenchton to a cat successfully in just 5 easy to follow steps.

16. Are Frenchtons good with kids? 

Frenchtons are great with kids. They have extremely good temperaments and can be very placid. This is quite a generalization and there will always be exceptions to the breed. 

Handy Hint: You can read more about why Frenchtons are good with children in this explainer I did for Frenchies. 

17. What do Frenchtons look like? 

Frenchtons look just how you would expect, with an adorable mix of the French Bulldog and Boston Terrier physical traits. This mix results in a round head, flattish face, small snub nose, and ears that stand up straight. They do have slightly longer noses than Frenchies though and will be taller on average. 

18. What colors do Frenchtons come in? 

The most common colors that Frenchtons come in are black, black and white, brindle, brown, cream, golden, tan, and white.

Handy Hint: Interestingly, white colored Frenchtons can actually be more prone to developing hearing problems due to a genetic trait. You can find more in this guide to hearing loss.

19. Are Frenchtons smart? 

Frenchton’s aren’t as smart as sniffer dogs who work at airports, but they are smart and clever enough to learn tricks – and play on your emotions!

They can be quite stubborn though, so you need to turn any training into a game so that they play along! 

20. Are Frenchtons hypoallergenic

Frenchtons are not hypoallergenic. In fact, no dog breed is. Frenchtons do have quite short hair, but it will shed a lot and can be bad for allergy sufferers.

Handy Hint: Read more about why this breed are not hypoallergenic and how they can still be bad for people that suffer with allergies.

21. Are Frenchtons good family dogs? 

Frenchton’s are great family dogs. They combine all the love, fun, good temperament, and adaptability that you would expect from a Frenchie and Bostie mix. 

Handy Hint: I published 10 reasons why Frenchtons and Frenchies can be really good family dogs. We have a kid, so are speaking from experience!

22. Are Frenchtons hard to potty train? 

Just like any puppy, Frenchton’s can be hard to potty train with it sometimes taking as long as 6 to 8 months to get it right.

You will need to be patient when potty training a Frenchton puppy.

You will have pee and poops on your floor during this period so invest in puppy training pads, discipline, and perseverance. 

Handy Hint: If you need help with house-training, read this 5-step guide to potty training a Frenchton puppy.

23. Are Frenchtons hyper? 

Just like French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, Frenchtons can be very hyper. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a lazy breed. Whilst they might sleep for hours during the day, when awake they need attention and exercise.

You will need to wear your Frenchton out and keep them entertained with their own toys (here are the toys I recommend). Wearing them out isn’t actually that hard though. You just need to take them for a couple of twenty minutes walks a day, and then play with them at home.

Handy Hint: Find out why Frenchtons can be so hyper and some steps you can take to curb any high energy or destructive behavior.

24. When are Frenchtons fully grown? 

Frenchtons will mature to their fully-grown size between the ages of 9 to 12 months. However, they will still bulk up and add muscle after that, with the second year showing more weight gain.

By two years old, your Frenchton will have reached their optimum weight and size. You then need to regularly exercise them and provide a good diet to maintain good health.

25. Are Frenchtons easy to train? 

Training your Frenchton won’t be easy. They are hyper and energetic and have a mind of their own when it comes to a lot of disciplined tasks. Just like Frenchies and Bosties, Frenchtons are stubborn little guys.

As I mentioned earlier, training should be turned into a game so you can keep their attention. But any training routines should be kept short, so they don’t get bored, with a regular reward treat on offer.

26. Are Frenchton’s better in pairs?

Earlier I mentioned the separation anxiety aspect to the Frenchton breed. Because of this, I do recommend that Frenchtons are better in pairs. If you can do so, I would suggest that two Frenchton’s are better than one.

are 2 french bulldogs better than one
Just like this Frenchies, it’s always better to have a pair of Frenchtons rather than one.

By having two Frenchtons, they can keep each other entertained, happy, and company if and when you’re not in the house. They can also help to regulate each other’s behavior, particularly if you have an older one with a Frenchton puppy.

Handy Hint: Read more about why it might make sense to have 2 Frenchtons rather than just the one in your home.

27. What is the best age to get a Frenchton? 

Frenchton puppies cannot leave their mother before the age of 8 weeks, so any time after this is the best time to get one. 

Handy Hint: Read my 6 reasons why the 8-week mark is the best time to get a puppy and what you need to be prepared for. 

28. Are Frenchtons good apartment dogs?

Frenchtons make for very good apartments dogs. They don’t need lots of exercise, and many of the won’t be big barkers. They also don’t take up a lot of room, so are perfect for owners who live in small spaces in the city.

Handy Hint: Read this guide to apartment living with a Frenchton or Frenchie and how it could be the perfect dog to suit your lifestyle. 

29. How much sleep do Frenchtons need?

Frenchtons can sleep anywhere between 12 and 14 hours a day. Whilst that might sound like a lot, don’t let it fool you. When they are awake, they will be very active.

You can see a graphic below which shows a typical Frenchton sleeping schedule.

Frenchton sleeping schedule
This is what you can typically expect from a Frenchton’s daily sleeping schedule.

Handy Hint: Find out more about how many hours a day a Frenchton will sleep, plus how many hours Frenchton puppies will need.

Conclusion

The Frenchton dog is a relatively new thing. However, please don’t be fooled into thinking they aren’t a breed without their problems. As owners we do need to take some responsibility for breeding designer dogs, and the Frenchton is no different.

But now you know what a Frenchton is, please do your own research into brachycephalic dog breeds and ask yourself whether this is something you want to contribute to further.

Marc Aaron

I am one of Claude the French Bulldog's human parents. I write about all the things I've learned about owning a Frenchie, the adventures we have, and any advice and tips I've picked up along the way. Read more about Marc Aaron.

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