The Frenchton, also sometimes referred to as a Faux French Bulldog, Frenchbo, or a Boston Frenchie, is a designer dog breed that was developed in the 1990s. It is a mix between a French Bulldog and a Boston Terrier. Although the Frenchton is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is not a purebred dog, it is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, the Designer Breed Registry, and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club. As a mixed dog breed, the Frenchton can exhibit any combination of characteristics from the parent breeds. Usually, a Frenchton has a sweet personality with the build of a French Bulldog and the athletic nature of a Boston Terrier.
This designer dog breed is loyal, friendly, and intelligent. Although small, they are energetic and very playful. They are a companion breed through and through, so they love spending time with their humans and crave attention. They love to cuddle! The Frenchton also gets along well with children, which makes them a great fit for families.
Older children are usually a better fit for the Frenchton. Due to their small stature, they can be injured easily by accidental falls or rough play that can occur with younger children. They also get along with other pets, but may not be as open or friendly to other dogs. Socialization early and often can help your Frenchton feel more comfortable when they come into contact with other dogs. They also make alert watchdogs.
Frenchtons are moderately adaptable. They don’t take up much space. Although they have an energetic and playful nature, they also tend to be laid-back. This makes them a good fit for apartments as well as larger homes. They are also true companions and crave attention, so they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. As long as they get enough exercise and attention, they will be happy.
Because they are small, snub-nosed dogs, they are very sensitive to heat. Their small stature and short coat also make them susceptible to cold. The Frenchton does best in moderate climates. However, they can get along in colder or warmer climates as long as you’re there to help them. You can get some durable winter gear for your dog to help them better handle the cold. In hotter weather, make sure they have plenty of water available, keep their exposure to heat minimal, and the air conditioner on a comfortable setting.
This is a generally healthy dog breed. Because the Frenchton is a brachycephalic dog, meaning they have a small head and snub-nose, they can be prone to developing respiratory disorders, ailments affecting the eyes, and digestive concerns. They also tend to be sensitive to extreme temperatures and are especially sensitive to heat. Your Frenchton will likely snort, grunt, and be prone to gas – these are all normal occurrences. If you notice an abnormal change in your pup’s normal snorting or gas, take them to the vet. It could be a sign they are getting sick, developing allergies, or are in need of a change in diet.
The Frenchton can be a good fit for a first-time dog owner. They are an intelligent dog breed that is eager to please. They can have an independent and slightly stubborn streak, so obedience classes might be a good idea for novice dog owners. This ensures training sessions are effective, stay positive, and strengthen the bond with your dog. Frenchtons tend to be sensitive to your tone of voice, so it’s important to be firm but not harsh when you correct them during training.
The Frenchton has a short coat with fine hair. Common coat colors are black, black and white, brindle, cream, golden, and brown. Although they are not considered hypoallergenic, their coat does not shed much, so their grooming needs are minimal in that respect. Brushing once or twice a week will keep your pup comfortable and their coat healthy. They will also require the occasional bath, but usually only as needed. Your dog’s nails should be trimmed every two weeks and their ears checked regularly. It’s also important to brush your dog’s teeth. Daily brushing is ideal to keep tartar buildup at bay and to reduce the risk of tooth decay or other dental issues.
This dog breed has a moderate activity level. Because they are smaller and are snub-nosed, they tend to get tired quickly and can overexert themselves. Daily walks and the occasional trip to the dog park or playtime indoors will give the Frenchton plenty of exercise.
A Frenchton usually stands 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 15 and 25 pounds.
This designer dog breed generally lives for 12 to 15 years.