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Faux Frenchbo Bulldog / Frenchton (Boston Terrier & French Bulldog Mix)

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Height: 14 – 16 inches
Weight: 15 -25 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Colors: Black, Black & White, Brindle, Cream, Golden, Brown
Suitable for: Families, Apartment or House
Temperament: Sensitive, Friendly, Intelligent, Affectionate, Social

If you take the Boston Terrier and mix it with the French Bulldog, you’ll end up with the Faux Frenchbo Bulldog (which is also called the Frenchton). The Boston Terrier is a friendly, lively, and mischievous dog, and the French Bulldog is playful, smart, and affectionate. The Frenchbo is a combination of these two social and bright purebreds.

The Frenchbo tends to look more like the French Bulldog parent and usually has a round head with large round eyes but with a snout that is not as flat as its Bulldog parent. They also tend to inherit the French Bulldog’s bat-like ears but will have slightly longer legs similar to the Boston Terrier parent. The Frenchbo has a short coat that is commonly seen in the similar black and white markings as their Boston Terrier parent but can also be brindle, brown, cream, black and golden in color.

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Faux Frenchbo Bulldog Puppies – Before You Bring One Home…

Faux Frenchbo puppy
Image: JStaley401, Shutterstock

The Frenchbo is a pretty laid back dog that is more calm than energetic in nature and is very friendly and social. They are generally healthy, but depending on what traits they inherit from their parents, they might have eye and breathing problems. However, if they are well taken care of, they have a long lifespan.


What’s the Price of Faux Frenchbo Bulldog/Frenchton Puppies?

Adopting a Frenchbo through a rescue group might cost $300 to $600, and through a breeder, a puppy might be as much as $1000 to $3500.

It’s important to buy your Frenchbo through a reputable and responsible breeder as you’ll want to avoid purchasing a puppy through a puppy mill.

There are other costs involved in taking care of a dog. These might include:

General dog ownership costs:
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Food and water bowls
  • Puppy training pads
  • Harness, collar, and leash
  • Toys for chewing and play
  • Crate and bedding
Other expenses to consider:
  • Veterinarian appointments
  • Spaying or neutering surgery
  • Grooming
  • Obedience classes
  • Microchipping

You could also consider adopting a dog. Adoption fees are usually lower than buying a puppy from a breeder, and the fee for a dog from a rescue group helps the group financially. Your dog will be vet-checked and rehabilitated before coming home with you. Also, many rescue groups will usually waive the adoption fee if you adopt a senior or special needs dog.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Faux Frenchbo Bulldog

1. The Frenchbo might need a winter coat.

They have short, sleek coats of fur and don’t do very well in cold weather. You’ll probably want to invest in a small doggy coat to help keep them warm.

2. The high price of a Frenchbo puppy is usually because of the breeding process.

Breeding the female French Bulldog can be a complicated process because of their tiny hips. The method usually includes artificial insemination and a Caesarean section, which is part of the reason why the offspring of the Frenchie is very expensive.

3. The Frenchbo is perfect for apartments.

They are not known for barking, and they are relatively low energy dogs. This, in addition to their small size, makes them perfect for apartment dwellers.

Parents of Faux Frenchbo
The Parents of Faux Frenchbo. Left: French Bulldog, Right: Boston Terrier.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Faux Frenchbo Bulldog

The Frenchbo is a very social and friendly dog that is low energy but still very playful. They love to cuddle and spend lots of time with their people and hang out with you wherever you go. However, as a companion dog, they do not like being left alone for very long periods.

They are highly intelligent with a sweet disposition and are alert yet laidback and calm dogs. As a very sociable dog, the Frenchbo is not shy of strangers and is very friendly towards everyone it meets.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

The Frenchbo makes a wonderful playmate for children but would do best with older children. They don’t do very well with rough play, and as with all dogs, they should be supervised around younger children. All children, regardless of age, need to be taught to respect dogs. The Frenchbo is a sweet dog that is not aggressive and will make a fantastic family pet.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Frenchbo gets along very well with all pets, particularly if it was socialized as a puppy. They get along well with all animals and would even make wonderful companions for cats in the household. However, the Frenchbo might not get along with other dogs, so early socialization and supervision will help.

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Things to Know When Owning a Frenchton:

Food & Diet Requirements

The Frenchbo will do very well with a diet for small dogs and how much and how often you feed them will depend on their age, size, and activity level. You can consult your vet or read the guidelines on the back of the dog food bag  (like this dog food for adults) that you’ve settled on. They might be prone to obesity, so be careful with how much you feed them and the number of treats you give them. Do consult your vet if you’re ever concerned with your Frenchbo’s weight and health.


The Frenchbo does not require a lot of exercise, so a 30-minute walk every day combined with some play will be sufficient. If the weather is not cooperative, your Frenchbo can get the appropriate amount of exercise by running and playing in your apartment or house.


The Frenchbo might have a bit of a stubborn streak thanks to its French Bulldog heritage, but it is also very eager to please so training won’t be too difficult. They are obedient, intelligent, and people-pleasers, so using reward-based training will go a long way with the Frenchbo.

Grooming ✂️

The Frenchbo is easy to groom due in part to its short coat of fur. Brushing them once or twice a week should be enough to remove dead and loose hair and dirt and helps to distribute the natural oils found in their coats. You should only give them a bath when necessary, usually no more than once a month with a good dog shampoo, to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.

The Frenchbo’s ears need to be cleaned at least once a month, and you should trim their nails every 3 to 4 weeks. Their teeth should be brushed about 2 or 3 times a week.

Health and Conditions

Minor Conditions

The Boston Terrier is prone to:

  • Allergies
  • Deafness
  • Mange
  • Cataracts

The French Bulldog might have issues with:

  • Allergies
  • Cherry eye
Serious Conditions

The Boston Terrier is susceptible to:

  • Breathing problems
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Seizures

The French Bulldog is prone to:

  • Breathing problems
  • Slipped disc
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Spinal birth defects

The vet will check the Frenchbo’s knees, hips, and spine and run blood and urinalysis tests. Breathing issues are a problem for both parents, so the Frenchbo might also have breathing issues. Your vet will also perform a laryngoscopy (checking the larynx with an endoscope) and a tracheoscopy (examining the larynx and trachea with a fiber-optic scope).

Both the Boston Terrier and French Bulldog are susceptible to heat and have trouble with anesthesia, and therefore the vet will need to be aware of this when working with the Frenchbo.

Your vet will check your dog’s eyes and ears and will run allergy tests, depending on what type of allergies your dog might be suffering from.

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Male vs Female

The Frenchbo is a small dog that is usually 14 to 16 inches in height and weighs 15 to 25 pounds. The female Frenchbo will typically be smaller than the male and is closer to the lower end of the height and weight scale and the male on the higher end.

If you elect to have surgery for your dog, another difference is spaying the female dog, which is more expensive than neutering the male dog, and she’ll need longer recovery time. Spaying and neutering your Frenchbo will help prevent future health issues and stop any aggressive behavior, and your dog might be less likely to wander off.

Many believe that another difference between males and females is their temperament. It’s thought that male dogs are more likely to be aggressive and less affectionate than most females, but there are debates about this. How your puppy was trained and socialized and how it has been treated as an adult will be what truly determines your dog’s overall personality and behavior.

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Final Thoughts

The Faux Frenchbo or the Frenchton, whatever name you give this dog, doesn’t change how adorable and affectionate this mixed breed is.

Finding a Frenchbo through a breeder will be an expensive option, but if you don’t mind paying for a Frenchbo puppy, you could start your search by speaking to Boston Terrier and French Bulldog breeders. You can also attend dog shows and talk to national and local dog clubs and post your message on social media to find as much help as possible. As previously discussed, you can also consider adopting a Frenchbo from a rescue group as you’ll be giving a dog a second chance at a better life.

The Frenchbo will keep you company on walks in the park and cuddle with you on your lap while you sit in your favorite chair. Bringing one of these hybrids home will provide you and your family with a smart and loving companion.

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