Difference between Boston Terriers & French Bulldogs


The Boston terriers and French bulldogs are dog breeds that might look similar in their general appearance because they are almost the same size but they are two different breeds of dogs.

Anyone who doesn’t really know about these dog breeds would say they are the same breed. Now what really is the difference between Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs?

If you want to know more about the differences of each of these breeds, this is what this post is all about. You are also invited to Join the discussion and leave your own comments!

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Why Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs Look Similar?

The Boston terrier and the French bulldog have a common ancestor, the English Bulldog. The two breeds have the pug face of the English bulldog with the typical large and square head shaped.

Other Similitudes Between Bosties and Frenchies

The two breeds cannot live outdoors all the time. Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs don’t tolerate extreme weather. They don’t tolerate extremely cold weather because of their short coat. They don’t tolerate extremely hot weather due to their shortened muzzle.

Both breed only needs a minimal grooming. Both breed don’t bark a lot. They generally only bark when necessary.

Boston Terrier VS French Bulldog

The two breeds are very similar but they have different origins, shape and temperament.

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Boston Terrier Origins

The Boston Terrier (Bostie, Boston Bull…) Breed originated in the United States and is a cross of an English bulldog with a white English terrier.

Boston Terrier Standards

According to the Boston Terrier breed standards, Boston Terriers weighs from 10 to 25 pounds. Boston Terriers are muscled, longer-legged, athletic and small boned. Boston Terriers have flat cheeks with an unwrinkled face. Boston Terriers have upright ears that are pointed at the tips. Their life span is around 11 to 15 years.

Boston Terrier Temperament

The Boston Terrier has a temperament that is loyal, friendly, playful, alert, energetic, expressive and intelligent.

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French Bulldog Origins

The French Bulldog (Frenchie) Breed origins are not so clear. The French bulldog probably originates with a small-sized English bulldog imported to France and crossed with various small dog breeds.

French Bulldog Standards

According to the French Bulldog breed standards, they weighs from 22 to 30 pounds. French Bulldogs are compact, short, muscled and heavy boned. French Bulldogs have rounded cheeks with heavy wrinkles at the nose. French Bulldogs have upright ears that are rounded at the tips. Their life span is around 8 to 10 years.

French Bulldog Temperament

The French Bulldog has a temperament that is loyal, patient, affectionnate, playful and intelligent.

Boston Terrier OR French Bulldog?

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Melinda Mccormick

we have narrowed down between the frenchie and the Boston. we have never had either always had bigger dogs but want a smaller guy that can come with us everywhere. Does anyone have an opinion on which is better with kids? we have a 2, 3 & 8 yr old


I have had a Boston for 7 years now. She is the smartest dog I have ever known ! She sits and stares at me when she needs something (food, water, walk and bed). If I ignore her she will make a grunt sound, when I ignore that she will start barking at me lol. She is quite bossy!!! I leave kibble down 24/7, if she eats all her kibble she will let me know, I refill her bowl and she doesn’t usually eat anymore but she will not stand for an empty bowl !! Like I said, bossy! She… Read more »


I had a Boston for 13 years and he was the absolute smartest dog. Very active but calm and cuddly as well. Liked to think we was a lot bigger than he actually was when it came to protecting me. Never barked really unless u were playin with him teasing him from his toys or someone knocking at the door.. when most dogs bark. They’re great dogs and perfect for companionship.


Bostons life span is longer…and they have less health problems. That’s why I chose a Boston ~ have three. They are both adorable breeds..

Sonya davis
Sonya davis

Yes i like both breeds but i have a boston terrier not a french bulldog but i would like to have a french bulldog!


I did not want an French bull because they have mostly problems breathing, there nostrils are too small, and their face to flat so they do not feel very good when it’s hot or when they are running. My niece has a frenchy he is very cute but she says “you should only take a Frency if you have a lot of money for the Vet….I have a Boston she has no problems whatsoever and will be much older she is a great dog I am addicted to my Boston.


I have a frenchton; french bulldog an bostom mix. His front half is like a frenchie and the back like a boston, and he has the longer legs like a boston. He is very affectionate. And interactive.


I have a Frenchton also 2 Boston’s , and one Frenchie


Which do you find easier to house train?