So you’re considering a squishy-faced dog, are you? Now comes the real question—a Boston Terrier or a French Bulldog? The breeds are similar, but have notable differences that might be a deal breaker for you. We’ve created an easy-to-read guide to the world of Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs to help you make the tough decision between them.
“They look so similar!”
Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs share:
- Short snouts
- Docked, or minimal tails
- An adorable smile
- Upright ears
- A short coat
- “Bug eyes”
But French Bulldogs have distinct differences, such as:
- Shorter legs and a more muscular build
- Large, square-shaped head
- A larger bone structure
- Rounded tips on their bat-like ears
Image courtesy of Piggy the French Bulldog.
While Boston Terriers have:
- A slim frame with longer, lean legs
- A rounded head
- Pointed tips on their ears
Quick Breed Facts
According to the AKC, French Bulldogs are the 6th most popular breed in the country, while Boston Terriers are the 23rd.
Boston Terriers: 13-15 years
French Bulldogs: 10-12 years
Boston Terriers: 15-25 pounds
French Bulldogs: 20-28 pounds
Depending on the breeder you choose, the prices can vary. French Bulldogs tend to be more expensive than Boston Terriers. For a French Bulldog, you can expect to pay $2,000+ while Boston Terriers fall into the $700+ range.
Boston Terriers are nicknamed the ‘American Gentleman’ due to their tuxedo-like markings. Other markings include:
- Black Brindle & White
- Brindle & White
- Seal & White
- Seal Brindle & White
French Bulldogs have a variety of colors, including:
- Brindle & White
- Fawn & White
- Fawn Brindle
- White & Brindle
- White & Fawn
- And more!
Image courtesy of Squish the French Bulldog.
Health & Wellness
Health concerns that Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs share:
- Brachycephalic airways
- Inability to effectively regulate temperature
- Elongated soft palate
- Prone to mast cell tumors
- Stenotic (or narrow) nares
- Cherry eye
- Infections in the skin folds around the face
- Flatulence (and possibly lots of it)
- Snoring, grunting and other noises due to their shortened snouts
Common health concerns specific to Boston Terriers:
- Eye problems and injuries
- Patellar luxation
Common health concerns specific to French Bulldogs:
- Spinal malformations and various back and spinal defects
- Bone or joint problems
Both breeds have short coats, making grooming very low maintenance. Since their hair is so short, there is little to no odor, and mild shedding depending on the season.
Life at Home
Boston Terriers learn quickly and are a great dog for first-time dog owners looking for an obedient dog who will listen. French Bulldogs can be on the stubborn side, and may require consistent training to nail down the results you’re looking for. “Bully Breeds,” including all forms of bulldogs, are known for being stubborn, and can quickly develop bad habits.
Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs adapt very well to apartment living. They’re great at being able to control their energy indoors and are very adaptable to new living situations. French Bulldogs don’t require an excessive amount of exercise and are happy being home, making them capable of living in a small space.
Boston Terriers are very active dogs and can easily be hooked on a game of fetch. They love to jump, run, play and chase, and are occasionally known to swim. They can be great running companions as long as you’re aware of the signs they may be overheating due to their short snout. Some Boston Terriers can become obsessed with tennis balls and may want to play nonstop.
French Bulldogs are more on the relaxed side due to their heavier build, which makes them less agile when it comes to running and jumping. Still, they can be energetic, too! A long walk or mild hike is a great source of exercise for a French Bulldog, and should be done regularly to avoid obesity.
Can’t decide between the two? If you know of someone who has a Boston Terrier or French Bulldog, ask to spend some time with them, or attend a breed-specific meet up. This will allow you to meet several dogs and get a good sense of temperament. Still can’t decide? The best of both worlds may be a Frenchton!