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Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog

asked 2015-03-24 18:09:01 -0500

Anyone with Boston Terriers of French Bulldogs out there? Just looking for some feedback on the breeds in general (as I dream about a new dog!)

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answered 2015-03-25 23:02:44 -0500

I haven't owned either, so most of my experience is from encountering them at the park with my dog. I see far more Bostons than I do Frenchies. The Bostons seem universally pretty confident and boisterous, some crossing the line to pushy or rude with the other dogs if they don't find a playmate who matches their energy well. They all seem to want to play mostly with the bigger dogs. Most seem to be up for rough play and can give as good as they get. A few seem to prefer to give, but take offense if their playmate reciprocates in kind (though I imagine that's more a socialization thing than a breed thing). My border x is pretty intense, and Bostons generally seem to be a good match for her energy-wise, even though they're usually at least 10 lbs lighter.

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answered 2015-03-25 21:39:40 -0500

I don't have either, but I am very experienced with both as I have worked in animal sheltering for over 10 years. Both are active and high on the personality scale--I'd call them perky and whimsical. I have been in training with both breeds for agility, and both excel, maybe not as the fastest or most technically proficient but as eager and ready for fun.

Both are easy to train.

Both can be little terrors if they are left to their own devices and not given expectations and ways to burn their substantial energy. I highly recommend basic training (sit, stay, leave it, off, etc).

They are lap dogs, but not so much for cuddling, etc, until they get older. They'll sit with you maybe at night while watching TV or sleep in your bed, but they don't really look to curl up in your lap like a cat.

I have seen both be good with children, and I have also seen both that are grumpy and intolerant with children. My experience has been that it's more individual than a breed thing with them. On this point, I am not an expert.

If you want more specific information about the differences in the breeds, you might need to get feedback from others. My experience with them has shown them to be very similar.

Also, the AKC (American Kennel Club at www.akc.org) has great breed information.

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answered 2015-05-07 15:24:22 -0500

My boyfriend recently (6 months ago) rescued an 8-year-old Boston terrier, and I have a 1.5 year old Frenchie.

Both are great breeds. Both are very entertaining and fun and very unique in their own ways, and I largely agree with the comments above. Anecdotally, most Bostons I've met are more hyper and high-energy than Frenchies. They LOVE balls and tend to have more energy. My Frenchie is great with kids; the Boston is nervous around them. My Frenchie has yet (knock on wood) to have any health issues, while the Boston has quite a few (tumors, allergies).

My French Bulldog is MUCH more cuddly than the Boston - the Frenchie is lazier, but boy does he have his moments in tearing around the house in all-out sprints and actually loves longer walks more than the Boston. My Frenchie loves to rough-play with other dogs while the Boston takes longer to warm up and won't share toys. But really.... every dog is different. Your dog's personality will be individualized for whatever breed or dog you meet. You could meet a really low-energy Boston or a crazy stubborn Frenchie.

I personally love both breeds. Go to a rescue or a breeder (if you go to a breeder, MEET THE PARENTS. Seriously, this is a stronger indicator of their personalities more than anything else) and find whatever personality suits yours. Good luck in finding your furbaby!

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