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French Bulldog vs Boston Terrier: 20 Differences for Comparison

French bulldogs and Boston terriers are both adorable, small family dogs, and they can warm your heart and home if you choose to have one as a pet. But what are both dog breeds like? How are they different? Which one is the best choice for you?

Don’t worry! I will answer those questions and more as I go over which dog you should get, the positive and negative differences between the two, and more!

Should I get a French Bulldog or Boston Terrier?

This decision is a matter of preference, activity level, family type, and patience. You should take great care when deciding which dog breed is the best for you and your family, so I am going to do over the many aspects of the two dog breeds you will need to consider to pick the best pup.

Taking the time to do research of each breed with definitely help you with your decision.

As you may already know, I’m the proud owner of a Frenchie but I promise not to try to persuade you in any direction. Boston Terriers make great pets too and are the perfect fit for some families.

Read on to view my comparisons and get all the information you need to make the best choice possible!

20 Differences Between French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers

1. Eyes

The eyes of a Boston terrier tend to be a bit more pronounced and bugged-out. French bulldogs have their eyes set back in their face more, giving them a more natural look.

2. Build

Boston terriers have longer legs than the shorter, stockier French bulldog. They also have smaller bones, which gives them their thinner stature.

They have leaner, less condensed muscles than the French bulldog as well, which gives them a slight advantage athletically. Lastly, they have a shorter snout than the French bulldog.

3. Weight

Boston terriers are less stocky and weigh between ten to twenty-five pounds. French bulldogs weigh a much heftier twenty-two to thirty pounds due to their more compact muscles and heavy bones.

4. Shedding

French bulldogs tend to shed a bit more than Boston terriers because their hair is slightly longer and thicker. You will want to brush both breeds of dog often, but the French bulldog may need a little more attention to keep hair off of your furniture.

5. Coloring/pattern

Boston terriers tend to have a more uniform, darker fur color than that of a French bulldog. Boston terriers are known for their iconic tuxedo-like pattern of black and white fur, while French bulldogs have a much wider range of coloring from white, to brown, to black colors.

6. Lifespan

Unfortunately, the French bulldog has a shorter lifespan than a Boston terrier. French bulldogs live to be up to about ten years of age, while the Boston terrier can live as long as fifteen years or more.

7. Noise level

French bulldogs tend to be more vocal than the Boston terrier and will bark more due to their more stubborn natures. Boston terriers will bark when happy and energetic, but will not bark as much as the French bulldog.

8. Ears

The ears on a Boston terrier are pointer than that of a French bulldog, which normally has more rounded ears.

9. Height

Boston terriers have longer legs than the stockier French bulldog, so they are often taller in stature. Boston terriers can have a height of up to forty-five centimetres, and French bulldogs stand at approximately thirty centimetres.

10. Skin

French bulldogs have more pronounced, floppy wrinkles in their skin and are less sleek than the Boston terrier.

11. Breed

Though both the French bulldog and Boston terrier share the common ancestor of the English bulldog, they are two entirely different breeds. They branch off in opposite directions of the family tree, so to speak, and have their own unique differences.

Additionally, the breed of French bulldog originated in Europe, while the Boston terrier, as suggested by its name, originated in the United States of America.

The Boston terrier is a cross between an English bulldog and a white English terrier. The French bulldog was bred from the English bulldog and several smaller breed dogs.

12. Face

Due to their heavy wrinkles, French bulldogs’ faces look a bit more smushed than the Boston terrier. Boston terriers do have wrinkles on their face as well, but they are not as pronounced as the French bulldog. French bulldogs also have more wrinkles around their nose.

Additionally, French bulldogs have more rounded cheeks while the Boston terrier has flat cheeks. Expression-wise, French bulldogs tend to have a more subdued or serious face while Boston terriers are known to smile and have a very expressive, and at times endearingly goofy, face.

13. Temperament

Both of these dog breeds are known to be friendly, playful, loyal, and intelligent.

However, Boston terriers tend to be more spirited, lively, expressive, and alert. Alternately, French bulldogs tend to be more loving, affectionate, and cuddly,

14. Kid-friendliness

Boston terriers are the most kid-friendly of these two breeds with their happy-go-lucky attitudes and joyful demeanor. However, both types of dogs can be easily trained to get along with your kiddos as long as they are introduced at a young age.

Older dogs are much less accepting of change, so make sure to introduce your dog to your kids while it is still young or pick a dog that has a very noticeable, even temperament when you choose to bring it home to your family.

15. Watchdog potential

Boston terriers tend to be better watchdogs than the French bulldog because of their heightened activity level and senses. They are more likely to bark at an unfamiliar noise and stand to attention.

16. Trainability

Both the Boston terrier and French bulldog are easier to train than other small-breed dogs, but the Boston terrier is by far the easiest of the two.

This is because the French bulldog is a very stubborn breed, and can be bull-headed at times. Boston terriers, on the other hand, are people-pleasers and thus are incredibly easy to train.

17. Drool level

Because of their shorter snouts, Boston terriers are known to drool more than French bulldogs. French bulldogs aren’t known to drool more than the average dog, but they do drool at a moderate level.

18. Gait

A good way to tell the difference between a French bulldog and a Boston terrier is by the way they walk. French bulldogs walk with more of a trot, and Boston terriers tend to run full-on and have a wider pace.

19. Activity level

Both breeds love to be active, but French bulldogs tend to tire out faster. Boston terriers are by far the most active of the two. Even though French Bulldogs are muscular in build, they do not have the speed and endurance that Boston terriers have.

Boston terriers are a tad more energetic and playful and can run around and play longer. Boston terriers often need more exercise than French bulldogs because of this, and they are most definitely not couch potatoes.

20. Health

Boston terriers have far fewer common health issues than the French bulldog. Because of their high activity levels, they aren’t quite as prone to breathing and weight-related problems.

They can get allergies easily, but this can be quickly remedied with the proper medication. They can also get eye problems because of their protruding eyes, but as long as they get regular check-ups from the vet, they will be ok.

French bulldogs, however, need to be monitored frequently for health conditions such as hip dysplasia, breathing problems, invertebrae and disc problems, and weight issues. Make it a habit to take any dog you have to the vet regularly, and always catch problems before they become detrimental for your pup.

This is especially important if you have a French bulldog. Remember, this breed has a shorter lifespan than the Boston terrier, and you want to keep your furry friend around as long as you can!

Deciding Which Breed is Better for You

This may be a difficult decision because of how lovable and similar both dog breeds are, but let’s break it down a bit!

  • If you want a couch potato and cuddle bug, French bulldogs are for you. If you are a more active individual who likes brisk walks and plenty of play-time, Boston terriers may be your best choice!

  • If you are a very low-maintenance person, Boston terriers may be easier to handle. French bulldogs are predisposed to many health problems and can be a bit more high-maintenance in this regard. They also have a shorter lifespan.

  • Going along with the above point, this has to do with how much effort you are willing to put into your pet. French bulldogs are more stubborn and take more time to train, while Boston terriers learn and adapt quickly and aim to please.

Final Thoughts

Boston terriers and French bulldogs are amazing and popular breeds, and you’re sure to be a happy pet owner with either choice.

I hope this article has helped you figure out which fur-baby to bring home, and I also hope that I’ve given some clarity to how these two related breeds are different and unique in their own ways. Whichever you choose, I wish you the best with your happy pup!

Becca

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