If you're looking for a small dog that's laid back and gentle with low exercise requirements, the Frenchton may be just what you seek. This dog is a mix between the French Bulldog and the Boston Terrier, two wonderful dogs by their own right. The Frenchton's breeding only began recently in the U.S. and can be somewhat unpredictable when it comes to appearance, but rest assured that while appearances may differ, personalities are mostly consistant. Friendly, loving, smart, companionable - these all describe this designer breed of dog. The best part is, because these dogs are so small and require such a moderate amount of exercise, they're perfect for city living and small apartments.
Continue reading to learn more about Frenchtons, otherwise known as a mix between the French Bulldog and the Boston Terrier.
Popularity: Somewhat popular.
Trainability: When it comes to training a Frenchton, you're essentially training parts of a French Bulldog and parts of a Boston Terrier. While this mixed breed designer dog is intelligent, eager to please and will learn quickly, it's important to note that it may be a challenge to housebreak. Consistency and fair instruction are recommended.
Size/Weight: Small sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 15-25 pounds.
Origin Location/Date: It's quite the challenge to pinpoint the exact origin date of the Frenchton breed because they've been bred by many scattered breeders through the years. It is known that this dog was first born in the early 21st century in the United States with the goal of removing some of the inherent health issues that are common in the French Bulldog. There are a few resources to find more conclusive information on this dog and those are the Designer Breed Registry, International Designer Canine Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club and the American Canine Hybrid Club.
Energy Level: Being a mix between the French Bulldog and the Boston Terrier, The Frenchton is a mild mannered, laid back dog with minimal exercise requirements. They do love a nice daily walk as well as some play indoors, in the back yard or in the park, but you won't find yourself being pulled out the door every hour by a very excitable dog. Frenchtons are primary bred as companion dogs and lap dogs.
Temperament: The Frenchton is a sweet, friendly laid back dog that just wants to hang around and be loved by his family. Please note that if a litter of these puppies is born, you'll find a wide variation between personalities of the puppies. Overall though, these dogs are friendly, intelligent and loving. They're great with families and with children.
Necessary Space: Being a small dog with low exercise requirements, Frenchtons are ideal for apartments and smaller homes with or without large yards in which to play. Don't skip the daily walk and play time in the park though because these things are good for not only exercise, but for socialization as well.
Talents: This is an overall great dog breed to own for a family with children, but please be aware that smaller kids may pull and tug on parts of this dog and may annoy it, so be careful of that. Also be careful around some other dog types because the Frenchton may become aggressive. It's also been known for the Frenchton to exhibit characteristics of Small Dog Syndrome if they aren't trained and socialized well.
Life Expectancy: 10-14 years.
Group: Mix/Not Applicable.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Frenchton puppy and dog: sweet, affectionate, likes to play, great apartment dog, good with kids, good with families, low exercise requirements, mild mannered, laid back, indoor dog, companionable, may be tough to housebreak and may exhibit small dog syndrome.