French Bulldog vs Boston Terrier, Breed of Dog Comparison

French Bulldog vs Boston Terrier, Breed of Dog Comparison

These little dogs look very similar but there are differences in the two breeds. Both have a common ancestor, the English Bulldog, which explains why they are the same size.

Here I will take a look and hopefully learn so I can tell which one is which!


French Bulldog

Weight 18 -30 pounds

Origins unclear

Appearance compact, short, muscular with heavy bones

round cheeks, very wrinkled at the nose

ears upright with rounded tips

Lifespan 9-11 years

Temperament Intelligent, playful, patient, loyal and affectionate.

Health. Prone to many health issues including Hip Dysplasia, Brachycephalic Syndrome, and Patellar Luxation so good breeding is paramount.

Boston Terrier


Boston Terrier

Weight 10-25 pounds

Origins  America, A cross between an English Bulldog and English Terrier

Appearance  Long legged, muscular, small boned, athletic

flat cheeks, no wrinkles

Lifespan 13 – 15 years

Temperament Loyal, friendly, playful, alert, energetic, expressive and intelligent.

Tuxedo type markings.

Health Their large eyes make them prone to Corneal ulcers.

They are prone to flatulence.

Whelping can be complicated and small litters very common.




They don’t shed much and are easy to groom.

They are both good with children and other dogs.

The short muzzle and brachycephalic face of both breeds means that they may suffer from problems with their respiration, including snoring,

Both are prone to overheating.

Both rarely bark without cause.

They can both be a little stubborn.

Both have a mischievous personality.



The Boston is more active and playful, the French Bulldog is more sedentary and is more laid back.

The French Bulldog can become overweight because they don’t tend to be as active as the Boston Terrier.

Boston Terriers can swim, Frenchies struggle to swim because of their physique.

If the dog is black and white it is most likely to be a Boston Terrier, French Bulldogs are more likely to be just one colour.

So, in a nutshell, Bostons are taller, with unwrinkled skin, smaller ears and are more athletic of the two.

All this information was researched from established dog breed sites, I don’t know of any personally, but maybe one day!

If you do own either breed, let me know how they measure up to these stats, I’m very interested to know.

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  8 comments for “French Bulldog vs Boston Terrier, Breed of Dog Comparison

  1. 21st December 2017 at 2:04 pm

    One of the dogs I have here is a Boston Terrier. I can tell you from personal experience, they are the gassiest breed there is! 🤣

    • 21st December 2017 at 2:18 pm

      wow! I must tell my daughter, she’s thinking of having one, thanks for telling me .

  2. Just me
    27th May 2018 at 3:00 am

    My Boston can’t swim. He tries but panics when the water gets deep

    • waggytalesdogblog
      27th May 2018 at 11:10 am

      They’re so sweet.

  3. Loretta Cox
    11th January 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Perfectly Said. You described both breeds to a T! 🙋‍♀️ from a 4 time Boston Terrier owner, and Godmother to a French Bulldog.

    • waggytalesdogblog
      11th January 2019 at 10:53 pm

      Oh thank you so much. I’ve never actually owned either but they are on my doggie bucket list. It’s nice to know I got my research correct from someone who really knows both breeds. Thank you for dropping by.

  4. Lois Antonelli
    24th July 2019 at 1:56 am

    We have a Boston. He’s had a lot of health problems. He was very hard to housebreak, he had some severe and costly digestive problems. If he drank more than a little bit of water at a time he would throw it right back up. These issues seemed to have resolved themselves as he has entered his senior years. However now his back legs have become weaker (walks like he’s drunk). This also has led to some loss some bowel control. He doesn’t like children, or other dogs. In spite of all we love him dearly and he loves us. He is at my side every minute of the day.

    • waggytalesdogblog
      24th July 2019 at 9:23 am

      Poor little man! It sound like he sees you as his ‘security blanket’ and when he’s with you he feels safe, Thank you for sharing your story.

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