How to Distinguish Between Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs


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Have you always found it confusing to tell the difference between a Boston terrier and a French bulldog? Well, you are not alone. The similarities between these two breed have a lot of people scratching their head trying to tell them apart. Weโ€™ve taken it upon ourselves to help you distinguish between these two adorable breeds so that you never have to wonder if youโ€™re looking at a Boston terrier or a French bulldog ever again.

The differences between Boston terriers and French bulldogs

The reason these dogs are so similar is because they both originally hail from the English bulldog. So they are genetically related but after years of parallel line of breeding there is enough to tell these breeds apart. Most of the differences arose from the breeds that the English bulldog was crossbred with.

The Boston terrier has English terrier parentage while the French bulldog gets is lineage from a number of small breeds.

Height: Boston terriers are the taller of the two breeds. This might not be easy to notice when you donโ€™t have a French bulldog to compare with but it isnโ€™t hard to notice that in proportion to the body the legs are long. French bulldogs on the other hand have much shorter legs in proportion to their body.


While both breeds have upright ears, Boston terriers can be distinguished by their point tips. French bulldogs have more rounded ears.


Boston terriers have a sleeker looking body while French bulldogs are stocky and more muscular. French bulldogs are also heavier boned than Boston terriers. Boston terriers weight from 15 to 25 pounds while French bulldogs weigh from 20 to 28 pounds.


While both these breeds are equally loyal and friendly we find that Boston terriers are more energetic and playful than French bulldogs. French bulldogs more than make up for being less playful by being extremely affectionate.Life expectancy: Boston terriers have a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years while French bulldogs have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.

Why we love both the breeds

Now that we know how to tell the breeds apart let us quickly go through all the things we love about Boston terriers and French bulldogs. The squishy faces and bug eyes are right there on the top of our list of favorite features. The small size in another thing we love about these breeds because they are like puppies their whole lives.Speaking of puppies, the young ones of both Boston terriers and French bulldogs will make your heart melt. If you are thinking about bringing home one of these two breeds you will have a hard time deciding by looking at the pups. What we can guarantee though, is that whichever breed you pick you will have a loyal friend for a long time to come.

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