Similarities & Differences Between the Boston Terrier & French Bulldog
Regardless of your dog knowledge, breeds are often confused with other breeds due to their similarities. Today we will be discussing the differences between Boston Terrier and French Bulldog breeds. What about them causes confusion? What can you look for to differentiate the Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog? Are they in the same blood line? Let’s get to it!
Boston Terrier Vs French Bulldog – Build/Appearance
The Boston Terrier is described as small, compact, but muscular and well built. Their colors are typically described as “Tuxedo” having a black and white pattern that mimics a tuxedo.
The French Bulldog is a small and sturdy breed but bred in different colors and has a different stance and facial structure. This greatly changes their appearance compared to the Boston. View the table and images below to see comparisons
*Image of our Boston Terrier & French Bulldog figurines which accurately depict each breeds build.
Dimensions of each Breed
Not only do their weight, height, colors, and coat styles differ, but their overall appearances differ as well. You can see in the images, the Boston Terrier is shorter in length and taller than the Frenchie. Alternatively the Frenchie has shorter legs which gives the breed a rectangular shape that is lower to the ground. The Boston Terrier is more square in it’s dimensions.
Boston Terrier versus French Bulldog – Ears & Skull
At first glance the ears look similar as well. But if you look closer, you can see the Boston’s ears are more triangular in shape while the Frenchie’s ears are more “bat like”. What I believe causes the most confusion is their faces. When you view each breed straight on, their mouth, nose, and snout shape are strikingly similar, especially the shape of the mouth. But what you can do to easily detect the difference between the two breeds is look at the shape of the skull. The Boston Terrier’s skull is more circular and their facial features are longer. Even though the Frenchie has a circular appearance, their facial features are shorter and more flat.
If you have a chance to spend some time with both breeds, you will get to know their temperament and personality. The Boston Terrier exudes intelligence and playfulness in a lively yet gentle manner. They are often described as stubborn which requires constant and consistent training.
On the other hand, the French Bulldog is smart, loving, and playful and are happiest when with family and people. They are easy to train and listen well. The most notable difference between the two is their socialization skills and responsiveness to training.
Hopefully now the French Bulldog compared to Boston Terrier debate is more clear. Both breeds have similarities and can easily be confused. The key areas to focus on are their height, shape, stance in relation to the ground, ears, facial dimensions, and colors.
Written on May 10th, 2018
Updated October 2nd, 2020
John is the co-owner of DogLoverStore with his wife Kimberly. He enjoys working with computers, listening to music, learning about dog breeds, perfecting the art of coffee brewing, and anything that brings him back to childhood! He received his BS in management information systems at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.