Basic Facts About Frenchton Puppies
Frenchton puppies are a designer dog cross between a French bulldog and a Boston terrier. However, unlike many designer dog crosses, the true Frenchton that is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club is not necessarily a 50/50 cross between two purebred dogs. The Frenchton is often found to be 75% French bulldog and 25% Boston terrier.
In the 1990’s, designer dog crosses gained in popularity due to their resistance to the genetic disorders that were cropping up in increasing numbers of purebred dogs. Frenchton puppies are a relatively new cross resulting from the mix between the French bulldog and the Boston terrier. The goal was to increase the stamina of the French bulldog and increase the mass of the Boston terrier, which is effectively done by crossing these two purebred dogs. However, it should be noted that the offspring may more closely resemble one parent or the other, and all of the puppies from a given litter may not look alike. It is because of this genetic instability that the designer dog crosses are not able to be registered as a new breed in and of themselves. Not until many generations of the dog are bred can the breeder expect the genetic stability inherent in purebred animals.
As with all designer dog crosses, there is a lot of genetic variability present in the offspring. Because the mix is not 50/50 between the French bulldog and the Boston terrier, the offspring is somewhat more genetically stable than many other designer dog crosses. The ideal 75/25 cross between the French bulldog and the Boston terrier results in a dog with the slighter frame and athleticism of the Boston terrier with the sturdy bone structure of the French bulldog. The buggy eyes of the Boston terrier are also reduced, so the offspring does not have the bulging eyes characteristic of the Boston terrier. They have short hair, and they shed very little.
Personality And Temperament
Designer dog crosses will exhibit the characteristics of both of the parent breeds to varying degrees. In general, Frenchton puppies crave human companionship. They make great pets, and they love children. They can be quite energetic and playful at times, but they also love to cuddle with their human owners.
The grooming of Frenchton puppies is relatively simple. Because they have quite short hair, they do not require regular brushing. You may bathe your Frenchton puppy less frequently if you wipe your dog’s coat regularly with a damp cloth. Your puppy’s nails should be clipped regularly, approximately every two weeks. Additionally, you should brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis to avoid tooth decay.
One of the main problems experienced by French bulldogs is related to the respiratory system. By crossing the French bulldogs with the Boston terrier, these respiratory limitations are lessened, and the offspring have more stamina than French bulldogs. However, the genetic problems experienced by both the French bulldog and the Boston terrier can crop up in subsequent generations. Life expectancy for Frenchtons is approximately 12 to 15 years.
Frenchton puppies are a designer mix that, in many cases, combines the best of both purebred parents. The offspring tends to be healthier than the purebred parents, although genetic abnormalities can crop up in future generations. Frenchtons tend to be more massive than a Boston terrier, but they retain the energy and athleticism of the Boston. They have reduced respiratory problems when compared with the French bulldog, and they experience fewer eye problems than the Boston terrier. Overall, Frenchtons tend to be social animals that make great family pets.