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HISTORY Now the Boston Terrier was originally a bit larger than we know today and were bred to participate in the blood sports of the 19th century. Luckily, that trend quickly went away and the breed found success as a ratter in factories and as a companion. Almost all Boston's can trace their lines back to a bulkier ancestor named Judge who was brought to the town of Boston, Massachusets in the United States when the breed was refined and really developed. The Frenchie is another small breed that very early on started in England but quickly found a new home in France when it was thoroughly developed into a distinct breed. Originally bred as a Toy Bulldog, the early Frenchie ancestor was a ratter and companion in lace shops that moved to France after the Industrial Revolution. There, they became very popular with high society and the trend spread throughout Europe and across the sea to the States. They've consistently been in the top 10 most popular breeds in the US and UK since then.  APPEARANCE Now, these breeds appear very similar. They are both under 25 pounds and have stocky builds with short tails and large, erect bat-like ears. Their fur is short and sleek and they are both considered brachycephalic so grunting and snorting noises, along with snoring, are common with both breeds. They differ mostly in coat color. The Boston always has a tuxedo type pattern of white and darker coloring that ranges from seal, a very dark brown that appears black, and black and white. The Frenchie comes in a wider variety of colors including fawn, brindles, white and black, and grey. TEMPERAMENT The Boston has held the nickname The American Gentleman since the early days of its development in the States. This is partly due to the tuxedo markings, but mostly because of their charming and polite personality. They are deeply devoted to their family and are an endless source of entertainment with their frequent clownish antics and playful nature. The Frenchie is also playful and full of goofy mannerisms but tends to be more possessive of their people. They bond closely with one person but enjoy loving and being loved on by the whole family  TRAINABILITY/INTELLIGENCE Bostons are easily trainable and can make a good canine for first time owners. They don't care to do much at a competitive level but they do make excellent emotional support and companion dogs. One thing to watch out for is they are cute and they know it. They will do whatever they need to get more treats and can be prone to obesity because of it. Like their bulldog ancestors, Frenchies can be stubborn at times but this is often overridden by their willingness to please their leader. They are very similar to Bostons in the level of training they are willing to go to and make an equally good choice for a first dog.  ENERGY Both the Boston and the Frenchie have very similar energy levels and need about the same exercise. As long as you don't overindulge them on treats a few short walks each day and a good play session are all either of these breeds needs to stay happy and healthy. They are both prone to breathing problems, especially in the heat, so be mindful of how long your walks are when it's warm. OVERALL HEALTH The overall health and lifespans of the breeds are nearly identical as well. Both breeds live an average of 12 to 14 years and have only mild joint concerns. The biggest issue faced by both breeds, and really any brachycephalic breed, is their restricted airway. They are prone to allergies and reverse sneezing along with snoring. SOCIAL NEEDS The two breeds start to branch a bit when it comes to their social needs. The Boston is generally friendly and pleasant around strangers and isn't overly possessive of their family when other people are around. They should be socialized with other dogs to prevent the 'little dog syndrome' from taking root though. The Frenchie by contrast is known to be more possessive of its family and especially the person they bond closest with. They don't do well alone because of this close bond but can be trained to minimize the feelings of separation anxiety. They warm up to strangers relatively quickly and are prone to 'small dog syndrome' as well if not socialized well. CHILD FRIENDLY The Boston does well with children and his temperament as the American Gentleman really shines here. Boston's are playful by nature and delight in entertaining their family right alongside the kids.  The Frenchie does well with children as well but generally prefers to be the center of attention for the person they are bonded with. Their goofy antics and moderate energy level are a good match for kids and they may bond more closely with them over an adult. SMALL ANIMALS Both Bostons and Frenchies have ancestors that were skilled at hunting rats in factories so they have retained some of that prey drive. Being on the smaller side themselves, there are fewer things they would see as prey but it's always good to socialize any dog with as many animals of varying sizes when they are young. OTHER DOGS With other dogs, the Boston and Frenchie can both be aggressive if not socialized properly. They prefer to be the center of attention but will easily share the spotlight with other dogs they are raised with. I'm sure you can see that these breeds are very similar in looks and personality even though they were developed on opposite sides of an ocean. Both are fabulous breeds to consider adding to your home but you may find the American Gentleman to be the perfect fit for your social life.

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