13-17 lbs
United States
Boston Terrier
Bichon Frise
Boston Frise

Bostchons are sweet, sensitive, and smart family dogs. They are outgoing and people-oriented companions that require a moderate amount of activity and a lot of affection. Their lifespan is average for small breed dogs at 10 to 15 years, and they typically weigh between 13 and 18 pounds. At their smallest, they are 10 inches high and at their tallest they are 17 inches high. Bostchons have compact Boston Terrier bodies and Bichon Frise facial features and temperaments. Their coat is a true hybrid of their parent’s – it is rough and dense like a Boston Terrier and long like a Bichon Frise.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Boston Terrier, Bichon Frise

Bostchon Health

Average Size
Male Bostchon size stats
Height: 11-16 inches Weight: 14-18 lbs
Female Bostchon size stats
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 13-17 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Persistent Right Aortic Arch
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Stenotic Nares
  • Tooth Loss
  • Corneal Abrasion
Occasional Tests
  • Blood
  • Biopsy
  • Orthopedic
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Ophthalmic
  • Oral

Bostchon Breed History

The Bostchon’s parent breed, the Bichon Frise, was bred from Water or “Barbet” Spaniels and Poodles around the 12th century as Spanish sailing dogs. It follows that the name "Barbichon" was derived, which was later shortened to "Bichon”. Only later did this breed became a popular lap dog for French and Italian royalty (though it is often portrayed as inherently French). In the 1930s, the foremost canine authority in France drew up standards, dividing the breed into two varieties: the "Teneriffe" and "Bichon." The add-on "Frise" was then proposed to describe the Bichon’s notably curly and soft coat. The first litter of American Bichon Frises were born in the mid-1900s and the breed was later recognized by the AKC in 1972. The Boston Terrier is a popular breed in America. With roots in England, this canine is named after the Massachusetts city of Boston. Brought to Boston in 1865, this canine was bred with various other dogs of undetermined origin to make the cute Terrier of today. He was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893. The Bostchon was likely bred in the mid-century, but only recently has it started to be recognized as a designer hybrid. Its personality and appearance hasn’t stabilized, but it is generally known to be energetic, playful, and stubborn.

Bostchon Breed Appearance

Bostchons have Boston Terrier bodies and Bichon Frise facial features. They are small dogs with proportionately long legs and compact torsos. Their average weight falls between 13 and 18 pounds while their average height falls between 10 and 16 inches tall. A Bostchon’s coat is medium to long in length like a Bichon Frise, but rough and dense like a Boston Terrier. They tend to be black and white, but can also have other common colors present in Boston Terriers, such as brown and brindle. Bostchons can be mischievous which is apparent in their watchful, yet good-natured expressions. They have pendent ears that perk straight up when roused, a short muzzle, as well as dark eyes and noses. Bostchons also have short, relatively thin tails and cat-like paws that are dainty for their otherwise muscular build.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bostchon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bostchon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Bostchon coat
white Bostchon coat
brindle Bostchon coat
brown Bostchon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Bostchon curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bostchon Breed Maintenance

Bostchons are minimal shedders and don’t require much grooming, though owners should be cognizant of brushing out occasional tangles and knots in their medium to long coats. They are not hypoallergenic and thus are not suitable for owners with allergies. Owners should give their Bostchons monthly baths and trim hair around their eyes and ears to avoid infections in those areas. Like all breeds, Bostchons should have their nails clipped as needed to prevent painful tears or overgrowth. Additionally, because this breed is prone to early tooth loss, owners should pay careful attention to dental health and brush their teeth every day.

Brushes for Bostchon
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Bostchon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bostchon Temperament

Like their Terrier parent, Bostchons can be sensitive and stubborn animals. As a result, Bostchons thrive in environments with consistent routines and may become obstinate if they are introduced to too many changes at once. At the same time, the Bostchon is an inherently happy breed – it is outgoing and gets along well with children and other dogs. The combination of these personality traits makes it a great dog for a stable family with young kids or elders. The Bostchon is also very smart – it inherits intellect from both parent breeds – so it can be independent and resistant to training. The best way to counteract obstinacy is to introduce Bostchons to fastidious training early and consistently. In the end, however, Bostchons love their “people” and are eager to please their owners. These dogs become intensely attached to their families and make wonderful house pets when given enough structure and affection.  

Bostchon Activity Requirements

The Bostchon is a spritely and energetic breed that requires a daily moderate exercise routine and consistent human affection. They will enjoy a daily short walk or a trip to the dog park. They enjoy cool climates and shouldn’t be over exercised in the heat. Bostchons are very playful, so they also enjoy vigorous play with family members. Note that Bostchons thrive in environments with consistency, so owners should do their best to schedule activity around the same time every day. Bostchons are also primarily indoor dogs, so games and snuggling inside the home are just as important as outside adventures. It’s also important to recognize that Bostchons can be sensitive pets who will reactive strongly to their owners’ tone and treatment.  

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Bostchon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Bostchon Owner Experiences

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