How Much Does a Boston Terrier Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

Boston terriers, also known as Boston Bulls, are compact and well-muscled dogs.  This breed is commonly owned as pets as they are known to be gentle, alert, very intelligent, well-mannered and enthusiastic.  They are also very easy to train, although they can be quite stubborn sometimes.  Most terriers are black, brindle, or seal combined with white.

Boston Terrier by Michael Gwyther-Jones, on Flickr
Boston Terrier” (CC BY 2.0) by  Michael Gwyther-Jones

How much does a Boston Terrier cost?

Breeding a Boston Terrier is known to be a little difficult when compared to other breeds, since Caesarean deliveries are usually required due to the puppies strong and square skull.  Thus, the prices of the puppies are a bit higher than other puppies.  According to,  Boston Terrier puppies can cost anywhere from $500 and go up from there.  Most, however, will pay around $500 to $1,200 from what we have researched.  Purebred puppies from a reputable breeder will always be much more than a backyard breeder with no qualifications and paperwork.  Don’t be surprised if you find a show-quality puppy for more than $2,000.

On, an online classified ad website, we researched more than 500 listings at the time of this writing.  What we had found was that most listings were anywhere between $600 to $1,300, depending on the geographical location, colors, age and gender.

Glancing at the official AKC Marketplace, we had found most breeders were selling their AKC registered puppies for about $1,100 to $1,500.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder, at a minimum, should include up-to-date vaccinations, some sort of health guarantee, a written contract, registration paperwork and a certified vet examination.  In some cases, the dewclaws may be removed and they will be microchipped.

What are the extra costs?

If you purchase your dog online and can’t pick it up locally then plan on spending at least $200 to $400+ for shipping, depending on the method.  Most breeders prefer shipping via air; however, if you live within 100 to 300 miles, some may meet you in the middle via car.

Recurring costs, as with any pet, needs to be taken into consideration.  This will include food, routine/surprise vet visits, accessories, shelter, obedience classes and dog sitting if you plan on being away for longer than eight hours.  All of this, when added up, can cost well more than $75 per month when the dog is healthy and much more if your dog were to come down with an unexpected illness.

Tips to know:

The average Boston Terrier will measure 15 to 17 inches tall, and by the American Kennel Club breed standard, it shouldn’t weigh any less than 10 pounds or no more than 25 pounds.

Its coat is known to be very short, fine and most common coat colors, as indicated above, can be black, seal, brindle or even a combination of the three.  Other colors, such as red, blue, brown, lilac, cream and liver, are out there; however, these colors are rare and won’t be recognized by the American Kennel Club if you wanted to show your dogs.

Any Boston Terrier owner will tell you these dogs tend to be very affectionate, loving and will make a great family pet for anyone who considers adoption.  Being quite intelligent, this breed can learn quickly; however, you still need to teach it the ropes at an early age to teach it who’s really the boss.  Failing to do so can lead to stubborn behavior.

Not known to be a great guard dog, the Boston Terrier will bark at unknown noises from time to time.

A Boston Terrier can adapt well to smaller living situations such as an apartment or a condo but will still enjoy a bit of playtime outdoors.

Consider looking for a breeder through The Boston Terrier Club of America.

Most Boston Terriers will live a long fulfilling life; however, they are still prone to health issues, just like any other dog breed.  These common issues, found among this breed, may include cancer, eye diseases, epilepsy, joint diseases and heart disease.  Due to the short face, many Boston Terriers may experience a compromised immune system, a higher risk of heatstroke in hotter weather and wheezing-like noises when walking.

When compared to other breeds, they are considered to be average shedders.

How can I save money?

Consider adopting an adult Boston Terrier from a local adoption center or rescue group that caters to these dogs.  This donation, which is often less than $250, will help the animal shelter continue to help animals in need.  By doing so, you are not just saving money but you are able to help a dog in need of a good home.  Even if you’re not able to find one, you may find a mix breed that closely resembles a Boston Terrier.

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