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How Much Do Boston Terrier Puppies Cost?

  • October 13, 2021
  • By MaggieLovesOrbit.com
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How Much Do Boston Terrier Puppies Cost?

Whenever someone is searching “How much do Boston Terrier Puppies Cost” I immediately translate that question to truly mean:

  • How much should I pay?
  • How do I know I’m not getting ripped off?
  • How do I make sure I’m not overpaying for my Boston Terrier?

So let’s break down the different ways to answer how much Boston Terriers cost.  

How Much Do Boston Terrier Puppies Cost?
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How Much Should You Pay For Your Boston Terrier?

My own personal rule is that you should pay no more than one to two weeks of your salary for any dog that you bring to your home.  

My common financial sense says that you should have enough money to pay your living expenses, and if you are overspending on a dog or any other purchase for that matter, then you are not making the best financial decision for yourself.  

And if you are not wise with your money, you will have a difficult time if your dog gets sick and you need to cover their substantial medical expenses.  

Six years ago, Maggie cost me $1,200, and five years ago, Orbit cost me $1,600. Maggie came from an experienced hobby breeder, while Orbit came from a preservationist breeder.

I’m currently on a list for a third Boston Terrier, which I plan to show, and while the price has not been discussed, I’m prepared to pay considerably more for my third Boston Terrier.  

So back on the question on how much you should pay, it should be a price that doesn’t break your bank, a price you can afford, and leaves you with enough money to cover your monthly expenses and yet still have some savings.

If that number is $900, then you should pay no more than that for your Boston Terrier. Or if you are looking at a Boston Terrier that is $2,500 and that is a number that meets those parameters, and you are happy with that number and happy with the Boston Terrier, then that is the price you should pay for your puppy. 

As of the time, this article was written, the prices of Boston Terrier puppies in Southern California range as follows;

  • Online / Craigslist: $600 to $900
  • Hobby breeder: $1,200 to $1,600
  • Preservation breeder for pet Boston Terriers: $1,800 to $2,600

Some breeders command a higher price because they have an established winning show line. 

How Much Do Boston Terrier Puppies Cost?

How Do You Know You Are Not Getting Ripped Off?

It is a personal choice of mine, but I would not buy any colored Boston Terriers. 99% of the time, you are being charged an unnecessary premium. Breeders of blue, lilac, brown, chocolate and champagne Boston Terriers will tell you that their colors are a throwback and “rare” and charge you between $2,000 and $3,600 for that Boston.  

I would run, not walk, anytime I am being sold a colored Boston Terrier. You can read an earlier article I wrote on this topic.  

That said… it’s your money. So if you don’t care about preservation breeding and you want that blue or brown or chocolate or lilac or champagne Boston Terrier, and you have the money and want to pay it, then you do you boo.  

At the end of the day, you will be the one caring for that dog, and if you want that dog, then you should buy that dog.  

But.  

If you care about breed preservation and paying for what you think you are buying, then you should educate yourself on the breed standards. You should learn how to buy from a preservation breeder and learn how not to get scammed.  

Buying a dog that is not well-bred is like buying a car that has been modified with a different logo stuck on it and then getting home, looking under the hood thinking you purchased one thing and realizing you bought a fake, a replica, or a poor copy of what you thought you were buying.

How Much Do Boston Terrier Puppies Cost?
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How Do You Make sure You’re Not Overpaying for Your Boston Terrier?

The price of your Boston will depend upon if you are buying them off:

  • Craigslist 
  • Puppy Find or some other online marketplace
  • A hobby breeder
  • A preservation breeder 
  • And the city you live in

Certain cities will have higher rates. I live in Southern California, and I have friends who have paid between $1800 and $3000 for their pet Boston Terriers that came from well-established hobby breeders or preservation breeders.  

There will always be outliers. I have heard of a preservation breeder who is charging on average $5,000 for pet Boston Terriers. She justifies this price due to her kennel’s bloodline.  

I personally find this price too rich for me but, there is always a buyer for every price point, and she clearly has a market and a buyer for her dogs. They happen to be a more affluent demographic than I am.  

So how do you determine if you’re not overpaying? Get three different quotes from three other breeders and compare. And then decide for yourself which breeder you will align yourself with.  

How Much Do Boston Terrier Puppies Cost?

You Will Get What You Pay For

When you buy a puppy online, you will lose contact with the person you bought the puppy from. That means if you have any questions at all related to their health, you will have no recourse or support.  

A friend of mine bought her Boston Terrier off Craigslist for $500, and unfortunately, her dog has had all possible health issues a Boston can have. She’s probably spent close to $15,000 caring for her dog, and although she does not regret it, she has mentioned that her next Boston Terrier will come from a well know preservationist breeder.  

Unlike the online breeder, a reputable breeder will become your new best friend. They will be available to you as your puppy is growing and help guide you to raise your puppy to be the best adult dog possible.  

A reputable breeder cares for their puppies for the extent of their lives. They want to know how your puppy is doing, how they are growing, and they want to know about any health issues that come up. 

The Purchase Price Is Just The First Of Many Expenses

Your dog is going to be an ongoing expense. I don’t like to use the word investment because that implies you could sell it for a higher price at a future date, and I doubt that is why you are looking to add a Boston Terrier to your family.  

Depending on what kind of owner you are, your monthly expenses could be minimal, in the hundred per month range to the thousand per month range.  

How Much Do Boston Terrier Puppies Cost?

Final Thoughts

Ultimately you are the final decision maker in what price to pay for your Boston Terrier.  

My word of advice is to familiarize yourself with the breed. Visit the Boston Terrier Club’s website and know what the breed standard means. The sole purpose of the Club is to preserve the breed. And learning just what makes a Boston Terrier, a Boston Terrier is the responsibility of anyone wanting to own one. Not just the stewards who work tirelessly to protect the breed.  

If you don’t know the difference between a hobby or preservation breeder, then you have some work to do. Knowing the difference can help you as you start looking for your puppy. If you don’t know what you are looking at, then you won’t know what price to pay is fair.  

You also need to educate yourself on what tests a reputable preservation breeder does versus a hobby breeder. An Embark test and a vet’s note do not qualify as the proper tests a breeder needs to show.  

Buying a puppy is an emotional experience, and so often, you fall in love with the puppy before they even come home, but it’s important to have a level head throughout the process and know what it is you are buying, so you pay the appropriate price.  

Like this post? Then you would love to read these articles:

HOW TO FIND A REPUTABLE BOSTON TERRIER BREEDER

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A TEACUP BOSTON TERRIER?

DON’T GET SCAMMED BY A “BOSTON TERRIER BREEDER NEAR ME”

BUYING A BOSTON TERRIER PUPPY: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

GETTING A SECOND BOSTON TERRIER ISN’T A WALK IN THE PARK. HERE ARE 8 TIPS TO SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS

HOW TO GET READY FOR A BOSTON TERRIER PUPPY

BOSTON TERRIER COLORS EXPLAINED

11 REASONS NOT TO GET A BOSTON TERRIER IF YOU LIVE IN AN APARTMENT

CAN I AFFORD MY BOSTON TERRIER? HOW MUCH WILL I SPEND EACH YEAR?

NEW DOG GUIDE – 63 WAYS TO BE A RESPONSIBLE BOSTON TERRIER OWNER


ARE YOU A BOSTON TERRIER OWNER?  THEN JOIN THIS FACEBOOK GROUP

responsible-boston-terrier-owners-facebook-group

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hannah Zulueta and her two dogs Maggie and Orbit

Hello, my name is Hannah, and learning about Boston Terriers and canine nutrition has become my life’s work. 

First and foremost I am a dog owner, a Boston Terrier breed enthusiast, and a seeker of the truth.

As a certified Canine Nutritionist, I turn to food to keep my dogs vibrant and healthy and prefer to raise them and myself naturally.

I started this blog because there isn’t enough space to write on our Instagram.

My mission is to equip Boston Terrier owners and dog owners alike with the knowledge I have so that your dog will live a longer life and better health.

I have two dogs.  Maggie is my socially awkward one; which I find highly relatable because I am completely out of place in large groups myself.  And Orbit is the freebird. She used to have terrible allergies but since she started eating fresh food she’s been symptom-free.

By MaggieLovesOrbit.com, October 13, 2021
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