How Much Do Boston Terriers Cost? Adoption vs Breeders

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by Lily Ferreras


Looking to get a Boston Terrier puppy and have no idea what to expect in terms of price?

How much do Boston Terriers cost? The average cost of a purebred Boston Terrier is between $1000 to $2000, although superior lineage ones go as high as $4500 from a reputable breeder.

But what about the pups you find online from $600?

We’ll have a look at why there are big price differences and also how much it would be if you decide to take the adoption route.

How Much Do Boston Terriers Cost?

Once you decide that you want and are ready for a Boston Terrier pup, most of us start by searching online to get a reference number for the cost.

Places like Craigslist, pet stores and dog breeders are the most common places to start looking for a Boston Terrier pup.

The problem is that there’s a huge difference depending on where and from whom you buy your Boston! But, what’s worse is that you can find expensive Boston pups in questionable sites.

What I mean by “questionable” is that you are not getting a healthy, purebred Boston Terrier that follows the breed standards, but you are paying nearly as much as the real deal!

Continue reading to know what you should be aware of.

How Much Does It Cost To Buy a Boston Terrier?

On average, the Boston Terrier price usually ranges from $600 to $1,200 online. According to NextDayPets, the median price for all Boston Terriers sold is $800.

However, you need to be careful with the dog’s origin and health. When purchasing a Boston Terrier puppy, always make sure to do your research on where the dog is coming from.

Never buy a pooch when you suspect he may come from a puppy mill or a “backyard breeder.”

Although you should consider the cost of buying a Boston Terrier pup, you should also take into account where the puppy comes from. This factor will determine the health and well-being of your new pooch, currently and in the future!

Plus, I assume you don’t want to promote unsafe and unethical breeding practices that put at risk the mother and the puppies?

Backyard breeders sell sick dogs and have no regard for their dog’s wellbeing. That’s why I advocate going for adoption or a reputable breeder. With the second option, the expense is worth it in the long run.

The price of a Boston Terrier increases for dogs with superior lineage and verifiable pedigree that follow the breed’s standards. A top-quality dog with exceptional breed lines can cost between $1,500 to $4,500.

These purebred Boston Terriers hold titles from dog shows and sports competitions. Also, you can trace their lineage at least four generations back. Plus, the breeders offer all the necessary health certifications and genetic tests, guaranteeing Boston’s health and well-being.

Read also: Finding a Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder and 16 Questions to Ask, where I also talk about the breed standards.


How Much Does It Cost To Adopt a Boston Terrier?

Alternatively, you can always consider adoption.

Indeed you may have your mind set on a pup, but with a bit of patience, you will be able to find a young BT puppy to bring home!

There are many Boston Terriers looking for a new home. So, if you are open to older dogs, mixed-breeds or purebreds with a previous history… You could find a great BT at a reputable rescue centre, especially if you check breed-specific rescue groups.

The price, as you can imagine, is much lower. The adoption cost can cost as little as $100 to $350. In the U.K., the price is around £275. Sometimes it can go up to $500 for a puppy.

Reputable rescue groups will make sure that the dog you want to take home is healthy, neutered or spayed, microchipped, up to date with vaccinations and free of parasites too.

Sometimes, they are able to tell you about the dog’s background or hold paperwork.

It depends on how the doggie came to their care. Strays won’t have previous records, but if a family had to surrender their pooch due to illness, for instance, they might provide pedigree and vet records.

Rescue Boston Terriers, like puppies, are not for everyone. It’s a very personal choice. So take your time before making a choice.

Read also: How to Adopt a Boston Terrier and What to Look For, which includes a breed-specific rescue group list.


Where Is the Best Place to Buy a Boston Terrier Pup?

Buying a Boston Terrier can definitely be expensive. Here are some options with their pros and cons:

Reputable Rescue Centres


  • The cheapest option.
  • Dogs are microchipped and neutered/spayed.
  • Parasite free and up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • They have a range of Bostons and will help you to get a good match.


  • Very difficult to get a 12 weeks old puppy.
  • No background history in most cases.
  • No AKC registration.
  • No past health records in most cases.

Craigslist and Other Online Sites 


  • The cheapest option for a puppy.


  • No AKC registration.
  • The ads look too good to be true.
  • Not a reputable place to buy a healthy dog.
  • Puppies come from puppy mills or backyard breeders.
  • The pup will likely have health issues.

Pet Stores


  • Medium price option, although sometimes as high as breeders’ price.


  • No AKC registration.
  • Puppies come from puppy mills, where dogs are bred in large quantities in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.
  • Probably Boston Terrier pups are not socialized properly or may have some health problems.

Reputable Breeders


  • AKC registration.
  • Purebred certification.
  • Health and genetic test certifications.
  • Welcome Back Program.
  • Microchipped.
  • Parasite free and up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Healthy and well-balanced puppies that are properly socialized.


  • Usually, the most expensive option.

Final Thoughts

It is possible to get a healthy purebred Boston Terrier around $1,000 from a reputable breeder. However, it will take a fair amount of research, patience and maybe a car drive to get your Boston! But it’s totally worth it! 😉

Once you get your Boston pup, consider getting dog insurance. Petplan pet insurance, for instance, covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Boston Terrier inherits her dad’s bad eyes or her mom’s patchy coat, you’re covered.

Finally, don’t forget to consider the cost of owning a Boston Terrier. Until now, I just talked about the initial cost of buying a Boston.

Next, have a look at What Is The Annual Cost of Owning a Boston Terrier? blog post to find out more!

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