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How Much Do Boston Terriers Cost? (Updated in 2024)

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Dogster Team

Portrait of a Boston Terrier dog in a cozy home interior on an autumn day

How Much Do Boston Terriers Cost? (Updated in 2024)

It’s no secret that the main factor that influences the cost of adopting a dog is the type of breed. Some breeds are cheap primarily because they are readily available, while others are cost-prohibitive due to their rare nature.

The Boston Terrier, aptly dubbed the “American Gentleman” is not an expensive breed. Then again, that’s relative considering what’s affordable for one person might not be accessible for the other.

The price for a Boston Terrier is approximately $100–$300 when adopting one and $1,500–$4,000 when buying one. Expect to pay a monthly price of $120–$300 when taking care of a Boston Terrier.

If you’ve been planning to adopt one of these dogs, these are the costs to budget for.

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Bringing Home a New Boston Terrier: One-Time Costs

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The Boston Terrier is a popular breed in the US. And popular breeds are generally easy to find if you’re interested in adopting one. But seeing as we want you to be informed, we still have to give you a breakdown of the initial costs of acquisition:

Free

The Boston Terrier is a special kind of breed, with a rich history. Very few people will be willing to give one away for free unless they have no other option. So don’t keep your hopes up, as the probability of finding one for free is low.

And by “free” we mean you won’t have to spend a dime, since there is no paperwork involved in the process. The one piece of advice that we’d like to give you is; once the transfer is complete, go straight to your vet.

They have to conduct a medical examination to be sure that everything’s working the way they are supposed to, and that there are no underlying medical conditions.

Adoption

  • $100–$300

The probability of finding a rescue is higher than that of finding a free pup. However, there’s a very strong possibility that the pup won’t be in the best of shape, given shelters are often overwhelmed due to limited resources. The charge is usually minimal though, just enough to cover the cost of caring for the dog while waiting for a home.

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Breeder

  • $1,500–$4,000

Most Boston Terrier breeders in the US can be found through the Boston Terrier Club of America site. It’s a user-friendly website with a search engine that requires users to key in a specific zip code, to find the nearest breeder in their location.

We’re obligated to remind you that BTCA does NOT provide certifications for breeders who can be found through their website. Therefore, you have to take it upon yourself to investigate whether or not you’re looking at a genuine practice that’s been certified by our American Kennel Club.

If you’re lucky to find someone reputable with a vast wealth of experience, they’ll most likely charge you a pretty penny for their services.

Initial Setup and Supplies

  • $335–$495

The Boston Terrier prefers to live the minimalist lifestyle—they are very comfortable living with very few toys. The most significant cost is definitely going to be that of neutering or spaying your dog.

List of Boston Terrier Care Supplies and Costs

Items Cost
Food & Water Bowls $5–$10
Carrier $30–$45
Puzzles $15–$35
Grooming Brush $5–$10
Clippers $5–$10
Doggy Bed $20–$35
Dental Cleaning Items $150–$350
Microchip $40–$60
Neuter/Spaying $140–$300
ID Tag & Collar $10–$20

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How Much Does a Boston Terrier Cost Per Month?

  • $75–$200 per month

Given their undemanding nature, the Boston Terrier will only bug you when they feel like you’re not giving them enough attention. We’re talking about a breed that doesn’t care about being pampered, as long as they get cuddles now and then, food, and a little playtime. They are also low maintenance in the grooming department.

Boston terrier with a happy face and parched tongue posing
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Health Care Costs

  • $75–$150 per month

Even though they fall under the brachycephalic category, these dogs are surprisingly healthier than other breeds. But to prevent sickness and allergies, you have to offer them high-quality food that guarantees the recommended daily intake of nutrients and minerals. And don’t forget about exercise, as this will ensure that they get their daily doses of mental and physical stimulation.

Cost of Food

  • $30–$40 per month

Speaking of food, an adult Boston Terrier is supposed to consume no more than 1¾ cups of dry food per day. Considering their consumption rates, a 30-pound bag of dog food should be enough to feed them for 8 weeks.

Grooming Costs

  • $5–$45 per month

Boston Terrier coats are short and neat, making them low maintenance. Anyone with little experience in the dog grooming business can get the job done, as they’ll only have to ensure their teeth are brushed twice a week, their coats brushed daily, and their ears cleaned at least once a week.

Not having a thick long coat means you don’t have to bathe them often, and the nails can be clipped during their bathing days. You’ll only find yourself spending $45 per appointment if you prefer getting them groomed by a professional.

Medication & Vet Visits

  • $15–$30

While this breed is not susceptible to many inherited conditions, you can never be too sure about anything. Even if you believe that your Terrier is healthy, get them checked at least once a year, and don’t forget about their initial vaccinations.

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Pet Insurance

  • $30–$50

It’s your responsibility to ensure that your Boston Terrier is well covered against various risks, as accidents happen all the time. The insurance cover will take care of the medical bills in the event they develop a serious condition down the road, or if there’s an incident that ends up forcing them to go in for an emergency surgery.

Environment Maintenance

  • $2–$10 per month

The Boston Terrier is not an outdoorsy breed. They prefer spending most of their time indoors and thus there are very few environmental maintenance costs. If they feel the need to answer the call of nature, they’ll ask you to take them outside. If you’re walking your pooch in a public place, you’re supposed to pick up the poop using poop bags. Those bags are so cheap that you can find several rolls going for $3.

Entertainment

  • $5–$35

To avoid dealing with a bored dog, go outside and play fetch or another game for a couple of hours. If you’re not in the mood to play, just go for a 30-minute walk. Running is also a good idea, but don’t run for too long. They’ll eventually find it hard to breathe, seeing as they are brachycephalic.

Toys are relatively inexpensive to purchase, and even a simple tennis ball may suffice.

Brindle Boston Terrier Dog Playing
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Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Boston Terrier

  • $120–$300 per month

To be clear, our estimate is on the higher end. We’re confident that you’ll be spending less than $120 per month for the most part, if you don’t have to deal with vet visits due to accidents or unforeseen illnesses.

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Additional Costs to Factor In

Most of the things that we’ve talked about fall under the predictable umbrella. But what about the unpredictable things that nobody tends to see coming? To cater to those costs, even if you don’t know what they are, you should set aside at least $100.

For example, maybe you’re urgently needed at your place of work and all your family members are caught up somewhere else. That’s where the extra cash comes in. You could hire a dog sitter to take care of them while you’re away. Normally, they charge $30 or less per day.

Owning a Boston Terrier on a Budget

The good news is, you don’t have to think much about the recurring costs if you own a Boston Terrier and you’ve already taken care of the initial expenses. Food and insurance will be your two main expenses. And if you got the pup from an ethical breeder who’s certified, you also don’t have to be too concerned about your dog’s health status.

boston terrier posing in the park
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Saving Money on Boston Terrier Care

This might sound counterintuitive, but the best way to save money is by being willing to spend it. Instead of buying cheap dog food, go for high-quality options that promise to provide your furry pal with all the essential nutrients and minerals.

If you keep on feeding your dog poor quality food, they could eventually develop a deficiency or an illness that will require vet intervention—needless to say, it’s likely going to cost a lot of money.

Toys are cheap but the Boston Terrier doesn’t care too much about them. Just go outside and run for a little bit or walk for a while. You can also organize pet play dates with other dog parents to make the whole experience fun. Remember, happiness usually translates to good health.

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Conclusion

The American Gentleman is one of the best family pets out there. This breed is gentle, has a calm temperament, and is cost-effective in the long run. You’ll be glad to learn that they aren’t susceptible to illnesses that cost a fortune to treat. Just don’t get one from breeders who have questionable reputations, as you might find yourself regretting it later on. Shelters are also a good place to start looking.


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