How to Choose A Boston Terrier Puppy

You are going to have your Boston Terrier friend for a long time, so choosing your Boston puppy is not only fun but may be a daunting task. Boston’s live for up to 14 to 16 years. When you choose a Boston puppy, you may be choosing this dog for the rest of the years your children are living at home.

How to Choose A Boston Terrier Puppy. Boston Terrier Society.
Bella in my lap heading to training for the Army. Only a few months old.

A Boston Terrier is such a cute little puppy, how can you choose just one? 

Although the black-and-white Boston is the best-known variety, the breed allows for some dark colors – including a distinctive brindle. What these sweet dogs share is a unique look: an adorable mug with a square jawline and upright ears that are sometimes cropped but are best left to stand on their own.

When you go to the shelter or to the breeder where the Boston Terriers are being sold, you should take some time to watch the dogs. Also, take your time to hold the puppies and see how they react. That is always a good idea.

Strategies Recommended for Choosing a Boston Terrier Puppy

1. Talk to the Breeder about papers. 

If you want a pure-bred Boston Terrier, make sure the papers are in order. Some people are perfectly happy with a Boston mix, but others want a pure Boston. The difference may be in appearance, price, temperament, and intelligence. Although most Terrier mixes are great dogs. A Boston Terrier will cost anywhere from $300 to 1500 on up. Make sure if you pay on the upper end, the papers are in order. The price actually can be more if the dog is genetically tested and has full registration for breeding and showing.

2. Check on Guarantees about Health

Your breeder should be able to tell you if there are guarantees about health. Some breeders will give a specific month time frame for those guarantees. 

3. Features

Scrutinize your pet’s features. Does he or she look alert, energetic, and intelligent? Is the pup’s body dense and solid with a short, flat, wrinkle-free head? Is the coat short, brindle or seal or black and white? And does the little dog seem worth taking home from an official inspection point of view? 

4. Screening

Check to see if your potential dog has been screened for any possible future health problems such as cataracts, skin tumors, or hyperthyroidism.

5. Questions About the Breeder

Make sure the breeder is not a participant in a puppy mill. See if they belong to any professional or obedience clubs. Ask for references. Also, ask to see the mother of the pup. This is important. Check on the time frame for how long to take the puppy home. Good breeders do not release pups until they are 9 to 12 weeks old.

More Considerations When Choosing a Boston Terrier

  • When choosing a Boston Terrier puppy, or any puppy for that matter, make sure you are ready for a full-time commitment. All puppies, no matter what the breed, is a ton of work. Boson Terriers have a reputation of being easier to potty train because they are so intelligent, but an adult still has to be in charge of the training. 
  • Be ready to go on walks every day with your Boston Terrier. 
  • Your Boston Terrier also needs to exercise her mind. They love to have challenging dog toys. Also, try to make a home-made obstacle course. Teach your Boston to go through the course. 
  • Boston’s are an indoor dog. Boston Terriers do not handle extreme weather; you can not make these dogs outdoor animals due to their thin coat.
  • Be ready to provide socialization with other dogs and other people. It is best to introduce your Boston to other dogs and people at an early age. This will help your Boston become socialized and be a better companion and better all-around friendly pet. 

Boston Terriers are a Good Choice

When you are choosing your Boston Terrier puppy, this is a fun and happy time. Take the family and make it a day, because your Boston will soon be a new family member. We bought Bella our Boston back in 2009 as a little tiny puppy from a great breeder in Missouri for $350.00. It was the best puppy decision we ever made!


  • Welton, Michelle. (2018). Buying or Adopting a Boston Terrier. Retrieved on 06.01.2019.
  • Baker, Sharda. (2019). How to Choose the Right Boston Terrier Puppy. Retrieved on 06.01.2019 from:

Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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