06 August 2005 @ 08:41 pm
I'm trying to find a boston, for under $500. I live in Virginia, I don't really believe in shipping a dog across the country, so I'd be willing to travel up to five hours for one. Anyone know of any dogs in the VA area?
A mass of walking contradictions: bad dognickitty on August 6th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Try your local shelters, or Boston rescues. Petfinder, etc.
greenpansiesgreenpansies on August 6th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
i LIVE in Boston and found a ton in the classifieds section of the news paper. they were all over $800, but that's because everything is rediculously overpriced up here.

call your local vet for some breeder names!
know all your enemieskelliee on August 6th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
i found this one in your state...


only $400. but you have to buy an upgraded account to contact the seller. its only 5.99 though.

not that you care or anything, but i saw some really cute 3/4 pug 1/4 boston mixes for sale in VA. they looked like the traditional fawn pugs with brindle in them. they were 375. heres a picture:

opal_pinkopal_pink on August 6th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
Use the Breeder referal service offered by the Boston Terrier Club of America. See here: http://bostonterrierclubofamerica.org/referral.html That's your best bet if you want to avoid backyard breeders and puppy milled dogs! My friend bought one over an internet site and it has alot of health problems-with the initial purchase price of the dog being way less than the price of her veterinarian bills she had to pay during the first month of owning the dog. There's also Boston Terrier rescue, West Virginia: http://www.bthaven.org/ 304-864-3460
Kristenewitskristen on August 7th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
For your price range I would say try shelters, or www.petfinder.com. You can search by location, and even breed!

The reason I say "for your price range" is that a Boston under $500 may not be from the best breeder, and since Bostons are prone to certain genetic health problems, it really doesn't pay to settle for a breeder who sells their dogs cheaper. You might pay $300 for the puppy, then of course you have routine health care, but say they have luxating patellas? The surgery to fix that can cost up to $2,000! So it COULD end up being more expensive for you in the long run. With a shelter, chances are any major health problem like that is at least identified so you can try to steer clear or that, and they are almost always up to date on all shots AND spayed/neutered and it's all included in the adoption fee (that varies from state to state and shelter to shelter). As an example I adopted my first pure bred Boston when he was 2 for $100 and he came up to date on shots and neutered! And of course he was house broken and mostly trained. You can't beat that!

Good luck in whatever you decide is right for you!!! I hope I didn't come across too preachy or anything, I know this is a sensitive subject with a lot of people (rescue vs. breeder), but I just wanted to share my experience and two cents. Good luck!
Jamiejamie_marie on August 7th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
I agree. :)
know all your enemieskelliee on August 7th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
i agree with this also.

but, also note that just because a breeder is selling the pup for a lot doesnt mean its good quality either. i've seen puppy mill people sell their dogs for as much as a good quality breeder because they know they can get that amount of money for it, so they can make some profit.

true breeders dont make bank on breeding dogs. honest breeders sell their puppies for just enough money cover the cost of the pup, maybe a little bit more for the "work" it takes to raise a litter of puppies. which is generally not cheap. most bostons need to have a c-section because of the puppies fat heads, but this is not always the case. a lot of times it sounds like the person is selling the dog for a lot, but if you take into consideration the money the breeder spent in order for the pup to make it into your hands, its very reasonable.

if you want to know more, check this site out: http://www.adoptananimal.ca/whyadopt/cost-breeding.php

i remember someone posted a website a while ago sort of like that one, but it was boston specific. the mom had 3 puppies and one of them died at birth. later on, another puppy died. the c-section was 2,000 or so (prenatal care was like 700 or something, i think). plus, she had to give the puppy its shots and everything. so if she wanted to make a profit, she would have to sell that one puppy for over 3000, which most people wouldnt pay.

you really just have to "play it by ear" and ask whoever you're planning on getting your dog from some questions. check to see if they have like 50 other dogs for sale. if they do, dont buy from them even if it is cheap. it will cost you in the long run. only buy from a breeder that guarantees their dogs (the longer the better). some breeders will even buy their dogs back if you can no longer keep them.

also note that a lot of genetic diseases and other issues dont show up until the dog is about 1 1/2 - 2 years old or so. with an older dog you'll know if it has any issues like that.

all in all, a shelter is probably the best bet, and it will be cheaper than $400, for sure. most of the time bostons are only in there because people have kids and dont want the dog anymore, or they "dont have time" for them. it happens all the time.
opal_pinkopal_pink on August 7th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
I agree as well. My friend got one "cheap"-and the poor thing has no hip joint! Not to mention that it nearly died of kennel cough initially. A real responsible breeder there, I tell ya.