Pet lovers just enjoy spending money on their favorite pets. In 2020, a study showed that Americans spent an average of $1,200 USD on their dogs and $700 on their cats every single year in food, vet care, grooming and toys. And that does not include the cost of the pet itself, which can fetch into the thousands of dollars for rare breeds of dogs, cats and other exotic pets.
What are the most expensive pets in the world? In this post, we will look at the 10 most expensive pets you can buy today. You will see that some people are prepared to pay incredibly high proces to own the pets of their dreams!
Tibetan Mastiff – $1.5 Million USD
A purebred Tibetan mastiff is one of the most expensive dogs that you can buy. Rare Tibetan mastiffs have sold for up to $1.5 million in the past, and even the more common Tibetan mastiffs will sell for thousands of dollars. Now to go along with their hefty price tags, these dogs are absolutely huge! They were originally bred to be guard dogs, but they are very loveable animals if you can afford one.
Show Chinchilla – $24,000 USD
The cost of owning a chinchilla is not that great. For the most part, you can typically get one for between $150 and $400. However, there are certain chinchillas that are bred specifically to be show animals, and they can get rather expensive. Show chinchillas sell at a range of prices, typically starting at a little over $6,000 and going all the way up to $24,000.
Samoyed – $14,000 USD
Samoyeds are another very expensive dog breed. These white fluff balls originate from Siberia, where they were first used to pull sleds and guard reindeer, but now they are a beloved pet in many places across the world. A purebred Samoyed puppy typically costs around $14,000, and then after you bring one home, you do have to consider the cost of upkeep. Their fluffy white fur requires a lot of grooming.
Savannah Cat – $50,000 USD
Savannah cats are a mix between the wild African serval cat and the domestic Persian cat. They were first bred in 1986 and then began to be accepted by breeder associations about ten years later in the mid-1990s. These cats can come in 5 different classifications ranging from an F1 to an F5 based on what percent serval they are. F1s should be around 50% serval and can cost up to $50,000.
Bengal Cat – $25,000 USD
Bengal cats look exotic, but they are completely domesticated. They can be traced back to the 1970s when domestic shorthairs were mated with wild Asian leopards. They are rather large cats, and, personality-wise, they are very smart, active, and curious. The cost of one does depend on a few factors like the cat’s generation, pedigree, and coat, but Bengal cats can be sold for close to $25,000.
Toucan – $8,000 USD
Toucans are most known for their large, beautiful beaks. They are tropical birds that typically live in the rainforest, and they are known for being quite noisy, so they need a lot of space if you are going to keep one as a pet. Nevertheless, people do keep these beautiful birds as pets, and expensive ones at that. Toucans tend to sell for around $8000 a bird.
Hyacinth Macaw – $40,000 USD
Hyacinth Macaws are one of the most sought-after birds, and they are also considered to be endangered in the wild. These birds are absolutely beautiful with their indigo-blue feathers, but they are mostly loved for their high intelligence levels and great personalities. As far as parrots go, these birds are very easy to train, but they are very expensive, both to buy and to care for. The Hyacinth Macaw can cost up to $40,000.
Lavender Albino Ball Python – $40,000 USD
Ball pythons are one of the more common snake species that people keep as pets. However, there are certain morphs (or variations) of ball pythons that are much rarer and, therefore, much more expensive. That is the case with the lavender albino ball python. These snakes have a lavender tint in their skin, gold markings, and bright red eyes, and they tend to cost about $40,000.
Reticulated Python – $50,000 USD
Reticulated pythons are not typical pet snakes because they are known to be quite dangerous. Reticulated pythons can swallowing large animals such as antelopes or baby hippopotamus. While this may sound crazy, they are certainly big enough to do it, as one reticulated python currently holds the record for the longest snake in the world. Nevertheless, a few people still keep these animals as pets, and they tend to sell for between $25,000 and $50,000.
Capuchin Monkey – $8,500 USD
If you see a monkey trained in used in a TV show or movie, it is likely a capuchin monkey because these animals are one of the smartest monkey breeds around. However, they are
known for being a tad bit aggressive at times if provoked. Nevertheless, a lot of pet monkey owners love their capuchins. They typically sell for around $8,500.
While you might not even dream of spending thousands of dollars on a single pet, it is not uncommon for wealthy people to home in their private zoo several exotic or other rare pets that cost several millions of dollars to run every month. The good news is, you don’t have to be a millionaire to own exotic pets – gerbils and hamsters are considered exotic pets, and you could own one for as little as $10 USD!