People love their pets. And we can sometimes go through great personal expense to obtain them. Of course, there are some people with enough money to
Some of these animals, like exotic breeds of dogs, cats and horses, are expected. But our search has revealed a few truly unique and unexpected pets. We’ve narrowed our list down to ten of the most interesting and most expensive pets ever sold. Let’s take a look at them.
10. Bengal Cat
Cats and dogs are by far the most popular pets. Their domestication dates back to early cave dwellers and ancient Egyptians. With so many thousands of years to breed easily trained and family-friendly cats, it may come as a surprise that the most valuable cats are wilder varieties like the Bengal cat. Costing up to $3,000, these are domestic cats interbred with Asian leopard cat hybrids. The end product is a gorgeous, elegant and oversized house cat. Usually, Bengal cats bear the markings of a jaguar. It’s no wonder these cats are so expensive!
9. Mr. Amazing
One of the famous celebrities bought the tiny Pomeranian Mr. Amazing became one of the most expensive pets in 2014 when the LA icon bought him for a tidy $13,000. Purchased from a world-renowned Canadian breeder, this dog represents one of the smallest breeds in the world. Readers will be relieved to know that Mr. Amazing may just be adorable enough to justify the cost.
8. Hyacinth Macaw
Exotic birds fetch a high price. Because of their long lifespans (frequently longer than their owners’) ability to talk and decorative appeal, parrots are highly sought after. The Hyacinth Macaw is one the biggest parrots. It’s beautiful blue coloration and impressive intelligence make it one of the world’s most expensive pets, often costing around $14,000.
7. Stag Beetle
We were surprised to learn how popular bugs are as pets. Apparently, an intricate black market exists to facilitate the illicit buying and selling of exotic critters. Beetles, butterflies, moths, spiders, cockroaches and other creepy crawlers are a huge industry. And a giant in this category is the stag beetle. Costing upwards of $89,000 for a prime specimen, these creatures are prized for their impressive horns and rarity.
6. Arabian Horses
Among the most beautiful and exotic domesticated creatures is the Arabian horse. They are the epitome of elegance, speed and strength. As well as being one of the most expensive pets, they are one of the oldest breeds of horses originating in the Middle East. These majestic creatures are commonly sold for $100,000 or more.
5. Sir Lancelot Encore
Sir Lancelot, a regular ‘ol yellow Labrador retriever, died in 2008 of cancer at age 11. His distraught owners decided that, since the technology existed and they had the funds, Sir Lancelot could be resurrected through modern medicine. Sir Lancelot Encore was cloned from his predecessor in 2009. He was the first commercially cloned dog and made big news. The procedure set his owners back a cool $155,000. But can one really put a price tag on puppy love?
We were shocked too. These seemingly common cliff-dwellers are actually prized in the animal world. In 2009, on prime specimen sold for over $350,000. The Texel Sheep Society considers these to be among the elite of domesticated animals.
3. Miss Missy
This famous Canadian Holstein show cow may be the most expensive cow in the world. She was sold for $1.2 million dollars in 2009 at an auction. Few cows ever sell for such a high price, but Miss Missy has such exquisite genetics that breeders were willing to shell out outrageous sums to have possession of her. She currently lives in Denmark and is helping to improve the Holstein breed.
2. Tibetan Mastiff
People do love their dogs! The Tibetan Mastiff breed was once one of the most expensive pets in the world, but aggressive breeding has brought prices down to the bargain-basement sum of around $2,000. However, this breed made big news in 2011 when a dog appropriately named “Big Splash” sold for $1.5 million. A woman in China reportedly spent $4 million on one of these dogs.
1. The Green Monkey
Last but not least, the American Thoroughbred Racehorse, The Green Monkey sold at auction for a world-record $16 million! To date, he is the world’s most expensive pet. His whimsical name comes from the Green Monkey golf course in Barbados. He comes from an illustrious line of racing horses descended from Northern Dancer, a bay stallion who was one of the most successful breeding horse of the 1900s and one of the most influential horses to ever run the track.