At Pets Best, we know that owning a pet comes with a lot of expenses, which is why we offer pet insurance for dogs and cats. Some pets however, come with an incredibly high price tag just to own. The following are 14 of the most expensive pets from around the world.
This cat is one of the newer hybrid breeds, made by mating a domestic shorthaired cat with an Asian Leopard Cat. The goal of this cross is to create a cat with the disposition of a domestic cat, and exotic appearance of a wild cat. These cats are most expensive when they are about three generations removed from the original breed, which is the time when their appearance and demeanor are perfectly balanced.
The Snow Macaque, also known as the Japanese Macaque, is the most northern-living non-human primate. They have grey fur, a short tail and red faces, palms, soles, and bottoms. These primates are considered to be very intelligent; besides humans and raccoons they are the only known mammals that wash food before consuming it. Unfortunately, the Snow Macaque is currently considered a threatened species, and special licenses and permits are required to own one of these animals.
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The natural habitat of the Squirrel Monkey is the tropical forests of Central and South America, although they can survive quite easily as pets. It is rare for these animals to grow any bigger than 2 pounds. Like most primates, Squirrel Monkeys are very intelligent, what sets them apart is their social and affectionate personalities.
These toy dogs are popular for their unique looks and entertaining personalities. They grow to be about 10-13 pounds, have soft hair-less bodies and tufts of hair on their paws, tail, and head. These dogs are energetic and playful, making them great family pets. The most famous Chinese Crested Dog was Sam, who was crowned the world's ugliest dog from 2003-2005.
With price tags up to $5,000, the Bulldog is considered the most expensive breed of dog. The reasoning behind their price is quite simple, it costs a lot to breed and raise bulldogs. With their awkward body structure and heavy weight, male bulldogs cannot naturally mount females, and artificial insemination is required for breeding. It's also almost always necessary to deliver bulldog pups with a caesarian section, due to the large size of the puppies' heads. Bulldogs are also known for having stillborns and unintentionally harming their puppies by squashing them. All of these medical issues require a lot of special attention and veterinary costs. Bulldog owners say they're well worth the cost as they are on of the most docile, friendly and loyal breeds of dog.
This primate originated in the tropical forests of West Africa, but like the Squirrel Monkey, can adapt to almost any environment. Despite the prevalence of this species, several licenses and permits are required before one can be taken in as a pet.
These cats are a mix between a domestic house cat and a Serval (an African wild cat). Savannah's usually grow to be between 10-25 pounds, but have been reported to reach 40. Savannah cats, don't just look exotic, they have much more agility, and intelligence than their domestic counterparts. Their personalities are often compared to that of dogs, friendly, assertive, and loyal. Also like dogs, they can be trained to walk on a leash and play fetch.
This Monkey was discovered in Central African swamp lands, and is best suited for warm climates. Due to the fact that they are excellent hiders, there is no accurate count of the species, but they are not believed to be threatened. When young, Debrazza's Monkeys are docile and affectionate, however, as they mature they can become territorial and unpredictable.
Pythons have always been popular pets, and come in many different species, sizes and with unique markings. One of the most sought after markings is a continuous yellow dorsal stripe. Currently, only one breeder sells these snakes.
The Hyacinch Macaw of South America is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species in existence. It has solid blue feathers, and grows to be anywhere from 3-4 pounds. Unfortunately, their popularity as pets has taken a toll on their numbers in the wild, which is one of the reasons their captivity prices are so high.
Reticulated Pythons are some of the longest snakes in the world. In addition to their length, this type of python exhibits a co-dominant tiger pattern, which is extraordinarily rare.
The first python with these markings was found in Africa in 2003. Instead of the traditional white coloring of albino snakes, these snakes have a light lavender color. The snake's eyes are a deep ruby red.
Chimpanzees have been kept as pets for centuries, starting in African villages and spreading to Europe and America. They are very intelligent and closely related to humans. They grow to be just over 100 pounds and can live up to 60 years in captivity (many times outliving their owners). Not all states allow people to keep chimpanzees as pets, and those that do require that you have exotic animal permits and licenses.
These white lions are not albino, instead they exhibit a rare recessive gene. They are extremely rare in the wild, but have begun to be bred in captivity. There are currently several white lion cub breeders worldwide. Unfortunately, due to excessive inbreeding, many white lions have severe health issues, and some don't even remain white as they mature.
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