Expensive Breeds of Dogs and Cats

BENGAL

These cats are a cross between domestic cats and the Asian leopard cat (a small wildcat). Bengals have been around for about 100 years. Kittens can cost thousands of dollars.

TIBETAN MASTIFF

This large dog came from the mountains of central Asia where they share their lives with nomadic tribes. They were used for protection.

LOWCHEN (German for “little lion”)

Lowchens are one of the rarest dog breeds in the world. Originally from Europe, they were bred for the lords and ladies 400 years ago. A Lowchen puppy will set you back a few thousand dollars.

KHAO MANEE

Originated in Thailand. Khao Manees are pure white and usually have two different colored eyes. They didn’t receive any export “papers” from Thailand until 1999.

CANADIAN ESKIMO

These hard workers pull the sleds of Canada’s Inuit population in the Arctic. Eskimo dogs have extremely thick coats to survive those brutal winter temperatures. When the Inuits turned more to snowmobiles during the 1950s and 60s, Eskimo dogs were nearly eliminated. In the 1970s, the Eskimo Dog Research Foundation bought, bred and saved the last remaining dogs.

SAVANNAH

Savannahs are hybrids of domestic cats and servals (a small African wildcat). They were first bred in the mid-1980s and have quickly become a popular pet choice. You can have one too — if you shell out at least $5,000!

EGYPTIAN PHARAOH HOUND

Egyptian Pharaoh Hounds were used as companions for Maltan hunters. They are strong, athletic and independent and rarely found outside of Malta. If you really want an Egyptian Pharaoh Hound, you’re going to be paying at least five grand.

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One thought on “Expensive Breeds of Dogs and Cats

  1. When showing my cats at shows all over, I still hear such talks, for people don’t know Bengal cats. On the contrary, they may have heard of homegrown mini-leopards, but have never seen them. And those who have, have also heard about the myths concerning their ‘bad temper’ or even ‘aggressive behavior.’ Add to it all the relatively high cost for kittens (among the top 10 according to the Forbes magazine) and you get a lot of misinformed people.

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