Top 12 Most Expensive Cat Breeds In The World: Savannah vs Bengal

catCats are certainly among those animals that dominate the modern world, as indicated by many cat videos that have proliferated and been shared countless times over the Internet. And there is no denying that a significant portion of the world’s population are cat lovers. In fact, there are a lot of people who are into cats so much that they are willing to shell out thousands of dollars just to get them as pets.

Listed below are 12 of the most expensive cat breeds in the world. Some of them are so high maintenance that only the rich can afford to keep them while a few can get by with the right amount of TLC and good cat food. Are you feeling your inner Egyptian or you bursting with feline love? Then you better check these cat breeds out.

12. Ocicat – $800

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In 1964, the first Ocicat was produced as a result of an experimental interbreeding between Abyssinian, Siamese, and American Shorthair. While the breeders were aiming to produce an Abypoint Siamese, the result was a spotted kitten that resembled an ocelot. Ocicats have fascinated cat fanciers because of their wild and untamed look, athletic build, and a lovely, predictable disposition, common traits of domestic cats.

11. Maine Coon – $1,000

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A native feline from New England, the Maine Coon is known for its mouse hunting abilities, its sturdiness against the harsh cold weather of the US Northeast region, and its shaggy coat, fluffy tail and large, tufted ears. While large and intimidating, Maine Coons have a kind disposition and are noted for their intelligence.

10. British Shorthair – $800 to $1,000

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Affectionate, adaptable, and attached to their masters, British Shorthairs are lovable to watch. They are also sociable and can get along with every member of the household as well as other pets, although they do not like being carried.

The origin of the British shorthair can be traced back to the domestic cats of the Roman Empire. Initially prized for its strength and hunting skills, now they tend to be a bit clumsy. The first of the British Shorthairs were produced from street cats in the United Kingdom. Refinements and hard work from breeders soon resulted in a strong breed that is resilient to diseases and other health related issues.

9. American Wirehair – $1,200

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No other cat breed is more American than the American Wirehair. The breed began as a spontaneous mutation in a litter of farm cats in upstate New York and was discovered in 1966. What separates the American Wirehair from the other breeds is their wirehaired coat.

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American Wirehairs are found to be more resilient to diseases and are easy to care for, making them a heavy favorite among serious cat breeders and casual cat lovers alike.

8. American Curl – $1,200

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Playful and affectionate, the American Curl is truly a popular breed among cat fanciers and feline pet owners. It’s distinctive curling ears and expressive eyes are just a couple of its indicative traits, although medium-sized rectangular body and silky flat-lying coat are also attributes that are uniquely theirs.

The breed originates from a stray longhaired black female cat with funny ears that came to move in with Joe and Grace Ruga in Lakewood, California back in 1981. “Shulamith”, as she was called, is the original American curl from which all American curls can trace their origins.

7. Russian Blue – $3,000

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What immediately attracts any person to this feline variant is its sparkling, silvery blue coat and a pair of brilliant green eyes. But it is the Russian Blue’s intelligence and playful disposition that makes it the perfect cat for any household.

Loyal to their owners, the Russian Blue are very sensitive to the moods of their masters and adapt quickly. They love spending time with their owners although the breed displays a certain degree of shyness towards strangers. They aren’t high maintenance cats but they can be quite expensive.

6. Scottish Fold – $3,000

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The first known Scottish Fold was discovered at a farm near Coupar Angus in the Tayside Region of Scotland, Northwest of Dundee in 1961. William Ross, the shepherd who saw the cat, asked the owners for a kitten and proceeded to develop the breed.

The unique and indicative feature of the Scottish Fold cat is its ears.They fold forward and downward, giving the cat’s face a “pixie,” “owl,” or “teddy bear” look that gravitated many American cat fanciers.

5. Sphynx – $3,000

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It can’t be argued that the Sphynx main and unusual feature is its hairlessness, a natural genetic mutation that became the foundation of a very strong and healthy breed. The first record of the Sphynx comed from 1966 in Toronto, Canada, when a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten.

Although hairless, the Sphynx breed is very resilient and only has a few serious health or genetic issues. As pets, Sphynx cats are playful, loyal, and love human attention. That said, they also socialize with other pets such as dogs and other breeds of cats.

4. Peterbald – $5,000

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An elegant breed originating from Russia, the Peterbald cat can be hairless or possess a coat that feels like a peach. Other peterbalds may feature velvety coats while some may have hair that feel like a man’s bristly beard.

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The first documentation of the Peterbald comes from 1988 when a cat with an unusual coat was reported. Soon after, Peterbalds were exported all over Europe. These cats have a muscular build and are delightful as pets.

3. Persian – $5,500

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While many say that Persian cats came from Persia (present day Iran), historical evidence suggests that the breed have been around hundreds of years before Christ. Known for their luxurious long hair and open pansy-like faces, Persian cats have a sweet and gentle personality although they can easily adjust and adapt to a boisterous household.

Persian cats are delightful to look at, especially with their expressive eyes. Their playful nature is also a good source of joy for their masters. However, maintenance needs to be thorough and intricate as their long coat presents potential drawbacks of tangles and hairballs.

2. Bengal – $25,000

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Bengal cats may look feral but they are ideal feline pets for those who desire exotic looking cats. This breed features a large muscular build and spotted coat. Although the Bengal cat is a domesticated animal, its ancestor is a small, wild Asian leopard cat that was crossed with domestic shorthairs.

Bengal cats are highly intelligent and active felines, making them fun pets. That said, they can be quite challenging to keep as well. They are very inquisitive and would hang from chandeliers, play with switches, and jump in aquariums to satisfy their curiosity.

1. Savannah – $50,000

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The cross between the wild African serval cat and a domestic Persian cat, the Savannah cat was first produced in 1986 by Bengal breeder Judee Frank. The breed soon became popular and was accepted by breeder associations in the mid 90s.

Savannah cats are very loyal and can be compared to dogs in that regard. They are also sociable with other pets and strangers if exposed at an early age. Savannah cats that are not accustomed to seeing strangers revert to hissing and growling.

Savannah cats are very strong and possess unique jumping ability that allows them to leap on top of doors, refrigerators and high cabinets. They are very active, playful, and curious too.

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2 Comments »

  • Louise says:

    My Savannah is just as described here minus the hissing….I have never heard him hiss but he has a mean growl and a very fast and high jump. He jumps from a standstill right over my fence in one

  • Stephanie Kilian says:

    One thing, do not get a Bengal if you want a quiet cat. My cat carries on conversation with me, and often with himself. He has a LOUD meow. Louder than domestic cats.

    He is by far the most loving cat we have ever had, he follows his “Daddy” everywhere.

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