Most Expensive Cat Breeds in the World

by Sarah Cage

Cats are special and priceless creatures in the eyes of cat lovers. They are high on the list of pets found in an average American household. This is because they are smart, beautiful, loyal and friendly to the extent that humans love to keep them. Just like dogs, cats have different breeds and each comes with unique traits.

Cats are wonderful pets and very popular in the United States but have you ever wondered how much it will cost to get one? The cost of cats can be influenced by several factors and the major factor is their kind of breed.

In this guide, I will like to introduce you to some of the most expensive cat breeds in the world. It will also give you an idea about the price range of each breed.

Most Expensive Cat Breeds in the World

Here is a breakdown of some of the most expensive cat breeds in the world;

Savannah Cat

Savannah Cat (source: pawsome)
Savannah Cat (source: pawsome)
  • Price Range: $20,000 - $50,000
  • Traits: Smart | Agile | Energetic | Curious

A Savannah is a special cat breed that has the traits of an African Serval. These cats are sleek, strong and way taller than most other cat breeds. Savannahs are hybrids of the Persian domestic cat and wild African Servals which explains why they are so smart and energetic. They have a smoke and golden coat color.

The price of Savannahs are determined by their gender and classification. This means that the price of a male Savannah will be quite different from the price of a female Savannah. There are 5 types of Savannah cat breed. They are classified as;

  • F1 Savannah : These cats are 50% Serval.
  • F2 Savannah : These cats are 37.5% Serval.
  • F3 Savannah : These cats are 12.5% Serval.
  • F4 Savannah : These cats are 15% Serval.
  • F5 Savannah : These cats are 11% Serval.

The "leopard-like spotted pattern" is what distinguish Savannahs from other cat breeds. They are difficult to find which makes them very expensive.

Ashera Cat

Ashera Cat (source: pinterest)
Ashera Cat (source: pinterest)
  • Price Range: $50,000 - $125,000
  • Traits: Loyal | Energetic | Affectionate | Intelligent

The Ashera cat is the most expensive cat breed in the world. Some of them are sold for over a hundred thousand US dollars. They are crossbreeds of domestic cats, African Serval and Asian Leopards. They are very rare and full of life.

Asheras have wildcat traits and a good example of such trait is their coat pattern that looks like that of a Snow Leopard. They don't produce kittens in large quantity which makes it difficult to get one. From research, they can be compared to F1 Savannahs. One amazing personality about this cat breed is their loyalty to their owners. The astronomical price tag makes them very valuable.

Persian Cat

Persian Cat (source: AAHA)
Persian Cat (source: AAHA)
  • Price Range: $3,000 - $6,000
  • Traits: Gentle | Adaptable | Playful | Affectionate

This is one of the most popular cat breeds in the United States. An average cat lover knows about the Persian cat breed. They have a flat pansy-like face similar to that of a "Pekingese dog" and they come in different colors. This cat breed have a shorter life span when compared to other cat breeds but that doesn't stop breeders and cat lovers sorting after them. There are different types of Persian;

  • Doll Face Persian
  • Teacup Persian
  • Peke-Face Persian
  • Chinchilla Persian
  • Exotic Shorthair Persian

These cats have a long fur and comes in different body shape. Their origin was traced back to the 19th century but some quarters believe they've been on earth way before Christ. Their beautiful longhair and expressive eyeballs makes them very unique. Finally, the breed requires extra care because of their fluffy hair.

Bengal Cat

Bengal Cat (source: cattime)
Bengal Cat (source: cattime)
  • Price Range: $10,000 - $25,000
  • Traits: Energetic | Affectionate | Social | Playful

Bengal cats were discovered in the early 1930s with research proving that they are of "feral origin" and are specifically known for their muscular build. This cat breed is a special hybrid of domestic shorthair cats and the Asian Leopard cats.

Bengal cats can be wild in behavior but they do love to play. Due to their wild nature, they find it difficult to blend easily with humans but more comfortable around other pets like dogs. They are also good for breeding purpose.

The kittens looks beautiful with their spotted coat and are quiet expensive. Bengals are very active and inquisitive which makes them jump easily on high furniture and chandeliers with skillful antics. You have to watch them closely.

American Wirehair Cat

American Wirehair Cat (vetstreet)
American Wirehair Cat (vetstreet)
  • Price Range: $1,200 - $2,500
  • Traits: Skillful | Clownish | Outgoing | Adaptable

This American cat breed are physically attractive due to their round-shaped ears and head. They have pretty cheekbones and appears to have a rounded tipped tails. They are products of spontaneous mutation in the late 1960s. The feline appears to have a unique wirehaired coats which gives them a different look.

The crimped air on their body makes them easy to maintain. These breed stands out when it comes to hunting down inferior animals. They are also cool around children and dogs but scare away rodents and birds. Cat lovers and breeders love these cat breed because they are resilient to any form of disease.

American Wirehair have a good nature and can easily adapt to new environments. Their athletic attribute is one special trait that makes people pay huge amount of money to buy them. They are quite smart and open to welcome visitors in your home. Therefore, you don't have to worry when planning to invited friends over.

Scottish Fold Cat

Scottish Fold Cat
Scottish Fold Cat
  • Price Range: $1,500 - $3,000
  • Traits: Energetic | Social | Happy | Attention-Lover

The Scottish Fold is a cat breed that has been in existence since 1960s. This is a cat breed that was discovered in Scotland by a shepherd known as William Ross.

This breed was then groomed to produce a kitten which lead to the widespread of the specie today. The unique trait about this cat breed is the folded ears that tends to fold downwards or backwards. This is a major trademark that distinguish them from other breeds. They can appear dull due to their facial expression but they do have an exciting personality that makes them seek for attention.

Furthermore, these breed of cats love to socialize with people around them and also appears to be very agile and energetic. The only worry with this breed is their degenerative joint tissue. However, they can be managed with special attention.

Peterbald Cat

Peterbald Cat (caster)
Peterbald Cat (caster)
  • Price Range: $2,000 - $5,000
  • Traits: Active | Loving | Peaceful | Affectionate

This cat belongs to a special cat breed family that has no hair but are large in size. These cats are very active and have a plush velvet coat color. The hairless gene is very dominant in this breed and it makes them appear naked at first glance.

Peterbald cats are Russian breed with their coat coming in different varieties and can change several times over their lifetime. These cats are playful and also loves showing affection which is the major reason why they co-exist easily with other pets. They can become highly vocal and muscular in their build.

They were first spotted in the late 1980s in Russia but the breed is very popular across Europe now. They are wonderful pets but their skin can be very sensitive. So it's important to reduce outdoor activities because of sunburn and also ensure you keep watch over them when they're around children.

Sphynx Cat

Sphynx Cat (source: petfinder)
Sphynx Cat (source: petfinder)
  • Price Range: $1,200 - $3,000
  • Traits: Resilient | Loyal | Playful | Social

This is another hairless cat breed that was bred in the 1960s. They have similar traits to dogs and are capable of relating closely with humans.

Sphynx cats are very expensive because they are always in high demand and it's quite tough to breed them. Their lack of flur makes them prone to some diseases, so extra care is required if you own one. They are rare exotic cats that should be protected from sunburn and skin infections. Always keep them warm as well.

These cat breed are so expensive because they are purebreds and difficult to find.

Russian Blue Cat

Russian Blue Cat (source: caster)
Russian Blue Cat (source: caster)
  • Price Range: $2,000 - $3,000
  • Traits: Smart | Social | Playful | Reserved

This cat has a very attractive blue eyeballs as well as a silvery blue coat. These felines origin can be traced back to a city in Russia known as Archangel. Russian Blue cat breed loves to socialize within their environment but can be quite shy when they meet strangers. They are low maintenance pets but can be expensive to buy, especially their kittens. A kitten can be sold for $2,000 to $3,000 USD.

They are very smart and playful which makes the breed a perfect household pet.

Russian Blue is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world as they were discovered in the late 1870s. They are happy pets despite their cold personality.


Most Expensive Cat Breeds in the World
Most Expensive Cat Breeds in the World

The list of cat breeds are endless but I have chosen to discuss about the most expensive ones in this article. This will give you an idea about how much you need to budget for when planning to buy one. Kindly tell us about some of your favorite cat breeds in the comment section.

About Sarah Cage

Sarah Cage is an accomplished education writer known for her insightful and engaging work in the field. With a passion for empowering students and teachers alike, she has made a significant impact through her thought-provoking articles and research papers.

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