There is an opinion that the fashion for thoroughbred animals appeared relatively recently. This is fundamentally wrong. The desire to emphasize one’s special status with the help of an animal dates back to the dawn of time. But as for cats, they began to be associated with prestige only from the 50s of the XX century.
But an animal is not a luxury car or an expensive smartphone, it needs care and love. Unfortunately, the high cost of a kitten is no guarantee of its happy life.
Before getting a cat, you need to think carefully. When choosing, it is worth focusing not only on external data, but also on character. Animals of different breeds differ in their behavior and attitude towards people.
In this article, we have compiled the 10 most expensive breeds of cats, look at their photos and see the prices for kittens. You can find out what their distinctive features are.
10. Serengeti, up to $2,000
Serengeti bred by American Karen Sauzman by crossing Bengal and Oriental breeds. These are large animals (up to 15 kilograms) with well-developed muscles and a long tail. The coat is short, the color is spotted. In appearance, representatives of this breed resemble a serval.
Character. Stubborn, stubborn animals that will never back down from their goal. If the cat has decided to play with a ball, you can hide it as much as you want, she will find it anyway.
The animal is strongly attached to the person. The feeling of fear is unfamiliar to the Serengeti, they can even attack a large dog. These animals like to walk, so they tend to run away.
9. LaPerm, up to $2,500
This breed, like many others, was formed by accident. A breeder discovered that a kitten is different from its siblings. He was locked up. After a while, she took part in a cat show. The unusual cat interested the judges. The breed was named laperm (Perm translated from French – perm).
Animals of this breed have a small body, their weight usually does not exceed 4 kilograms. A distinctive feature of laperms is wool, which resembles mohair, it can be short or long.
Character. Cats are very curious, they don’t like loneliness. It is very important for them to communicate with the owner. They are quite gentle animals, they will not come into conflict with other pets. They are loyal to children, but will not tolerate familiarity.
8. Elf, up to $3,000
The breed with the beautiful name was created in 2006 by crossing the Sphynx and the Curl. elves Ideal for people allergic to wool.
The maximum weight is 7 kilograms, the body is strong with well-developed muscles. As you already understood, they have no hair. There are many folds on the body.
A characteristic feature is huge ears, wide at the base and rounded upwards. Quite cute animals, but not everyone will like such a cat because of its unusual appearance.
Character. One of the friendliest breeds. The cat is strongly attached to the owner, loves children and easily finds a common language with other pets. Elves are smart, they won’t be mean and mischievous, they love to watch their house.
7. Toyger, up to $4,000
The breed was bred by selective breeding, the ancestors are Bengal cats. Purebred toys are very expensive. In Russia, we can count on one side the catteries where cats of this breed are bred.
The name of the breed is translated as “toy tiger“. Wide bones, muscular body, they are very similar to wild cats. The maximum weight is 7.5 kilograms. A distinctive feature is the stripes, which can be not only in the form of classic rings, but also various bends or broken lines.
Character. Toyger is a companion cat. They have a complacent temperament, they are characterized by intelligence. Animals are friendly, love to play and spend time with family members, adore children. They get along well with other animals.
6. Bengal, up to $6,000
Bengal the breed was artificially bred by crossing a wild cat from the Far East and an ordinary domestic cat.
Quite large animals, the weight of a Bengal cat can reach 7 kilograms, and the size of females is significantly less than that of males. The Bengal is easy to distinguish from other breeds. These animals have a spectacular spotted color.
Character. Bengal cats are friendly animals. They do not show aggression, on the contrary, they need love and affection. Good with children, playful.
A distinctive feature of this breed is the love of water. They love to swim, frolic, play with the threads of a tap or a shower.
5. Safari, up to $10,000
There is a lot of controversy about this breed. Some researchers do not see the difference between safari and Bengal. The ancestors of the safari are the Geoffroy, Siamese and Bengal cat breeds.
Large animals, the maximum weight is 13 kilograms, although there have been cases when males have reached the 17 kilogram mark. Almond-shaped eyes, thick tail, dense coat of spotted color – these are the main signs of a safari cat.
Character. The animal gives the impression of being fierce and stern, but do not be afraid, in fact they are friendly and sociable. They are attached to the owner, but easily tolerate loneliness.
Safaris are playful, they have a strong hunting instinct, so they should not be kept with rats, mice, birds and other small animals.
4. Chausie, up to $12,000
Chausie – descendants of a wild reed cat, crossed with a domestic short-haired cat. They are much larger than ordinary cats, their weight can reach 15 kilograms, and this is not the limit. In appearance, they also differ from the pets we are used to: a predatory profile, large ears with black tassels.
The real pride of the Chausie is the coat, it is short and shiny. The color combines up to 5 shades. A refined and unusual breed, Chausie cats are worth the money they ask for.
Character. Usually the animals are friendly, they love their owners, but they do not tolerate the imposition of affection on them, and moreover, they try to pick them up. Recalcitrant, independent, hyperactive, fearless, not everyone can handle such a cat.
Many upbringing problems will easily solve themselves if the owner does not try to subdue the animal, but tries to find an approach.
3. Caracal, up to $15,000
This dear animal looks more like a lynx than a cat. This is a wild animal, a predator, the maintenance of which will require a lot of money, time and effort.
If you are not afraid of difficulties and also have the right amount, you can try your luck. In this case, you will not be the only lover of exoticism. There are many examples of “friendly relations” between caracal and the man.
Caracals are large animals, the average weight is up to 19, the maximum – up to 25 kilograms. They look bright and interesting. The lower part of the body is lighter, the ears are black, dark spots may be present on the muzzle.
Character. It all depends on education. We must not forget that this is a predator that can show aggression at any time. Domesticated caracals are not dangerous to humans.
2. Savanna, up to $25,000
A hybrid of a serval and a domestic cat. The weight of the animal can reach 15 kilograms. Main characteristics: long and graceful body, short tail, huge ears. Another characteristic of the savannah is the mottled color, it is the same as that of the wild counterparts.
Character. Calm and non-aggressive animal. Savannahs are generally loyal to their owners. Get along easily with other pets. Fun, but that’s more of a downside than a plus. During the game, they can bite or scratch a person, damage furniture, walls and even the ceiling. Savannas jump very high, up to 3 meters in height.
1. Ashera, up to $100,000
Expensive and rare exotic breed. The ancestors ushers – Asian leopard, African serval and ordinary domestic cat. It has some similarities to the Savannah, but is still separated into a separate breed.
The size of the animal is impressive, its weight varies from 12 to 14 kilograms. They seem somewhat disproportionate, the back seems a bit heavy. The coat is short, the color is spotted.
Character. Animals have high intelligence, they are smart and quick-witted. Ashers are sociable, they will make friends not only with all family members, but also with other pets.
They like to play and walk. You can only take them out on a leash. However, this is a good reason to once again demonstrate their stable financial situation.