What is the most expensive cat breed in the world for 2020? The snow leopard-looking Ashera breed produces only five litter per year, so owning one is a true gem. That is if you’re willing to shell out $125,000 apiece. Here’s our list of 5 of the most expensive cat breeds in the world in 2020.
5 Peterbald – $5,000
An elegant Russian breed, the Peterbald cat can be hairless or have a coat that resembles a peach. Some cats of this breed may have a velvety coat, while others have hair that looks like a man’s bristly beard. The first documented Peterbald was in 1988 when reports revealed a cat with an unusual coat in Russia. After that, Peterbalds were exported to other countries in Europe. These cats make delightful pets and are known for their muscular build.
The first Peterbald was obtained from a mating between a Russian Donskoy and an Oriental Shorthair. Similar to the Donskoy cat, the Peterbald has a dominant gene which makes it hairless. It is a smart and affectionate cat and will rest peacefully on your lap. However, its skin is very sensitive so children need to handle it carefully. In addition, this breed is susceptible to sunburn and hence cannot spend a long time outdoors.
4 Persian – $5,500
Many reports trace back the Persian cats to 19th century Persia (modern-day Iran), but historical evidence suggests that the breed has been existing since hundreds of years before Christ. They are noted for their open pansy-like faces and luxurious long hair. In addition, they have a gentle and sweet personality and can easily adapt to a noisy household. Persian cats are playful by nature and their expressive eyes provide them a cute and delightful look. However, you need to be intricate and thorough in their maintenance as their long coat is vulnerable to hairballs and tangles.
The Persian cat is widely recognized by its mushy face and fluffy hair. It enjoys showing affection and cuddling but is not very vocal. Their furry coat needs daily grooming and brushing. This breed comes in multiple variations and colors. Its weight is comparable to a regular American Shorthair.
3 Bengal – $25,000
Bengal cats have a feral and exotic look but make ideal feline pets. This breed is noted for its spotted coat and muscular build. The Bengal cat is domesticated but its origin can be traced back to the 1970s when a wild Asian leopard cat was mated with domestic shorthairs. It makes a fun pet as it is active and smart. But this breed can be a challenge to keep at home as they are inquisitive and satisfy their curiosity by jumping into aquariums, playing with switches, hanging from chandeliers, and doing other antics.
Because of its feral origins, the Persian cat is much larger in size compared to your average pet cat. A gorgeous Bengal with the right pedigree, generation, and coat quality can fetch up to $25,000. Personality-wise, Bengals are affectionate, child- and dog-friendly, and very social. In addition, they are energetic and extremely playful.
2 Savannah – $50,000
A hybrid of the wild African serval cat and a domestic Persian cat, the first Savannah was produced in 1986 by Bengal breeder Judee Frank. This breed soon became popular and was accepted by breeder associations in the mid 1990s. Like dogs, Savannah cats are extremely loyal. They are open to socializing with other pets and strangers if trained at an early age. Savannahs that are not used to strangers start growling and hissing. These cats are strong and agile and can easily jump onto high cabinets, refrigerators, and door tops. In addition, they are smart, curious, playful, and active, and need plenty of exercise.
Savannahs can be classified into five types from F1 TO F5. F1 cats are around 50% serval, while F5 cats are about 11% serval. The price of this breed depends on their gender and classification and a prize F1 female can command up to $50,000.
1 The Ashera – Up to $125,000
The Ashera can cost as much as a whopping $125,000 because it is an extremely rare breed. A Los Angeles-based firm produces only 5 kittens of this type each year. So if you buy one, you will be among the very few owners of this amazing cat breed. In aesthetics, the Ashera resembles a snow leopard in its pattern. But its behavior and temperament are similar to Savannah cats. In fact, some experts argue that genetic testing reveals that Ashera cats are nothing but Savannah F1 cats.
This exotic breed is a hybrid of the Asian leopard cat, a domestic housecat, and the African serval. Personality-wise, it is loyal, affectionate, and very intelligent. Despite the controversy about its genetics, the Ashera is the most prized pet cat in the world and you can take one home if you can cough up the astronomical price.