The rich can afford everything from an expensive car to a lavish mansion. The very wealthy are known for buying the best clothes and merchandise. Some love to spend their money on a fleet of cars or a closet of shoes. The rich are also known for owning a wide range of pets. In most cases, these rich pets live better than most humans. Some celebs own a dog or cat but others take it up a notch. There are some that own a unique pet that most people can’t buy at a pet store. The rich will break the bank to buy one of these incredible pets.
The average person could only dream of owning an expensive animal. Some of these pets are common household pets while others are very unique. The rich can afford to purchase any type of expensive pet they want. Not only do these pets cost a fortune but the yearly costs are through the roof. However, for the rich, it’s no problem at all. These are the most expensive, rare and gorgeous pets in the world. Here is a look at Ranked: 25 of the Most Expensive Pets Only The Rich Afford.
25 Micro Piglet $2,000
Micro piglets are small pigs that are known for their chubby figure, perked-back ears and a short tail with thick hair. It’s a cross between a potbelly and Juliana pig. These adorable little pigs make the perfect pet and only grow to knee height. However, these little piggies are worth more than their banks. It costs between $1,500 and $2,000 to purchase a micro piglet. It also costs about $60 per month to look after them and a $300 vet bill.
24 Fennec Fox $2,500
The Fennec Fox is one of the most popular exotic pets. It requires a great deal of attention and money to care for it. It’s a nocturnal fox known for its unusually large ears. It can be found in North Africa, Israel, and the Arabian Desert. It’s often kept as a pet but can be a handful to look after. It costs $2,500 to purchase but there are several added costs. Fennecs often live up to 14 years as a pet. That’s roughly $2,400 per year to take care of.
23 Tiger Cubs $2,500
It’s important to remember that Tiger Cubs might be adorable now but they're one day going to become a vicious tiger. Tigers are deadly and terrifying animals but Tiger Cubs are just so darn cute. Owning a tiger or cub is illegal in most places but there are a few places where it's legal. It safe to say cuddling is a bad idea. Tiger cubs cost roughly $2,500 to purchase but that’s just the beginning of expenses. It costs around $10,000 a year to take care of the cubs.
22 Kangaroo $3,000
Kangaroos aren’t the typical pets but there are a few out there. They’re very unpredictable and attack when they feel panicked. Kangaroos can be found in Australia. In fact, they’re often associated with the country of Australia. They have been kept as domesticated pets but don’t come cheap. The unpredictable animal costs $2,000 to $3,000 to purchase as a household pet. It requires $9 a day for food and a large space to roam. Kangaroos only become more expensive to care for as the years go by.
21 Kinkajou $3,000
The exotic animal Kinkajou is often kept as pets. They enjoy living in the rainforest and can be found in Central and South America. It’s a nocturnal animal and doesn’t like changing homes very much. They’re known for being sweet, adorable and docile. They’re very playful and quiet animals but can be very aggressive. They don’t like noise, sudden movements or being awake during the day. Kinkajou costs between $750 and $3,000 to purchase. It makes an excellent pet for anyone that can afford it.
20 Two-Toed Sloth $3,000
The Two-Toed Sloth is an expensive and excellent pet. It’s known for having a calm temperament. It won’t be a handful to take care of and won’t be running around. It might bite but doesn’t often. It takes food 6 to 21 days to digest so owners save on that. There are two species of Two-toed sloths and they can be found in South and Central America. It costs roughly $1,500 to $3,000 to purchase. It also requires a habitat that can cost up to $3,000
19 Ringtail Lemur $3,500
The ringtail lemur makes an excellent pet for anyone that can afford it. It’s known for being social and very caring to humans. It’s found at the Island of Madagascar and is one of the most vocal animals. However, ringtail lemurs are very expensive pets to purchase. It costs even more to take care of them. It costs $3,500 to own a ringtail lemur. On top of that, it costs $7,400 a year to care for it. Additionally, they’re illegal in most parts of the U.S.
18 Cotton Top Tamarin $4,000
The Cotton-Top Tamarin is known for the white sagittal crest that goes from the head to its shoulders. It weighs less than 0.5 kg and is one of the smallest monkeys. It enjoys living in Tropical forests and is often found in Columbia. The adorable little monkey makes an excellent pet. However, they often live to be only 13 years old although some lived to be 24. The Cotton-Top Tamarin costs around $4,000 to purchase. It’s on the critically endangered list.
17 Wallaby $4,000
It might come as a surprise to know that the Wallaby makes an excellent pet. The wallaby is a member of the kangaroo family. Domesticated wallabies are often compared to cats and dogs in terms of behavior. In fact, they are able to get along with other domesticated pets. They’re not legal in some parts of the world but they do make adorable pets. A wallaby costs roughly $1,000 to $4,000 to purchase. It also takes about $450 a month to care for the wallaby. They might be expensive but they’ll love you adoringly.
16 Finger Monkey $4,000
The Finger Monkey is often found in the Amazon Basin in South America. It’s the smallest species of monkey. They’re also known for being mischievous little pets. They’re quite the handful and love to be naughty. The Finger Monkey ranges in price from $1,000 to $4,000 but there are a lot of added costs. The cages cost up to $4,000 and food costs roughly $25 a week. Additionally, they require diapers that cost about $65.
15 Bengal Cat $4,500
The exotic Bengal Cat is a domesticated cat that looks similar to a jungle cat. They’re known for being highly intelligent and friendly cats. They are known for their bright orange or light brown fur. They weigh between 8 and 15 pounds and vary in price. Kittens cost around $1,000 to $2,000. However, the Bengal show cat is the most expensive and costs $3,000 to $4,500. Additionally, it costs around $900 to take care of the exotic pet yearly.
14 Owl Monkey $5,900
Monkeys are a popular pet but can be a handful and aren’t legal in all parts of the world. The Owl Monkey is the only nocturnal monkey. They’re often found in Panama and the tropical parts of South America. They enjoy staying up all night so it’s perfect for other night owls. Owl Monkeys cost around $5,900 to purchase. An indoor cage costs between $650 and $900 while the outdoor cages cost up to $3,500. Additionally, it’s important to create the right environment for the Owl Monkeys, which is quite expensive.
13 Capuchin Monkey $8,500
The Capuchin Monkeys are one of the most intelligent monkeys. Due to their intelligence, they’re often used in movies and TV shows. In fact, they’re best known as the “organ grinder” monkey. They might make a great profit but don’t always make the best pets. They’re known for being a handful and overly aggressive. Capuchin monkeys are also quite expensive. It costs between $3,500 and $8,500 to purchase. The cage costs between $650 and $3,500. Food for the Capuchin costs about $25 per week.
12 Bongo Antelope $9,000
Most places in the world don’t allow the Bongo Antelope as a pet. There are some places, such as Kentucky, where it’s legal to own one. However, they can grow to weigh between 500 and 900 pounds. A lot of open space is required for the Bongo. It’s known for the long spiraled horns, white-yellow stripe, reddish-brown coat and black and white markings. It’s not a cheap pet to purchase or take care of. It costs between $7,000 and $9,000 to own a Bongo antelope.
11 De Brazza’s Monkey $10,000
The De Brazza’s Monkey is often found in the forests of Africa. They enjoy living in the swamps, bamboo and dry mountain forests. They’re easily identifiable by their white beards and orange shaped crest on their forehead. They’re named after the Italian-French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. These gorgeous monkeys are pets in some parts of the world but are illegal in most places. De Brazza’s Monkeys are not a cheap pet and costly roughly $10,000. That doesn’t include the monthly costs of taking care of the pet.
10 Hyacinth Macaw $12,000
The Hyacinth Macaw is easily recognizable by its distinctive blue and yellow colors. It’s the largest parrot of any species. It’s often found in South America in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil. It can be easily trained and shows a great deal of affection to humans. It makes an excellent pet, especially anyone looking for a parrot. The Hyacinth Macaw costs roughly $12,000 just to purchase. Owners spend about $60 a month on food and close to $500 on the vet bill. Also, the cage costs $2,000.
9 Palm Cockatoo $16,000
The Palm Cockatoo is one of the most exotic birds in the world. They’re not an easy pet to take care of but those that do fall in love with them. It’s known for the distinctive red crest that changes color when excited. It’s one of the most intelligent birds and originated in New Guinea. It costs roughly $16,000 to purchase and $1,000 for the yearly care. Additionally, Palm Cockatoos require a great deal of attention from owners. They’re known for screaming loudly and becoming aggressive.
8 Savannah Cat $20,000
The Savannah Cat is a gorgeous animal that is a cross between a domesticated house cat and an African Serval. They’re a popular pet but are not legal in some places. Savannah Cats are known for being friendlier than the average cat. They’re also one of the most expensive breeds of cats. The males cost around $12,000 to $16,000 and the females cost between $15,000 and $20,000. Additionally, it costs around $340 to $900 for the monthly care of a Savannah Cat.
7 Lavender Albino Ball Python $40,000
The Lavender Albino Ball Python makes an excellent pet but comes at a steep price. The Ball Python is found in Africa and is the smallest of the African pythons. Due to its small size and calm temperament, the Ball Python is a popular pet. However, the Lavender Albino Python is regarded as one of the most beautiful species of python. These horrifying and beautiful pythons cost around $40,000. Only the very rich could afford to purchase the Albion Ball Python.
6 Camels $55,000
Only the wealthiest of the wealthy can afford to own camels. They’re a popular form of transportation, especially on long journeys. They require a great deal of training and are known for being difficult. It also requires a lot of cash to purchase a camel and other added costs. Additionally, camels are social animals and therefore require a second camel to be a companion. The cost of a camel is pretty steep and is roughly $55,000. However, it costs around $250 a month for food. Camels also require around a half-acre for exercise.
5 Chimpanzees $60,000
Chimpanzees are smart, intelligent and expensive. Chimpanzees break down into two main species, which are the bonobo and common chimp. Both species of the chimp are on the endangered list. They’re both part of the family Hominidae, which includes gorillas, orangutans, and humans. Chimps are one of the closest human relatives. In some countries, it’s legal and perfectly acceptable to own a chimp as a pet. They usually cost around $60,000.
4 Arabian Horse $100,000
The Arabian horse is one of the most popular breeds of horses. It’s known for forming positive relationships with humans, incredible endurance, and sensitivity. Owners must show a deep compassion and respect for the Arabian horse. It’s excellent for endurance riding and other equestrian sports. It’s one of the oldest breeds in the world. Evidence shows that a horse resembling the present-day breed was seen in the Arabian Peninsula almost 4,500 years ago. This incredible horse is worth $100,000.
3 White Lion Cubs $140,000
White Lion Cubs are both adorable and terrifying. They’re also insanely expensive. White Lions are a rare color mutation of lions. In 1938, the first sightings of the white lions were reported in the Timbavati region of South Africa. However, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that the world became aware of these beautiful and scary animals. White Lion Cubs are a very expensive pet and cost around $140,000 just to purchase. That doesn’t count the monthly costs to care for the cubs.
2 Tibetan Mastiff $582,000
The Tibetan Mastiff is one of the most expensive dogs in the world. The original breed of Tibetan Mastiff is now very rare, which only drives up the price. On average the Tibetan Mastiff sells for around $582,000. In 2011, the last rare Tibetan Mastiff sold for $1.5 million. They were originally bred to be guard dogs but now make an excellent pet. They’ve been cross bread with several other dogs. However, only the very wealthy can afford to purchase the rare original breed.
1 Miss Missy Cow $1.2 Million
Miss Missy is the world’s most famous Holstein cow. In 2009, she sold for a whopping $1.2 million. She is only one of five cows to be sold for over a million. She won several major titles including the Supreme Grand Champion Of All Breeds at the World Dairy Expo and Royal Agricultural Fair. In 2012, she was named the Canada Cow of the Year. She is a top show cow and produces 50% more milk than the average cow.