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10 most expensive cat breeds in the world

– American Shorthair: $400-$900

This lovable breed originated from the cats who followed settlers from Europe to North America. While you would possibly be surprised by their hefty tag, these cats have a history of being expensive. A brown American Shorthair was offered purchasable for $2,500 (£1,700) at the Second Annual Cat Show at Madison Square Garden in 1896. While they’re a touch cheaper nowadays, we reckon these gentle playmates are worth every penny.

– Egyptian Mau: $500-$800

Although time has obscured truth ancestry of the fashionable day, Egyptian Mau, it’s thought they were worshipped by the pharaohs and kings. In fact, the word Mau meant cat or sun in Ancient Egypt. Naturally spotted with dazzling green eyes, Maus has a Cheetah-like gait and a loose skin flap that extends from flank to hind limb, giving them remarkable freedom and speed. They grow to medium size, between 6-14lbs (2.7-6.3kg).

– Persian: $500-$5,000

Named after their country of origin, Persia, this adorable breed has hieroglyphic references as early as 1684BC and it appears they’ve been adored ever since. What makes them so lovable? Their long, silky coats and trademark flat face. Short and heavy-boned, males can get older to 15lbs (6.8kg). While their fur could be high maintenance, their personality is anything but – they’re actually friendly homebodies.

-Korat: $600-$800

Forget horseshoes… in Thailand the Korat may be a living good luck charm. Dating back to the 14th century when the cat first appeared in literature, the Korat is assumed to be one among the oldest and purest breeds found today, hence that hefty tag . Its silver-blue coat shimmers within the sun, giving it a halo effect which only adds to its mythical story. Korats are energetic, affectionate and little with females only weighing 6-8lbs (2.7-3.6kg)

 

These curvaceous cats are a national treasure in their homeland of Russia, where they will found in fairy tales and children’s books dating back centuries. While they became scarce during war II it’s thought they survived the tough climates because of their dense undercoats. Charismatic, loyal and friendly, male Siberians can weigh up to 15lbs (6.8 kg) and, although it’s not been proven scientifically, many of us believe they’re hypoallergenic.

-Ocicat: $800

Selectively bred to emulate a wild cat, the first of this exotic breed came about in the US in the 1960s. It gained its name thanks to the striking resemblance it bears to an ocelot, or dwarf leopard, namely its spotted coat. While it might look wild, the breed is known for its affectionate personality and dog-like traits, in that it is easily trained and devoted to its owner. It comes in 12 colors and will grow to a medium to large size.

-Ragdoll:$800-$1,800

If you’re after a loving pet, look no further than a Ragdoll. These gorgeous balls of fluff form strong bonds with their owners and are known to run and greet them at the door, follow the room to room and snuggle up to them in bed. they will even be taught to play fetch. Ragdolls stand out for his or her large size – males can get older to 20lbs (9.5kg) – and their long and plush coat which comes in four patterns: bi-color, van, mitted and colorpoint.

-Maine Coon: $1,000

Despite their intimidating size, this lovable breed is more cuddly teddy than the ferocious lion and is usually described as a mild giant. With long, fluffy coats, tufted paws, and ears these gorgeous creatures are a sight to behold. Even better, they’re known for getting alongside almost anyone and wish to be involved in all aspects of their owner’s life, so expect little privacy buttons of affection.

-Peterbald: $1,100-$5,000

This rare and desired breed isn’t the Sphynx as many would assume but a Russian breed that was discovered within the late 1980s/early 90s. This particular breed is often totally hairless or can have a light-weight coating of fur that feels almost like a peach. Medium-sized, Peterbalds are slim, elegant, and striking with a skinny whip-like tail, almond-shaped eyes, and enormous bat-like ears.

 

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