The 20 Most Expensive Cat Breeds of 2019

When someone’s cat has kittens, the kittens are often given away for free. Many people consider them a nuisance and do not consider them to have any monetary value. However, a purebred cat or specialist breed can set you back more than you think. In fact, people are willing to pay a high price to get their preferred cat breed. The price for a breed can vary significantly depending on many factors. These include the rarity of the breed, the kitten’s parentage, the color or markings, and where the cat is from. To give you some idea of what you can expect to pay, here are the world’s most expensive cat breeds in 2019.

20. Egyptian Mau – $800

Egyptian Mau near a wall

The Egyptian Mau will usually cost you $800, although this can vary. The Cat Fanciers Association describes this cat as having an exotic appearance. They have a striking spotted coat pattern, which is unusual in domestic cat breeds, and a slender body with pointed ears. These cats are all individuals with different personality traits. However, they are usually fearless and curious on their own territory, but wary in unknown environments or around strangers. This breed likes to do things on its own terms and they do not take to everybody. They are sometimes referred to as the gentle cousins of the Abyssinian breed.

19. Siamese – $800

Siamese cat on the grass

Another cat valued at $800 is the Siamese cat. My Pet and I say that this ancient breed is surprisingly loving. They are also known for ‘talking’ to their owners as they are one of the most vocal breeds. Siamese cats are easily distinguishable because of their slanted blue eyes and their pointed coat, which means they have darker points on their paws, tail, face, and the tips of their ears. The colors in which they are available are seal, blue, lilac, and chocolate.

18. Korat – $800

Korat cat falling asleep

The Korat is considered a symbol of luck and prosperity in its home country of Thailand, says Vet Street, so it is potentially worth making an investment of $800 to own one of these lucky cats. Although the Korat is related to Siamese cats, they are a much quieter breed as they do not vocalize in the way that Siamese cats are known to do. They have a short, bluish-gray coat that is tipped with silver and a muscular body. It can take up to four years for their eyes to develop their full luminous green color.

17. Selkirk Rex – $800

Selkirk Rex looking up from the floor

Purina states that the Selkirk Rex is a chunky breed that comes in both short and long-haired varieties, and they come in all colors and patterns. They are a relatively new breed that was first born in an animal shelter in 1987, and they were named after the Selkirk Mountains. This is an affectionate breed that enjoys human contact, so they make excellent family pets.

16. Siberian – $800

Siberian Cat looks surprised

Also known as the Siberian Forest Cat, this long-haired cat breed originates in Siberia. These cats have a history that is at least 1,000 years old, says Cat Time. They were first imported to the United States in 1990, and they have increased in popularity because they are widely considered hypoallergenic, although this is not the case for all people with cat allergies. Although these cats have a great personality, they need a lot of grooming and tend to vocalize loudly. Despite these small negatives, the cats are still worth $800 each.

15. American Shorthair – $900

American Shorthair falling asleep

The American Shorthair has come a long way as it was once simply a cat used to keep vermin away from stores, according to Purina. Now, it is the 15th most expensive cat breed and it is a desirable choice among cat lovers. This is a playful and intelligent breed that makes a good family companion.

14. Maine Coon – $1,000

Maine Coon looks surprised

This is the largest domestic cat breed and one of the oldest natural breeds in North America. The Maine Coon is native to Maine and is the official cat of the state. They are a long-haired cat that can weight up to 18 pounds. One of the most distinctive features of this breed is its tail, which is long and heavily furred. Maine Coons are gentle and intelligent cats that are easy to train. Therefore, they are suitable for most home environments.

13. Ragdoll – $1,100

Ragdoll Cat asleep

The Ragdoll has an interesting breeding history. They were first bred by Ann Baker, who is also known as Raggedy Ann. She was breeding her own cats with ones borrowed from a neighbor because they looked like Black Persians but were not registered. One of the cats was called Josephine and she produced kittens that had a bad temperament. Following treatment after being hit by a car, Josephine began to produce good-natured kittens that Ann desired. She finally produced cats with exactly the right temperament in 1963 and called them Ragdolls.

12. American Wirehair – $1,200

American Wirehair

The American Wirehair cat is very similar to the American Shorthair, but their coat has a crimpled texture that makes them more unusual, says Hills Pet. They are a medium to large cat that is heavily muscled and comes in a wide variety of colors and coat patterns. These cats have a loving and placid personality. The first example of an American Wirehaired was found in a litter in 1966. A show standard cat will cost around $1,200.

11. American Curl – $1,200

American Curle

The American Curl is one of the youngest cat breeds and it gets its name from its curved ears, according to Cat Time. They were first recognized by the International Cat Association and gained full recognition from the Cat Fanciers Association in 1993. The first cat was bred in California by a couple who came across a stray kitten, called Shulamith, with unusual ears because of a genetic mutation. All American Curls are descendants of this cat.

10. British Shorthair – Up to $1,500

British Shorthair with books

Vet Street describes the British Shorthair as a study in roundness. This is because the distinctive features of the breed are a round face, round eyes, rounded paws, and a rounded tail tip. They have a large but lean body, and an affectionate personality. You should expect to pay at least $1,000 for a British Shorthair, and a top example with fine parentage will cost as much as $1,500.

9. Scottish Fold – Up to $3,000

Scottish Fold

In April 2017, the BBC reported that there were calls from veterinarians to ban the breeding of these cats due to health fears. These cats have a genetic condition that causes them to have a short and often painful life. There has been a surge in popularity of the cats as they are a top choice among celebrities, including Taylor Swift. The rarity of the breed combined with the surge in demand has pushed up the price of these cats. They are distinctive because of their round faces and short, floppy ears. They were first bred in Scotland in the 1960s.

8. Sphynx – Up to $3,000

Sphynx cat

Tail and Fur says that the Sphynx is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. However, it is also one of the rarer breeds and this is what bumps up the price of these cats. As they are virtually hairless, they need special care, especially in extremes of temperatures as they can become ill. Therefore, Sphynx cats are better-suited to people who are experienced cat owners.

7. Russian Blue – Up to $3,000

Russian Blue kitten

Purina says that although the breed is called the Russian Blue, there are also black and white varieties of the breed, although these are rare. This breed has a distinctive wedge-shaped head and walks as though it is on its tip-toes. They have large ears, distinctive whiskers, and bright green eyes. One of the most differentiating features of the breed is the texture of its coat, which is different from any other cat breed.

6. Peterbald – Up to $5000

Peterbald cats in a basket

As its name suggests, the Peterbald is usually a hairless cat. However, some have a fine layer of hair that resembles the skin of a peach. There are also some that have a bristly breed. A Russian breed, the Peterbald was bred by mating an Oriental Shorthair and a Russian Donskoy in 1988. The breed was later exported to Europe. This breed is loyal, affectionate, and smart. They need careful handling and should not spend prolonged periods outdoors.

5. Persian Cat – Up to $5,500

Persian cat stretching out

Many people consider the Persian cat one of the most beautiful breeds. It is characterized by its long coat, round face, flat muzzle, and large eyes.  This is one of the most popular breeds, and this is because of both their looks and their sweet, intelligent nature. Due to a lack of records, the exact origins of Persian cats is unknown. However, they have been around for a long time and were one of the breeds exhibited at the first ever cat show held in the United Kingdom at Crystal Palace in 1871.

4. Allerca Hypoallergenic Cat- $6000

Allerca cats are a new addition to the list of the most expensive cats in the world for 2019. These cats are specially bred by Allerca, which is a company that claims it can breed hypoallergenic cats. The specialist breeding program that is involved in creating these cats is the reason they have a reported price tag of $6,000. The aim is to allow people who have allergies to cats but dream of becoming a cat owner to achieve their dreams.

3. Bengal Cat – Up to $25,000

Bengal kitten waking up

The Bengal cat follows the latest trend among cat breeders to include an element of wild cat in a domestic cat, says ZooPlus. Often called a house tiger, these are a hybrid that was created by breeding an Asian leopard cat with a black domestic cat. It has a bit of a wild streak that is best-suited to an experienced cat owner, but it is a beautiful cat with an elongated body and a fun personality. Bengal cats are probably the best-known hybrid cat.

2. Savannah – Up to $50,000

Savannah cat with pointy ears

You can expect to pay up to $50,000 for a Savannah. This cat is a hybrid of a domestic Persian cat and an African Serval cat. Judee Frank was the first person to breed this cat in 1986, but it wasn’t officially recognized as a breed until almost a decade later. If they are socialized from an early age, these cats are sociable with both humans and other animals. They are also loyal, smart, playful, and curious. They are active cats that like jumping and need plenty of exercise.

1. Ashera – Up to $100,000

Ashera cat

If you want to buy an Ashera, you can pay anything between $15,000 and $100,000, making it the most expensive cat in the world. According to Tail and Fur, the Ashera is a hybrid cat that was bred from the Asian Leopard Cat, the African Serval, and a domestic cat. It is one of the rarest cat breeds in the world, hence its price. This cat has many excellent personality traits that make it worth considering saving up for, as they are known for their intelligent, loyal, and affectionate nature.


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