19 Most Expensive Pets in the World

The list of pets and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as The Richest & Scoop Woop.

These are the 19 most expensive Pets in the world.

19. Tiger Cubs – $2,500

Who would have believed that you can buy a tiger for just a few thousand dollars? That’s the current price for these amazing animals. Yet, having a tiger is against the law in many parts of the world, though some places allow it. If you buy one, expect to spend about $10,000 annually to care for it. 

18. Kangaroo – $3,000

If you love Skippy and have wished for a Kangaroo as a pet, now it’s possible. Kangaroos cost less than the top five priciest animals but aren’t common pets. They can be a bit surprising, so handle with caution, but they’re delightful to have. Their upkeep isn’t too pricey at first, but the cost grows over time, so remember that. 

17. Wallaby – $4,000

Like Kangaroos, Wallabies can be great pets too! They come from Australia and are part of the kangaroo family. They act a bit like cats or dogs but owning one is not allowed in many countries, which is why you mostly see them in Australia. It costs about $200 to $500 every month to care for a Wallaby. 

16. Bengal Cat – $5,000

The Bengal Cat is a special house cat with a wild look. They’re smart and friendly, usually weighing 8 to 15 pounds. Their fur has unique patterns, resembling a wild jungle cat. Caring for a Bengal cat costs about $1,000 annually. 

15. Capuchin Monkey – $8,500

Everyone enjoys some playful moments, so consider getting a Capuchin Monkey as a buddy. These monkeys are among the smartest but can be tricky and might get aggressive if upset. They’re also popular in movies and TV because of their distinct features. 

14. Bongo Antelope – $9,000

Kentucky, USA, is one of the few places you can legally own this animal. It’s recognized by its long twisted horns and striking white patterns on its reddish-brown fur. These animals need a big area to move and eat. Bongo Antelopes typically weigh between 500 and 900 pounds. If you want a house pet, this might not be the right choice. 

13. De Brazza’s Monkey -$12,000

This monkey, named after the explorer Pietro Savorgnan di Brazza, is unique and can be costly to buy. It’s one of the world’s oldest monkey types and lives mostly in African woods. With an orange crest on its head and a white beard, it’s easy to spot. Before getting one, make sure it’s legal in your area as many places don’t allow them. Be ready to spend money monthly on their care; they’re not cheap to maintain. 

12. Hyacinth Macaw – $14,000

The Hyacinth Macaw, the biggest parrot, has striking blue and yellow colors. It’s one of the costliest pets when considering its price, food, and shelter. Just a sturdy cage can cost $2,000. However, they are great pets because they’re loving and simple to train. 

11. Palm Cockatoo – $16,000

The Palm Cockatoo is a remarkable bird with a unique red crest that changes color when it’s excited. Also called Goliath Cockatoos, they’re very smart but need lots of attention, or they might misbehave. Coming from New Guinea, they can be aggressive at times. Yet, they’re among the less expensive pets, costing about $1,000 annually to care for. 

10. Savannah Cat – $20,000

The Savannah cat, a mix between a domestic cat and an African Serval, is truly stunning. They have a tall, slim look that sets them apart. These cats are very friendly and playful, even enjoying water play. After buying one, expect to spend $500 to $1000 every month for their care. 

9. Lavender Albino Ball Python – $40,000

If snakes aren’t for you, this might not be of interest! The Lavender Albino Ball Python, with its striking red eyes and yellow patterns, is a great pet choice. It’s among the tiniest African Pythons. If you want a unique and pricey pet, this snake might be just right! 

8. Camels – $55,000

Often linked with rich Arabs and oil magnates, the Camel’s reputation as a pricey animal is fitting. They’re a common transport choice in the Middle East but need a lot of training since they can be quite stubborn. Remember, camels are social and usually want a buddy. If you can buy two for less than $100,000, that’s a good deal! 

7. Chimpanzees – $60,000

Chimpanzees, among the cleverest animals and closely related to humans, are both smart and playful, making them appealing as pets. There are two main types: the bonobo and the common chimp, both endangered. While it’s legal to own a chimp in some countries, be ready to pay over $60,000 to buy one and then hundreds more each month for care. 

6. Arabian Horse – $100,000

The Arabian horse surpasses the $100,000 mark, making it one of the priciest pets. It’s a much-loved breed, famous for its bond with humans. This horse is among the world’s oldest breeds and is perfect for long rides and equestrian games. If you have an extra $100,000 to spend on a pet, this horse could be a great choice! 

5. White Lion Cubs – $140,000

Amazing! Check out these beautiful animals!

Ever dreamt of having a tiger or lion? How about a “White” Lion instead? First seen in 1938 in South Africa, they’re unique due to a rare color change from gene variations in both parents. If you spend $140,000 on a cub, consider getting two since they like company. 

4. Red Pure Bred Tibetan Mastiff – $582,000

Wow! Can you believe how big this dog is?

The Tibetan Mastiff, one of the priciest dogs globally, is super rare, making them incredibly expensive. Typically, a purebred Tibetan Mastiff goes for about $582,000. But in 2011, a rare one was sold for $1.5 million! Originally guard dogs, they’ve been mixed with other breeds over time. They’re fantastic pets if you have the budget for one. 

3. Miss Missy – Cow – $1.2 Million

Moving up to our top 3, here’s an unexpected pet choice!

Miss Missy, a renowned Holstein Cow, went for $1.2 million in 2009. Her high price is due to her fame and achievements, winning big titles and giving 50% more milk than average cows. While she might not be as playful as other costly pets we talked about, she’s truly unique! 

2. Sir Lancelot Encore – Labrador – $16 Million

You’d think Labradors are common and affordable dogs, right?

Usually, yes. But this one, Sir Lancelot Encore, is special and can have a sky-high price. He’s the world’s first cloned dog, a true copy of his original self. After enjoying his unique status, he even had some puppies, continuing his one-of-a-kind lineage. 

1. Green Monkey – Thoroughbred Racehorse – $16 Million

Leading our list of priciest pets is Green Monkey, an American racehorse.

What makes him so costly? His amazing speed is one reason, completing a mile in nearly 9.8 seconds in his debut race. His lineage also plays a part; his father is the renowned racehorse, Forestry. With his great speed and top-notch genes, he became a sought-after horse in the racing world. He was sold for a whopping $16 million in 2009! 


We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 most expensive pets in the world.

That was certainly an eye opener alright. There are a few pets on the list that we would like like to own. You can’t go wrong with a tiger or white lion!

Here’s a quick recap of the 20 most expensive pets in the world.

  1. Green Monkey – Thoroughbred Racehorse – $16 Million
  2. Sir Lancelot Encore – Labrador – $16 Million
  3. Miss Missy – Cow – $1.2 Million
  4. Tibetan Mastiff – $582,000
  5. White Lion Cubs – $140,000
  6. Arabian Horse – $100,000
  7. Chimpanzees – $60,000
  8. Camels – $55,000
  9. Lavender Albino Ball Python – $40,000
  10. Savannah Cat – $20,000
  11. Palm Cockatoo – $16,000
  12. Hyacinth Macaw – $14,000
  13. De Brazza’s Monkey -$12,000
  14. Bongo Antelope – $9,000
  15. Capuchin Monkey – $8,500
  16. Bengal Cat – $5,000
  17. Wallaby – $4,000
  18. Kangaroo – $3,000
  19. Tiger Cubs – $2,500
  20. Micro Pig – $2,000

What’s your favourite most expensive pet? Leave a comment below.

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