Almost everyone would love to own a pet, but sometimes a pet can be expensive, even a normal dog or cat can gulp a big part of your monthly expenses. Pets can be considered family because they tend to get close to you and it builds a bond that makes them feel special to you.
For a common or average man out there, this could be an expensive adventure, however, the rich could afford anything including the most expensive pets.
If you’re looking for something a little more unconventional, then make sure you’re prepared for what follows, as owning one of these expensive pets will cost you a fortune to buy and also to maintain.
Top 20 Most Expensive Pets in the World 2023
Below is a comprehensive list of the most expensive pets in the world. Why not take a look at it, you just might fall in love with one!
20. Micro Pig – $2,000
Micro pigs also called Miniature Pigs, Teacup Pig, or Pygmy Pig, are small breeds of domestic pigs.
Miniature pigs can usually be distinguished from other pigs by their possession of small perked-back ears, a potbelly, a swayed back, a chubby figure, a rounded head, a short snout, short legs, a short neck, and a tail with thick hair at the end.
Typically, micro pigs will range in weight from about 70 pounds (32 kg) to 150 pounds (68 kg). To buy the micro pig will cost you around $2,000 and a further $100 per month in maintenance.
19. Tiger Cubs– $2,500
Tiger cub is the infant of a feline patera Tigris. They are born blind and are completely dependent on their mother. Cubs weigh between 785 and 1,610 grams (1.75 to 3.5 lb).
Owning a tiger or tiger cub is illegal in most places in the world, but there are a number of places where it’s legal.
It will cost you around $10,000 a year to look after it and $2,500 to purchase a tiger cub.
18. Kangaroo – $3,000
Kangaroos possess powerful hind legs, a long, strong tail, and small front legs. Kangaroos belong to the animal family Macropus, literally “bigfoot.” Thanks to their large feet, kangaroos can leap some 30 feet (9 meters) in a single bound, and travel more than 30 miles (48 kilometres) per hour.
Their maintenance costs are relatively low, however, Kangaroos become more expensive as the years go on.
17. Wallaby – $4,000
Wallabies are members of the kangaroo clan found primarily in Australia and on nearby islands. There are many wallaby species, grouped roughly by habitat: shrub wallabies, brush wallabies, and rock wallabies. Hare wallabies are named for their size and their hare-like behaviour.
Wallabies are known to have a similar temperament to a cat or dog and are illegal to keep in a lot of countries.
Caring for a Wallaby costs around $200 – $500 a month!
16. Bengal Cat – $5,000
The Bengal cat is a domesticated cat breed created from hybrids of domestic cats, especially the spotted Egyptian Mau, with the Asian leopard cat.
Like most cats, they’re highly intelligent and friendly in nature. Typically, they weigh between 8 and 15 pounds. They have a very distinctive pattern on their fur, looking very similar to a jungle cat.
A Bengal cat will cost you around $1,000 a year to look after.
15. Capuchin Monkey – $8,500
Capuchin Monkeys are some of the most intelligent monkeys in the world. However, they’re known for being a little bit of a handful and aggressive when provoked.
Also, they tend to be one of the most famous monkey species as they’re often used in movies and TV shows.
14. Bongo Antelope – $9,000
Bongo Antelope (Tragelaphus eurycerus), the largest, most colourful, and most sociable of the African forest antelopes, belonging to the spiral-horned antelope tribe Tragelaphini (family Bovidae).
It is also the third heaviest antelope, after the related giant eland and common eland. They are most known for their long spiralled horns and the magnificent white markings on their reddish-brown coat.
You’ll need a lot of space to keep one, as they need room to roam around and graze.
13.De Brazza’s Monkey -$12,000
De Brazza’s monkey is an Old World monkey common to the riverine and swamp forests of central Africa.
The largest species in the guenon family, it is one of the most widespread arboreal African primates.
Aside from size, it can be differentiated from other Cercopithecus monkeys by its orange diadem and white beard.
12. Hyacinth Macaw – $14,000
The hyacinth macaw, or hyacinthine macaw, is a parrot native to central and eastern South America.
With a length of about one meter, it is longer than any other species of parrot. It is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species.
It is one of the most expensive pets in the world, factoring in the purchase price, food bills, and housing. A good quality cage costs $2,000.
11. Palm Cockatoo – $16,000
The palm cockatoo, also known as the goliath cockatoo or great black cockatoo, is a large smoky-grey or black parrot of the cockatoo family native to New Guinea, Aru Islands, and the Cape York Peninsula.
It has a very large black beak and prominent red cheek patches. They’re one of the cheapest pets to maintain, costing around $1,000 a year.
10. Savannah Cat – $20,000
They’re tall and slender and are unlike many other cats. Extremely friendly and playful, they love playing in the water and can easily entertain themselves.
The Savannah cat is the largest of the cat breeds. A Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and a serval, a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat. It costs about $500 to $1000 a month to take care of a Savannah Cat.
9. Lavender Albino Ball Python – $40,000
Lavenda Albino is a color mutation that is recessive. Much like the normal. It develops into a lavender base colour with a yellow pattern with deep red eye colour. The yellow tends to be more sharp and defined and has rich golden yellow undertones.
It is one of the smallest African Pythons known to man.
8. Camels – $55,000
A camel is an even-toed ungulate in the genus Camelus that bears distinctive fatty deposits known as “humps” on its back. Camels have long been domesticated and, as livestock, they provide food and textiles.
It is associated with wealthy Arabs and oil tycoons, the Camels association is rightly deserved as it’s one of the most expensive animals in the world.
They serve as a means of transportation in the middle east, they require a large amount of training and are notoriously stubborn.
7. Chimpanzees – $60,000
The chimpanzee is a species of great ape native to the forest and savannah of tropical Africa. The chimpanzee is classified in the genus Pan.
Chimpanzees are also one of the most closely related species to human beings.
They’re smart, intelligent, and playful, making them a good choice for a pet.
6. Arabian Horse – $100,000
The Arabian or Arab horse is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage.
It is the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world.
The horse is one of the oldest breeds in the world. It’s suited for endurance riding and equestrian sports.
5. White Lion Cubs – $140,000
The white lion is a rare colour mutation of the lion, specifically the southern African lion. White lions in the area of Timbavati are thought to have been indigenous to the Timbavati region of South Africa for centuries
First spotted in 1938 in South Africa, these lions are the result of a rare colour mutation.
It is believed that the mutation is due to recessive genes in both parents.
4. Red Pure Bred Tibetan Mastiff – $582,000
The Tibetan Mastiff is a medium to large size Tibetan dog breed. Its double coat is medium to long, subject to climate, and found in a wide variety of colours, including solid black, black and tan, various shades of red from pale gold to deep red, and bluish-grey (dilute black), often with white and blue markings.
3. Miss Missy – Cow – $1.2 Million
Miss Missy is a world-famous Holstein Cow, that was sold for $1.2 million in 2009.
Her price comes from her popularity and success, as she’s won several major titles and produces 50% more milk than a standard cow.
2. Sir Lancelot Encore – Labrador – $16 Million
Sir Lancelot Encore is a clone of his former self. He is the World’s first successfully cloned dog.
After, bathing in his own success for a while, he thought it would be a good idea to continue his unique gene pool, so he fathered a couple of litters of his own.
1. Green Monkey – Thoroughbred Racehorse – $16 Million
A thoroughbred racehorse was sold for $16,000,000 in an auction in 2009. The first time Green Monkey raced, he ran an eighth of a mile in just under 9.8 seconds
He is fathered by a thoroughbred American racehorse, Forestry. His impressive speed and perfect genetics made him one of the most highly sort after horses in the equestrian world.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 20 most expensive pets in the world.
There are a few pets on the list that we would like like to own. You can’t go wrong with a white lion or a Red Pure Bred Tibetan Mastiff.