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Any type of pet ownership has its costs: visits to the vet (the planned and the oh-so-expensive unplanned), food, grooming, toys and boarding costs all add up. Even if you’re a pretty frugal person, you still probably need to dedicate a portion of your budget to caring for your non-human family members. But depending on what sort of pet you want, your biggest expense could actually by what it takes to acquire the animal.
Pet costs are a huge aspect of Americans’ finances. About 65% of U.S. households have a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association, and in 2015, it was estimated that those owners would spend more than $60 billion on collective pet expenses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average U.S. household spends $500 annually caring for their pets, though it wouldn’t be hard to find some owners who exceed that in a single month. Things like pet insurance or an emergency fund can help soften the blow of an unpredictable visit to an animal hospital, but it’s not unheard of for people to go into debt over pet care. Careful budgeting can help you avoid letting your pets make a mess of your finances.
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An exotic animal can definitely drive up your costs, but even so-called typical pets like cats and dogs sometimes come at a steep price. Keep in mind prices vary widely by seller and the specific animal for purchase, but we’ve rounded up general ranges of what these pets can cost. Based on information from breeders in various locations, as well as online pet-shopping sites, here are some of the most expensive pets out there. (Note: Not all these animals are legal to keep as pets in some states. No matter what pet you’re looking into, remember that pet sales are a common scam tactic, so be careful about choosing a breeder and how you choose to pay. Many animals are available for adoption at local shelters, as well.)
1. Tibetan Mastiff
Price range: $1,000 to $7,000 (though one famously sold for $2 million in 2014)
Price range: $750 to $3,500
3. Hyacinth Macaw
Price range: $2,000 to $12,000
4. Chinese Crested
Price range: $400 to $3,000
5. Ball Python
Price range: $100 to $45,000
6. Savannah Cat
Price range: $1,500 to $20,000
7. Capuchin Monkeys
Price range: $5,000 to $8,900
8. Squirrel Monkey
Price range: $3,000 to $5,000
9. Capuchin Monkeys
Price range: $5,000 to $8,900
10. Sphynx Cat
Price range: $300 to $2,500
11. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Price range: $1,000 to $3,500
12. Egyptian Pharaoh Hound
Price range: $1,200 to $5,000
Price range: $1,000 to $5,000