The enigmatic Russian Peterbalds go for anything between $1,200 and $5,000. The fluffy and furry Persians go for prices ranging from $500 to $5,500.
The stunning Asian Leopard Cat/Domestic Cat cross called the Bengal tips the wallet-scales at between $1,000 to $25,000, but, with kittens that go for between $1,500 and a whopping $50,000, the cat that takes home the “Most Expensive” title is the Savannah!
The Savannah breed is a hybrid, and these cats are a cross between the African Servals and domestic cats. They are best known for their inordinate size and height – the largest Savannah on record stretches to 19 inches high from toes to shoulder – their sleek spotted coats, their clear-eyed gaze and their long, lean and lanky bodies.
As far as personality is concerned, these cats are playful and intense, and are known to hunt everything with a single-minded ferocity.
They’re also incredibly high jumpers, probably due to the strength and length of their back legs, and they have a curiosity that just won’t stop. In short, they’re absolutely fantastic cats, and the prices you pay to own one reflects that.
Not every Savannah kitten has the same percentage of wild African Serval in him or her, however, and the percentage of Serval genetics diminishes by about 25% in each succeeding generation.
This would explain why there’s such a price discrepancy between available kittens, with those with the highest percentage of Serval genetics going for the highest prices because they’re the purest of the breed.
F3 and F4 kittens, although more likely to be fertile, are more domestic cat than Serval, and they go for between $700 to $5,000 as compared to the $3,400 to $15,000 for the F2s and the $5,000 to $24,000 and up for the F1s.
Exact pricing also depends on the cat’s age, whether it’s a male or a female and whether the patterns on its coat are acceptable in terms of the breed standard (spots are while rosettes and marbling are not).
Buyers must also beware of imitation breeds, and the 2008 controversy of the “new” Ashera being revealed as re-named Savannahs is still fresh in both breeders’ and buyers’ minds.
The Ashera was advertised as a cross between the African Serval, the Asian Leopard Cat and the Domestic Cat, and these so-called lifestyle pets were being sold for as much as $125,000 each.
The only problem with this picture was that the Ashera did not exist, and Savannahs were merely being bought by unscrupulous breeders who were then re-naming them and selling them for many times the price at which they had been bought.
Buyers should consider themselves lucky that the cat finally got out of the bag…