15 Most Expensive Cat Breeds: The Price of Purrfection

Persian kitten standing

Pet parents may be surprised to learn which felines are the most expensive cat breeds. Impressive breed lines are selling for as much as $3,000. The high price tag varies, and some of the most extravagant felines are rare breeds from other countries. The level of breeder care also influences the price.

Most Expensive Cat Breeds

The Peterbald, Russian blue, and Siberian cat breeds all originate from Russia. When certain felines are uncommon in the U.S., pet parents may need to identify reputable breeders abroad for a kitty. The gorgeous cats on the shortlist are worth the high price tag, and a breeder may help find the perfect kitty for your family. Many cat breeds are expensive because it takes generations of careful selective breeding to create a breed. Always review the cat's pedigree papers with a vet.


The Bengal cat is active and needs an experienced owner. This feline's patterned coat and muscular frame are magnificent. The breed may cost between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on coat coloration. A Bengal kitten's traits dictate the final cost.

Bengal cat with green eyes

Maine Coon

This cat breed is known as America's native cat and an impressively large feline. The Maine coon weighs between ten and 20 pounds. The kitty may cost between $1,200 and $2,000.

Maine Coon Cat


The blue-eyed Ragdoll cat is beautiful and known to be a laid-back kitty. This breed may cost between $1,200 and $2,300. Why is the cost of this feline so high? The Ragdoll is a lap cat, easy to handle, and one of the most affectionate kitties.

Ragdoll cat resting on cat pole

Scottish Fold

Scottish fold cats cost between $1,000 and $2,000. This breed is known as charming and friendly. The owl-faced appearance is a trait many pet parents enjoy combined with the adorable folded-down ears.

Scottish Fold Shorthair cat


The Sphynx is dedicated to his owner and makes a wonderful companion. Is the breed worth a price tag of between $1,800 and $3,000? Cat lovers enjoy the breed's wrinkled skin and round belly. Some cat lovers pay top price for this breed.

Sphynx Hairless Cat

American Curl

The American curl is known as elegant and engaging, and this cat breed costs between $1,200 and $2,000. The American curl is curious with a kittenlike personality and forms a close bond with his family.

Two American Curl Cats

British Shorthair

The cost of a British shorthair cat breed depends on the color and pattern. The range is somewhere between $1,200 and $2,300. This breed is available in solid colors, various color points, tabie, and tortie patterns.

British Shorthair Cat

Russian Blue

The Russian blue cat breed originated in Russia and costs between $1,000 and $1,700. This friendly cat does not demand much attention from his owner and may be shy around strangers.

Russian Blue Cat


This Russian cat breed costs between $1,700 and $3,000. This feline is hairless, elegant, and graceful. The agreeable cat may be found in Russia and must be kept indoors!

Peterbald Sphynx Cat


The graceful Savannah cat costs between $1,000 and $2,000. The cat's strikingly unusual appearance makes the high price worth every penny. The breed may be demanding, so this feline isn't a good candidate for new pet parents.

Cute Savannah Cat


The Persian is a sweet-tempered cat and costs between $1,300 and $3,000. The breed needs a committed owner and is known as the original version of the world's favorite longhair feline.

Persian himalayan cat

American Wirehair

The American wirehair is a versatile and quiet cat. This cat is happy indoors or outdoors and with people of all ages. This kitty breed costs between $800 and $1,200.

American Wirehair cat


The Siberian cat originated in Russia and costs somewhere between $1,200 and $2,500. This large, heavy-coated breed loves to play. It may take five years for the breed to reach full growth.

Siberian cat looking up

Norwegian Forest Cat

This gentle giant enjoys being at home with his owner. The Norwegian forest cat is large and sturdy with a wild ancestry. The breed costs between $900 and $1,500.

Norwegian Forest cat

Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk rex is a cat from the U.S. Pet parents love the breed's wild curly coat and lovable personality. Breeders typically price kittens between $800 and $1,500. Regular grooming is essential.

Two Selkirk Rex Cats

Care and Maintenance

A reputable groomer may help a cat lover understand the ins and outs of maintaining a Ragdoll's long coat. Pet parents must also be vigilant about annual wellness exams. Certain cat breeds are screened for health issues before a litter of kittens is available for purchase. With that in mind, vets need to check cats twice a year to rule out any illness, and as felines age, this is increasingly important.

Vet May Assess a Cat Breed's Papers

Many pet parents do not understand the details included in a new cat's registration papers. A vet may answer questions about the cat breed and the contract.

The Most Impressive Cat Breeds Are Pricey

You almost always get what you pay for when it comes to cat breeds. Reputable breeders work hard on specific lines and study other longtime breeders. Many of the rare or uncommon cat breeds may not be available at a local shelter, but it is always a good idea to check if the price is too high. Yet, the Peterbald or Norwegian forest cat breeds may be challenging to find anywhere. Contact the International Cat Association (TICA) with questions about breeders.

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