11 of the most expensive cat breeds

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Lots of cat owners can confirm their amazing feline friends were adopted from a shelter, but for those seeking to pay for a kitty whose breed resonates with competitors and luxury, prices are set by sellers. Nonetheless, here’s a very basic summary of what some of the most expensive cats for sale may cost, as well as what they may bring to your home and family.

British shorthair

KITTY COST RANGE: $900 STATS: Known to be
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KITTY COST RANGE: $900 STATS: Known to be muscular but calm and affectionate, these UK kitties average about 13 pounds in weight and have a life expectancy of about 16 years.

American shorthair

KITTY COST RANGE: $700 STATS: Sturdy and low-maintenance,
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KITTY COST RANGE: $700 STATS: Sturdy and low-maintenance, this breed does well with other types of pets, and while they like company, these cats do just as well hanging solo. Weighing in at an average of 13 pounds, it's not uncommon for these animals to reach the age of 20.

Ragdoll

KITTY COST RANGE: $800 STATS: Friendly, relaxed and
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KITTY COST RANGE: $800 STATS: Friendly, relaxed and easy to pick up, this passive breed is also known for its size and fluffiness. Able to exceed 20 pounds in heft, ragdoll owners can expect to have their kitties around for about 15 years.

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Bengal

KITTY COST RANGE: $1,200 STATS: They look like
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KITTY COST RANGE: $1,200 STATS: They look like a wildcat and are known to act as such, and have loads of energy, are super-smart, and need both dedicated interaction and attention. Bengals can be big, as hefty as 15 pounds, and are known to live over 15 years.

Russian Blue

KITTY COST RANGE: $600 STATS: Intelligent and on-guard,
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KITTY COST RANGE: $600 STATS: Intelligent and on-guard, these cats crave stability, sensitivity and dedication in their families. Blues can exceed 12 pounds in weight and generally have an average life expectancy of 17.

Peterbald

KITTY COST RANGE: $1,000 STATS: A social breed
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KITTY COST RANGE: $1,000 STATS: A social breed that has only existed since the 1990s, these hairless cats are fairly rare, but those who possess them crow about their loving personalities. Usually weighing in at approximately 9 pounds, the Peterbald is known to live past the age of 12.

Sphynx

KITTY COST RANGE: $1,000 STATS: A hairless breed
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KITTY COST RANGE: $1,000 STATS: A hairless breed (remember Mr. Bigglesworth from the "Austin Powers" films?), these are speedy attention-seekers that like to play and climb. Known to weigh around 10 pounds, these felines tend to live past their 15th birthdays.

Scottish Fold

KITTY COST RANGE: $1,000 STATS: Big fans of
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KITTY COST RANGE: $1,000 STATS: Big fans of human attention, this affectionate breed seeks its family members frequently; its physical trademark are its owl-like, folded-forward ears. Owners can expect their Folds to weight about 10 pounds and live to an average age of 14.

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Maine Coon

KITTY COST RANGE: $900 STATS: Sturdy, big and
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KITTY COST RANGE: $900 STATS: Sturdy, big and fluffy, this breed can reach close to 40 inches in length. Dexterity is their specialty -- they can grab and pick up things with their paws, and possess the mousing skills of their ancestors. This breed can exceed 20 pounds in weight and is likely to live to at least 13 years.

Persian

KITTY COST RANGE: $700 STATS: Furry and fluffy,
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KITTY COST RANGE: $700 STATS: Furry and fluffy, you won't have to look hard to figure out where your pet Persian has gone, as they are lap cats who are very happy to lounge around on furniture, get brushed and hang with the family. Expect these felines to weigh around 12 pounds and to live about 15 years.

Savannah

KITTY COST RANGE: $2,000 STATS: This cat has
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KITTY COST RANGE: $2,000 STATS: This cat has a wild side -- the breed is a cross between a domestic cat and an African wild cat -- which is why they are illegal to own in New York City. (Those Savannahs that are legal elsewhere in the state must be at least five generations away from their purely wild ancestor.) Active, intelligent and vocal, they require attention and also actually seek out water for play. Expect these big kitties to weigh around 30 pounds in weight and live past the age of 17.

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