What would you spend your lottery winnings on? If you’re a regular lottery player it’s probably something you’ve given a lot of thought to. Most of would immediately think of buying a bigger house or a new car. But for the animal’s lovers out there, a big win could mean the chance to own one of the world’s most exotic pets.
If that’s you, you’ll love our list of the world’s most expensive, luxury pets:
1. Czechoslovakian Vlcak
If you’ve never heard of a Czechoslovakian Vlcak, that’s because this dog breed isn’t well known outside of its native country. This means, if you want to be proud owner of one of these magnificent dogs, you’ll need to factor in the price of a ticket to the Czech Republic. Bred by mixing Carpathian wolves with purebred German Shepherds, the result is a dog that looks like a wolf. But they actually have a sweet and gentle disposition – provided you socialise them at an early age.
While most of think the ultra-fluffy Persian cat epitomises wealth and luxury, one of the world’s most expensive cats is actually the Savannah. These svelte beauties with their spotted, short-hair coats are actually the result of a cross between a serval and a domestic cat. They have the personality of a dog and are incredibly intelligent.
3. Capuchin Monkeys
Who can resist a cheeky little monkey? These monkeys are often used in movies such as Ace Ventura and Night at The Museum. But if you’re considering a primate for a pet—be warned! They require a lot of care and attention as they’re very mischievous. Capuchin’s can live up to 50 years in captivity so make sure you’re ready to make a life-long commitment before buying one.
4. Hyacinth Macaw
The brilliant blue birds are one of the most expensive feathered friends you can get. With a beak strong enough to crack coconuts you’d better watch your fingers around a Hyacinth Macaw! They are the world’s largest parrot and native to eastern and central America. Like Capuchin Monkeys, they live for a long time, up to 60 years. So you may need to make provision for them in your will.
5. Lavender Albino Ball Python
It’s rare genetic mutation that’s responsible for the unusual colouring of this slippery pet. Their pale lavender background scales with golden markings and eyes like rubies make them stand out from the crowd. In their natural habitat they tend to spend most of their time hiding in burrows. So at least they’re easy to take care of, which is why they make such popular pets.
6. Stag Beetle
While it’s certainly a bit unusual it’s not uncommon for people to keep insects as pets. And the stag beetle happens to be the world’s priciest creepy-crawly. As if its blood-red curling mandibles and antlers weren’t enough, these beetles can grow to an impressive size. The average Stag Beetle can measure anything from 2 – 3 inches. At least it means you’re unlikely to lose them.
7. Racing Pigeons
Training and taking care of racing pigeons can be an expensive business. But there are some serious rewards associated with owning a flock of these savvy birds. Racing pigeon competitions are popular all over the world and many have big cash prizes for the winner. Breeding a prize winning bird is also a way to make big money as enthusiasts aren’t shy to shell out the big bucks for a superior specimen.
8. Holstein Cow
You didn’t really expect to see this animal on the list, did you? Dairy cows are common throughout the world, but this breed is rather special. Coming from Morsan farm in Canada, they live a rather pampered life. Fed a unique diet and living in a climate-controlled environment is a recipe for producing the world’s tastiest and healthiest milk. But these cows usually fetch a high price for only one reason: their genetics. The cows are highly prized for their ability to produce superior offspring.
9. Thoroughbred horse
This is not the kind of pet you buy for the kids to play with. Thoroughbred horses are more like an investment that a pet. And the right one can bring you excellent returns. They require enormous amounts of care and training to get them ready for race day. But, if you’re on to a winner you can earn money by winning races or breeding with them. Like racing pigeons, these animals are bred more for sport than for companionship.
10. White Lion Cub
Just owning a lion would be exotic enough, but a white lion cub goes one step further. Due to a recessive genetic mutation, these lions are extremely rare. Most are born into captivity and owned by zoos. But if the price is right you could find a private breeder willingly to part with one of these precious animals. Don’t forget that a cub will grow up and you could have a big, lion-sized problem on your hands one day.
Most of the animals on this list require a bit more attention than your average pooch. So think twice about the amount of time and care you can put into taking care of them, before your buy one. As with any animal though, the rewards of owning an exotic pet can be just as great.
That being said, there’s nothing wrong with using your winnings to help the large number of animals that find themselves in the unfortunate position of being homeless. Why not donate a portion of your prize money to your local animal shelter? Chances are, they really need the money and you’d be helping to make the lives of the animals they care for a little more comfortable.
If you can, consider adopting a regular cat or dog and giving them a forever home. We often say that winning a jackpot can change lives, but adopting an animal from a shelter saves two!