Yesterday we discussed how every pet owner believes their pet is priceless. There’s no amount of money that could replace the bond an animal lover feels for their adopted animal baby. While most of us spent under $100 to take home our dog or cat, others have spent thousands of dollars to bring home exotic animals with hefty price tags. We covered a few animals with hefty price tags, but the following animals are even more expensive:
Pictured: a ram
In 1989 a prized ram sold for £205,000, at the time it was the most expensive ram ever sold. In 2009, that record was beat when a ram sold for a staggering £231,000 (roughly $352,000). Why would anyone want to buy a ram? They’re not exactly used as household pets, instead, rams are used as sires for flocks, and if you have only one ram, then he will make up 50% of the genetics of your next generation, meaning you want a quality ram.
Dairy Cow: $1.2 million
Pictured: dairy cows
In 2006, at a Toronto auction, an Alberta dairy farm sold one of their prized cows for $1.2 million. Her name was Missy and she has elite diary genetics, which accounts for her high price. Auctioneers were stunned to see how much the bovine sold for. She went for $800,000 more than the expected amount. Missy became the fifth cow in the world to sell for more than $1,000,000.
Tibetan Mastiff: $1.5 million
Pictured: Tibetan Mastiff
According to legend, both Genghis Khan and Buddha had Tibetan mastiffs. They are known as one of the world’s oldest breed of dog. These massive dogs are also quite expensive. Perhaps you’ve heard of the 3-foot-tall, 180-pound mastiff that was sold in 2011 at a Chinese auction for $1.5 million? A Chinese billionaire forked over more than one million dollars for an 11-month old puppy named Big Splash (“Hong Dong” in Chinese). The dog is a perfect specimen of the breed and will fetch lots of money when it breeds.
Thoroughbred: $16 million
Pictured: thoroughbred horse
Owning a thoroughbred horse is an expensive but sometimes very lucrative investment. In 2006, a horse by the name of The Green Monkey, broke records when it sold at auction for $16 million. Unfortunately, The Green Monkey pulled a muscle and didn’t make it to the races until the fall of his three-year-old season. In 2012, The Green Monkey’s stud fee was $5,000. While he no longer races, he sires new generations of horses that will hopefully make it to the winner’s circle.