#3 Bengal – $12,000-14,500
The first successful cross of an Asian Leapard and a domestic cat was conducted in the early 1970’s, by Jean Mill. His original Bengal “batch” resembled tigers physically but had all the loyalty and playfulness of a regular domestic cat. Well, Mill did lose three fingers “playing” with his kitties, so the breed wasn’t exactly an instant success.
Today’s Bengals are three generations removed from wild leopards, so they’re not prone to, you know, eat their owners. Females are about the size of regular cats, while males can be up to twice as large. And that’s not the only reason why hey’re often compared to dogs – Bengal cats are very loyal and protective of their owners.