#17 Egyptian Mau – $500-800
The spotted color pattern is just one of the Egyptian Mau’s many distinct traits, which instantly attract people with exotic tastes. This is the world’s only domestic feline breed with a tiger-esque coat that is 100% natural. Collectors may not care about that but true animal lovers prefer to avoid funding barbaric breeding techniques. Plus, it’s the only one priced under the $1,000 mark.
#16 Selkirk Rex – $700
Most high-class felines were “designed” by professional breeders. But some, like the Selkirk Rex, are designed exclusively by mother nature. The first S.R. kittens were born just a few years ago, from a Black Persian cat and a regular house cat. Some of the offspring had a feature that was previously unseen in felines. From any successful breeding pair, only 1 out of 10 siblings are born with the thick, curly coat that make the Selkirk Rex so desirable.