There are more than 150 million dogs and cats in the United States and nine in 10 homes count a feline or canine as a member of the family. Most of those animals were saved from shelters or purchased from a pet store, costing no more than $100 or so, but pet owners looking for more specific breeds can shell out a lot more money than that getting an animal with breed certification papers.
Then there are pet owners who willingly throw down tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for an animal that will provide comfort and companionship — and might also make their friends jealous. Some of the most expensive cats and dogs in the world are intensively bred to be hypoallergenic while others are simply rare. Whatever the reason for the eye-popping price tags, the following cats and dogs can set you back an arm and a tail. (Text: Shea Gunther)