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Here are the most extravagant, impractical and possibly irresponsible exotic pets that money can buy...not that we're saying you should!


These choices are just for fun! If you are really in the market for a companion, please visit your local animal shelter.




Although chinchillas are essentially just large squirrels, they are awesome South American large squirrels with amazingly soft fur. Note to the Big Rich Atlanta ladies: Chinchillas do not do well in temperatures above 80 degrees F, so Hotlanta may not be a good home for them unless they want a fur coat.

sugar glider


Sugar glider

If you are into wearing your pet and not in the form of a fur coat, the sugar glider may be for you. These exotic pets thrive while socializing with their owners, so many owners wear them in a special pouch during the day while the animal sleeps. Accessorize, ladies!




A pony, or a miniature horse, is usually less than three feet tall but has all the energy and playfulness of a full-size breed. Lately they've made news as a great service animal for the disabled.

Wolf Dog


Wolf dog

A wolf dog is only an appropriate pet for a seasoned dog owner, and even then it is a good idea to purchase this pet from a trustworthy breeder that maintains a dog to wolf ratio that is far more dog than wolf. These animals can make gorgeous and striking pets.

Bearded dragon


Bearded dragon

I spend a great deal of energy trying to keep reptiles out of my home, but apparently some people are into cold-blooded, scaly, bug-eyed monsters as pets. And to be honest, the bearded dragon is a very striking lizard with bright coloring. Lizard experts (also known as "pet store employees") note that the bearded dragon is a great pet for beginners.

Urban chicken


Urban chicken

Owning and raising chickens is all the rage right now with hipsters, homeschoolers and hicks. How, then, is this extravagant? Separate yourself from the plebeians by purchasing a high-end chicken coop or opting for chickens with unique colors and feathering.




If you're tired of dating but don't want to grow old alone, consider a macaw! These stunning birds live between 30 and 50 years, they can learn how to speak and they age better than most men by retaining their vibrant colors.

Savannah cat


Savannah cat

A Savannah cat is a hybrid mix between a domestic breed and a Serval, a wild African cat. These cats are striking, tall, athletic and social. And unlike most cats, they make great pets.

Fennec fox


Fennec fox

These tiny creatures hail from North African deserts, and although they are not domesticated animals, they usually do quite well as pets. Fennec foxes are known for their giant ears and tiny bodies which are undesirable in a human but highly desirable in an animal.

Pygmy goat


Pygmy goat

A pygmy goat harnesses all the innate extravagance of a goat and multiplies it by each inch it falls below the size of normal goat. It gets complicated, but basically a pygmy goat is increasingly awesome the tinier it is. Pygmy goats are usually about 30 pounds so they're the size of a medium dog. But they're goats. And you can milk them, if you're into that.

But seriously, check your local laws before buying these awesome pets.

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Comments on "Ten extravagant pets you'll want immediately"

Hannah November 06, 2013 | 12:53 PM

I found this article to be extreemly enlightning. I find that the Urban Chicken would be the perfect addition to my super hip life #hipster. To add to my hip life I will add a pygmy goat. I get a mini horse I can also purchase a cart. Hello transportation! I'm half way to being self-sufficient. I once killed a friends chinchilla...oops. I am a fan of beads, just not in the dragon form. Great article! I can now make an informed decission on my next steps of #hipster life.

Mike April 22, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Some of these animals that are considered pets should be left alone.

Meg February 12, 2013 | 12:53 AM

Congratulations on this utterly asinine and irresponsible article. There are not enough disclaimers in the world that could make it ok for you to print this.

Jdewitt January 29, 2013 | 3:16 AM

We have 2 rescued macaws they are indeed beautiful animals but I would not recommend that anybody get one as a pet. They require a huge time investment and they are extremely messy. They are a life long commitment and they often have emotional problems when they out live their caretakers and when they are re-homed. The other problem is the huge number of tropical birds that are poached from their habitat for "pets" If any of you are considering ANY tropical bird as a pet find and visit a local rescue group and learn about them first. I know a lady near the village I lived in Canada that had a wildlife sanctuary on her farm she had a 2 acre pen for a "wolfdog" that had turned on it's caregiver and damn near killed him. That animal was lucky it got to live out its natural life in a safe shelter. Most sadly are euthanized. I think this article is an abomination and should be removed immediately. Most of these animals should not be kept as pets and should left in peace in their natural habitat.

farmkid1 January 29, 2013 | 12:11 AM

Another poor animal that will suffer because some moron believes they have to have something they are completely unqualified to own. Especially the wolf dog, fennic fox, and savannah cat.

hkanimalspeak January 27, 2013 | 9:13 PM

As if keeping up with animal welfare under normal circumstances isn't hard enough... This article objectifies these animals as desirable while the long term care, training and risks are barley communicated. There is a HUGE difference between companion animals and wild animals. Wild animals are not pets and we should not try and make them such. Internationally, it's a never ending list of tragedies through improper care and abandonment with the domestic animals people already have, we don't need to add more.

Holly January 27, 2013 | 4:35 PM

Chinchillas are not at all like squirrels and from the amount that they poop wearing them around live is really not advisable. Also if you wanted to turn your chinchilla pet into mittens or a fur coat you would need hundreds. What a stupid article.

Sue-Ellen January 26, 2013 | 12:37 AM

Oh, Bro-ther!!! If there was ever an article than makes "objects" out of living creatures, this is it. Get with it and recognize that these animals are to be cared for not purchased, hence the new term replacing "owners" is "caregiver". I guess we could go out an buy some little kids instead of adopting them. Wold dogs are not family pets and may be under the jurisdiction of State Fish and Game in some states. Some of these animals are illegal to "own" in areas zoned as residential instead of agricultural. I can't imagine that the residents of BIG RICH ATLANTA would want to be know as so BIG STUPID.

Mary January 25, 2013 | 4:16 PM

All of these animals are lovely, but this article made me cringe. Animals are living creatures, not fashion acessories, and they should NEVER be bought on impulse as is implied here. Macaws, for example, can live well past 80 years and are considered to be equivalent to a 3 year old child when it comes to brains. Other "pets" mentioned, like fennec foxes and wolf dogs, should never be pets unless they're owned by extremely experienced handlers. And unlike a handbag or pair of shoes, animals are a lifelong commitment. If you want a pet, do your research and make sure you have the time, money, and space to care for it properly.

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