World's most expensive pets

Jul 16, 2009 at 8:48 a.m. ET

Most people consider themselves animal lovers to some degree. Some people are dog lovers; some are crazy for cats. Some folks even prefer snakes. But how much would you pay for a precious pet? Here, we share with you some of the most expensive pets in the world. Do yourself a favor: Visit the local shelter, rescue a pet and save yourself a lot of dough!

Cloned dog

Cloned puppy

BREED: Labrador retriever
TICKET PRICE: $155,000
Lancelot Encore is not only the world's most expensive dog ever sold, he is also the world's first commercially cloned puppy! A Florida couple had the forethought to have samples taken from their beloved pet Lancelot, a Labrador retriever. After he passed away, the couple won the opportunity to have their pet cloned in an auction by BioArts, a California-based firm, which employed Sooam Biotech Research Foundation to complete the retriever recreation. Lancelot Encore is said to have many of the same traits as his predecessor, particularly in the looks department.

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