Dog mansions that cost more than your home: crazy pet products

Bizarre dog mansions - and five ridiculously expensive pet products

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Hecate Verona Dog Manors is building incredibly expensive houses for dogs, which look like mini mansions, and come complete with air conditioning, lighting and automatic treat dispensers.

There's even a conference calling system, where the dog and the owner can communicate with one another. Presumably this works brilliantly with dogs - which are famed for their conference calling skills.

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The properties are inspired by different architectural influences, so you can find one that blends seamlessly between the leisure complex and the multilevel entertaining space in the grounds of your mega-mansion.

You can also be confident that your dog will like it, as it was hand-built after consultation with pet psychologists. This means the homes are split into a living room and a bedroom - and the living room has a panoramic view of the surroundings. Apparently dogs like this, so they can protect their territory.

The only slight downside is the cost. Apparently the cheapest option will set you back $40,000 (£31,400), while the priciest one will cost you $200,000 (£157,000). For the extra cash you get to bling-up your dog's mansion with oak floors, marble features and Swarovski crystal chandeliers - the kinds of features that will make all the difference to your four-legged friend.

There is, of course, an alternative. The other way they can get a panoramic view of their surroundings during the day is to go outside, while if you want to spoil them with comfort when it's time for bed, there's always the luxury and splendour of a dog basket.

Spoiled dogs

If, however, this dog mansion is just the ticket for your pampered pooch, then don't overlook the other potential ways to spend a small fortune on your dog. We've tracked down five ridiculously expensive options.

1. Bed: £520
Dog beds can cost anything you choose to spend on them. You can, for example, buy a Chesterfield leather dog bed for your pup, for the impressive price of £455 - or opt for the real Italian leather version for £520.

2. Bowl: £500
Dog bowls, meanwhile, don't need to be an old cereal bowl that has seen better days, you can fork out for a £500 Ruby and Walter Crown Derby pet bowl - hand guilded with 22-carat gold.

3. Pet carrier £1,920
Of course you're free to carry your dog around in any old pet carrier. If you really loved them, however, you would fork out for a Louis Vuitton dog carrier - a snip at just £1,920.

4. Collar: £125,550
There are some impressive dog collars, but none of them are a patch on the La Jeune Tulipe Diamond Dog Pet Collar, which will set you back $159,999 (£125,550). It features a number of diamonds, plus a 1.52-carat marquise-cut diamond as a pendant. Presumably this isn't for the kind of dog who dashes off through the undergrowth and rolls in fox excrement on a daily basis.

5. Tiara: £3.3 million
Finally, for the dog that has everything, you can get a custom-made dog tiara. Perhaps unsurprisingly these don't tend to be stocked as standard, but in 2009 at a dog show in Bangkok, a Thai jewellery designer showcased a tiara he had made for his own dog - complete with 1250 carats of emeralds and diamonds, His tiara was worth $4.2 million (£3.3 million), and he revealed that while this particular tiara wasn't for sale, he was open to commissions.

But what do you think? How long would it take your dog to chew through this lot?

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