The big eyes of human babies mean that we are hard wired to like animals with big eyes. Seeing those big eyes floods our brains with feel-good chemicals.
So it should come as no surprise that we humans can find big-eyed cat breeds irresistible. Here are 15 Big Eyed Cat Breeds you’ll fall for.
- 1 15. Big Eyed Cat Breeds
- 1.1 1. Cornish Rex Cat Breed
- 1.2 2. Sphynx Cat Breed
- 1.3 3. Scottish Fold Cat Breed
- 1.4 4. Burmese Cat Breed
- 1.5 5. Tonkinese Cat Breed
- 1.6 6. Devon Rex Cat Breed
- 1.7 7. Singapura Cat Breed
- 1.8 8. Persian Cat Breed
- 1.9 9. Russian Blue Cat Breed
- 1.10 10. British Short Hair Cat Breed
- 1.11 11. Abyssinian Cat Breed
- 1.12 12. Chartreux Cat Breed
- 1.13 13. Ragamuffin Cat Breed
- 1.14 14. Ocicat
- 1.15 15. California Spangled
15. Big Eyed Cat Breeds
1. Cornish Rex Cat Breed
The Cornish Rex cat has a head shaped liked a triangle. As a result its eyes are prominent and large. The eyes of the Cornish Rex cat tend to be golden in colour although that can vary.
The Cornish Rex cat breed has no hair apart from some down. Their coat is very fine and can sometimes get a bit of a curl. The lack of fur can emphasise those big eyes even more.
This cat breed is often compared to greyhound dogs due to their sleek appearance and they like a long, lolling run. This is a very adventurous breed that loves to explore and will keep its playful demeanor long after its kitten days are finished.
2. Sphynx Cat Breed
The Sphynx, one of the most recognizable cat breeds, is famous for its bald body. These medium-sized cats have a striking appearance with hairless, wrinkled skin and large ears.
It is also known for the somewhat intense gaze which emits for its large eyes. As another breed with minimal hair those large eyes stand out even more on the Sphynx cat.
Though Sphynx cats appear to look bald, they may be covered in a small amount of peach fuzz, giving them that velvety texture. However, they do require moderate grooming to care for their hairless bodies as they do not have fur to absorb natural oils their body produces.
What the Sphynx cat breed lacks in fur, they make up for in their personality. These hairless kitties are sociable, energetic, and love to play. The curious kitties are mischievous and are fond of teaser toys and puzzle toys to challenge them.
3. Scottish Fold Cat Breed
Scottish Fold cats, named for their unusual folded ears and striking, yellowish-orange eye colors, these kitties just love to be around people. These easy-going cats have a great personality and get along with anyone.
Whilst they may be best known for those funny folded ears this breed is also characterised by beautiful big round eyes. Their eyes come in shades of gold, blue and green. Add these to those fluffy ears and you have one cute cat breed!
As active mousers, Scottish fold cats are playful, sensitive, and expressive. These joyful felines have a habit of posing in odd positions – sitting upright as if they were a meerkat, lying flat on the floor, or on their backs with their paws in the air.
They are moderately active and enjoy toys that test their agility and challenge their intelligence, like puzzle toys. Scottish fold cats crave attention and make great companions, so expect to play with them when you get home from work or school.
4. Burmese Cat Breed
The Burmese are friendly, personable, and kind kitties. With Siamese ancestors, these felines are playful and affectionate, but not clingy. Burmese cats are often characterized as a “rock wrapped in silk” due to being much heavier than what they appear to be.
Their coats are short and silky and are low-maintenance, requiring a weekly brush or combing to remove dead hair. And that short silky hair sets off their gorgeous large round and gleaming green eyes.
Younger Burmese cats are curious and active, and as they get older, they become placid and prefer to watch rather than getting involved in activities. You’ll often see them sleeping on a windowsill or at the corner of a sofa, snagging the sunlight.
Burmese cats are excellent jumpers and climbers and should have cat perches or something to climb up on.
5. Tonkinese Cat Breed
This playful kitty maintains its playful instincts all of its life. They love to run, play fetch, answer the door, and more. Tonkinese cats are very social and much prefer company to being alone.
This breed was developed in the 1960s and 1970s. These medium-sized cats can be quite strong and have short, silky hair. This offsets their beautifully shaped round eyes.
Additionally, Tonkinese cats have a range of exotic eye colours from sky blue to voilet and even gold.
The Tonkinese breed is believed to have been brought to the UK in the early 1800s and called Chocolate Siamese. In the USA, the Tonkinese breed was developed from the Siamese and Burmese breeds to provide a more moderate breed and to have aqua eyes.
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6. Devon Rex Cat Breed
The mischievous Devon Rex cat, also known as the pixie cat, is a loving and loyal feline breed. They make the ideal companions and welcome family and friends’ attention, as well as being great with kids and other pets.
This cat breed emerged in England during the late 1950s and is similar to the nearby Cornish Rex cat breed. Their large, oval-shaped eyes compete with their large ears for attention.
These felines are intelligent, active, and require regular stimulation. Devon Rex cats are jumpers, and their favorite place is at head level, so perches and cat trees should be provided.
The moderately active cat enjoys learning and playing fetch, so interactive toys will also help keep him occupied while you’re out earning money.
This indoor cat breed has slender bodies with long legs, large eyes, and high cheekbones. They shouldn’t be brushed as their fur is prone to breakage; instead, rub the Devon Rex cat gently with a cloth to keep them well-groomed, weekly.
7. Singapura Cat Breed
Singapura cats have captivating little spirits, ready to steal your heart away. These lovely felines are a playful, cheeky, and friendly cat breed. You’ll often find them under a duvet cover or lying in the sunshine.
The Singapura is one of the smallest cat breeds, which means its almond shaped eyes really pop. Singpura cats tend to look like they constantly have their eyes open as wide as possible.
With a similar temperament to the Burmese cat, they are full of mischief, are affectionate, and extremely inquisitive. Singapura cats enjoy chasing balls down the hall or tap dancing on keyboards.
These fun-loving cats love people and get along easily with other pets in the house – making them ideal for the indoors.
8. Persian Cat Breed
Persian cats are affectionate, docile, and gentle kitties. This breed has a quiet demeanor; they plop down on any soft surface and simply pose for your appreciation. These elegant cats are not very active, which makes them the perfect indoor pet.
Persians have a relatively small face so their big round eyes are particularly prominent. Most Persians have gorgeous blue eyes but their can be exceptions – or some who have a different colour in each eye.
Although affectionate, Persian cats are discriminative and reserve their attention for family and a few trusted guests.
This beautiful flat flaced cat breed does get along with children and other household pets; however, they aren’t fans of loud environments but rather serene homes where little changes.
9. Russian Blue Cat Breed
With emerald-green eyes and a luxurious silvery coat, Russian Blues are a startlingly pretty breed. The Russian Blue is sweet-tempered and fine-featured, with long legs that allow it to run at high speeds.
Those green eyes are large, round, and wide-set. This is another cat breed that constantly looks like it is wide awake! Russian Blue cats are born with yellow eyes which turn green over time.
This expensive breed of cat really enjoys play and requires a good bit of attention when you get home. Although, they do enjoy napping in a quiet corner and tend to shy away from large groups.
Often demanding at mealtimes, these happy felines can get quite chunky if you’re not firm. Russian Blue cats are another very intelligent breed, so it’s important to provide enough mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy.
10. British Short Hair Cat Breed
The British Shorthair cat is a medium to large-sized cat breed with large gold, orange, or copper color eyes, a short, broad nose, and a short to medium coat. Daily grooming of these felines is necessary, especially during seasonal changes.
These lovely kitties are highly intelligent; however, they are still happy to stay inside and play with toys and people. Get some wand-like toys and start a game with your British Shorthair cat; it can be great fun.
This indoor cat breed has an easy-going personality and provides great companionship. While these cats love to play, they don’t require hourly attention.
11. Abyssinian Cat Breed
Your Abyssinian cat may well become your best friend. This high energy cats are always on and ready for fun. What they love most is being close to their owner so they will tend to be in whichever room that you are in.
This breed has a relatively small face which means its large almond shaped eyes stand out even more.
This friendly cat breed is also known for its intelligence and its love of a good climb so be sure to give it a garden or a cat tower for playing. But most of all the Abyssinian loves its human family.
This sociable cat likes company so if you have a busy lifestyle it might be an idea to get another cat or pet to keep it company when you’re not there.
12. Chartreux Cat Breed
The Chartreux cat is known as one of the most polite breeds – not a word normally associated with cats! This is one kitty that doesn’t like to complain and will be not just your friend but a friend to any guests as well.
Their round eyes tend to come in shades between copper and gold, which beautifully offset their blue-grey coats.
This still rather rare cat breed is a great option for a busy person who lives on their own or a busy couple/family. It likes to play but this desire generally comes in spurts. And this is a breed which is quite good at entertaining itself.
13. Ragamuffin Cat Breed
This often large and long bodied cat is as cute as its name. Its soft and silky coat can become quite long and fluffy. This cat breed likes to be held like a baby and is known for its docile nature and its sweet, big eyes.
Ragamuffin cats are known for behaving more like a puppy than a kitten. They love to play fetch, learn new tricks and even go out for a walk. Ragamuffins are very much lap cats and will be at their happiest close to their favourite people.
This playful cat breed loves attention. The Ocicat resembles a wild cat but is very playful and loving. They are a medium to large cat breed with a smooth coat. Their markings are distributed across their bodies – and each hair on their coat contains more than one colour.
The Ocicat breed was created by crossing Siamese and Abyssinian cats together and then later breeding with an American domestic short hair. The breed was registered in 1966.
Ocicats love to play and will see most items in your home as potential toys. They are also friendly cats who like to welcome strangers. They don’t like being alone and do get bored easily so a sibling is often a good idea.
They are high energy and highly intelligent so need lots of stimuli. They don’t have any special exercise needs and unlike many other cat breeds they like water so watch out if you’re having a bath.
15. California Spangled
The California Spangled cat was developed to resemble a leopard. A mix of the Abyssinian, Siamese and both British and American short hair cats, the breeder Paul Casey developed these kitties to highlight big cat conservation issues.
This breed’s oblique eyes stand out against its slightly wild looking face and are usually copper or amber coloured. It has an athletic frame with long legs and a smooth coat. Personality wise, this is a great breed for families and it loves to be involved with its family and to demonstrate love and affection.
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Larry W Anderson
Wednesday 15th of February 2023
The Scottish Fold is a beautiful and well desired cat. But very few know that the trait that causes its ears to fold, is a cartilage gene deficiency. This deficiency affects the cartilage throughout the cats body. This causes the cat to have painful joints, and arthritis. The Scottish Fold is also susceptible to Heart problems.Please check a site on line such as a Veterinarian or a site more dedicated to to the Scottish Fold. I send this only to let people know that They may have a BEAUTIFUL SCOTTISH FOLD, but their cat will likely be suffering.
Wednesday 15th of February 2023
thanks for sharing this information on the this cat breed with big eyes Larry.