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16 Largest Breeds of Cat

16 Largest Breeds of Cat

I don’t know about you but I love a big cat. One of the many reasons that I chose to get my amazing Siberian cat Alexei is because I knew he would become very large. Perhaps I associate the larger size with him being cuddlier? Most cats reach full size by 12 months but some breeds such as Siberians and Maine Coons will keep growing until they are 2.

Alas your cat’s paw size will be proportionate to its size (I love a big paw) but if you have one of the long haired large cat breeds they will have fluffier paws which may appear to be larger.

17 Largest Breeds of Cat

1. Maine Coon

These fluffy felines are really something special. Known to be real gentle giants, they’re often referred to as the dogs of the cat world thanks to the unique Maine Coon personality.

maine coon tabby cat staring with very pointy ears

So if you’re a self-proclaimed dog person but looking to broaden your horizons, this will be your perfect transition to being a cat owner too.

Maine Coons are friendly, loveable, and very vocal. Their sizable bodies and heavy, double-layer long hair kept them well-protected against the brutal cold in Maine, which is the state they originated from. Maine Coons are typically between 15 and 20 pounds. Females will be on the lower end of the spectrum and some males may get as big as 25 pounds.

maine coon cat tabby on white background
maine coon cat

With so much personality and love to give, you may soon find yourself leaning towards the Maine Coon breed. 

2. Norwegian Forest Cat

tabby norweigan forest cat with green background
Norwegian Forest Cat

Also known by its Norwegian name – Skogcatt – the Norwegian Forest Cat has been around for centuries. Very handy for ridding houses and farms of mice, they’ve only recently become popular in Europe and the States.

These fluffy felines are large cats, with long fur. Norwegian cats tend to weigh between 12 and 16 pounds. However, as they are so furry they can look quite a bit larger. They’re independent, alert, and very clever.

Norwegian Forest cats usually prefer their own space. This expensive cat breed loves a good chin scratch though, and they’re loving without being attention-seeking.

They’re also amazing climbers, and you’ll often find them sitting in the very tops of trees before hurtling down headfirst. For smaller homes, a cat climber and scratching post is handy.

3. Siberian

My own feline friend, Alexei, is a Siberian, so I’m particularly partial to this amazing breed. With a thick, luxurious coat, stunning colors and affectionate personality, Siberians are well-suited to any home.

A mature Siberian can be even bigger than a Maine Coon at times. Typically the males are between 12 and 16 pounds and females 9 to 12 pounds. As their bodies are more compact than Maine Coons they can appear smaller even if they weigh the same amount.

black cat portrait with red background
My beautiful Alexei

They’re laid-back but enjoy playing, and are very attached to their humans. You’ll often find your Siberian cat following along behind you and cuddling up as soon as you take a seat.

siberian tabby cat in green leaves
Gorgeous Nelly who inspired me to get my own Siberian Cat

As you may expect, this loving cat comes from Siberia in Russia, so they’re well suited to cold conditions. It’s an ancient breed thought to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats. That’s quite the pedigree.

4. British Shorthair

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.

Portrait of British shorthair cat white white background
British Shorthair Cat

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.

British shorthairs can weigh between 9 and 20 pounds – quite a broad range. Female’s will be at the lighter end of the scale.

British shorthair cat with camera

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.

5. Turkish Van

Turkish Vans have mostly white bodies with coloured heads and tails. They are similar to the Turkish Angora breed but are bigger boned and larger. They also take longer to mature and may continue growing up to 5 years of age.

turkish van ginger and white cat largest breeds of cat

Originally from Turkey (you may have guessed this), it is said that Turkish Van was the breed of cat that Noah took on his ark. I don’t know if this is related but Turkish Van cats like to swim and their coats are water-resistant.

6. Chartreux

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.

The female Chartreux cat will weight between 6 and 9 pounds. Males are quite a bit larger at between 10 and 14 pounds and can take up to 4 years to fully mature.

Gray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes on a couch.
Gray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes on a couch

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.

Chartreux cat, 10 months old, in front of white background
Chartreux cat, 10 months old

7. Ocicat

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.

Males range in size from 9 to 15 pounds and females from 6 to 9 pounds.

ocicat cat breed
ocicat cat breed

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.

ocicat expensive cat breed
ocicat expensive cat breed

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.

8. American Bobtail

With a short tail, tufted ears and toes and a slightly short neck the American Bobtail cat breed screams cuddle me.

The American bobtail was a feral cat that was not bred until the 1960s. Males are generally between 14 and 20 pounds and females 9 to 15 pounds.

3 ginger american bobtail cats
american bobtail cats

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This playful breed is great with families and gets on well with strangers. Many compare his personality with that of a golden retriever dog. This is a devoted and loyal breed that also often enjoys going out on walks.

This intelligent cat breed loves a puzzle or a game and playing fetch. He is also a curious kitty who is quite easy going so well suited to travel and outdoor adventures.

Bobtail cat portrait

9. Savannah Cats

Tabby Savannah cat against white background
Savannah Cat

This exquisite feline is the most expensive domestic cat in the world. The Savannah cat is a hybrid of the African Serval cat and the domestic Persian. Their stunning coats are marked with black spots, and their ears are tall and pointed.

Males range from 14 to 20 pounds and are between 16 and 18 inches long. Females are between 10 and 13 pounds.

Savannahs are so costly due to their breeding. It takes luck – and often a number of years – to mate a serval and a domesticated cat.

savannah cat full body

They bond with only a few people and are known to be very loyal. They’re very inquisitive and have an impressive ability to jump – even onto fridges and high walls. They have quite a strong hunting instinct, so if you keep birds or fish, your Savannah cat will likely eye them daily.

Because of this hunting instinct, it’s important to look at your country and city’s ownership laws before you decide to invest in this feline. Some areas have restrictive laws because these large cats can threaten native species.

10. Ragamuffin

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. Females can weigh between 10 and 15 pounds and males can weigh as much as 20 pounds.

ragamuffin cat eye shot in profile
Ragamuffin Cat in profile

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.

Fluffy ragamuffin cat in the studio.

11. Ragdoll

ragdoll cat with blue eyes against a timber background which is one of the more expensive cat breeds
Ragdoll Cat

Playful and friendly, with stunning blue eyes, the Ragdoll cat is a famously fun pet. Their most fascinating feature is their tendency to lie limp when you pick them up (as opposed to most cats, who squirm out of your hold as soon as they can). They can weigh anything between 10 and 20 pounds.

white ragdoll cat with blue eyes on bench with basket and light
Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll cats are loyal, and often greet their humans at the door. They’re also great with dogs and children, making them perfect for families.

With a sweet and gentle temperament, Ragdolls are super relaxed with strangers and will seek a bit of love from everyone. This is one of the friendliest expensive cat breeds.

12. Bengal

Bengal cats are one of the newer cat breeds, a combination of the asian leopard cat and a US domestic cat. These affectionate cats are energetic and playful.

They tend to weigh between 8 and 15 pounds and can range in height from 13 to 16 inches.

bengal cat

A distinctive feature of their thick and lustrous coat is the pearl or gold dusting or glitter effect. This is one of the many features of the lovely Bengal cat that contributes to its extreme cuteness.

bengal cat

The breed is also known for its black-rimmed and almond-shaped eyes and distinctive whisker pads. Add to this their thick tail that often finishes in a black tapered tip and you have one seriously cute cat.

13. Selkirk Rex Cats

Selkirk Rex cats are simply lovable little fur babies, adored for their plush tousled coats and exquisite, smooshy flat-faces. In addition to their adorable curly coats, their whiskers curl too, how cute!

Selkirk Rex kitten, 5 months old, sitting in front of white background
Selkirk Rex kitten, 5 months old

With big round eyes and an almost smiling expression, these felines love to be cuddled and will follow you around for attention. They can weigh up to 16 pounds.

Nicknamed ‘cats in sheep’s clothing,’ Selkirk rex cats may need occasional brushing – at least two or three times a week. Unlike many other flat-faced cats, the Selkirk Rex cat is not prone to tear duct issues.

two grey and white selkirk cats

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They’re easily entertained with a flashlight beam or a fishing pole toy. Although not particularly active, these cuties are social. They’ll love to sit on your lap and let you feel their curly-q’s as the sun goes down.

14. Persian

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.

Persian cat, sitting in front of white background
Persian cat

They do require regular grooming (at least once a day) and enjoy being pampered. Try to find a comb or a cat brush that’s appropriate for the length of your Persian Cat’s coat. You’ll find, with these bundles of joys, the more you groom them, the more lovable they’ll become toward you.

Persians usually weight between 7 and 12 pounds and measure between 10 and 15 inches.

Although affectionate, Persian cats are discriminative and reserve their attention for family and a few trusted guests.

white-persian-cat on side lying on ground

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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.

15. Chausie

Chausies are a hybrid breed with lots of energy who love heading outdoors. They can weigh up to 15 pounds.

Chausie Tabby Cat

The name Chausie comes from the Latin “felis chaus” which means jungle cat. The Chausie is an exotic-looking cat breed with quite a regal appearance.

16. Ashera

The Ashera is a new and rare cat breed – key drivers of expensive cat breeds. The breed developed from cross-breeding the African Serval Cat and the Asian leopard cat. This beautiful kitty has contrasting stripes and spots.

ashera expensive cat breed
ashera expensive cat breed

This is a big cat breed – Ashera cats can reach over 4 feet tall when on their hind legs and weigh between 26 and 33 pounds. This breed loves to climb and play. They can also be trained to go on walks.

Ashera cat breed
Ashera cat breed

As the Ashera breed comes from warm climate breeds, they may need more warmth in the winter if you live in a cold climate. And whilst the Ashera may be one of the most expensive cat breeds in the world, they have an average life span of 25 years. This is considerably longer than most other cat breeds so you will get your money’s worth in the amount of time you have to love your Ashera cat.

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