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The 5 Largest Cat Breeds

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The 5 Largest Cat Breeds
Last update: 05 December, 2018

One of the reasons a lot of people choose to have a cat as a pet is because of their size that allows them to fit in any home. However, there are some cats that are huge in comparison to the rest. In this article, you can read about the largest cat breeds.

What are the largest cat breeds?

Among the dozens of cat breeds, some are characterized by how big they are. Below are the largest cat breeds:

1. Maine Coon

Weighing in at 24 pounds and 27 inches long (adult male), this feline that was born from a cross between domesticated and feral cats in the United States certainly catches the attention of a lot of people.

The Maine Coon — the picture above — is enormous. However, their personality is similar to other breeds. And, you can even say that it’s friendlier and more affectionate than the other breeds. They really like to play and can meow in different tones. As for their fur, the most common colors are tabby brown and white. Though there are black, grey, orange, and ginger ones too.

2. Savannah

This is another one of the largest cat breeds that exist. They’re famous for their fur pattern that’s similar to a leopard. This breed appeared after crossbreeding a domesticated cat with a Serval.

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While the Savannah can weigh around 24 pounds, it looks sleeker due to their body length. Also, they’re characterized by having large paws and a long tail. One of the interesting things about this breed is that it has a very gentle and affectionate nature.

3. Ragdoll

Not only is this cat breed is one of the prettiest cats due to their fur, but they’re also one of the largest cats in the world. An adult male can weigh up to 20 pounds and measure 35 inches long. Females don’t grow larger than 15 pounds and 23 inches.

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The ragdoll came about as a cross between several breeds. Among them, there were the Siamese, Persian, and Burmese breeds. This breed is \very calm, gentile, and smart. Their fur is mostly white and fluffy. When you hold them in your arms, they relax so much that they remain completely still, which is where they get their name from.

4. Turkish Van

This breed is rarely found outside of where it originated from, the Van Lake in Turkey (hence the name). Their fur is one of their main traits. It has several layers that make them able to withstand the cold temperatures of the mountains where they were born. Despite being large, their fur is soft like a rabbit.

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The Turkish Van can weigh around 15 pounds and measure over three feet long from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. These cats are strong and muscular. Their neck is short and their hind paws are much larger than their front ones. They are very temperamental, curious, active, and don’t have any problems with living with other cats, as long as they’re the leader. These cats also need to receive lots of attention because they don’t like to be alone.

5. Norwegian Forest Cat

With a very odd name, this is another one of the largest cats in the world. The males weigh up to 20 pounds. Even though they have a lot of fur, they look smaller. Their coat color can vary, but it always has some white in its composition.

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The Norwegian Forest cat is originally from Scandinavia, which is why one of the most common cats in all of Europe. These cats are very active outdoors — they like to climb trees – and they are calm indoors. They’re also characterized for their curious, intelligent, loving nature.

If you want to adopt one of the large cats on this list, it would be a good idea to consider all the space they would need and their dietary requirements.


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.