What are the largest domestic cats? The Siberian can reach up to almost 40 pounds, while the Maine Coon is best known for the fluff and length of its long, fluffy tail. But there is a wide range of big cat breeds that tend to show up on the bigger side.
Starting with the largest, based on average weight, here are 11 of the largest domestic cat breeds.
1. Siberian cat
With a rounded appearance and sweet demeanor, the Siberian was made for cuddling. Just be sure to make room on your lap for this great cat!
- Average weight: 4 – 12 kilos
- Personality:Adaptable and agile, these intelligent cats make excellent family pets and have a playful and friendly personality.
- Fun fact:Thanks to the greasy hairs, these big cats have waterproof fur, and many Siberians have an affinity for water.
Known for their large, expressive eyes, these large house cats have an almost teddy bear look, along with a super fluffy coat that comes in multiple colors.
- Average weight: 4 – 9 kilos
- Personality:Ragamuffins make excellent family pets, due to their calm and easygoing demeanor. They generally get along well with other pets, and many can be taught to do tricks, play fetch, or even walk on a leash.
- Fun fact:Ragamuffin takes a little longer to mature and doesn’t reach adulthood until around four years of age.
These big cats get their name from a tendency to flop into your arms when you pick them up, and a particularly relaxed demeanor.
- Average weight:4 – 9 kilos
- Personality:Many Ragdolls love being around their humans and exhibit a playful and people-oriented personality. They also get along well with children and dogs, making them great family pets.
- Fun fact:the Ragdoll and the Ragamuffin share ancestors (and many similarities) but they are different cats. Rag dolls show less color variation and have eyes that are more oval in shape (and are often blue).
4. Turkish Van
Even among other large cat breeds, these felines stand out, mainly due to their distinctive white bodies with marked tails and ears. The color they exhibit on the limbs can come in a variety of varieties, from brindle to tortoiseshell.
- Average weight: 3 – 9 kilos
- Personality:Inquisitive, with powerful jumping abilities, these large house cats are athletic, intelligent, and active. Many form strong bonds with their human owners, and can speak up when they want attention.
- Fun fact:Many Turkish Van love water and have been dubbed “swimming cats” in their native Turkey.
5. Maine Coon
One of the most popular cat breeds, and for good reason, the Maine Coon truly is a gentle giant, with a devoted, affectionate nature, and an undeniably acceptable coat.
- Average weight:5 – 10 kilos
- Personality:Known for being good with children and dogs, these large breed cats love nature and are playful, loving, and patient with their humans.
- Fun Fact: You’ll find several Maine Coons at the top of the list for “Biggest Domestic Cat” awards. They are known for breaking length records, due to their super long tails.
6. British Shorthair
Large eyes and a robust complexion define this large breed of house cat , which was originally bred as a working cat, used to control rodents in British alleys and barns.
- Average weight:4 – 9 kilos
- Personality:Independent and undemanding, these calm cats have a reputation for being shy, but they warm up quickly with a little love. They are sweet and even-tempered, and many have the ability to get along with children, which makes
them good family pets.
- Fun fact:Blue fur is most common in this breed, but it can display a variety of colors and patterns.
These large domestic cats are distinguished by their spots and rosettes, giving them the appearance of miniature jungle cats.
- Average weight:5 – 9 kilos
- Personality: Confident and curious, these cats love to participate in family activity and enjoy chasing, climbing, and playing everywhere.
- Fun fact:some Bengals may have what is called a ‘shine gene’, giving their fur an iridescent sheen that looks a bit like frost on the fur.
Looking like a bobcat, these felines are quite large by household cat standards (and not wild at all, as their appearance might imply).
- Average weight:4 – 9 kilos
- Personality:Pixiebob is devoted to his domestic family and has a loving personality. He is active, but good with children and other pets. Like some other large cat breeds, the Pixiebob is often compared to a dog, due to its propensity to learn tricks, play, and enjoy walking on a leash.
- Fun fact:some Pixiebobs can have a tendency to be polydactyl, with up to seven toes on a single leg.
9. Norwegian Forest Cat
Bright eyes, poofy tail, big sturdy frame. That’s the Norwegian forest cat for a T. As one of the largest cat breeds, its great looks may make it look wild, but it is actually a born companion cat.
- Average weight: 4 – 8 kilos
- Personality:This large house cat has a propensity to play on bookshelves and bookshelves, finding lofty heights from which to examine its dominance. But he’s also content to hug his fellow humans. He is particularly laid-back,
and does not get stressed easily, which makes him a great cat for children and other pets.
- Fun fact: The Norwegian Forest Cat is a natural breed (no, there are no big cat ancestors, despite its wild appearance), and it is called the Skogkatt in Norway.
10. American Bobtail
These large house cats look a bit like Bobcat. Fortunately, they are not that big … and, of course, they are considerably less wild.
- Average weight:4 – 7 kilos
- Personality:Active, intelligent, and friendly, the American Bobtail can make a great family companion. He’s athletic, though, with a propensity for Houdini-like exhausts, and requires some activity to keep from getting bored.
- Fun fact:The original bloodline for the American Bobtail includes a smorgasbord of large domestic cat breeds, including Birman, Himalayan, tabby, and Siamese.
11. Selkirk Rex
A naturally curly coat (which comes in long and short hair) makes this large house cat particularly unique, and its gentle demeanor makes it great as a family pet.
- Average Weight:6-16 pounds
- Personality: Theymay not be the largest breed of house cat on the list, but the Selkirk Rex is still on the bigger side, when it comes to cats. Relaxed and family oriented, these unique cats are playful and social, with patient and calm demeanor.
- Fun fact:when young, these large breed cats don’t always have a curly coat. Some kittens lose their curls around 16 weeks and don’t regain them for 8-10 months. Her curls also amplify with age.
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