Unlike dogs, all cats are more or less the same size, but then again, there are Irish wolfhounds who could probably swallow most of the cats whole. Either way, domestic cats have big breeds, too, not counting tigers and lions, of course.
If you’re a fan of giant cats, you’ll love this list of the largest cat breeds. Which one strikes your fancy the most?
1. Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is by far one of the largest cat breeds in the world, if not the largest. These fluffy boys and girls weigh between 8 to 25 lbs. Compared to other breeds, they’re very smart and have a peaceful disposition.
2. Savannah cat
The great-grandfather of the savannah is an actual serval, a wild African cat. You can easily see the family resemblance. These lean and mean hunters can weigh over 20 lbs. Needless to say, your house mice wouldn’t stand a chance.
The lovely mix of the Abyssinian cat and the reed cat inherited the appearance from its wild ancestor and the affectionate disposition from the domesticated one. Chausies are quite exotic, but they do fall under the definition of a large cat with their hefty 7-15-lbs bods.
Okay, enough of the hybrids. Let’s look at something cute and fluffy — the Ragdoll. It’s a super chill breed, as the name suggests, and it can grow to weigh 8-20 lbs, but it will still be playful and full of grace. This cat is ideal for a family with children, just make sure the kids don’t harm it.
A ragamuffin is a mix of a ragdoll and a bunch of other cats, which means that it’s basically the same good old Ragdoll but with a larger range of colors. The mixing of breeds hasn’t affected the size of this kitty all that much, so it also weighs up to 20 lbs.
6. Norwegian Forest cat
In the cold Scandinavian lands lives a huge yet adorable beast covered with thick fur — the Norwegian forest cat. It may seem that this kitty consists mostly of fur, but in reality, they are strong and beautiful animals reaching up to 16 lbs.
7. Siberian cat
The Siberian cat has an unusually dense and thick fur that you could probably use for some arts and crafts designs. These regal beauties can weigh from 8 to 16 lbs. The only drawback of this cat is its origin — Russia. Poor thing didn’t know what hit it.
8. Turkish van
This cat breed originates from the southeast and Central Asia. They look graceful and may appear small, but it’s not that easy to reach a 16 lbs mark for a domestic cat unless you overfeed your pets. Turkish Vans also love water and swimming, so they are perfect for picnics and camping.
9 British Shorthair
With an average weight of 10-12 lbs, the British shorthairs are the largest among the shorthaired cats. Their poofy fur makes them round and cute, and their affectionate and friendly disposition makes them wonderful companions. And do not trust the evil tongues who claim that British cats are aggressive a-holes. All cats are like that! Just kidding, this only happens if the animals are bred and raised by an incompetent cattery.
10. American Bobtail
Who needs a long fluffy tail when you can have a stumpy one? Yeah, okay, that’s not a great selling point for the bobtail, but what they lack in tail length, they make up for in chunky cuteness. Also, don’t worry, the absence of a tail is a completely natural phenomenon; nobody’s going around chopping them off.