Big or small, super furry or hairless—whatever size, shape or style our cats come in, we love ’em all. Still, in an effort to get to know all the different types of cat breed available, we thought we’d take a look at some of the large 12 cat breeds out there.
The Selkirk Rex is a breed of cat native to the United States. This medium-sized cat is characterized by its curly coat.
A naturally curly coat (that comes in both long and short hair) makes this big domestic cat particularly unique, and his friendly demeanor makes him great as a family pet.
Average Weight: 6-16 pounds
Personality: They may not be the largest domestic cat breed on the list, but the Selkirk Rex is still on the bigger side, as far as cats go. Relaxed and family-oriented, these unique cats are playful and social, with a patient, easy-going demeanor.
Fun Fact: When they’re young, these large breed cats don’t always have a curly coat. Some kittens lose their curls around 16 weeks and won’t regain them until 8-10 months. Their curls also amplify with age.
2. American Bobtail
The American Bobtail or Bobtail américain is a new breed of cat native to the United States. This medium to large size cat is characterized by its virtual absence of a tail.
These big domestic cats look a bit like a Bobcat. Luckily, they’re not quite as large … and, of course, they’re considerably less wild.
Average Weight: 7-16 pounds
Personality: Active, intelligent, and friendly, the American Bobtail can make a great family companion. He’s athletic, however, with a propensity toward Houdini-like escapes, and requires some activity to keep from getting bored.
Fun Fact: The original bloodline for the American Bobtail includes a smorgasbord of big domestic cat breeds, including the Birman, Himalayan, tabby, and Siamese.
3. Norwegian Forest Cat
Bright eyes, poofy tail, big, hardy frame. That’s the Norwegian Forest Cat to a T. As one of the biggest cat breeds, his large look may make him seem wild, but he’s really a natural-born companion cat, The Norwegian, also known as the Norwegian Forest Cat or Norsk Skogkatt, is a breed of medium-haired cat native to Norway.
This large cat is characterized by its very thick medium-length fur and wild look. Powerful in appearance, his head is characterized by his straight profile and strong chin.
Average Weight: 8-16 pounds
Personality: This big domestic cat has a propensity to play on shelves and bookcases, finding lofty heights from which to survey his domain. But he’s also content to cuddle with his human companions. He is particularly laid back, and not easily stressed, making him a great cat around kids and other pets.
Fun Fact: The Norwegian Forest Cat is a natural breed (nope, no big cat ancestors, despite that wild look), and is called the Skogkatt in Norway.
The Pixie-bob or Pixiebob is a breed of cat native to the great northwest of the United States. This cat is characterized by its physical resemblance to the Red Lynx (or coastal red bobcat in English).
With the look of an itty-bitty bobcat, these felines are actually quite big by domestic cat standards (and not at all wild, like their looks might imply).
Average Weight: 8-17 pounds
Personality: The Pixiebob is devoted to his domestic family, and has a loving personality. He’s active, but good with kids and other pets. Like some other large cat breeds, the Pixiebob is often likened to a dog, due to his propensity to learn tricks, play fetch, and enjoyment of walking on a leash.
Fun Fact: Some Pixiebobs may have a tendency to be polydactyl, with up to seven toes on a single paw.
Bengal is a breed of cat native to the United States. This medium to large breed, compared to other cats, is characterized by its fur resembling that of the Bengal Leopard Cat, a species of wild cat from which it is derived, by crossing with domestic cats.
These big domestic cats are distinguished by their spots and rosettes, giving them the look of miniature jungle cats.
Average Weight: 6-18 pounds
Personality: Confident and curious, these cats love being involved in a family activity, and enjoy chasing, climbing, and all-around play.
Fun Fact: Some Bengals can have what is called a “glitter gene”, giving their fur an iridescent glow that comes off looking a bit like frost on the fur.
6. British Shorthair
The British Shorthair is a breed of cat native to Great Britain. This medium to a large-sized cat is characterized by its very round head and large round eyes.
Big eyes and a stocky build define this big domestic cat breed, which was originally bred as a working cat, used to control rodents in British alleys and barns.
Average Weight: 9-18 pounds
Personality: Independent and undemanding, these quiet cats have a reputation for being shy but warm up quickly with a little love. They’re sweet and even-tempered, and many have an ability to get along well with children, making
them good family pets.
Fun Fact: Blue fur is most common in this breed, but it can exhibit a variety of colors and patterns.
7. 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 unquestionably pettable coat.
The Maine Coon is a breed of medium-haired cat native to the state of Maine in the United States. This rustic cat is characterized by its large size, its plumed tail, its square muzzle, its ears with plumes, and its long coat. To date, it is one of the largest breeds of domestic cats, along with the savannah, a breed originating in the United States from the cross with a serval, a wild African feline. The Maine coon is also the oldest natural breed in the United States.
Average Weight: 9-18 pounds
Personality: Known for being good with kids and dogs, these large breed cats love nature, and are playful, loving, and patient with their humans.
Fun Fact: You’ll find a number of Maine Coons at the top of the list for “Biggest Domestic Cat” awards. They’re known for breaking records in length, owing to their super-long tails.
8. Turkish Van
The Van Turkish, also called Lake Van cat, is a breed of cat native to the Lake Van region, located in the Armenian high plateau in south-eastern Turkey. This large cat is characterized by its semi-long coat.
Even among other large cat breeds, these felines stand out—due primarily to their distinctive white bodies with marked tails and ears. The color they do an exhibit on the extremities can come in a number of varieties, from tabby to tortoiseshell.
Average Weight: 7-20 pounds
Personality: Curious, with powerful jumping abilities, these large domestic cats are athletic, intelligent, and active. Many form strong bonds with their human owners, and they may get talkative when they want attention.
Fun Fact: Many Turkish Vans love water and have been dubbed “Swimming Cats” in their native Turkey.
The ragdoll is a breed of cat native to the United States. The name of this large cat comes from an astonishing characteristic: when it is worn, it becomes as soft like a rag doll, “ragdoll” in English.
These big pet cats owe their name to a tendency to go limp in your arms when picked up, and an especially easygoing demeanor.
Average Weight: 8-20 pounds
Personality: Many Ragdolls love to be with their humans and exhibit a playful, people-oriented personality. They also get along well with kids and dogs, making them great family pets.
Fun Fact: The Ragdoll and the Ragamuffin share ancestors (and a lot of similarities) but are different cats. Ragdolls show less color variation and have eyes that are more oval in shape (and are often blue).
Ragamuffin is a breed of cat native to the United States. This large cat is characterized by its ragdoll ascendants.
Known for big, expressive eyes, these large domestic cats have an almost teddy-bear look, along with a super fluffy coat that comes in a number of colors.
Average Weight: 8-20 pounds
Personality: Ragamuffins make great family pets, due to their calm, easygoing demeanor. They typically get along with other pets, and many can be taught to do tricks, play fetch, or even walk on a leash.
Fun Fact: The Ragamuffin takes a little more time to mature and doesn’t reach full adulthood until around four years of age.
11. Siberian Cat
With a rounded appearance and sweet demeanor, the Siberian was made for cuddles. Just make sure you make room on your lap for this big cat!
The Siberian is a breed of cat native to Russia. This large cat is characterized by its semi-long coat and its “barrel” silhouette. It is qualified as being the most hypoallergenic breed of cat, that is to say possessing few allergens, known to date.
Average Weight: 8-26 pounds
Personality: Adaptable and agile, these intelligent cats make great family pets and have a playful, amiable personality.
Fun Fact: Thanks to oily guard hairs, these big pet cats have a coat that is water-resistant, and many Siberians have an affinity for water.
The Persian is a breed of a long-haired cat. This medium to large size cat is characterized by its long and abundant coat, its rounded shape, and its face with a very short muzzle.
Life expectancy: 10 – 17 years (In captivity)
Other names: Persian longhair
Upper classification: Cat
Fun facts about large domestic cat breeds
And just in case you haven’t had your fill of big cat breeds, here are a few more takeaways about these cats of considerable size:
Because they’re so big, many large house cat breeds take a little extra time to mature, and some don’t reach adulthood until up to five years.
You won’t find a listing in the Guinness World Records for biggest cat breed or largest domestic cat breed in the world; as no one wants to encourage kitty obesity. Instead, the record-takers measure the largest domestic cat breed by height and length.
Big pet cats come with all sorts of amazing personalities and distinguished character traits (and, of course, they can be purebred or mixed breed). If you think it’s time to add one to your family, start by searching the videoscats.com database, showcasing thousands of adorable adoptable cats near you.