When it comes to giant felines, there are ten breeds that rule the roost. Don’t let their large size fool you, though, because these cat breeds are every bit as intelligent, loving, playful and affectionate as they are huge. And, they are huuuuuge!
- Savannah Cat
Topping the charts at number one, the Savannah Cat is the largest domestic cat breed in the world. The Savannah Cat is the result of breeding domestic cats with the Serval, a mid-sized non-domesticated African cat. This breed can grow to weigh roughly 30 lbs. and be as large as a small dog.
- Maine Coon
Although the Maine Coon does not have a recent wild ancestor, these cats grow to weigh in at an impressive 15-25 lbs. The Maine Coon has a long, sleek, tall body and is a friendly, personable, and intelligent breed that has quickly become a popular companion pet.
Despite their strange name, the Ragdoll is a mild-mannered breed that enjoys lounging in laps and chasing toys. They are not overly active, so these 15-20 lb. cats make wonderful house pets. Thanks to their beautiful, long coat and sweet temperament, this breed is quickly gaining popularity around the globe.
This breed is a direct descendant of jungle cats, and they maintain their exotic appearance. Chausies weigh in anywhere from 8 lbs. to 15 lbs. with the largest cats tipping the scale at 22 lbs.
As their names would imply, the Ragamuffin is related to the Ragdoll. Although the Ragamuffin is slightly smaller than the Ragdoll, this breed is not sleek or muscular. These cats mature to 15-20 lbs. and may take three years to develop fully.
- Norwegian Forest Cat
Known for their thick coat and unique appearance, the Norwegian Forest Cat was bred to withstand cold climates and matures to 15 lbs.
- The Siberian Cat
Originally from Russia, the Siberian Cat is non-allergenic and matures to an adult weight of 8-12 lbs.
- The American Bobtail
A direct descendant from the Manx cat, the American Bobtail is known for its unique appearance and for being the largest of the Bobtail breeds, topping out at anywhere from 11 lbs. to 16 lbs.
- The British Shorthair
Known for their flat face and snubbed ears, this popular breed matures to an average of 9-18 lbs. Common in the British countryside, these cats love to hunt mice and are affectionate with people.
- The Turkish Van
Originally from Central Asia, this beautiful, longhaired breed weighs in at 9-13 lbs. and is known for their distinct spotting pattern. Many pet owners love this breed’s long, thick coat and their intense eyes.
While many of these large cat breeds have their roots in wildcat bloodlines, they have generally been bred out enough to make wonderful house pets. Known for their large sizes, unique appearances, and outstanding temperaments, these big cats make unique companions that promise to turn many heads.