Interested in large domestic cat breeds? Wonderful! I've done a little research on this topic mainly out of curiosity, and I share my findings in this article.
My cat Max is larger than the average domestic cat. There was a time when he tipped the scales at 22 lbs. Of course, he was a bit overweight and was put on a diet. But still, his size wasn’t only a matter of weight. He truly is a big-boned, tall cat. Even his vet commented on his size.
Many people have asked me whether he belongs to any of the big cat breeds. At the time, I didn’t even know about such breeds. To the best of my knowledge he’s just a sweet domestic cat. But my curiosity was piqued.
Indeed, what is the largest domestic cat breed? Keep on reading and you will find the answer to this question.
To many people, lions, lynx, tigers, and wild cats (like the Serval and the cougar) are the big cats. But in this article, when I say big cats I’m talking about large domestic cat breeds. Here’s a list (in no particular order) of super-size kitties. Take into account that the weights that are provided here are usually the maximum weights found in each breed. Males tend to weight more than females as well.
These big felines can stand as tall as 15 inches high (at the shoulder), and can be 40 inches long.
Maine coons are not only tall but heavy as well. They can weigh up to 20 lbs. and sometimes even more.
The Maine Coon is believed to be a Maine native, but its exact origins are not known.
American Bobtail – A beautiful breed, the American Bobtail is another of the big cat breeds. These cats can weigh up to 20 lbs.
Savannah – A hybrid breed, the Savannah cat is one of the largest domestic cat breeds. These cats are the result of the inter-breeding between the Serval (an African wild cat) and a domestic cat. Savannah cats retain the wild look of their African ancestors and can weigh over 20 lbs.
Ragdoll - These long-haired kitties can also be quite big. They can weigh up to 20 lbs. Fluffy and intelligent, Ragdolls make great family pets.
Ragamuffin - Another large domestic cat breed, Ragamuffin cats are known for their sweet personality and beautiful coat. They can be hefty, too. Ragamuffins can weigh between 15 to 20 lbs.
Siberian cat - Originally from Russia, the Siberian cat shares many characteristics with the Norwegian Forest cat and the Maine Coon. The Siberian cat’s dog-like personality makes it a perfect choice for a family pet.
Chausie - Also considered a hybrid breed, the Chausie is larger than the average domestic cat. And just like the Savannah cat, they retain the look of their wild ancestors.
Turkish Van - The Turkish Van is a beautiful cat with a semi-long coat. And they are larger than average, too. Indeed, they can weigh up to 16 lbs. Turkish Vans are originally from the Eastern Anatolian region and are known as the "swimming cats".
Norwegian Forest Cat - A long-haired cat, the Norwegian Forest is native to Northern Europe. This breed shares many similarities with the Main Coon cat. And it’s also one of the big cat breeds. Norwegian Forest cats can weigh up to 20 lbs.
Pixie Bob - Even though they look like North American Bobcats, Pixie Bobs are considered full domestic cats. And the Pixie Bob is one of the largest domestic cat breeds. The males can weigh up to 20 lbs.
The Ocicat -Despite its wild look, the Ocicat is an all-domestic cat breed. Ocicats have a a muscular, powerful body. Even though they are not as large as the cats listed above, they can weigh well over 10 lbs. Their friendly disposition makes them the perfect family pet.
So there you have it. If you want a sturdy cat, consider one of these large domestic cat breeds. Most of these large cat breeds are playful, intelligent, and people oriented.
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