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Largest Cat Breeds

Larger than life, and with personalities to match.

1 - Savannah

The beautifully marked savannah cat
The beautiful Savannah cat

The tallest on record stood just over 1 foot 5 inches from shoulder to toe! Many push 20lb in weight. This is down to the fact that they have been bred from Servals, large cats from Africa. As the generations proceed, the cats become more like normal domestic cats in size.

A Maine Coon cat with a beautiful thick long coat lying down
The Maine Coon cat - most popular of the large breeds in the US

The largest of the non-wild cat hybrids. Regularly measure up to 3 foot 6 inches, and weigh between 18 and 25 pounds.

A Norwegian Forest Cat with a big bushy tail climbing a tree
The Norwegian Forest Cat - great size and amazing fur coat

Similar to the Maine Coon, and weighing up to 23 pounds.

4 - Ragdoll

An adult Ragdoll cat with an incredible thick long coat
An adult Ragdoll cat sporting her luxurious thick long coat

Fluffy, cuddly, friendly cats, but very muscular too. They weigh up to 20lb.

A highlander cat looking alert
A highlander cat: new kid on the block

Not yet formally recognised as a breed: these things take time, and this is a ‘new’ type of domestic cat, the result of many years’ selective breeding. There are long- and short-haired varieties, and they weigh up to 24lb.

A distinctively marked british shorthair
A British shorthair cat - she'll grow big enough to handle rough play with a dog like this!

Not oversized – maximum weight around 18lb – but the most popular above-average-size breed in the UK, and now commonly kept worldwide.

7 - The non-pedigree house cat

Standard black and white house cat - available in all sizes!
Standard black and white house cat - available in all sizes!

Given that all possible cat genes can be found in the ‘alley cat’ gene pool, it shouldn’t be so surprising when a monster emerges! A big, cuddly, furry monster, we hasten to add. Non-pedigree cats truly come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

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Amelia, 13 June 2021

I love this post.this is so informative. Awesome article.Really helpful tips.Thanks a lot for suggesting.. see more:British shorthair cat

Joan, 24 May 2020

I'm a senior living in a retirement home with a large calico cat. She gets very little exercise, sleeps a lot. She is wonderful company but I worry about her weight. Can you offer any help?

Bernie, 18 November 2017

My perfectly normal moggy Paddy (now sadly departed) in his hay day weighed in at 11.5 kilos...he was pure muscle,was rescued as a kitten from the canal,and had a tail measuring 14inches!....I think he was a giant in the moggie world and his heart was as big as his body...I have now got a Ragdoll as homage to my big moggie Paddy