Types of Big Breeds of House Cats


If an average sized house cat just won't fill the bill, you can choose from various large breed felines. These include cats of varying colors and coat lengths. Many large purebred cats take several years to reach full size, so don't worry if your 1-year-old "big" feline appears to be an average-sized kitty.

Close-up of a Siberian kitten.
Close-up of a Siberian kitten. (Image: MassimoCattaneo/iStock/Getty Images)

The Maine Coon

Maine's official state cat, the Maine coon is one of the country's oldest feline breeds. While it's obviously a myth that the Maine Coon descends from the mating of cats and raccoons, it's easy to see why that story gained traction. Tabby coloring in many Maine coons and a bushy tail do give the cat a distinctly raccoon-like appearance. At maturity, male Maine coons weigh between 13 to 18 pounds, with females somewhat smaller at 9 to 13 pounds. Full size occurs by the age of 5. The breed appears in any color, and sports a silky smooth long coat, with additional hair on the ruff and abdomen and rear upper legs.

A Maine coon sitting on a garden wall outside.
A Maine coon sitting on a garden wall outside. (Image: eZeePics Studio/iStock/Getty Images)

The Ragdoll

A relatively recent American breed, the blue-eyed ragdoll with semilong hair boasts a dog-like disposition. Neutered male cats mature between 15 and 20 pounds, while females tip the scales at between 10 and 15 pounds. Ragdolls might not reach full size until the age of 3 or more. Ragdolls appear in four patterns, consisting of colorpoint, van, bicolored and mitted. Permissible colors include chocolate, lilac, seal, blue, cream and red. Although the fur is longish, there is no undercoat, so shedding is minimized.

Two ragdoll cats sleeping in a basket.
Two ragdoll cats sleeping in a basket. (Image: ChrisRinckes/iStock/Getty Images)

The Norwegian Forest Cat

This feline's Norwegian name translates as "forest cat," so that became his moniker in English. The Norwegian forest cat looks a lot like the Maine coon, including tufted ears. At maturity, the Norwegian forest cat weighs between 10 and 15 pounds, but doesn't reach full size for several years. This good-natured feline gets along well with people and other pets. His thick coat, which appears in many colors, requires regular brushing.

A Norwegian forest cat on the log pile in a shed.
A Norwegian forest cat on the log pile in a shed. (Image: Astrid Gast/iStock/Getty Images)

The Siberian

A Russian native, the Siberian came to these shores after Communism's fall. One of the largest and latest maturing breeds, neutered males might weigh as much as 25 pounds. Full maturity can take as long as five years. This smart, affectionate feline boasts semilong hair, which can shed considerably. The Siberian appears in various colors, with tabby among the most common.

A Siberian cat sitting near a sunny window.
A Siberian cat sitting near a sunny window. (Image: MassimoCattaneo/iStock/Getty Images)

The American Bobtail

Another fairly new American breed, the American bobtail is named after his short stump of a tail. Male American bobtails weigh between 12 and 16 pounds when full-grown, with females considerably smaller at 7 to 11 pounds. That means if you really desire a large cat, the large-boned male is the way to go. The American bobtail comes in any color, but has either short or medium-length fur. His tail is at least 1 inch long, but can't reach below his hocks.

A bobtail cat eating from a dish on wooden stairs.
A bobtail cat eating from a dish on wooden stairs. (Image: Asja Sirova/iStock/Getty Images)

The Savannah

The Savannah is a hybrid, the result of crossing a domestic cat with an African wildcat called the serval. The breeding program is still being established, with Savannahs outcrossed to other breeds, including the Maine coon and the ocicat. Although larger than typical domestic cats, the Savannah's mature size depends on his particular domestic cat ancestry. The Savannah's coloring resembles that of its serval ancestors, dark spots on a lighter base color.

A spotted Savannah kitten on a blanket.
A spotted Savannah kitten on a blanket. (Image: stockphotostudio/iStock/Getty Images)

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