When looking for your next furry feline friend, there are so many cat breeds to explore and consider. Each breed differs in personality type and physical characteristics. Some cats are quite large, while others are tiny. Some prefer their privacy, while others are the ultimate snugglers. No matter which type you prefer, all cats are adorable. But these, in our opinion, are the cutest ones out there.
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Munchkin cats look like your average house cat, but they have very short legs. Their legs give them a unique look that cat-lovers all over the world can appreciate. Despite their short and stout stature, munchkins are quite active.
WEIGHT: 6 to 9 pounds
LENGTH: A foot and half
COAT AND COLOR: Short-haired with a plush coat or long-haired with a silky coat in any color variation
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 15 years
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Large and in charge, the lovable Ragdoll cat is sleek and beautiful with a friendly and affectionate personality. The Ragdoll is one of the largest domestic cat breeds out there. Their size can be intimidating, but Ragdolls are actually very docile.
WEIGHT: Up to 20 pounds (male); 10 to 15 pounds (female)
LENGTH: 17 to 21 inches
COAT AND COLOR: Medium-length and silky coat; colors vary widely
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 to 15 years or more
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Another large cat breed, Maine coons exude elegance. They have long, sleek coats that come in a variety of color combinations. They’re great with kids, other pets, and people of all ages.
WEIGHT: 9 to 17 pounds
LENGTH: 3 feet, head to tail
COAT AND COLOR: Long, double coat that comes in more than 75 color combinations
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 9 to 15 years
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The most unique characteristic of Scottish fold cats is their small, folded ears. But their unique ears aren’t this breed’s only cute attribute. Scottish folds have a sweet and friendly personality, and they love to show love to their family members.
WEIGHT: 5 to 11 pounds
LENGTH: 10 to 30 inches
COAT AND COLOR: Short coat in many colors, including tabby, tortoiseshell, and calico patterns
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As its name suggests, Russian blues have blue coats and come from Russia. While their coat may look gray in color, cat experts can tell you that it is, in fact, blue.
WEIGHT: 7 to 12 pounds
LENGTH: About 2 feet
COAT AND COLOR: Short, blue coat
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 15 to 20 years
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British Shorthairs have adorable, rounded features that will instantly make you fall in love. One of the oldest English cat breeds, it is calm, gentle, and quiet. This breed is sometimes referred to as the British Blue because of the stunning blue coat some of the cats exhibit.
WEIGHT: 7 to 17 pounds; males are typically larger than females
LENGTH: 22 to 25 inches
COAT AND COLOR: Short and dense coat. Colors include solid white, black, red, cream, and blue.
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 16 years
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If you’re looking for a domesticated cat that looks strikingly like its big-cat relatives, the Bengal is for you. This breed is a hybrid, a cross between an Asian leopard cat and a domestic house cat. While they stay relatively small, they maintain that wild look.
WEIGHT: 8 to 15 pounds
LENGTH: About a foot and a half
COAT AND COLOR: Short coat. Spotted or marbled coats with patterns outlined in black, chocolate, or gray/silver
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 16 years
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American Bobtails are unmistakable. They have short, stubby tails and the look of a wildcat. Despite their wild looks, American Bobtails are actually quite sweet and affectionate. They’re sometimes referred to as the Golden Retrievers of the feline world.
WEIGHT: 7 to 16 pounds
COAT AND COLOR: Short to long shaggy coats that come in any color or pattern
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The Birman cat breed has a pointed coat that comes in six different colors, but almost always has white-socked feet and magnificent blue eyes. They have long, beautiful coats and a friendly personality.
WEIGHT: 10 to 12 pounds
LENGTH: 15 to 18 inches
COAT AND COLOR: Long and silky with seal, blue, red, chocolate, cream, and tortie colors
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 to 15 years
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Cat lovers describe the Manx breed as almost dog-like because of its playfulness and strong loyalty. Manx cats don’t have tails, which is probably their most unique feature. While they may be lacking in the tail department, they certainly are not lacking in personality.
WEIGHT: 8 to 12 pounds
LENGTH: 14 to 16 inches
COAT AND COLOR: Short-and long-haired varieties with coats in white, blue, black, red, cream, silver, tortoiseshell, bluecream, and brown
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 14 to 16 years
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This beautiful cat breed has become one of the most popular breeds in North America. Relatively little is known about the Persian breed’s history, but they are thought to have originated in Persia in the 1600s.
WEIGHT: 7 to 12 pounds
LENGTH: About 14 to 18 inches
COAT AND COLOR: Long, solid coat (white, black, cream), tabby, calico, bi-color, silver and gold, shaded and smoke, and Himalayan)
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 17 years
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Affectionately called “wegies,” the Norwegian forest cat has a beautiful long coat and an affectionate personality. These elegant cats are believed to be the cats of the Vikings, and the breed’s history can be traced back to Norse lore.
WEIGHT: 13 to 20 pounds
LENGTH: 12 to 18 inches
COAT AND COLOR: Long, double coat with colors ranging from white, black, red, cream, tabby to cinnamon
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The Egyptian mau is the only naturally occurring spotted domestic cat. It’s also the fastest domestic cat breed. This breed looks striking and exotic, and its intelligence and fun-loving personality makes it a wonderful pet.
WEIGHT: 6 to 14 pounds
LENGTH: Up to 24 inches
COAT AND COLOR: Medium-length, spotted coat in silver, bronze, or smoke with spots produced by color on the tips of the hairs
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 15 years
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Ragamuffins are big, docile lap cats. Their silky coats are extremely plush and sleek, a benefit to them, as they love attention and lots of pets.
WEIGHT: 8 to 20 pounds
LENGTH: Up to 33 inches long
COAT AND COLOR: Long, silky coat in white, black, blue, red, lavender, cinnamon, chestnut, platinum, or chocolate
LIFE EXPECTANCY: Up to 18 years