7 Small Cat Breeds

Learn more about these petite purring machines

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Small cat breeds make popular pets, thanks to their compact size and cute features. While the largest cat breeds may tip the scales at 15 pounds (or more), the smallest members of the feline family often weigh 5 to 10 pounds. The height may vary, since some small cat breeds have lanky legs and others, like the Munchkin, stand less than 10 inches tall at the shoulder.

These pint-sized felines vary in appearance, with a wide range of coats, colors, and unique features to distinguish one small cat breed from the next. If you’re looking for the purr-fect tiny kitty, consider one of these cat breeds that are small in size but full of cuteness and characters!  

Here are seven small cat breeds.

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    Singapura

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    Generally regarded as the smallest of them all, this tiny cat breed matures to a weight of 4 to 8 pounds. The Singapura is originally from Singapore but has become a darling of the cat world, thanks to its diminutive size and adorable, captivating eyes.

    While the Singapura might be the smallest cat breed, it has plenty of love to give. These cats are known to be lovable and playful pets. And for their size, the Singapura has a surprisingly muscular body and athletic abilities that will impress you despite the breed’s small stature.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 6 to 8 inches

    Weight: 4 to 8 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Petite but muscular stature; rounded head and large eyes

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    Munchkin

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    The Munchkin may be the shortest cat breed in the world. These cats have a naturally occurring genetic mutation that results in shorter legs, giving these cats a low stature of 7 to 9 inches at the shoulder—though the shortest cat in the Guiness Book of World Records is a Munchkin that only measures 5.25 inches.

    There is some controversy in the cat world on whether or not the Munchkin should be registered as a separate breed—and whether or not its ethical to breed for the short-legged body this breed has become known for. TICA recognizes the Munchkin as a registered breed, while the CFA does not.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 7 to 9 inches

    Weight: 6 to 9 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Short or longhaired coat, round face; average body length with short legs

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    Cornish Rex

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    The long legs and angular features of the Cornish Rex might give you the impression that this cat is larger than it really is. Truth be told, the Cornish Rex is one of the smallest cat breeds. Typically standing 11 to 15 inches tall but weighing in at only 6 to 10 pounds, you could say that these cats are all legs!

    The Cornish Rex is notable for its many unique features, including a coat of tight, short curls and over-sized ears with prominent eyes and cheekbones. This breed originated in England, but has been gaining in popularity the world over for its striking look and engaging personality.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 11 to 15 inches

    Weight: 6 to 10 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Tight, curly short hair with a triangular head and over-sized, wide-set ears

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    American Curl

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    The most recognizable feature of the American Curl is its uniquely shaped ears, but these cats are also petite in size. This breed matures to a weight up to 12 pounds, with females in particular staying small and weighing 8 pounds or less.

    The soft, silky fur of the American Curl can be short or semi-long, adding to the fluff-factor of this small cat breed. While they’re not known to be lap cats, they do have an affectionate, playful nature and make excellent pets.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 9 to 12 inches

    Weight: 12 pounds or less

    Physical Characteristics: Soft, silky short or semi-long coat; ears that curl backwards

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    Devon Rex

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    The Devon Rex is also sometimes referred to as a “pixie cat,” so it’s no surprise that this breed is on the list of small cat breeds. When full-grown, the Devon Rex maintains a compact weight of just 6 to 9 pounds. The breed’s triangular head, large ears, and bright eyes give these cats a kitten-like appearance throughout their life.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 10 to 12 inches

    Weight: 6 to 9 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Fine to medium bone structure with broad chest and triangular head; soft, thin, curly coat

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    Japanese Bobtail

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    The short, pom-like tail isn’t the only thing that’s small about this cat breed—the Japanese Bobtail only weighs 5 to 10 pounds at most and matures to a height of just 8 or 9 inches. These cats have a slender body and fine features.

    They originated in Asia, and their big claim to fame is protecting Japan’s silk trade from a rodent invasion in the early 1600’s. At one time, they were the most commonly sighted street cat in Japan. Today, they make popular housepets that are active and intelligent. 

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 9 inches

    Weight: 5 to 10 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Petite; docked, fluffy tail; coats can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including white, black, cream, lilac, red, blue, bi-colored, and tri-colored, among others

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    Siamese

    A Siamese cat looking into the camera.

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    The Siamese is one of the oldest cat breeds, and it also happens to be among the smallest. While these cats are relatively long in length, they are lean and muscular and typically only weigh 8 to 12 pounds. Females, in particular, stay small and often weigh 8 pounds or less.

    Though they may be small in size, this cat breed is particularly vocal and will make its presence and preferences known!

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 10 inches

    Weight: 6 to 14 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Long body with fine to medium bone structure; short coat in colors like seal, blue, lilac, and chocolate with colorpoints around the face, ears, paws, and tail

It goes without saying that if you want a smaller-than-average cat, you'll need to pass on breeds that are known for their large size. The Maine Coon, Pixie-bob, Bengal, Ragamuffin are just a few of the largest cat breeds. Keep in mind that a kitten's size isn't always a good judge of how big he or she will be when full-grown. Whenever possible, try to meet the parents of the litter to better gauge anticipated adult size.