All domestic cats have their origins in African wildcats. Over the course of the years, they have spread to almost all corners of the globe and have also increased in their breed types. Each type of breed may appear significantly different from the others, having traits and personality that are unique by itself. One such trait is in the build and size. One may wonder which domestic cat breeds are considered the giants of the feline world, in which there are quite a few. These large domestic cats are far bigger than the average house cats. While it is difficult and dangerous to snuggle up against the mane of a lion, these cats are more than willing to offer the same comfort. This article will feature some of the more popular large domestic cat breeds.
The Maine Coon cat is considered one of the largest cat breeds in the feline world. This fluffy giant can weigh between 15 – 25 pounds for males and 10 -15 pounds for females. While it has a stately stance, the Main Coon is a very personable and friendly cat that is not overly demanding.
The average weight of this exotic breed is 25 pounds and the Savannah cat got this size from being cross-bred with the Serval cat. The Serval has also given the cat its striking dark spots, bold markings and hooded eyes. This cat is not only heavy, but is as long as it is tall. In fact, it is considered to be the overall largest domestic cat breed. While it is recognized as a breed in the United States, it is not yet granted recognition in the United Kingdom. The size of the Savannah does depend on how far removed it is from its Serval ancestry. The largest one was known to have grown up to 30 pounds. Owning this cat will require you to consider its unique needs for hunting and exploring.
The Chausie cat breed was first created by mixing domestic cats with wild ones. A female Chausie can weigh between 8 – 15 pounds, while a male one can weigh up to 22 pounds. The Chausie has an appearance similar to the jungle cats. Those that are removed from their ancestors for about four generations are generally suitable for domestic ownership. This breed is very rare in United Kingdom and so it usually attracts a premium price when it does get bred within the region.
The Ragdoll cat is a large longhair cat that weighs between 10-15 pounds for females and 15 - 20 pounds for males. The Ragdoll is a big cat with an even bigger heart. In fact, this cat is bred for its outstanding personality and calm disposition. It has also earned itself the affectionate nickname of “puppycat”.
This breed shares many common traits with the Ragdoll cat and take about 4 to 5 years to be fully developed. The Ragamuffin grows to become a cat with strong built and dense muscle structure. In its adult size, the Ragamuffin weighs between 10 – 15 pounds for females and up to 20 pounds for males.
Norwegian Forest Cat
Hailing from Norway is the Norwegian Forest cat that boasts of a long elegant body length and weighs up to 20 pounds. Its beautiful longhair, not only gives it a graceful disposition, but also serves as a coat to protect this cat from the cold harsh climate from where it originated.
This sturdy and chunky built cat weighs between 8 – 12 pounds for females and up to 17 pounds for males. This breed is considered to be very agile and a good jumper. It is also known to be one of the few breeds that produce less Fel D1 protein, which can trigger allergy in humans who are more susceptible to it, than other cats. Due to the cold climate in Siberia, the Siberian cat has also developed long, dense coat, which it carries with much elegance.
The American Bobtail
There are a few bobtail breeds and the American Bobtail cat is the largest of the breed. The smallness or the absence of the tail (due to a genetic mutation) does not make this cat weigh any lesser than your average domestic cats. A female American Bobtail weighs between 7 – 15 pounds while the male can reach between 12 – 16 pounds. This highly intelligent cat has a wild look, but a playful personality. It comes in two coat varieties, namely, shorthair and longhair.
These large cat breeds are naturally big by nature. Some may take up to 4 years to reach their adult size. There are other domestic mixed breed cats that might grow to a similar size and weight as some of the above mentioned big cat breeds. This may be due to having an ancestral history that is related to a large cat, thus they could have the natural propensity to be larger in built. Other than this reason, you will have to ensure that your cat is not tipping the scale simply because it is having too much food and too little exercise.