Large cat breeds
Discover the different large cat breeds: learn about their origins and tales of their creation, and explore an abundance of information on their physical characteristics, personality traits, health and wellbeing, and more.
Each breed profile allows you to understand more about the range of domestic cat options available to you. This will help you to choose the breed that is best suited to you and your lifestyle.
While we explore personality traits in greater detail under each breed profile, when it comes to the large breeds, you’ll need to think big. Big in all senses of the word, including personality. This is often why many of the large breeds are referred to by breeders and owners alike as ‘dog cats’ or ‘dogs of the cat world’. Big, heart-warming personalities much like a dog! After all, they are gentle, affectionate and far from aggressive.
These ‘gentle giants’ are very adaptable to family life and children. Of course, some are more independent and shy than others. However, this characteristic will be specific to each cat depending on its upbringing.
Weight classifications indicate that large cat breeds weigh more than 6kg. They also typically measure 1m or more in length, from head to tail.
Among the largest of the cat breeds are the Maine Coon, Savannah, Norwegian Forest Cat, Siberian, Ragdoll, Ragamuffin, American Bobtail, Turkish Van and British Shorthair.