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    Cat breeds are distinctive for many features. Some cats appear to be nothing but fur, while others are practically hairless. Some cats are happy to pass their days hiding among shoes in the back of the closet, while others follow their owners from room to room and might even enjoy walking on a leash.

    Stacker ranked a list of cat breeds based on their average weights. Weight is a distinguishing breed feature for these cats, all of whom are registered with the Cat Fanciers Association. Using data from Animal Planet Cat Breed Directory, and VetStreet, Stacker listed the top 20 largest house cat breeds by weight. Any ties were broken by the upper boundary of the breed's weight. Did your furry friend make the list?

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  • #20. Persian (TIE)

    Size range: 7-12 lbs

    Not only are Persians one of the most popular cat breeds, they are in a three-way tie for this spot on Stacker’s heaviest cat list. They have a heavy-boned appearance, with a broad chest and heavy shoulders. It isn’t just the luxurious coat that makes Persians look large. There is some muscle under all that fur.

  • #20. Oriental (TIE)

    Size range: 7-12 lbs

    This slender, short-haired cat is sturdy and solid. The Oriental has a muscular build with long tapering lines and large pointed ears. The Oriental is derived from the Siamese breed, and comes in more than 600 color varieties.


  • #20. Devon Rex (TIE)

    Size range: 7-12 lbs

    Completing the three-way tie is the Devon Rex, known for its large ears and eyes. Their faces are described as elfin, with a medium-fine frame, and distinctive wavy coat.

  • #19. Birman

    Size range: 7-12 lbs

    This fluffy-coated blue-eyed cat has a murky origin story, but the first recorded recorded Birmans arrived in the U.S. in 1959. It’s a sturdy, muscular breed, with medium heavy legs and large round paws.

  • #16. Scottish Fold (TIE)

    Size range: 6-13 lbs

    If you heard the squeaky meow of this cat, you might think it was a rodent. Yet the Scottish Fold’s “folded back” ears make it look more like an owl. The breed originated with a Scottish barn cat named Susie; her offspring inherited the endearing feature.

  • #16. Manx (TIE)

    Size range: 8-12 lbs

    Born with or without a tail, the Manx is regarded as playful and friendly, robust and even jowly (thanks to their full cheeks). The cats have an unusual gait, because their front legs are shorter than their hind legs.

  • #16. Burmese (TIE)

    Size range: 8-12 lbs

    The Burmese’s size is deceptive for the amount of weight it can carry on its frame. Burmese owners often find themselves pinned to the recliner by an attentive pet that loves to snuggle. They come in several coat colors, and have warm yellow eyes.

  • #15. American Shorthair

    Size range: 8-12 lbs

    Not to be confused with the domestic shorthair, this medium-sized cat comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. American Shorthairs enjoy play and exercise, but can be susceptible to heart ailments, so maintaining a healthy weight with exercise and portion control is essential.

  • #13. Russian Blue (TIE)

    Size range: 7-13 lbs

    As its name implies, the Russian Blue has blue-silver fur that’s less-prone to shedding than other breeds. Details of its Russian origins are hazy, but the cat was shown in London’s Crystal Palace in 1875. Only those cats with the blueish coat color are recognized as true Russian Blues.


  • #13. Egyptian Mau (TIE)

    Size range: 6-14 lbs

    Not only does this cat have a long history dating back to ancient Egypt, but it has a long lifespan as well. It can live 18 to 20 years as long as it eats controlled portions and receives adequate exercise. The long stripe down the middle of its back and the variations of spots, stripes, and colors displayed in the breed makes the cat visually appealing.

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