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Tiniest cat breeds

  • Tiniest cat breeds

    Baby socks, mini cupcakes, doll houses—sometimes, bigger isn’t better. A video of a hamster sitting at an itty-bitty table eating a hamster-sized burrito has 12 million views on YouTube. Customers pay hundreds of dollars for 6-inch tall figurines in their likeness. There’s even an entire cadre of artists devoted to miniaturism or “fine art in little.” Humans have an undeniable affinity for tiny things. 

    The devotion to all things tiny extends to pets. Puppies and kittens make animal-lovers squeal because of their small size—or “smoll size,” in internet slang. Though pint-size dog breeds like Chihuahuas and French bulldogs have become hugely popular, the tiniest cat breeds aren’t as well-known.

    To discover which felines really are the smallest, Stacker compared the average weights of cats listed in the Animal Planet Cat Breed Directory, VetStreet, and PetGuide. All cat breeds had to be registered by the Cat Fanciers Association and have a weight range midpoint of 9 pounds or less to make the cut.

    Read on to discover which 22 cat breeds are the teeny-tiniest—and get your daily dose of cute cat pictures. 

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  • #20. Abyssinian (tie)

    Size range: 8–10 pounds

    The Abyssinian is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world—archaeologists have even found what they believe to be mummified Abyssinians in ancient Egyptian tombs. These adventurous, playful cats love to climb up on high places like bookshelves, and enjoy learning tricks.

  • #20. Khao Manee (tie)

    Size range: 8–10 pounds

    Khao Manee were once bred exclusively as pets for Thai royalty. In fact, the first Khao Manee cat didn't leave Thailand until 1999. These adventurous, playful, and attention-loving cats have pure white coats, and frequently have one blue and one amber or green eye.

  • #20. Burmilla (tie)

    Size range: 8–10 pounds

    Sweet and gentle, Burmilla cats love their owners and make great family pets. They're a cross between Burmese and Chinchilla Persian, and come in two coat types: short and semi-long.  

  • #14. Tonkinese (tie)

    Size range: 6–12 pounds

    Known for their gorgeous aqua-hued eyes and silky soft coats, these outgoing, active cats like to be involved in what their owners are doing at all times. Tonkinese cats have even been known to ride on their humans' shoulders.

  • #14. Somali (tie)

    Size range: 6–12 pounds

    The Somali cat's athletic physique and mischievous look points to its personality: outgoing, clever, curious, and extremely active. This cat is a great choice for anyone who wants a furry best friend they can spend a lot of time with.

  • #14. Havana brown (tie)

    Size range: 6–12 pounds

    With a short, mahogany brown coat and bright green eyes, the Havana brown cat is a striking feline. This breed loves attention, and will often follow you around to see what you are doing, tap you with their paw to get pets, or chat to you in a soft voice.

  • #14. British shorthairs (tie)

    Size range: 6–12 pounds

    The round eyes, round head, and fluffy body of the British shorthair give the cat a slightly curious, reserved look—and indeed he is, until he gets to know you. Later, British shorthairs will become laid back and affectionate with their families.

  • #14. Bengal (tie)

    Size range: 6–12 pounds

    A cross between Asian leopard cats and domestic breeds, the Bengal cat gets its high energy and temperament from its wild roots. These cats like to play, climb up to high places, and even go for walks on a leash. Bengals will be especially happy if they have an outdoor space where they can watch birds fly by.

  • #14. Sphynx (tie)

    Size range: 6–12 pounds

    Prospective owners might be put off by the appearance of these hairless cats at first, but the Sphynx's personality will soon win them over. Warm, intelligent, and funny, the Sphynx loves to investigate new things, and cuddle up with the people he loves.

  • #12. Bombay (tie)

    Size range: 6–11 pounds

    Easygoing and tolerant, Bombay cats are equally welcoming to new people and new animals. Though Bombay cats are intelligent and can be trained to play fetch and walk on a leash, they'd be equally happy laying in your lap.