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Top ten biggest cat breeds around the world

Sunday, 24 December 2017

You usually say that you are either a cat or a dog person. Whether you love cats or not, you might ask yourself the question: What is actually the biggest cat breed?



Then you've come right, in our list you'll find out just this and some facts about the different breeds. We have gained weight when we wrote our list, some breeds are approved by SVERAK (Swedish Cat Club Association) others are not yet.

10. Chausie - hanar 4-7 kg and honor 2-4.5 kg


In place ten, we find Chausie, a cross between jungle cat and domestic cat originating in the United States. Hanes of the breed weigh between 4-7 kg and the females weigh less 2-4.5 kg. The breed is approved by The International Cat Association (TICA) but not by FIFe and hence neither in SVERAK.

In appearance, a Chausie should be like a jungle cat and be short-lived. It may be brown-colored, solid black or silver-tipped black.

The name is from the jungle cat's Latin name Felis Chaus.

9. Chartreux - male 4.5-7 kg and females 3-4.5 kg


In place nine we find a relatively quiet, calm, calm and balanced mood, Chartreuxen. This breed is ideal for indoors with its calm and smooth temperament. A male of the breed weighs 4.5-7 kg and the smaller weighs 3-4.5 kg.

A Chartreux has blue short coat, the coat is soft, thick and uneven as well as upright. It has a powerful muscular body with medium legs and large paws, the head wide with full cheeks and high ears.

The breed is from the beginning French and the name is the same in French. The breed is not very common In Sweden and at the time of writing there were no registered individuals in 2016. As the breed is big and heavy, it slowly develops, only at 2-3 years it is fully developed.

8. Siberian cat - male 5-7 kg and females 3.5-5 kg


In eighth place, a chatty and curious race, Siberian cat ends. Hanes of the breed weigh 5-7 kg and the females 3.5-5 kg. Sibbles, as they are called by some, are intelligent cats that are easy to learn and unlike many breeds, it is not uncommon for them to like water!

A sibbe should have very tight coat that is short of the back and long around the neck, chest and hind legs. It's powerful and muscular with large round paws, long tail and a short but powerful neck. The ears should have tassels and cheekbones high and well developed.

A sibbe should have traditional colors and must not be masked, it has a sibling Neva Masquerade which, on the other hand, is to be masked.

The breed comes as the name suggests from Siberia, where the breed developed into the harsh and cold climate. The siblings are popular In Sweden and SVERAK, 2016 registered a total of 1269 cats of the breed. The breed grows slowly and it takes several years before they grow into their full physics.

7. Turkish van - hanar up to 7 kg and females 5-6 kg


This curious, lively, intelligent and sociable race is called by many for Turkish and ports in place seven in the list. Horses of the breed weigh up to 7 kg and the females 5-6 kg.

A turquoise van has half-long silky fur that lacks undercoat and the color is white without yellow elements. Preferably they should have a colored tail and two spots on the head separated by a white blister but extra spots appear. It has a long muscular and powerful body with medium length legs. The paws should be round with tassels between the toes and the tail should be yvig. Large oval eyes that are bright amber, blue or so-called oddeyed, different colors on the eyes.

The breed originates from Turkey as the name suggests and in 2016, 29 cats were registered in SVERAK.


6. Norwegian forest cat - male 5.5-7.5 kg and females 3-4 kg


Norwegian forest cat gets in place six in our list of the largest cat breeds. Horses of the breed weigh between 5.5-7.5 kg and the females are smaller with a weight of 3-4 kg. The breed is very friendly and likes to chat with its owners, despite its size, it is often used as an indoor cat. Norwegian forest cat is sometimes called forest or forest cattle.

The fur on a forest is thick with undercoat and long water repellent coat hairs, adapted to a bistert climate. Adult individuals have cheekbones, added collars and "pants" on the hind legs. It has a long muscular body and the hind legs should be higher than the forelegs. The ears should be tasseled, the main shape is triangular and the eyes slightly oblique.

A Norwegian Forest Cat can have almost all colors and patterns, with masked, chocolate and purple are not approved.

Norwegian forest cat is named in English Norwegian forest cat and originates as the name suggests from Norway, where the breed is the same as in Swedish or in Scottish. The breed is very popular in Sweden and in 2016, 1109 cats were registered with the breed in the Swedish Cat Association SVERAK. Only at the age of two, a forest is fully developed in its body, as it develops slowly due to its size.


5. British shorthair - male 4-8 kg and females 3-5.5 kg


Halfway through the list in place five we find a quiet and quiet race from Britain, British shorthair. The females weigh about 3-5.5 kg and the males some more with a weight of 4-8 kg. Brittar, as they are often called, also have a sibling, British long hair that looks similar to each other in addition to the coat stroke.

A british can have a lot of colors and patterns but is often associated with the color blue. The short tight coat should be stretched out of the body when touched. With a chubby body and muscular body, short strong legs and round paws, the breed is often resembled a teddy bear. The head should be round and have full cheeks, the ears small and wide apart and the eyes are round and large, which even more tarnishes the look of the teddy bear.

It is a very kind and affectionate breed that often fits well as income. In English, the breed is British shorthair and it was developed in the 1880s, at the turn of the century, the British were the most displayed cats at exhibitions in Britain and only in the classic blue color. 660 individuals of the breed were registered in SVERAK in 2016. A British develops slowly and full physics is only achieved at 3-4 years.

4. Ragdoll - male 5.5-9 kg and females 3.5-7 kg


With males weighing about 5.5-9 kg and females 3.5-7 kg, Ragdollen places fourth place. It's a quiet and calm breed that likes to kiss with their family members. The name Ragdoll comes from the English word for trashock, they have the ability to relax completely when lifted, like a trashock! They also move a bit special, they crash in their turn, probably because they go wide apart with their hind legs.

A ragdoll should have medium-long silky fur and is a masked breed, which means they always have blue eyes. Approved colors are brown, blue, chocolate, purple, red and turtle-colored. The patterns that appear are masked, mitted and two-color. The ragdoll is also one of a few races where white stain is approved in combination with masking. A ragdoll gives a mighty expression with its powerful and muscular body. The paws should be round with tassels and the head wide triangle shaped with large oval eyes and medium-sized ears with rounded tops.

The breed originates from the United States and is extremely popular in Sweden. A total of 2267 individuals were registered in SVERAK 2016. It is developing slowly and it may take several years before the breed reaches full physics.

3. Ragamuffin - 7-9 kg and honor 4.5-7 kg


Ragamuffin is not approved as a breed of SVERAK but has been established as a breed since 1994. It is a large breed where males weigh 7-9 kg and the smaller females weigh 4.5-7 kg. It is a variant of Ragdoll and has a friendly temperament.

A ragamuffin's body should be rectangular and strong with medium fur longer on the abdomen. The coat is dense and some compare it with the fur on a rabbit. The head should be wide and support a short neck. All colors and patterns are allowed but some such as white are unusual than others.

The breed's origins are the United States where a group of Ragdoll breeders left the IRCA (International Ragdoll Cat Association) because of strict breeding restrictions. With a goal to improve the health, temperament and personality of the breed, the group allowed breeding with Persian, Himalayan Persian, and regular long-haired cats and Ragamuffin was created.

2. Savannah cat - 9kg or more


With a weight of 9 kg or more, Savannah is on site two in our list. The breed is a so-called hybrid breed, a cross between the wild African servant and domestic cat. The very first Savannah cat was born in 1986 when a domestic cat had a kitten where the father was a servant, the kitten was named Savannah. The kitten had traits of both domestic and serval, and with their beautiful appearance, two breeders Patrick Kelly and Joyce Sroufe raised the eyes of the new hybrid and decided to breed a new breed. The breed is not yet approved by SVERAK but other federations approve it.

The breed should be tall and slender with distinct dark spots in the fur. It resembles a serval in appearance with less in size. According to the race standards written by the two creators, the ears should be placed on top of the head and and be large and high, this feature gives the breed its exotic appearance. The Savannah cat is curious and is constantly looking for new adventures, it is very active and requires a lot of its owners. Many describe the breed as a dog when they are happy to apportion and pair with harness.

To have a Savannah cat in Sweden, it must be an F4 which means four generations from serval. At present there are few breeders in Sweden and the breed is still small here, but it is growing in popularity.

1. Maine coon - male 7-11 kg and females 3.5-5.5 kg


Now it's finally time to announce the cat world's first and first place on our list, and with 7-11 kg puppies and 3.5-5.5 honors places the curious and easy-learning Maine coon in. They are a sociable breed that likes to splash in water and has easy to agree with other animals. A Maine coon has a very stable and light temperament and is sometimes called "The Gentle Giant", simply because it's an incredibly friendly big cat.

A Maine coon has medium thick and dense silky fur that is shorter over the shoulders and head, with longer and back and hind legs. It is large and muscular and should be long in its body but have a rectangular expression. The paws should be large and round and the tail will be yvig. The head gives a square expression with high cheekbones, large ears with tassels that sit high on the head and the eyes should be slightly oblique and placed far apart.

They may have a large number of colors and patterns, including colors with white. Exceptions are masked patterns as well as chocolate and purple.

The breed comes from the United States and is often considered to be the first cat breed from there. The breed has been approved by SVERAK since 1986 and is one of the most popular breeds of 1291 registered individuals in 2016. Like most large-scale cat breeds, a Maine coon grows slowly and it takes several years before they are in full physics.

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