Top 10 Largest Domestic Cat Breeds That Tip the Scales

Get to know these big, full-sized and beautiful cats, what they need, and why they'll steal your heart.

Updated April 15, 2023

These sizeable cat breeds will surprise you. They're large and in charge, and many of the males in each breed weigh 12 pounds or more. Females tend to be smaller, but they are still considerably larger and heavier than those of medium-sized cat breeds.


Ocicats are very active and playful pets who enjoy spending time with their owners. They are very intelligent and affectionate felines who love being around people as much as possible. They require a lot of attention from their owners and aren't known to be as independent as other cats.

  • Weight: 6 to 15 pounds
  • Height: 9 to 11 inches
Fast Fact

According to the Cat Fanciers' Association, the Ocicat was the result of experimental breeding in an attempt to create an Abypoint Siamese in the 1960s.

Bengal Cat

Bengal cats are among the most popular hybrid breeds in the United States. They have a wild temperament, which makes them good at hunting and climbing trees, but they also have a sweet side that makes them ideal pets. Like their wild cousins, they are very intelligent and can learn to play fetch or walk on a leash.

  • Weight: 8 to 15 pounds
  • Height: 13 to 16 inches

Turkish Van

The Turkish Van is a large, robust cat with a short, plush coat that comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. Although it is not known exactly when this breed originated, historians believe that the Turkish Van may have been developed from cats brought back from Turkey by sailors during the 16th century.

  • Weight: 8 to 18 pounds
  • Height: 10 to 14 inches


The Ragamuffin is an exceedingly large, long-haired cat that features a non-matting coat. Ragamuffin cats are domestic cats that have been selectively bred for their appearance. They're generally friendly with people and other animals, but they aren't as social as other breeds, such as the Persian or Siamese. The Ragdoll cat is a different breed, though many people confuse the two.

  • Weight: 10 to 20 pounds
  • Height: 9 to 12 inches


The Siberian cat is a very popular cat breed, and it's easy to see why. These cats are intelligent, affectionate and playful, and they're also quite large. Siberians can be somewhat independent-minded when it comes to training, but can become devoted companions who love spending time with their owners.

  • Weight: 10 to 20 pounds
  • Height: 9 to 11 inches


Ragdolls are very calm and affectionate cats, making them ideal pets for people who want something more than just a pet but less than a dog or cat that requires constant attention. They are also good at adapting to different situations and people, so they can fit into any home environment.

  • Weight: 10 to 20 pounds
  • Height: 9 to 11 inches

Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex has a muscular body and a broad head. Its coat is medium to long, soft and curly, with a uniform distribution of hair on the body, legs and tail. They have an outgoing personality and can be described as playful, curious, friendly, and intelligent. They get along well with children and other pets in the household, but can also entertain themselves if left alone for long periods of time.

  • Weight: 9 to 16 pounds
  • Height: 9 to 11 inches

Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a breed of domestic cat that originated in Norway and was introduced to the rest of Europe in the 19th century. The breed was created to be a sturdy, large, and rugged cat with a water-repellent double coat, suited to the cold Norwegian climate.

  • Weight: 12 to 20 pounds
  • Height: 9 to 12 inches

Maine Coon

Maine Coon cats are known for their intelligence, high energy levels and sociability towards both humans and other animals. Their most distinctive feature is its long, flowing coat that can vary in color from light brown shades to dark brown or even black. They are known for having longer than average fur all over their body, including their paws, which makes them extra fluffy!

  • Weight: 15 to 20 pounds
  • Height: 10 to 16 inches
Fast Fact

According to West Park Animal Hospital, the Maine Coon ranks in the top 3 of most popularly registered cats with the Cat Fanciers' Association.


The Savannah is an extremely affectionate and intelligent cat that makes an excellent companion. They enjoy being around people, but also like to be left alone at times to play or relax. This breed needs plenty of attention when young, but is less dependent than some breeds as they grow older. However, these cats are not suitable for everyone; some people find them too much work for their lifestyle or space restrictions while others enjoy their antics.

  • Weight: 12 to 25 pounds
  • Height: 10 to 17 inches

Understanding the Needs of a Large Cat

If you are planning on choosing a large domestic cat breed, be sure you know what you are getting into. Larger cats need more room, space to move around, and tend to be a bit more active than smaller cats. Caring for a cat is a lifetime commitment, and it is important to understand the behavior and physical needs you may face with your new pet.

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