The World's Largest Domestic Cat Breeds - Which One is For You?

When it comes to cat breeds, each one has its supporters. Some live for the elegance of a Siamese cat, while others swear by the petite charm of a Munchkin. Even the hairless Sphynx cat has plenty of supporters, so there's a cat out there for everyone. 

But what if your heart is set on having a larger feline companion? Short of adopting an actual tiger or leopard, your best bet lies in getting a large domestic cat breed that you can shower with love. 

The Largest Domestic Cat Breeds

On average, the Maine Coon is the biggest non-hybrid domestic cat breed, with several specimens attaining the world's largest cat rank, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

1. Maine Coon

Often called the ultimate lap cat, Ragdolls owe their name to one distinctive feature – their tendency to go limp when picked up. This makes them fun companions for those who love a laid-back, relaxed pet.

2. Ragdoll

3. Savannah

– As a result of a cross between domestic cat breeds and the African serval, a large wild cat, these beauties pack all the punch of that breed while coming in at a comparatively smaller size.

4. Norwegian Forest Cat

Cats don't come much fluffier than the Norwegian Forest Cat. Evolving to be suitable for harsh winter environments, Norwegian Forest Cats feature an incredibly lush coat that also contains a woolly undercoat for insulation.

5. Siberian Cat

Another cat that originated from a freezing place, the Siberian, is known for its sturdy build, especially in its hindquarters. This makes specimens from this breed excellent jumpers, thus rendering them great play partners for those who prefer a more active pet.

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The World's Largest Domestic Cat Breeds - Which One is for You?