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How to Identify Large Cat Breeds

Large-breed cats often behave a little like dogs -- some will walk on a leash or play fetch -- but they are still 100 percent cat.


  • Step 1: Consider an American bobtail. This breed has a wild look and weighs around 20 pounds. They have short silky hair and a naturally bobbed tail.
  • Step 2: Consider the chausie cat. This breed also has a wild look with a lean body and tufted, upright ears. The chausie is about twice the size of a standard domestic cat. And if that's not the cat's meow, it's hard to know what it would be.
  • FACT: The Maine coon cat is believed to be a descendant of mousing cats that escaped from early sailing vessels, and short-haired cats that early settlers brought to the Eastern seaboard.
  • Step 3: If you're looking for a ragamuffin, this breed is similar to the Rag Doll Cat -- they also weigh around 20 pounds -- but they have a shorter coat.
  • TIP: Take into account whether you're willing to regularly groom a long-haired cat before considering bringing one into your household.
  • Step 4: The breed known as the Savannah may weigh up to 25 pounds and has spotted or striped coats.
  • TIP: The Savannah cat loves to play in water.
  • Step 5: Consider the ragdoll cat. This breed can weigh up to 20 pounds and has long hair and a large fluffy tail.
  • Step 6: Consider the Maine coon cat. This breed weighs between 10 and 20 pounds, and can reach lengths of 40 inches. Their hair is long and silky and usually brown.

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