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The 15 Cutest Cat Breeds You Will Love

Every cat is adorable but if you are looking for a comprehensive list of the all-time cutest cat breeds, our Anaheim vets are here to give you the answers you are looking for.

What are the Cutest Cat Breeds?

Are you or your family started thinking about bringing home a feline family member? You've got plenty of options to choose from, whether you're looking for a short-haired mischief-making kitten or a docile long-haired beauty who loves bathing in the sunlight. 

From the Abyssinian to the Ragdoll the Norwegian Forest Cat and the Siamese, the fluffy kitties in this list are among the cutest cat breeds you'll find. We share the characteristics of these breeds and a little about what you can expect from each in this post. 

1. Abyssinian

Because the Abyssinian (nickname: Aby) looks similar to a wild cat and has a regal-looking appearance, you might be surprised to learn that they are quite loyal. An energetic, friendly, playful and outgoing breed who loves to be up high, this cat hates to be alone and will need lots of playtime with its owner. It's recommended to provide them a companion cat since they easily become bored if left alone for too long.

Fun Fact: The Abyssinian is one of the oldest known cat breeds and originates from coastal regions of the Indian Ocean, as well as parts of southeast Asia.

Weight: Up to 12 pounds

Appearance: Almond-shaped eyes; lithe, long, muscular body; arched neck; large ears; small oval feet; long, slender tail. 

Length: Up to 28 inches

Coat & Color: Fine, short, glossy coat can range from ruddy to red, blue, cinnamon or fawn in a solid or ticked pattern

Life Expectancy: Up to 15 years

2. Munchkin

A relatively new breed also called the magpie, munchkin cats are aptly named as they are known for their dwarfism (a point of contention among the breeding community). Renowned for their speed despite having noticeably short legs, Munchkins are active felines that are known for their curiosity and playfulness. 

Fun Fact: Munchkins tend to be mischievous bandits known for snatching shiny items. You might want to keep valuable jewellery, shoes, clothes, etc. out of their reach!

Weight: 6 to 9 pounds

Appearance: Walnut-shaped eyes; ears with slightly rounded tips, high, defined cheekbones; thick, non-compact body with a back that slopes gently upward from shoulders to tail; well-rounded chest and firm hips. 

Length: Up to 18 inches

Coat & Color: Long Hair: Semi-long, silky coat with moderate and medium undercoat. Shaggy britches and full plume tail. 

Short Hair: Medium to short; solilors may have a less dense coat. Semi-plush texture with medium undercoat and lustrous appearance. 

Hair length, pattern and color vary - the Munchkin can come in any color or pattern, including the Siamese pattern.

Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

3. Devon Rex

Known as the clown of the cat world, the Devon Rex will be an active and energetic feline companion to any household. They love spending their time putting on playful shows for their owners and purring their pleasure. In return, they expect to be paid in pets and loving attention. 

Fun Fact: This jovial cat is also a jumper, so will need cat trees and perches to keep them exercised and entertained. 

Weight: 6 to 9 pounds

Appearance: Similar to a pixie or elf, with a large head; eyes can be amber, aqua, blue, copper, green, gold, hazel, odd-eyed, orange or yellow; butterfly ears; broad chest; unusually soft and curly, fragile coat that should not be brushed. 

Length: 15 to 18 inches

Coat & Color: Silky, medium-length coat with widely varying colors. 

Life Expectancy: 9 to 15 years

4. Bengal

Another kitty companion whose 'wild cat' appearance is a contrast to its sweet and loving nature, Bengals are descended from the Asian leopard cat. They are often described as active, highly intelligent and curious beauties. Prospective owners should beware that Bengals love to talk - and be talked to. Whether they are using a soft voice or not, they are not shy felines. 

They are also born athletes with muscles to spare, so should be given plenty of opportunity to run and exercise freely. 

Bonus: Bengals are less likely to produce an allergic reaction. They'll groom themselves less often than cats with double coats or courser coats. Keep in mind no cats are 100% hypoallergenic.

Fun Fact: Just as they are curious about everything, most Bengals will be curious about water and may show some willingness to swim. However, this doesn't mean they will routinely want to take a dip. 

Weight: 8 to 15 pounds

Appearance: Large, thick and massive; large, triangle-shaped head; thick neck and tail; large feet; spots on coat will appear to be randomly placed; may be brown or seal in color

Length: 14 to 18 inches

Coat & Color: Short coat; can be spotted or marbled with patterns outlined in chocolate, black or gray/silver. 

Life Expectancy: 9 to 15 years

5. Siamese

One of the oldest breeds of domesticated cats in the world. They are believed to have originated in Thailand around the 14th century. Their distinctive, beautiful appearances meant they were treasured by royal families. 

Another highly intelligent, sociable and talkative breed, Siamese cats are loving, trusting, and deeply sensitive and take harsh words from their humans to heart. They are known as "Velcro kitties" who love their owners intensely and will want to stay by their side. 

Fun Fact: Historically, Siamese cats had crossed eyes. Legend has it that a Siamese cat once guarded a king's goblet. She held onto it so tightly that her tail bent and eyes crossed. 

Weight: 8 to 14 pounds

Appearance: Lean, lengthy frame with slim, muscular bodies. Masquerade-like fur near the ears, face, legs and tail. Piercing blue eyes. 

Length: 14 inches 

Coat & Color: Range of colors from chocolate, sable, cinnamon and lavender to lavender, ebony, lilac and white. 

Life Expectancy: 15 to 20 years

6. Ragdoll

As one of the largest domestic cat breeds, Ragdolls may look intimidating at first glance but they are another docile, affectionate, gentle and friendly cat. Relatively new, they are most commonly dated back to the early 1960s. 

Like its name suggests, Ragdolls are known for being easygoing and laid back, and may become limp when picked up, similar to a ragdoll. However, while many like to be snuggled, each of these big, beautiful felines will have its unique characteristics. 

Fun Fact: While ragdolls are generally quiet, they are intelligent and have been likened to dogs. Many ragdolls can be trained to shake a paw and play fetch and other games.  

Weight: Up to 20 pounds (male); 10 to 15 pounds (female)

Appearance: Blue eyes; soft, flexible bodies; relatively small and slightly rounded ears. 

Length: Up to 40 inches

Coat & Color: Coats are medium-length, silky soft and can come in many variations, including cream, brown, orange, blue or lilac-colored

Life Expectancy: 15 to 25 years 

7. American Bobtail

Another aptly named breed, the American bobtail is known for its short bobbed tail, playful personality and rugged appearance. Commonly called the "golden retriever" of cat breeds, these kitties boast friendly, sweet, affectionate personalities and make excellent four-legged friends.

Fun Fact: American bobtails are expressive kitties - they will sometimes wag their tails to express happiness. 

Weight: 7 to 16 pounds

Appearance: Large, deep-set, almond-shaped eyes come in any color; large athletic body with long back legs. Stubby, bobbed tail is around one-third the length of a normal cat's tail and can be straight, kinked or bumped along the edge.

Length: 17 to 19 inches

Coat & Color: Long Hair: Slightly shaggy, medium to long hair tapers to slightly longer hair on the legs, belly and tail. Resilient, density-double non-matting coat. 

Short Hair: Hard topcoat with soft, downy undercoat. Semi-dense, resilient with slight loft; coat may be softer in dilute colors, silvers and lynx points. 

Life Expectancy: 13 to 18 inches

8. Turkish Angora

While the Turkish Angora is a quiet breed, they love to run and play and are loyal, affectionate companions. Another elegant kitty, they are always active and alert, and appear proud of themselves - a true alpha cat. They are also persistent in vying for their owners' attention. 

Fun Fact: This pedigreed cat is still exhibited at a zoo in Ankara, Turkey. 

Weight: Male: Over 12 pounds; Female: 8 to 12 pounds

Appearance: Most accurately described as "long" - long, body; long, slim legs; long tail; long coat; wide eyes and large ears. Fine-boned cat with super soft coat and slim chest. 

Length: 14 to 16 inches

Coat & Color: Medium to long, silky coat can come in a range of colors from cream, white and blue to tortoiseshell, bluecream and calico. Single layered coat grows in thicker and longer during the cold months. 

Life Expectancy: 9 to 14 years

9. Cymric

Heavily boned and stocky, the Cymric is a sweet, placid breed that adores people and act as loving companions to their humans. They are no couch potatoes; this breed loves to run and play.

Fun Fact: The cymric has a unique gait and looks like a bowling ball when running around a room. 

Weight: Male: Over 12 pounds; Female: 8 to 12 pounds 

Appearance: Eyes can be orange, yellow, hazel, copper, amber, greed or gold. Round-shaped cat with round head, round eyes, round rump and roundness at whisker pads. 

Length: 14 to 18 inches

Coat & Color: Long, thick, dense double coat comes in a range of colors (from white or blue to brown, silver tortoiseshell and more) and patterns (solid, bicolor, tortoiseshell, tricolor, smoke, shaded)

Life Expectancy: 9 to 13 years

10. Scottish Fold

Active, playful mousers, Scottish Folds seek attention and companionship, both from their humans and other pets. They are also very easygoing with children. These playful, expressive and sensitive felines are named for their unique folded ears. 

Fun Fact: Scottish Folds are born with straight ears and the fold occurs due to a mutation that occurs when they are around 3 to 4 weeks old. 

Weight: Male: 9 to 13 pounds; Female: 6 to 9 pounds

Appearance: Round head; round, bright, clear eyes; round legs and tail, which should be handled gently as some Scottish Folds can develop stiffness in the tail, which can cause pain if mishandled. 

Length: 14 to 16 inches

Coat & Color: Some Scottish Folds have longer coats (Scottish Fold Longhair) that vary slightly in texture and need regular care. 

Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

11. Norwegian Forest Cat

Elegant kitties whose breed history originated in Norse lore, the Norwegian forest cat was often kept by Vikings and originated as long as 4,000 years ago. Today, they are commonly affectionately called "Wegies". As Norway's official cat, this breed is known as the "skogkatt" (forest cat). 

While loving, kind, gentle and even nurturing, Wegies are also independent and intelligent kitties who won't demand too much attention. 

Fun Fact: The Norwegian Forest Cat has an enchanting history. They are said to have been featured in Norse fairy tales and to have pulled the goddess Freya's chariot across the sky.

Weight: 13 to 20 pounds

Appearance: Resemblance to the Maine Coon, with a long coat; tufted ears; plumed tail; heavily muscled body. 

Length: 12 to 18 inches

Coat & Color: Long, thick, water-resistant double coat developed in response to the cold, harsh climate of the Scandinavian woods. The coat can have many potential patterns and colors; colors range from black, white, cream and cinnamon to red and tabby. 

Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years 

12. Siberian Cat

The Siberian is a long-haired cat bred to withstand the severe winter environment of Siberia. While the breed likes playing and will typically participate in any activity, it also prefers resting on your lap or curling up for a nap. Because the Siberian is demanding and will not give up, he will follow you around all day.

Fun Fact: Stocky yet agile, Siberian cats are powerfully built with strong hind legs that are slightly longer than their front legs, creating an arch. This makes them skilled jumpers and incredible athletes.

Weight: 15 to 20 pounds

Appearance: They resemble Maine Coons and Norwegian Forest cats but with rounder heads and larger paws. They also have distinct round eyes, typically green or gold, that give them a friendly expression.

Length: 17 to 25 inches

Coat & Color: Since Siberians are a natural breed, they come in all colors. The rainbow of colors includes but is not limited to, brown, red, blue, silver, white, black and any combination of these colors. They come in solid, spotted, ticked, mackerel and classic patterns. Their fur is also a very dense, water-resistant triple coat, which is medium to long in length.

Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

13. Russian Blue

The Russian blue is a sweet-tempered, loyal cat who will follow her owner everywhere, so don't be surprised if she greets you at the front door! While she has a tendency to attach to one pet parent in particular, she demonstrates affection with her whole family and demands it in return. It's said that Russian blues train their owners rather than the owners training them, a legend that's been proven true time and again.

They are very social creatures but also enjoy alone time and will actively seek a quiet, private nook in which to sleep. They don't mind too much if you're away at work all day, but they do require a lot of playtime when you are home. Russian blues tend to shy away from visitors and may hide during large gatherings.

Fun Fact: Russian blues are known for their thick, gorgeous blue-gray coat and bright eyes.

Weight: 7 to 12 pounds

Appearance: With her triangular-shaped head, the Russian blue is a long and slender cat. She is fine-boned with large ears, a broad forehead and straight nose, making her a very regal animal.

Length: 9 to 11 inches

Coat & Color: These cats have short coats that are dark gray tipped with silver. Faint stripes may be present as a kitten but disappear in adulthood.

Life Expectancy: 15 to 20 years

14. American Curl

Thanks to their fluffy, curled-back ears, American Curls are one of the most easily identifiable cat breeds today. They love to play, investigate, climb, and keep a close eye on their owners. They are very affectionate and easily accept children and other pets, making them an ideal family cat.

Fun Fact: It's not only their curled ears that make these cats so special. Sometimes nicknamed the "Peter Pan cat," these felines retain kitten-like natures into adulthood.

Weight: 7 to 10 pounds

Appearance: The head of the American Curl is wedge-shaped with eyes that are shaped like a walnut. Her tail is long. Her unique feature, of course, is that her ears curl backward.

Length: 18 to 20 inches

Coat & Color: These cats can be both short-haired and long-haired. They can also be any possible feline color and pattern, including black, white, gray, brown, cream, or red, and solid, bi-color, tabby, tortoiseshell, tuxedo, and calico.

Life Expectancy: 10 to 18 years

15. Burmese

It's really hard not to immediately like Burmese cats. Intelligent, playful little dynamos, Burmese are incredibly social to humans and will quickly learn to play interactive games like fetch or tag.

They also make excellent ambassadors for any self-professed "non-cat people," thanks to their affectionate, almost dog-like personalities and their giant, expressive eyes that make Burmese cats so cute.

Fun Fact:  Early in the 20th century, an American sailor traveled back to the states with a little souvenir from Burma—a wide-eyed, walnut-brown cat named Wong Mau. The sailor gave Wong Mau to Dr. Joseph Thompson, a Siamese breeder who was immediately smitten with the cat. He bred her with a Siamese, and now all modern Burmese can trace their lineage back to this original pairing.

Weight: 8 - 15 pounds

Appearance: The Burmese is a cat that is round all over. The head is round, the tips of the ears are round, the eyes, chin and even the feet are round. This breed is solid both in looks and in feel and has great strength.

Length: 9 to 13 inches

Coat & Color: A Burmese cat's coat is sleek, shiny, and smooth, almost satin-like in texture. It's solid shorthair coat comes in blue, gray, lavender, silver, chocolate, brown, sable and lilac.

Life Expectancy: 10 to 17 years

Preventive Care for Cats at Anaheim Animal Care & Pet Hospital

Whether you're wondering which cute cat breed might fit your needs and lifestyle or have already chosen your fluffy friend, our Anaheim vets are here to address your questions and concerns, and provide the preventive care your feline companion needs. 

From wellness exams and nutritional advice to dental care, we have all the knowledge, experience and services you'll need to keep your cat happy and healthy. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.

Are you wondering which cute cat breeds are suited to your lifestyle and needs? Contact our Anaheim vets for advice today.

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