The Top 10 Cats With Big Ears

Siamese cat on a bed

In the wild, large ears play a crucial role in animal survival. Feline ears, for example, function as satellite dishes, allowing wild cats to hear even the faintest sounds when hunting. The crinkle of a treat bag, the jingle of a toy, and the coming home of their favorite persons are all heard by most domesticated cats. The look and personalities of cat breeds with huge ears differ. Others are more placid and gentle, while others are more lively, athletic, and energetic.

Here are 10 cat breeds with especially large ears.


Cats are superb groomers, but cleaning their ears on a regular basis is still necessary for their health. Keep an eye out for extra wax, grime, and strange odors. Also, have your veterinarian demonstrate how to properly clean your cat's ears.

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    Abyssinian cat on a bed

    The ears of the Abyssinian are stretched out to either side, as though they are continually listening to something. Though its origin is unknown, this is one of the oldest cat breeds. Its ancestors most likely resided in Southeast Asia and in the Indian Ocean. Abyssinian cats nowadays are clever, playful, and very active. They also like being the focus of attention.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 10 inches

    Weight: 8 to 12 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Tall, pointy ears; wedge-shaped head; slender, muscular body

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    The Balinese cat breed, which has enormous triangular ears, is said to have evolved from a genetic aberration that resulted in a longhaired Siamese cat breed. The smooth coat of this powerful breed clings close to the body and prevents matting. These cats are usually friendly, lively, and talkative. They like spending time with their family and are frequently friendly with children and other animals.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 6 to 7 inches

    Weight: 8 to 12 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Wedge-shaped head; slender body; blue eyes

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    The Chausie's tall, broad ears are angled slightly outward. In the 1990s, Abyssinians and jungle cats were crossed to create this hybrid cat breed. Despite the fact that today's Chausie is more "wild at heart" than "wild," the breed is not a lap cat. Most children prefer receiving lots of attention and engaging in interactive play to simply sitting around the home.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 14 to 18 inches

    Weight: 15 to 30 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Long, tall body; elongated snout; large, sometimes tufted ears

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    The Cornish Rex is a sight to behold, with its characteristic wavy coat and huge, thin, bat-like ears. The breed's name comes from Cornwall, England, when a kitten with a wavy coat was born due to a genetic abnormality. These cats are clever, energetic, and outgoing nowadays. They like a lot of social interaction but aren't generally delicate lap cats.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 12 to 14 inches

    Weight: 6 to 10 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Curved body; high cheekbones; large ears

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    The Devon Rex's massive ears contribute to its "elfin" appearance and mischievous smile. This breed is extremely gregarious and fun-loving, and some even compare it to a dog. This cat, with its petite stature and outgoing nature, spends the most of its life looking and acting like a kitten. The Devon Rex has a smooth, wavy coat that ripples when you pet it.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 10 to 12 inches

    Weight: 8 to 10 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Large ears; slender neck; prominent eyes

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    The Egyptian Mau has large ears that bend forward slightly, giving it an alert appearance. It is the only domesticated cat breed with a natural spotted coat pattern, and its progenitors are most likely ancient Egyptian wild cats. These athletic cats are known for being excellent sprinters and climbers. It is critical to engage them in interactive play to keep their brains and bodies occupied.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 10 inches

    Weight: 7 to 9 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Long, muscular body; green eyes; large ears

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    Because the Oriental is a descendant of the Siamese, it bears the same large, triangle-shaped ears as its cousin. It has a similar appearance to the Siamese but has a wider range of coat colors. This fun-loving breed is inherently athletic and lively, and it has a deep affinity with its human companions.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 10 inches

    Weight: 6 to 12 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Sleek body; angular head; large ears; almond-shaped eyes

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    Savannah cats are a hybrid of domestic cats and African servals. The Savannah's large, long ears are an important feature of the breed's overall untamed appearance. These cats have a wild temperament as well. They are educated and enthusiastic people who adore their family and frequently seek attention. It takes a lot to keep kids cognitively and physically active.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 12 to 14 inches

    Weight: 20 to 30 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Tall, lean body; erect ears; golden coat with dark spots and bars

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    The Siamese is a sleek cat with large ears that are often darker than the rest of its coat. Since the late 1800s, cat lovers have flocked to this sweet and energetic species. These cats are noted for their vocalizations and will "talk" with their owners at all hours of the day and night, particularly if they have something to say. They prefer companionship throughout the day and enjoy being the focus of attention.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 10 inches

    Weight: 8 to 10 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Sleek body; almond-shaped eyes; wedge-shaped head

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    Sphynx cats make a statement with their wrinkled skin and striking features. Many of these hairless cats have a downy fluff that covers part or all of their bodies. Their large ears and eyes, in comparison to the rest of their skull, garner the most attention. They're known for entertaining their people with clownish antics and are typically sociable and affectionate cats (particularly for warmth).

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 10 inches

    Weight: 10 to 12 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Hairless; wrinkled head; lean build