10 of the most popular cat breeds for smaller cats

Devon rex small cat breed portrait

Because of their small stature and charming qualities, little cat breeds are popular pets. Larger cat breeds can weigh up to 15 pounds (or more), while the tiniest felines might weigh as little as 5 to 10 pounds. Because some little cat breeds have long legs and others, like the munchkin, stand less than 10 inches tall at the shoulder, their height may vary. They come in a variety of coats, colors, and distinguishing characteristics that differentiate one tiny cat breed from the next.


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Breed Characteristics

Many of the smaller breeds have a bouncy, spry demeanor in addition to preserving their kitten-cute looks into maturity. These cats are usually active, clever, and loving, with a few exceptions.

Take a look the top 10 small cat breeds that have left a big impression on the feline world.

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    Singapura cat

    This little cat develops to a weight of 4 to 8 pounds, making it the smallest cat breed. The Singapura is a cat that originated in Singapore and has become a celebrity in the cat world due to its small stature and attractive eyes. It has enough of affection to give despite its diminutive stature. These cats are renowned to be affectionate and entertaining companions. Despite its diminutive appearance, the Singapura has a surprisingly robust frame and athletic qualities that will astonish you.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 6 to 8 inches

    Weight: 4 to 8 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Petite but muscular stature; rounded head and large eyes

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    Munchkins are the world's smallest cat breed. These cats have a genetic abnormality that causes them to have shorter legs, giving them a height of 7 to 9 inches at the shoulder. According to Guinness World Records, the smallest adult cat is Lilieput, a munchkin from Napa, California, who was 5.25 inches tall in 2013. In the cat world, there is some debate about whether it is ethical to continue breeding the short-legged munchkin. The Munchkin is a recognised breed with the International Cat Association, but not with the Cat Fanciers' Association.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 7 to 9 inches

    Weight: 6 to 9 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Short or longhaired coat, round face; average body length with short legs

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    The Cornish rex's long legs and angular characteristics may give the appearance that it is bigger than it actually is. These cats are usually 11 to 15 inches tall and weigh only 6 to 10 pounds. All of these cats have legs. The Cornish rex has a coat of tight, short curls and over-sized ears with large eyes and cheekbones, among other distinguishing characteristics. This breed originated in England, but it has gained worldwide recognition because to its remarkable appearance and engaging attitude.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 11 to 15 inches

    Weight: 6 to 10 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Tight, curly short hair with a triangular head and over-sized, wide-set ears

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    The American Curl's greatest distinguishing trait is its unusually shaped ears, however these cats are also small. This breed grows to a maximum weight of 12 pounds, with females keeping petite and reaching no more than 8 pounds. The American Curl's smooth, silky hair can be short or semi-long, contributing to this little cat breed's fluff iness. Although they aren't recognized for being lap cats, they are friendly and energetic and make good companions.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 9 to 12 inches

    Weight: 12 pounds or less

    Physical Characteristics: Soft, silky short or semi-long coat; ears that curl backwards

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    The Devon rex is often known as a "pixie cat," therefore it's no surprise that this species belongs to the tiny cat breeds. The Devon rex grows to a petite size of 6 to 9 pounds when fully matured. These cats have a kitten-like look throughout their lives because to their triangular head, wide ears, and sparkling eyes.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 10 to 12 inches

    Weight: 6 to 9 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Fine to medium bone structure with broad chest and triangular head; soft, thin, curly coat

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    The Japanese bobtail's tiny, pom-like tail isn't the only thing about this cat breed that's diminutive: it barely weighs 5 to 10 pounds and grows to be just 8 or 9 inches tall. These cats have a slim figure and delicate characteristics. They are Asian in origin, and their claim to fame is defending Japan's silk trade from a rodent invasion in the early 1600s. They were once the most frequently seen street cat in Japan. The popular cat has evolved into an active, clever housepet.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 9 inches

    Weight: 5 to 10 pounds

    Petite; docked, fluffy tail; coats can be white, black, cream, lilac, red, blue, bi-colored, and tri-colored, among other hues and patterns.

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    The Siamese is one of the most ancient cat breeds, as well as one of the tiniest. While these cats are large in size, they are slender and muscular, weighing just 8 to 12 pounds on average. Females, in particular, stay petite, weighing as little as 8 pounds. Despite its little size, this noisy cat breed makes its presence and desires known.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 10 inches

    Weight: 6 to 14 pounds

    Short coat in hues including seal, blue, lilac, and chocolate with colorpoints around the face, ears, paws, and tail; long body with fine to medium bone structure;

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    Burmese cats have a compact, stocky physique and a large brain, making them smaller than typical. The typical Burmese weighs 6 to 14 pounds and stands 10 to 12 inches tall. They utilize their intelligence to solve pet puzzles and perform feats such as fetching their toys.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 10 to 12 inches

    Weight: 6 to 14 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Short coat; sable, champagne, platinum, and blue; green or gold eye color

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    LaPerms have unique, coiled fur that gives them the appearance of having a curly perm. This little, sweet cat weights between 5 and 8 pounds. Linda and Dick Koehl from Oregon created the breed in the early 1980s. The appearance of this cat was the consequence of a mutation among cats raised for pest management.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 6 to 10 inches

    Weight: 5 to 8 pounds

    Physical Features: Soft, rather long hair with tight curls or waves; comes in a variety of colors and patterns, with ginger, tabby, and tortie being the most prevalent. Copper, gold, aqua, yellow, blue, or green are some of the eye hues.

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    Abys are one of the world's oldest cat breeds, weighing 6 to 9 pounds. They are clever, active, and occasionally clownish. They like spending time with their friends to the point that they may experience separation anxiety if left alone for too long. They have a wild cat look due to their vivid coat of reds, browns, and blues with patterns.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 8 to 10 inches

    Weight: 6 to 9 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: A silky, short-to-medium length coat; colors range from ruddy, red, blue, cinnamon, or fawn; eye colors are usually green or gold

Breeds to Avoid

It goes without saying that if you want a cat that is smaller than usual, you should choose breeds recognized for their huge size. A few of the biggest cat breeds include the Maine coon, pixie-bob, Bengal, and ragamuffin. Keep in mind that the size of a kitten isn't necessarily an accurate predictor of its adult size. Request to view the litter's parents whenever feasible to get a better idea of your kitten's mature size.