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Our cats retain the nobility and courage of a true feline, ¿true? But some races go beyond greatness of spirit, and are truly ¡giants! Be it by its height or remarkable robustness, these kittens tend to impress thanks to their enormous size.
¿You don't know the 12 giant cat breeds? Well, the AnimalWised invites you to know a little more about each of them in this new article.. ¿Can you come with us? ¡You can not lose this!You may also be interested in: The oldest cat breeds in the world
What are the largest cat breeds?
The 12 largest cat breeds are:
- Maine Coon: exceeding one meter in length and 10 kg.
- Selkirk rex: with an average of 30 cm at the withers and 7 kg.
- Ragdoll: measures more than 35 cm and can weigh more than 9 kg.
- Ragamuffin: measures 25 cm at the withers and can weigh up to 13 kg.
- Bengal cat: some males can exceed 9 kg.
- Highlander: like the previous one, it can also weigh more than 9 kg.
- Brazilian short hair: usually exceeds 10 kg in weight.
- Turkish Van: measures about 30 cm at the withers and weighs up to 9 kg.
- Norwegian Forest: stands out for being especially hairy and exceeds 9 kg.
- Chausie: measures 50 cm and weighs up to 12 kg!
- British shorthair: measures 30 cm at the withers and weighs up to 8 kg.
- British long hair: reaches 35 cm at the withers and weighs up to 7 kg.
Next, in this big cat breeds article, we'll show you everything you need to know about these 12 feline breeds along with their photos and features, ¡keep reading!
1. The Maine coon
These cats are originally from the State of Maine, in the United States, which explains the first part of their name. The term "coon " would be an abbreviation for "racoon ", which means " raccoon "in English. Its name refers to a certain myth about its origins, which states that this breed would be a hybrid between a wild cat and a raccoon.
A Maine coon male can reach 70 centimeters long and weigh more than 10 kilos. This staggering size reveals a loving animal, Sociable and playful, with a distinguished ability: meow in various tones. In addition, Maine coons tend to especially like water, due to their waterproof coat. It definitely makes an excellent pet for families with children.. ¿You want to know more? ¡Discover in Animal Expert the care a Maine coon requires!Image: taringa.net
2. The selkirk rex and its wavy coat
This breed has a robust body, with well developed musculature, weighing close to 7 kilos as adults. The selkirk rex They stand out not only for their physical build, but also for their long, wavy hair. In many countries, it is popularly known as "the Poodle cat ", precisely because of its coat that requires periodic brushing to avoid knots.Image: telegraf.rs
3. Ragdoll, the rag doll
"Ragdoll "literally means " rag doll "in our language. This breed is the result of various crosses between other breeds such as Persian, Siamese Y burmese. His temperament is usually temperate and somewhat sleepyhead. And among the basic care of the ragdoll, there is the need for company: these beautiful kittens do not like loneliness.
A characteristic of ragdoll is that they have a long "childhood ", taking up to three years to complete their development and reach adulthood. However, when they grow, they do so intensely: a male ragdoll can outgrow 90 centimeters long and weigh up to 9 kilos.Image: reddit.com
4. Ragamuffin, a giant boy
Like ragdolls, ragamuffins have a very long childhood, between 2 and 3 years, and can live up to 18 years. However, their character is more sociable, playful and active than the "rag dolls ", which facilitates their adaptation to home life. In addition, it is an excellent feline breed for children, since they play without removing their claws.
An adult male ragamuffin has a body tall and robust, and can weigh up to 13 kilos without developing obesity symptoms. A very characteristic of this breed is that its head is usually large compared to the rest of its body..Image: ragamuffinkittens.co.uk
5. Bengal or Bengali cat
Following this top 12 of giant cat breeds, in this section we present the Bengal cat, too known as "leopard cat ". It is a large breed, native to the United States, easily recognizable by its fur, which is similar to that of a wild leopard..
The Bengali cat has an average weight that ranges between 5 and 6 kg, however, some males have reached exceed 9 kg, breaking records in the breed. He is known for his hyperactivity and boundless curiosity, and loves to play and socialize with other individuals. We therefore speak, in a general way, of a affectionate and sociable cat. Likewise, it is a particularly intelligent breed..
6. The Highlander and his big eyes
This breed with large eyes and striking ears was the result of crosses between the breed american curl Y lynxes. The result was a cat of remarkable dimensions that usually weighs more than 9 kilos when adult. If its size can scare some, its character conquers many: it is a docile cat, very playful and affectionate, who needs a positive environment and affection so as not to suffer with the symptoms of stress.
7. Brazilian shorthair: a very young breed
This breed descends from the stray cats of Brazil, and was recognized very recently. Perhaps this is why it is still difficult to establish aesthetic and behavioral parameters for these lively felines. What does stand out is his imposing bearing: a Brazilian with short hair can weigh more than 10 kilograms without showing symptoms of being overweight.
8. Van Turco, a true lover of water
As its name suggests, this breed is native to the surroundings of Lake Van, which is found in Turkey. As in their natural habitat they were exposed to hot summers and harsh winters, these cats developed an impressive adaptive capacity.
The turkish van they are not usually very high, but they have an important sturdiness, easily weighing 8 kilos as an adult. They also own certain peculiarities: besides being very vowels, they also like the contact with him Water, so it is not uncommon to see them playing or refreshing themselves.
For those who consider the possibility of having a Turkish van as a pet, it should be clear that it is a dominant race, that he will need a lot of attention to live together and be introduced to other cats. Ideally, start socializing it while it is still a baby, in its first 8 weeks of life..Image: metro.co.uk
9. Norwegian Forest Cat, an endemic breed of Norway
The Norwegian forest cat is a breed that stands out for its abundant and thick coat, which allowed it to survive in the extreme cold of the scandinavian countries. The Norwegian forests They are robust cats, which can weigh up to 9 kilos as adults, but not very tall. A curiosity is that these cats are classified as endemic in Norway.Image: purrspurrsmeow.blogspot.com.es
10. Chausie, a miniature cougar
A Chausie resembles a wild cougar not only because of its appearance, but also because of its keen hunting instinct and abundant energy. They need a lot of attention to their physical activity, mental stimulation and socialization. An adult male of this breed can reach 9 kilos in its adult phase.
11. British shorthair: the first English breed
The British shorthair (or British shorthair) is the oldest feline breed of English origin. Like most cold-weather cats, it is noted for its abundant fur. They are excellent hunters, owners of a docile and sociable character, which allows them get along with other cats and dogs. An adult male of this breed usually weighs between 7 and 8 kilos.Image: dailytelegraph.com.au and catshowbook.wordpress.com
12. The British with long hair: beauty has no morphological standard
This breed is younger than its short-haired "relatives", and also much more robust. An adult long-haired British male usually weighs more than 9 kilos. His long fur, which was previously considered a standard deviation for the British feline family, it is currently a much admired aesthetic feature.
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