Large Breed Cats

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Large Breed Cats

Not to be confused with the Maine Coon, the Norwegian Forest Cat is also a large and very furry cat. The breed hails from Norway, where these cats once used their excellent mousing skills to help farmers. And though they originated from the harsh Scandinavian woods, nowadays the breed is generally far from feral. Wegies are typically low-key and mellow.
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Large Breed Cats

Tetsu Yamazaki, Animal Photography Norwegian Forest Cat Not to be confused with the Maine Coon, the Norwegian Forest Cat is also a large and very furry cat. The breed hails from Norway, where these cats once used their excellent mousing skills to help farmers. And though they originated from the harsh Scandinavian woods, nowadays the breed is generally far from feral. Wegies are typically low-key and mellow.
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Large Breed Cats

At the top of the list we find the Savannah F-1. This cat is HUGE. Its a bit of a cheater, its a domestic cat, but with a wild background. A Siamese cat was crossbred with an African (wild) Serval cat. This breed has only recently been accepted as an official breed, and its probably the large domestic kitty around. The Savannah can get as big as a good sized dog and you better not mess with this puss. Unlike many other cats, Savannah’s usually love water, can be walked on a leash and come close to dogs in behavior. Most Savannah owners report that they are very gently and loyal companions, but don’t forget that this domestic cat can still be  “wild” at heart. Not bad for a house cat!
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Large Breed Cats

They are more loyal and protective, and some of them even make great hunters. Of cousre, there are some negatives to owning a large breed cat. They do require more room to run and play than miniature cat breeds, and they can be more active than traditional cats. So let’s learn a bit about 13 of the large cat breeds.
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Large Breed Cats

The Ragamuffin cat is related to the Ragdoll, and shares many of the common traits of the breed. They are a strongly built breed of cat with a dense muscle structure, which takes four to five years to fully develop. It can take up to three years old or even longer for the Ragamuffin to reach their adult weight, which is around 10-15lb for females and as much as 20lb for males.
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Large Breed Cats

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a longhaired breed hailing from Norway, and one that is no stranger to cold, harsh climates! At first glance they appear similar to the Maine Coon breed, and are very popular both in Norway and the surrounding Scandinavian countries. The Norwegian Forest Cat is very long in length, and grows to up to 15lb in weight for females and 15-20lb for males.
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Large Breed Cats

The Bengal might not be as big as the wild cats she resembles, but she’s still pretty large for a domestic cat. Her striking coat will draw plenty of admiring looks, which is exactly what this attention-loving breed wants. In fact, a Bengal will usually do just about anything to get you to interact with her, even if it means jumping on the kitchen counter or stealing your things.
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Large Breed Cats

Anna Pozzi, Animal Photography Bengal The Bengal might not be as big as the wild cats she resembles, but she’s still pretty large for a domestic cat. Her striking coat will draw plenty of admiring looks, which is exactly what this attention-loving breed wants. In fact, a Bengal will usually do just about anything to get you to interact with her, even if it means jumping on the kitchen counter or stealing your things.
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If you are planning on choosing a large, domestic cat breed, be sure you know what you are getting into. Larger cats need more room, space to move and tend to be a bit more active. Caring for a cat is a lifetime commitment, and it is important to understand the behavior patterns and physical needs you may face with your new pet.
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Many large cat breeds can reach extremely heavy weights of over 25 pounds, though such weights are limited to precise genetic lines. However, most of large cat breeds take several years to achieve maturation. The typical time needed to reach full stature is between 3 to 5 years for almost every large sized breed. Judges do take maturation time into account during competitions.
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Weighing from 9 to 18 pounds, the muscular Maine Coon is certainly a larger cat. The friendly breed typically gets along with everyone, including dogs and other cats. In fact, the Maine Coon tends to be so easygoing that he might even let you walk him on a leash.
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The Norwegian Forest Cat is the national cat of Norway. This beautiful cat breed has been around for over 1,000 years. Its coat consists of medium-long waterproof hair over a dense undercoat, specifically designed to keep this biggest cat warm in the cold Norwegian winters. These cats set the terms with their relationships. They will let you pet them, love on them, or hold them, but only when it is convenient for them. They have frequent bursts of energy, then take long naps to recuperate. The Norwegian Forest Cat weighs in at 12-16 lbs.
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Leesia Teh, Animal Photography Maine Coon Weighing from 9 to 18 pounds, the muscular Maine Coon is certainly a larger cat. The friendly breed typically gets along with everyone, including dogs and other cats. In fact, the Maine Coon tends to be so easygoing that he might even let you walk him on a leash.
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We often think of cats as small and lithe, but some breeds are actually quite large and can weigh up to 25 pounds. Though we don’t condone allowing cats to become fat, some breeds are just naturally bigger in size — but still healthy.
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As a breed that began with a kitten whose parents were a serval (a small African wild cat) and domestic cat, it’s no surprise that the Savannah is large. The typically intelligent cat has a long body with long legs and large, tall ears that sit on the top of his head. And because he’s so smart, he usually needs plenty of mental and physical stimulation — or he’ll find a way to entertain himself.
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Tetsu Yamazaki, Animal Photography Savannah As a breed that began with a kitten whose parents were a serval (a small African wild cat) and domestic cat, it’s no surprise that the Savannah is large. The typically intelligent cat has a long body with long legs and large, tall ears that sit on the top of his head. And because he’s so smart, he usually needs plenty of mental and physical stimulation — or he’ll find a way to entertain himself.
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The Ragdoll Cat can go as limp as a rag doll when picked up. They have beautiful blue eyes and colorpoint (light body with dark ears and eyes) coloring. Ragdolls are very affectionate. They are sometimes called “dog-like cats” because they like to follow people around, they love to be held and petted, and they are non-aggressive towards other animals. Ragdoll Cats can weigh 15-20 pounds.
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The Chausie is very rare within the UK, with some Chausie fanatics even going as far as France to find Chausie kittens for sale, and when they are bred within the UK they usually attract a premium price and are in great demand! They are an attractive looking cat with an appearance similar to the jungle cats from whom they descend. Fourth generation and Chausie cats even more distantly removed from their wild ancestors are considered to be suitable for general domestic ownership. The female Chausie can range from 8-15lb in weight, while the males can reach up to 22lb.
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Large cat breeds make some of the cuddliest pets ever. So why would anyone want a big cat breed? They remind you of their wild relatives like the bobcat, lynx, and jaguar, but with the temperament of the domestic cat breeds you already know and love.
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Said to resemble a potato atop toothpicks, the Chartreux is one big lap cat. And when he’s not demanding to curl up on top of you, he’ll likely be following you from room to room. Though the breed is large, the Chartreux is usually quite stealthy. Don’t be surprised if he opens cabinet doors or successfully hunts mice in your home.
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Tetsu Yamazaki, Animal Photography Chartreux Said to resemble a potato atop toothpicks, the Chartreux is one big lap cat. And when he’s not demanding to curl up on top of you, he’ll likely be following you from room to room. Though the breed is large, the Chartreux is usually quite stealthy. Don’t be surprised if he opens cabinet doors or successfully hunts mice in your home.
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The Ragdoll is a large, longhaired cat with a sweet, calm temperament and kind nature. They are fairly sedentary and make an excellent companion for quiet people who have lots of time to dedicate to this affectionate feline! Females of the breed generally weigh from 10-15lb, with males reaching 15-20lb as standard.

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