Large Cat Breeds – 5 Largest Domestic Breeds

Largest cat breeds at a glance

  • Maine Coon
  • Ragdoll
  • Norwegian Forest Cat
  • Siberian cat
  • British Shorthair

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is a large, longhaired natural breed that originated in the United States. They are a loving, faithful, self-confident breed of cat.

The Maine Coon comes in a range of colours and patterns.


The Ragdoll is a laid-back breed of cat, words used to describe the breed include docile, affectionate, intelligent, mild-mannered.

They come in three basic pattern types. Colourpoint, Mitted and Bi-Colour. There are four colours: Seal, Chocolate, Blue and Lilac.

Norwegian Forest cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat is an affectionate, outgoing, good-natured and playful cat. They are known for their love of climbing.

They come in a range of colours other than colour point.

Siberian cat

Siberian Black Tiger with white male cat on a black background

A beautiful longhaired cat from Russia, the Siberian cat is said to have a dog-like temperament, are extremely affectionate, active and intelligent.

British Shorthair

The only shorthaired cat of the group, the British Shorthair is a good-natured, independent, calm, and affectionate cat. The British comes in a multitude of colours and patterns.

Other large breeds of cat:

  • Savannah – Still a rare cat and difficult to find a breeder.
  • Bengal – This stunning breed is a medium to large cat. As with most breeds, males are larger than females. There can be quite a difference in the size of Bengals.
  • Exotic Shorthair – A large, cobby breed with a round face and expressive eyes. They are laid back and quiet.
  • Birman – A beautiful longhaired pointed cat with blue eyes.

Julia Wilson is a cat expert with over 20 years of experience writing about a wide range of cat topics, with a special interest in cat health, welfare and preventative care. Julia lives in Sydney with her family, four cats and two dogs. She enjoys photography, gardening and running in her spare time. Full author bio Contact Julia