Smallest Breeds of Cat

Smallest Cat Breeds

  • Singapura
  • Burmese
  • Egyptian Mau
  • Bombay
  • Munchkin
  • Devon Rex


Singapura cat

  • Energy: Medium
  • Coat: Short
  • Weight: Males 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs), females 3.5-4 kg (7.8 – 8.8 lbs)

The Singapura is the smallest domestic cat in the world and one of my favourite breeds. They are extremely friendly, outgoing, sociable, playful, in, curious, intelligent, lively, affectionate. Singapuras make great family pets and get along well with everybody.

Our little boy (pictured above) was quite an in your face type cat and always happy to greet strangers and demand attention.

Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau

  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Coat: Short
  • Weight: Males 4.5-5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs), females 4-4.5 kg (8.8 – 9.9 lbs)

The oldest breed of cat, the Egyptian Mau is believed to have descended from the African wild cat due to their remarkably similar appearance. African wild cats were known to have lived in the same region where the Mau first appeared. No matter how they came about, once this breed was domesticated, it became indispensable.

The Egyptian Mau is an intelligent, outgoing, playful, lively and active cat. They thrive on attention and do not like to be left on their own for extended periods. This is a breed that bonds deeply with its human family and gets on with pets and children. They are athletic and love to climb.


Bombay cat

  • Energy: Medium
  • Coat: Short
  • Weight: Males 4.5-5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs), females 4-4.5 kg (8.8 – 9.9 lbs)

The Bombay cat is a stunning, sleek, jet black cat who is Burmese type. Bombay cats came about by mating Burmese and American Shorthair cats.

The personality of the Bombay is similar to the Burmese. They are friendly, outgoing, sociable cats who thrive on human companionship. They are full of energy and love to play games. Bombay cats have a distinctive meow, and some can be quite talkative.


Chocolate (champagne) Burmese cat

  • Energy: Medium
  • Coat: Short
  • Weight: Males 4.5-5.5 kg (9.9 – 11.5 lbs), females 4-4.5 kg (8.8 – 9.9 lbs)

One of the most popular cat breeds and for good reason, the Burmese cat originated in Burma (now Myanmar) and was developed in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Burmese are playful cats, especially when they are younger but they are not always on the go like some other active breeds. Once they have worn themselves out, they love nothing more than sleeping on their human companion’s lap. With a dog-like personality, they will follow you around the house all day long, hoping to get a pat or stroke and get along with everyone, including children and other pets. Male Burmese cats are very affectionate, females are too, but a little more independent.

Munchkin cat

Grey and white munchkin cat

  • Energy: Medium
  • Coat: Short
  • Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)

The Munchkin is a short-legged breed of cat that arose from a spontaneous mutation in Louisiana in the early 1980s.

Munchkins are playful, outgoing and maintain their kitten-like personality well into adulthood. It is easy to train Munchkins to play fetch or walk on a harness.

They are social, affectionate and get along well with people, including children and other animals and make a fantastic family pet.

Devon Rex

Two Devon Rex kittens

  • Energy: High
  • Coat: Very short and wavy
  • Weight: Males 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs), females 3.5-4 kg (7.8 – 8.8 lbs)

The Devon Rex is an unusual cat with a short, curly coat and whiskers and a pixie-like face. The breed was established after tomcat appeared in a deserted tin mine in Devon. This tom had an unusually short curly coat. At this time, Miss Cox happened to take in a straight coated
tortoiseshell and white female stray who was pregnant. In September 1959 she delivered four kittens at the bottom of Miss Cox’s garden, one of which had the same curly coat as she’d observed in the stray tom. She named the male kitten Kirlee and planned to keep him as a pet.

The Devon Rex is an intelligent, mischievous and active breed of cat. While they are a very busy breed, they also thrive on human companionship and love to be close to their owners. They enjoy sitting on your lap, snuggling up with you in bed and even riding on your head or shoulders. They have been described as a “monkey in cat’s clothing“.

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