Flat Faced Cat Breeds: Their Squashed Little Faces are Irresistible

Flat Faced Cat
Stella Noble
Written by Stella Noble

It is hard not to fall in love with flat faced cat breeds; their facial features make them look so adorable and unique. Looking for more information about flat faced cat breeds so you can adopt one? You’ve come to the right place!

It is wise of you to do your homework before adopting a flat faced cat. Though their facial features are what makes them unique, their flat nose can also be a problem. Some of these cats can easily develop breathing problems, but not all of them. We will provide you with more information about flat faced cats and how to choose the right one for you.

We have nine flat faced cat breeds for you to choose from. To familiarize you even more with the cat breeds, we have described everything about each breed in one comprehensive summary. In it, you will get the breed history, physical traits, temperament and character, health, care and grooming, etc. Indulge yourself below.

#1: British Shorthair

British Shorthair looking up

As the name suggests, the British Shorthair cat is believed to have originated from Britain’s countryside. These flat-faced cats have a history dating back to around a hundred years ago.

Physically, the British Shorthair cat can be differentiated from other breeds since they are plump with fuller fluffy fur. They have rounded legs and are a beauty to behold.

The male British Shorthair cat comes endowed with broad shoulders and chest. Their males tend to be bulkier, weighing 11-22 lbs compared to the females, who weigh 11-15.4 lbs. Generally, the British Shorthair cat has a height of 14 – 18 inches.

This breed is the epitome of royalty and majesty. Their eyes are attractively big and round.

The British Shorthair cat has, well, short hair which comes in a range of colors. Their coat comes in blue, black, silver, cream, and red, golden, and white.

The British Shorthair cat is not an attention seeker. They are usually quiet, and if you have to hold them, let it be with a lot of care. They adapt to change quickly, and their meows are melodious and soothing.

This cat does well in small spaces like apartments. Though they can get hyperactive from time to time, as if they were affected by sugar rush. They will get along with the young, the aging, as well as other animals in the home.

The British Shorthair cat is at a higher risk of contracting hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and polycystic kidney diseases. Just as we visit the doctor for check-ups, consider having your pet checked regularly by the vet.

Their life expectancy is 14 – 20 years. Keep them healthy by making sure they are groomed once every seven days.

#2: Persian

Persian cat looking up

If you are looking for a cat to star within a movie, you’ve found your match—the flat-faced Persian cat. The breed hails from Iran. Aside from their flat nose, they have other striking features such as wide ears, widely-spaced eyes in their massive head, their stocky body has beautifully spaced feet and a broad chest.

Their long hair is a sight to behold. The Persian’s coat comes in a variety of colors. It can be plain or patterned like pointed, tabby, tortoiseshells, blue, etc.

Unlike the British Shorthair cat, they do not love the old. Instead, they love children. Do you have plenty of time to interact with them and stroke their long hair? They will love you for that. Do not disturb them when they want to be alone! If you do, they become highly irritable.

Unfortunately, their body shape exposes the flat-faced Persian cat to health problems. Some of their regular health problems are breathing complications, skin complications, and difficult pregnancies.

Like the British Shorthair, keep the vet near and groom them on a daily basis. This grooming keeps their coat clean and diseases at bay. Taken care of properly, these cats can live up to 17 years.

#3: Burmilla

Burmilla cat

The Burmilla is a crossbreed between the Burmese and the Persian Chinchilla. These cats can be large or medium. They can grow to a height of 12 inches. The Burmilla has bright eyes with shades of green, blue, and yellow. They have either short or long fur which may be colored silver, brown, lilac, chocolate, etc.

They have a muscular body that is medium-sized. Their coat is silky and soft to the touch. This makes them best for those who love cuddling. Their paws are also unique in that they can be pink, black, or brown depending on their coat color.

The Burmilla love the company of kids. Even in adulthood, they will display childish tendencies. This cat is an attention lover.

Since they can be long or short haired, their grooming patterns match the individual’s hair length. For the longhaired cat, groom their hair weekly. For a shorthaired Burmilla, the occasional grooming will do.

The intelligent Burmilla can quickly learn some human activities like turning the doorknob. They are susceptible to polycystic kidney disease, so be sure to pay the appropriate attention to their health.

#4: Himalayan

Himalayan cat

Fondly called the Himmies, this cat’s original home was Britain and North America. They have all the traits of a Persian save for the coat color. They have a big head, sturdy legs, and a beautiful small nose with big sleepy eyes. They usually have a flat face and medium-sized body with silky red, cream, lilac, or chocolate coat.

The Himalayan cat needs attention every so often. They don’t talk a lot, but they do not have to shout for attention. Despite their gentle and calm voice, they have a way of drawing attention to themselves.

Their skin is the oily type, so they need constant wiping. Be ready to clean and brush their coat to keep them clean and free of disease-causing germs.

Since there exists a genetic connection with the Persian, Himalayan cats are prone to developing polycystic kidney disease. A healthy, Himalayan cat can live up to 15 years if not affected by diseases. The biggest Himalayan cat can be 12 inches tall while the shortest is 10 inches.

#5: Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold is named after the country of its origin, Scotland. A Scottish Fold has a round body with big, round eyes, a small nose, and folded ears. They are also nicknamed Coupari in Canada due to their folded ears.

When it comes to coat color, they come in different varieties like cream, black, blue-cream, silver, etc. They have different color patterns ranging from spotted, mackerel, those with patches, tortoiseshell, calico, and the classic patterned tabby cat.

They are not much of an attention seeker, but they can be so stubborn especially when they want to be pampered. They are very loyal to their owner exceptionally when treated gently and cared for. Groom them at least once weekly.

They can also contract osteochondrodysplasia. The disease leads to weakened bones and joints. When affected by the disease, their knees become feeble. If you detect any signs of OCD, be sure to contact a vet, or better yet, take them for routine check-ups. Generally, the Scottish Fold can live for up to 15 years.

#6: Selkirk Rex

Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex are believed to be American cats. This cat breed can grow to be 11 inches with the heaviest of them weighing 16 lbs for the males and 12 lbs for females.

Different from the other cats, the Selkirk Rex has curly hair. Beautiful, aren’t they? They can also have short or long hair which comes in different colors. Their whiskers are curly and fun to stroke. Their curly coat dictates that their owner gets them groomed at least twice weekly.

Their bones are quite heavy. Their full cheeks cannot go unnoticed. The Selkirk Rex will befriend any human and pet alike. They are outgoing, intelligent, and friendly. Since they have genes from the Persian, they are at a higher risk of developing polycystic kidney disease (PKD), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and hip dysplasia. A well cared-for Rex can live for up to 15 years.

#7: Munchkin

Munchkin cat

Here comes another flat faced cat: the Munchkin. They are originally from the US. Their head is big, and they have triangular eyes. Their body is firm with hind legs longer than the front legs and a thick tail.

The Munchkin cat is lovable, loyal, and intelligent. They also love to sit down and do back rolls just to be happy.

They come clothed in a silky smooth, short coat, though some cats of this breed are long haired. Their plush and glossy fur comes in a variety of colors ranging from red, lilac, chocolate, white, fawn, to cream. A well cared-for Munchkin will live to around 12 to 15 years and averagely weigh 6 to 9 lbs.

They are easily affected by lordosis and pectus excavatum. If you see your Munchkin with a spine that curves more than usual, kindly take them to the vet; it could be a hollowed chest.

#8: Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair

This energetic Exotic Shorthair is a part of the Persian family. They pride themselves on being loyal, affectionate, and outgoing. They are soft-spoken and never once will you hear them raising their voice.

Are you a teddy bear lover? You will love the Exotic Shorthair. Their fur has a nice velvety and silky feel; you can’t resist cuddling them. Since they love their sleep, they will often sleep the day away, waiting for your cuddles.

Unlike the Persian, their maintenance is not such a tasking activity. Twice weekly grooming should be enough. The primary focus should be their eyes since they are quick to become teary. You need to wipe them regularly.

They have a muscular, stocky, and rounded body with a flat face. They have a rounded forehead with cute small ears and a lovely nose. Their eyes are far apart.

Owing to their genetic makeup, you need to watch out for diseases caused by proximity between their cute eyes and nose. DNA tests can detect potential dangers.

Once detected, the vet can exercise the necessary cautions to keep this beauty healthy. Ever heard of tooth crowding? Exotic Shorthairs may develop more teeth than necessary.

#9: British Longhair

British Longhair

The significant difference between the British Shorthair and British Longhair is, as their names suggest, the length of their fur. The latter boasts longer fur which can come in a variety of colors.

Originating from the UK, the British Longhair can live for 14 to 20 years. Like in other cats with a flat face, the male of the British Longhair weigh more than the female by averagely 5 lbs. An adult British Longhair cat can be 12 to 14 inches in height.

Despite being most times dormant and quiet, they are fantastic to be around. British Longhair cats require high maintenance. Don’t let a day pass by without cleaning their fur especially during the coldest seasons.

These cats can quickly become obese especially if they spend too much time indoors. You don’t want an overweight cat, do you? So, come up with strategies to keep them active.

They are more susceptible to autosomal dominant polycystic kidney and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy diseases. For their sake, maintain a good connection with the vet.

Wrap Up

Scottish Fold

There are quite a few flat faced cat breeds. Each breed is characteristically special. Some breeds love more attention while others can do without much of it. The same goes for maintenance and grooming.

Want to add a feline companion to your home? The list above should give you a place to start. Look for features that intrigue you in a furbaby and choose one whose needs you can truly meet. Remember, every cat is an individual and will gladly love you back if you love and respect them as well. Happy decision making!

Is there a breed that has caught your eye? Let us know why it has. Is there a flat faced cat breed that we have not featured on our list? Tell us about all this in our comment section below. If you chose to adopt a Persian, check out our article on Persian cat names next to find the perfect moniker for your new, flat-faced fur baby!

About the author
Stella Noble
Stella Noble

Stella Noble lives in Warren, Michigan with her family and three cats. She is a Certified Cat Trainer and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.