Tall Cat Breeds: Ten Breeds to Choose from If You Want a Cat Supermodel

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Martha Harvey
Written by Martha Harvey

Are you looking to adopt a tall cat? Perhaps you have always wanted to own a pet tiger but realize the next best thing would be to take care of a tall cat. Fortunately, there are numerous tall cat breeds which are big and cuddly.

Cats, in general, exude an aura of elegance, but tall cat breeds even more so because they are long, lean, and undeniably graceful. They are a marvel to look at. Moreover, these cats have endearing personalities you will likely love.

Continue reading as we list down some of the best tall cat breeds. You will get a better idea about the size of these cats. We will also give you some other trivia that you might be interested in about tall cat breeds. At the end of this article, you’ll have a better idea of which tall cat breed will suit your lifestyle best.

#1: Savannah

Savannah cat

Savannah cats can be described as tall and long. They can weigh around 17 to 22 pounds and measure 14 to 17 inches tall. The tallest Savannah on record stood 17.1 inches tall.

Savannahs have a short to medium coat with colors ranging from brown, black, spotted tabby, and black smoke to black silver spotted tabby. They can live from 12 to 20 years.

Their long legs allow them to jump high. In fact, a Savannah can jump up to 8 feet high. But those long legs can also be a disadvantage because Savannahs can easily bump their heads. If you are to adopt a Savannah, you should also invest in a tall cat tree.

#2: Maine Coon

Maine Coon sitting

One of the most popular cat breeds, the Maine Coon can also grow tall and heavy. What’s amazing about Maine Coons is that they can continue to grow until they reach their 4th year. In comparison, most cat breeds will reach their full maturation by the time they turn two years old.

Male Maine Coons are usually heavier and taller than their female counterparts. A full grown male can weigh 15 to 25 pounds and stand 10 to 16 inches tall. The length is around 40 inches. On the other hand, a female Maine Coon weighs around 10 to 15 pounds and stands 8 to 14 inches tall.

The biggest Maine Coon on record was named Stewie. He measured 48 inches long and weighed 33 pounds.

Since Maine Coons can grow big, they tend to be at a higher risk of obesity. Should you adopt one in the future, you must ensure that a proper diet is followed unless you want your cat to develop conditions like arthritis or hip dysplasia.

Aside from proper diet, Maine Coons also need to get regular exercise to lower their risks of obesity and other conditions.

#3: Norwegian Forest

Norwegian Forest

The Norwegian Forest is a gentle, friendly, and tall cat. This cat is built bigger and taller than your ordinary household cat. The breed can grow from 9 to 11 inches in height. An adult female can weigh up to 10 pounds while males can weigh from 12 to 16.5 pounds. Regardless of the gender, the Norwegian Forest cat has long legs, a sturdy body, and a bushy tail.

Like most of the tall cat breeds mentioned in this article, the Norwegian Forest is prone to several health problems such as heart ailments and hip dysplasia. They are also prone to glycogen storage disease type IV, a condition that causes the build-up of sugar in the body’s cells.

Norwegian Forest cats are known for being super active. They love to scratch furniture, so you better get a scratching post if you eventually get one.

#4: Ragdoll

Ragdoll cat

Here’s another adorable tall cat who could be a great addition to your household. The Ragdoll is a relatively recent breed, having been founded in the ‘60s. Ragdolls are friendly cats who love to snuggle with their human parents.

Ragdoll cats are truly tall. The average height of an adult male is in the 15 to 26 inches range. Females are slightly smaller with a height ranging from 15 to 22 inches. They are also quite heavy with the average weight of males ranging from 15 to 20 pounds. Female Ragdolls weigh less with their average weight being around 10 to 15 pounds.

Just like Maine Coons, Ragdolls can reach full maturation by the time they hit their 4th year. Other cats take 1 to 2 years to reach full physical maturation.

Aside from their height, Ragdoll cats are known for their stunning blue eyes, soft coat, and the tendency to fall limp in your arms. They’re really cute, so it is not surprising that they are a popular choice among many cat lovers.

Ragdolls may be among the tallest cat breeds, but they are not exactly fond of climbing heights. They prefer to be on the sofa or the bed. Ragdolls are not known for climbing the stairs which can mean fewer problems for you.

#5: Highlander

Highlander cat

The Highlander cat resembles a wildcat. It’s a unique looking cat breed which can grow tall and big. This cat breed was created in 2004 with the cross-breeding of two hybrids, the Jungle Curl and the Desert Lynx.

Highlander cats are gifted with a strong, muscular built. They can grow up to 16 inches tall with their weight ranging from 10 to 20 pounds. Their lifespan can range from 10 to 15 years.

Highlanders are active cats. Gifted with acrobatic qualities, they love to be the center of attention. They won’t hesitate to play with their human parents. Moreover, they have extra toes which also mean that they are more prone to getting into mischief.

Don’t get us wrong, though, as the Highlander can be a very good addition to your home. These cats are fond of humans and would readily greet you at the door.

#6: British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is a tall, sturdy, and big-bodied cat who is perhaps best known for their teddy bear-like appearance. These cats have a large head and big, round eyes. Like some of the cat breeds on this list, the British Shorthair takes years to fully mature. Most British Shorthairs would take at least three years to reach their full physical maturation.

British Shorthairs are big cats who can weigh as much as 17 pounds. Adult British Shorthairs can reach up to 14 inches in height. They are powerful and well-balanced.

If you like a calm cat who won’t start any commotion in your house, then go for a British Shorthair. They are calm and very adaptable. They are easy going and not vocal at all. Moreover, this cat breed is not exactly a high-maintenance type. You don’t have to spend a lot of time playing with them. In fact, you can leave them alone without causing them to be upset.

British Shorthairs also don’t need to be groomed regularly despite having a thick coat. Their luxurious coat requires minimal care beyond brushing every week.

#7: Chausie Cat

Chausie Cat

The Chausie cat has the potential to grow up to three times the size of an average domesticated cat. The cat (whose name is pronounced Chow-see) can be likened to a miniature lion or tiger because of their physical traits.

This hybrid feline breed can weigh as much as 30 pounds. Chausies can grow from 14 to 18 inches in height. Blessed with an elegant, lean, and athletic build, Chausies can live up to 14 years.

Going back to their physique, the Chausies have a body that’s built for leaping and running. They have hind legs that are noticeably longer than the front legs. This physical characteristic gives them the ability to jump up to eight feet into the air.

Like the other tall cat breeds mentioned earlier, the Chausie is teeming with energy. They love to play with toys. They also demand a lot of attention. Because of these traits, you might have to give a Chausie cat several cat trees and scratching posts to keep them entertained.

However, if you have small children at home, you might want to reconsider your plans of getting a Chausie cat. With their wild tendencies, a Chausie is not exactly the best feline for households with children.

You will also have to spend more time with a Chausie because they need a lot of attention. Aside from playing, they love interacting with humans. You must not also leave them for longer periods because they tend to get mad and frustrated.

#8: Siberian Cat

Siberian Cat

The Siberian cat is a big and tall breed. This semi-longhaired cat is affectionate, too, which can encourage you to adopt one in the future.

The Siberian cat can grow up to 13 inches tall. Their weight can range from 10 to 20 pounds. They have a coat that can vary from soft to coarse. The life expectancy of the Siberian cat ranges from 10 to 18 years.

It can also take years for a Siberian cat to reach full physical maturation. In some cases, it can take five years for a Siberian to mature.

Highly intelligent and playful, the Siberian cat craves attention. They love to climb around and explore their surroundings. Because of these traits, it may be wise to give them multiple scratching posts and cat trees.

#9: Ragamuffin


One of the most adorable cat breeds is the Ragamuffin. They can be very affectionate and loving. Aside from their thick and luxurious coat, the Ragamuffins are also known for their physical attributes.

Ragamuffins are one of the biggest lap cats around. A female Ragamuffin’s weight is around 15 pounds while her male counterpart is around 20 pounds. Imagine having a heavy Ragamuffin cat sitting and relaxing on your lap.

You will fall in love with the Ragamuffin’s very expressive ways. They like to be held or carried around by their human companions. They won’t also mind if you dress them up and place them in a baby buggy. Smart and playful, they will not back down from a game of fetch.

#10: American Bobtail

American Bobtail

This stocky and short-tailed cat is also quite tall and hefty when compared with other felines. Their hind legs are typically longer compared to their front legs. As such, they often look like they are crouching.

Long and well-built, the American Bobtail has a wild appearance. You will love their eyes that are shaped like almonds. They also have a short tail that is about one-half of the length of the tail of an average cat.

The adult American Bobtail has the potential to reach up to 20 pounds in weight. They are built like a tank with a rain-resistant double coat. They also have prominent hips and shoulders. But these physical traits take years to develop. American Bobtails grow slowly. In fact, it can take up to three years for them to reach their full physical maturation.

These cats are known for being playful. They love playing games of fetch. They also won’t hesitate in making acrobatic leaps. While these are quiet cats, the American Bobtail will chirp and trill when they are happy.

American Bobtails are also low-maintenance pets. With their short coats, brushing once a week should suffice. Occasional baths are also recommended.

Wrap Up

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There are plenty of cat breeds which can be considered taller and bigger than your regular feline. These tall cat breeds have lean, athletic bodies with strong and powerful legs. They are also teeming with energy.

These tall cat breeds are not only about physical attributes; they also have unique personalities that can make them endearing to cat owners like you. Most tall cat breeds are fun-loving, active, and affectionate. You won’t regret the day you adopt or get any of these tall cat breeds.

Have you identified which of these cat breeds you are interested in getting? Don’t forget to mention this in the comments section below. Next, you should check out our article on big cat names, so you can prepare ahead for when you finally adopt a tall cat.

About the author
Martha Harvey
Martha Harvey

Martha Harvey is a skilled veterinarian and a member of American Veterinary Medical Association from Greeley, Colorado. She has 20 years experience of working in Animal Hospital. Martha loves all of her patients, but her favorite one is the Russian Blue cat Stitch, who lives with her.