Shortest (and Longest) Living Cat Breeds

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42. Sphynx
> Avg. life expectancy: 8-14 years
> Avg. weight: 6-12 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Active, affectionate

This hairless wonder may give homage to ancient Egypt, but it was bred right here in North America. And what it misses in fur, it makes up in personality. The Sphynx loves to be the center of attention, whether with humans or other pets.

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41. Manx
> Avg. life expectancy: 8-14 years
> Avg. weight: 8-12 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Quiet, gentle

This cat may be lacking a tail, but that doesn’t mean it’s not strong and mighty. The Manx has a robust body and round, jowly cheeks. There are two varieties of this breed, longhair and shorthair, both of which have plush double coats.

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40. Exotic
> Avg. life expectancy: 8-15 years
> Avg. weight: 7-12 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Sweet, quiet

A Persian look-alike with a bit of a twist, the Exotic is a quiet and affectionate cat that doesn’t get bothered by noises around the house.

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39. Maine Coon
> Avg. life expectancy: 9-15 years
> Avg. weight: 9-20 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Easygoing, active

Any guesses as to why this cat is named Maine Coon? It just so happens that it was first recognized as a breed in Maine, where it was also named the official cat of the state. The Maine Coon does well in the winter time, with its thick coat and ability to wrap its shaggy tail around its body.

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38. Japanese Bobtail
> Avg. life expectancy: 9-15 years
> Avg. weight: 6-10 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Intelligent, affectionate

The Japanese Bobtail is quite the character. Bubbly, athletic, and an aficionado of the game fetch, this breed has got a unique personality … and appearance. It’s not uncommon for these cats to have two different colored eyes, primarily one blue and one green, and their tail can be anything from a nub with short hair to one with a smooth mane.