Shortest (and Longest) Living Cat Breeds

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37. Devon Rex
> Avg. life expectancy: 9-15 years
> Avg. weight: 5-10 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Curious, enjoys people

If you love dogs but always considered yourself a cat person, don’t stray from the Devon Rex. This playful cat is intensely loyal, craves company, and can easily learn tricks.

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36. Balinese
> Avg. life expectancy: 9-15 years
> Avg. weight: 5-10 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Vocal, active

The Balinese looks like it descended from royalty with its lush, flowy coat and sapphire eyes. The breed gets its name from the graceful dancers of Bali. Long haired and long bodied, the Balinese is a gorgeous cat that also has an endearing playful side.

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35. Abyssinian
> Avg. life expectancy: 9-15 years
> Avg. weight: 6-10 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Affectionate, active

Although its name suggests it originated in Ethiopia, once known as Abyssinia, the Abyssinian breed actually hails from the coast of the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia. It is one of the oldest known cat breeds. Understood to be active and intelligent, the almond-eyed Abyssinian is definitely considered a people pleaser.

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34. Selkirk Rex
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 10-15 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Curly coat, quiet

This curly-coated cat was bred to be larger than its other Rex counterparts. While typically heavier than most cats, the Selkirk Rex is naturally soft and can be used as a living, breathing teddy bear.

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33. Russian Blue
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 8-12 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Graceful, playful

The Russian blue is utterly striking with its sparkly, silver blue coat and dazzling green eyes. Unlike a lot of domestic pets, this breed doesn’t incessantly shed, so sweeping and vacuuming cat hair doesn’t have to be a daily chore. The Russian blue is also a very affectionate cat and likes to snuggle up beside you on the couch.