Shortest (and Longest) Living Cat Breeds

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32. Persian
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 7-12 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Sweet, affectionate

The Persian is an eye-catching breed, with an extremely thick, voluminous coat and a pansy-like face. The way a Persian’s cheeks droop down the side of its face and the innate wide-eyed expression it wears make it seem like it’s constantly bewildered. The most popular type of the Persian is the the Himalayan, a mix between a Persian and Siamese.

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31. Oriental
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 5-10 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Affectionate, active

Vibrant in coat and in personality, the Oriental can be found in over 600 colors, patterns, and coat length. Rooted from the Siamese breed, this elegant and adventurous cat is one of the CFA’s most popular types.

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30. Ocicat
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 6-15 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Social, strong

This cat is a hodgepodge of breeds, specifically of Abyssinian, American shorthair, and Siamese. The Ocicat has a distinctive appearance. With spots spattered all over its coat, it looks quite similar to a leopard. The breed even comes in 12 different colors, so there’s likely a color for even the pickiest of cat enthusiasts to adore.

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29. LaPerm
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 5-8 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Affectionate, gentle

Originating in a farm close to the ancient hunting and fishing grounds of the Wishram Native Americans, the LaPerm is unique in personality and appearance. Gentle and affectionate, this cat is people-oriented and craves human contact.

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28. Korat
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 6-10 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Energetic, affectionate

This eye-catching cat is noticeable for its silver-blue coat that shines in the light. Discovered in its namesake Thailand province of Korat, this breed is considered one of Thailand’s good luck cats, according to an ancient “Cat-Book of Poems” that is now held at Bangkok’s National Library.