Shortest (and Longest) Living Cat Breeds

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27. Havana Brown
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 6-10 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Outgoing, friendly

This cat can be anything from outgoing and playful to lackadaisical and sleepy. One minute the  Havana brown will be sprinting around the house and the next it will be passed out in a deep slumber. Much like its variance in physical activity, this breed also has two different personalities: affectionate and mischievous.

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26. European Burmese
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 6-10 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Intelligent, loyal

Although its name suggests otherwise, the European Burmese actually hails from the Far East. What makes this cat different from its Burmese counterpart is its refined appearance. While the Burmese is round and compact, the European Burmese is an elegant, medium-sized cat.

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25. Burmilla
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Avg. weight: 8-10 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Adventurous, clumsy

The Burmilla is a cross between a Burmese and chinchilla Persian. The breed officially entered the Cat Fanciers’ Association Miscellaneous Class in February of 2011. Cats of this breed are quite affectionate and gentle, but don’t be mistaken. They are actually more extroverted than the typical Persian and also incredibly clumsy to boot. Hide your nice chinaware when this kitty is on the loose!

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24. Tonkinese
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-16 years
> Avg. weight: 6-12 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Vocal, enjoys people

Tonkinese cats are both amiable and playful. These cats actively seek attention — unlike the anti-social stereotype of cats — and prefer not to be left alone or ignored. The breed is quite vocal and has a muscular stature.

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23. Burmese
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-16 years
> Avg. weight: 8-10 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Muscular, affectionate

Aptly named Burmese, this elegant cat breed hails from Burma, also called Myanmar, a country located in southeast Asia. The Burmese have large, captivating eyes and a short, silky coat. They prefer to perch atop their owner’s warm lap and be gently stroked.

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22. Bengal
> Avg. life expectancy: 10-16 years
> Avg. weight: 8-15 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Active, intelligent

Bengal tiger? While this breed can surely look like one, your life won’t be in danger if you domesticate one. These cats are quite curious and like to persuade their owners to play with them. The Bengal also has a fondness of water — some will gladly watch the water run from the faucet as you brush your teeth, while the bolder ones may even try to hop in the shower with you!