Shortest (and Longest) Living Cat Breeds

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21. Scottish Fold
> Avg. life expectancy: 11-14 years
> Avg. weight: 8-13 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Affectionate, laid back

Some Scottish fold cats almost resemble an owl, with their ears folded down on the top of their head and their big eyes. Not all cats of this breed inherit the folded ear gene, though. Some have straight, normal ears. The Scottish Fold is very sweet and plays nicely with children and other pets in the home, even dogs.

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20. American Bobtail
> Avg. life expectancy: 11-15 years
> Avg. weight: 8-13 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Loving, intelligent

The American Bobtail is known for both its antics and comforting nature. It will happily show off its ability to swat and capture insects flying in mid-air, and, on the same day, will be at your beck and call if you need comfort.

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19. Chartreux
> Avg. life expectancy: 11-15 years
> Avg. weight: 7-16 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Acrobatic, silly

Often pegged as the “potato on toothpicks,” the Chartreux has a round body, broad shoulders, and deep chest. The breed is said to have originated in ancient Persia. A pastime of the Chartreux involves watching things in motion even on a television screen or sitting in front of a window, where birds and other wildlife can be seen roaming about.

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18. Cornish Rex
> Avg. life expectancy: 11-15 years
> Avg. weight: 6-10 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Soft, curly coat

The Cornish Rex is not your average kitty. This peculiar-looking breed has short curly hair that’s incredibly soft to caress. Additionally, the cat has an egg-shaped head with pronounced cheekbones and perky ears that shoot straight upward. Cats of this breed also like to play fetch and catch — they actually like to use their paws to pick up and toss small objects.

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17. Siamese
> Avg. life expectancy: 11-15 years
> Avg. weight: 6-10 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Vocal, active

Much like the two cats in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp’’ who sing “We are Siamese if you please,” the breed has extraordinary blue eyes and chiseled facial features. This elegant breed originated in Siam, the former name of Thailand.