Shortest (and Longest) Living Cat Breeds

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11. Birman
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-16 years
> Avg. weight: 6-12 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Sweet, affectionate

Light blue eyes paired with a gentle demeanor give this kitty a delightfully charming character. The Birman’s true origin has yet to be determined. However, most of them in the U.S. today are said to have derived from England, France, Australia, and Germany. Whatever their origin may be, one things for certain — they are great companions. These cats like to attach to your side when you read the newspaper, work on the computer, fold the laundry, and load the dishwasher.

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10. Bombay
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-16 years
> Avg. weight: 6-11 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Playful, lap cats

Cat or miniature panther? While the latter may likely be assumed upon first glance, the Bombay is 100% a hybrid cat breed. Crossed between a black American shorthair and a sable Burmese, Bombay cats exemplify a laissez-faire attitude — entertaining themselves when their owner is busy, yet eager to hop in their lap when welcome.

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9. RagaMuffin
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-16 years
> Avg. weight: 10-20 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Obedient, enjoys people

The RagaMuffin does not at all reflect the definition of a ragamuffin, which typically refers to a child that’s dressed in dirty, ragged clothing. This cat breed is the farthest thing from grimy. Its plush coat and expressive eyes make it look quite delicate and elegant.

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8. British Shorthair
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-17 years
> Avg. weight: 8-20 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Calm, enjoys people

This plush kitty loves to be around people in the house, but it doesn’t appreciate being held. British shorthairs tend to have acrobatic-like qualities and — ironically — are quite clumsy. Since this lovable breed is so active, it’s innately muscular and has great physical strength.

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7. Colorpoint Shorthair
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-17 years
> Avg. weight: 5-10 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Vocal, affectionate

The Colorpoint Shorthair comes in 16 different colors, with its tail and the shape of its head quite similar to the Siamese. This cat breed is incredibly sensitive to people’s moods and will happily snuggle under your arm when you feel you need it most. Careful, if you ignore them they will follow you around the house, complaining in a raspy voice.