Shortest (and Longest) Living Cat Breeds

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6. Ragdoll
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-17 years
> Avg. weight: 10-20 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Affectionate, placid

Like little kids who love to take their ragdolls everywhere, this cat breed likes to be by your side 24/7. Ragdoll cats like to follow you from room to room and even cuddle with you while you sleep. And they stay playful kittens longer than most breeds. They mature very slowly, not reaching their full coat color until age 2 and full weight until they turn 4.

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5. Turkish Van
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-17 years
> Avg. weight: 10-18 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Sweet, enjoys water

This prized breed is relatively new to the U.S., making its debut just 35 years ago. The Turkish Van, originating in southwest Asia, has a distinctive appearance and is quite rare. Turkish Vans carry the piebald gene, meaning they have a white coat with colored markings exclusively on their head and tail.

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4. Norwegian Forest Cat
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-18 years
> Avg. weight: 13-22 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Active, sweet

Can you take a wild guess as to where this kitty hails from? The Norwegian forest cat originated in Norway where it’s referred to as the Skogkatt. This rugged, fluffy cat fits the definition of a homebody — loves to be inside surrounded by its beloved owners. Despite loving the indoors, this breed also fares very well in the snow thanks to its waterproof double coat that evolved specifically to endure the harsh Scandinavian winters.

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3. Turkish Angora
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-18 years
> Avg. weight: 5-9 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Silky coat, curious

The Turkish Angora is known to be one of the most affectionate and extroverted breeds. While they are loving and adjust well to other pets, Turkish Angoras are quick to claim their title as the dominant pet of the household.

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2. American Wirehair
> Avg. life expectancy: 14-18 years
> Avg. weight: 6-11 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Crimped coat, easygoing

The American wirehair has American in its name for a reason … the breed began as a spontaneous mutation in a litter of upstate New York farm cats in 1966. Also apt to its name, the coat of this breed is best described as wiry. Breeders find that this cat is relatively resistant to disease, which more than likely contributes to its longevity.

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1. American Shorthair
> Avg. life expectancy: 15-20 years
> Avg. weight: 7-12 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Calm, quiet

The American shorthair is known for its impressive life expectancy, charming looks, and robust health. Not to mention, this particular breed is remarkably congenial with kids and with other pets, so you don’t have to fret about this kitty playing nicely with others.