Miniature Cats – The Top 9 Smallest Cat Breeds

Kittens are simply adorable!

If you're a person that agrees with this statement, then you will be happy to learn that there are a number of cat breeds that stay small, some even retain that furever kittenish-appearance. Let's "claw" our way into the top nine smallest cat breeds - in no particular order, we don't play favorites :).

The Top 9 Smallest Cats


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1. The Abyssinian

Nicknamed "the Aby" this athletic feline will impress cat-lover's with it's long sleek body and expressive large eyes. It's unique thick coat gives the beholder an impression that this cat has just walked out of the deep dark jungles of its native home of southeast Asia. The Abyssinian is full of comical behaviors and wants to be continuously on the move - no lap cat here!

  • Average Weight: 6 to 10 pounds
  • Special Ability: Highly intelligent and a quick learner.
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2. The Singapura

Marked with the distinguished Tabby "M" on its forehead, the Singapura is said to have originated on the streets of Singapore and further developed throughout the 1970s.

This tiny breed has an unique short coat of ivory-coloring with brown ticking, large ears and big round eyes that can be hazel, green or yellow.

  • Average Weight: 5 to 8 pounds
  • Special Ability: Sociable and gets along well with people, kids and other pets.

3. The Minskin

Don't let the hairless (or almost hairless) appearance of the Minskin throw you off. This lovable, gentle cat relishes the attention of all ages of people and is even very warm to the touch. It has huge vertical ears, large eyes and retains its kitten-like looks throughout its entire life.

  • Average Weight: Around 4 pounds
  • Special Ability: It may look short and cobbly, but it has no problem getting to where it wants to be.
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4. The Munchkin

The canine-world has the Dachshund and the feline-world as the Munchkin. This low-riding kitty may have shorter than normal legs, but it's huge on personality and energy. This breed of cat is a result of a spontaneous natural mutation, which was further developed into the pet it is today.

  • Average Weight: 5 to 9 pounds
  • Special Ability: Nicknamed the "Magpie" this cat has a propensity for stealing all things shiny.

5. The Devon Rex

One look at this unique cat and you will know why folks call it "pixie or elfish" in appearance. With its tiny body, huge ears and big round eyes, the Devon Rex will melt hearts of cat-enthusiasts everywhere. The Devon's coat forms in soft waves and comes in a variety of colors and patterns and is a synch to care for.

  • Average Weight: Around 5 to 10 pounds
  • Special Ability: Highly intelligent and active. Would make a great therapy cat.

6. The Cornish Rex

Another smaller-than-average feline breed is also in the "Rex" family; the Cornish Rex. This unique cat sports curly whiskers, a soft coat with "bent" hairs and an egg-shaped head. Its unusually long back legs allows its jumping ability to be second-to-known. It is also known for its comical ways and its ability to get along with most anyone.

  • Average Weight: Around 6 to 10 pounds
  • Special Ability: Intelligent and great at learning tricks!
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7. The American Curl

Developed into a breed starting in the 1980s, the spontaneous natural mutation of the American Curl's ears is what first made this cat popular. However, this breed's playful and friendly personality is what kept the cat popular in many cat fancier's hearts and homes. It has a special fondness for children and will surely want to be your child's best furry friend.

  • Average Weight: Around 5 to 10 pounds
  • Special Ability: Will get along well with cat-friendly dogs.

8. The Napoleon

With its baby-doll face and short legs the Napoleon feline is as cute as they come. At first glance, some folks might think this breed is indeed a Persian, however, the Napoleon lacks the snub-nose of the popular breed. The coat of this beautiful feline comes in all colors and patterns and is luxurious to the touch without being excessively cottony.

  • Average Weight: Around 5 to 9 pounds
  • Special Ability: Loves the company of other cats, people and even dogs.

9. The Japanese Bobtail

It is believed in Japan that having a Japanese Bobtail in your home will bring you good luck. Although, this may or may not be true, pet parents of this breed will definitely tell you that having one is a delightful experience. This happy and playful cat makes friends with everyone it meets and loves to cuddle on a warm lap. It's naturally short tail can have kinks and curves in it, but it won't slow this feline down.

  • Average Weight: Around 5 to 9 pounds
  • Special Ability: Very curious and loves to explore.

They May Be the Smallest, But They're Still the Mightiest!

These top 9 smallest cat breeds may be tinier in stature, but they have done well to stay mighty and popular for many cat fanciers around the world. If you are interested in sharing your life with one of these small cats, then be sure to do your homework to learn more about the specific breed and to ensure it's the right feline friend for you.

In addition, always seek out a reputable breeder or rescue organization to adopt your next bff from.

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