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Top 7 Small Cat Breeds That Will Stay Tiny Their Entire Life

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We all enjoy having cute little kittens, and many of us wish they could stay that size forever. Fortunately, some cat breeds remain small even when fully grown. Check out this list of our 7 smallest cat breeds that still have a big personality.


The Singapura is the world’s smallest cat breed, with many weighing less than 2 kg. They have small muscular frames and are very agile, which means they are always up to no good.


Munchkin cats are small due to a gene mutation that causes their legs to be shorter than normal. Their bodies are medium in size, but their shoulder height to the ground is very low, making them one of our smallest breeds. Munchkins are surprisingly agile, and despite their inability to jump, they are incredibly fast on the ground.

Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex cats are a small breed distinguished by their unusual coat. They only have the ‘down’ hair that makes up a normal cat’s undercoat, so they are extremely soft and hypoallergenic.

Devon Rex

The Devon Rex, like the Cornish Rex, has a coat made entirely of ‘down’ hair, making them extremely soft to the touch. The two breeds also share a small frame, which is why they both made our list of the smallest cats.

American Curl

American Curl cats are smaller than average, but their ears that curl back towards the skull distinguish them. (unlike the Scottish Fold whose ears fold forwards). They typically weigh less than 5 kg, but due to a diverse gene pool, individuals can vary greatly.


Siamese cats have long bodies, but they made the list because they are such a light breed. These cats typically weigh less than 5kg and have a slim and athletic build.


The Balinese share many characteristics with the Siamese, which is not surprising given that a Balinese is essentially a purebred longhaired Siamese. As a result, it should come as no surprise that the Balinese rarely weigh more than 5kg and has the same build as the Siamese. (if you can see under all that fur).

The Dwelf

Although it is not yet a recognized breed, the Dwelf deserves to be mentioned. This cat is stunning, combining the distinct characteristics of three different breeds to create a cat that appears almost alien. A small Dwarf/Elf – Dwelf cat is formed by the Munchkin’s short legs, the American Curl’s curled ears, and the Sphynx cat’s hairless body.