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14 Best Small Cat Breeds for Every Family

March 10, 2021

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The Colorpoint Shorthair is part of the same cat breed family as the Siamese and Balinese. They, too, weigh in between five to 10 pounds. “This breed has the body shape, voice, and personality of a Siamese cat, but can be the colors of the domestic shorthair,” says Jeff Werber, DVM, veterinarian and Chief Veterinary Officer for AirVet. In fact, they come in 16 different colors! “I’ve had a few throughout the years, and they are wonderful cats that are quite inquisitive and curious.” They’ll play fetch, sit on your lap and purr, and remain loyal to their owners.

Weighing between six and 12 pounds, the Sphynx is a small cat breed best known for its wrinkly, hairless body. While they do look a bit ferocious, their personality is the opposite. “The breed has been called the most dog-like of cat breeds because they tend to follow their owners around like a puppy and like to greet you at the door when you come home,” says Anthony Hall, DVM, a veterinarian with AirVet. “That said, these playful and curious cats also love to lounge and can keep themselves entertained, which makes them pretty low-maintenance.” Dr. Hall recommends these cats for families with older children and without other pets since they tend to prefer being the center of attention. Looking for more to love? On the opposite end of the spectrum, these are the large cat breeds that make the cutest pets.


  • Katie Lytle, DVM, veterinarian and channel manager for Wisdom Panel
  • Stacy Choczynski Johnson, DVM, a veterinarian and veterinary expert for Pumpkin Pet Insurance
  • Shawna Garner, DVM, lead veterinarian for FirstVet
  • Jeff Werber, DVM, veterinarian and Chief Veterinary Officer for AirVet
  • Anthony Hall, DVM, a veterinarian with AirVet

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