If you’re on the hunt for some of the most glorious long tail cat breeds, stick around!
Below, we’re taking a deep dive into all things cauda-related (that’s the fancy word for tail, by the way).
From lush and fluffy to sleek and sinewy, we’ve got it all!
So, let’s dive right in, shall we?
Complete Guide to Cats with Long Tails
Domestic cats have a number of interesting features that make them striking, but none are quite so exquisite as the tail.
A cat’s tail helps them to balance on tricky surfaces and when they’re hunting prey.
Have you ever noticed your feline friend swish their tail when annoyed or put it straight up in the air to greet you?
This is one way cats communicate with each other (and us) without using words.
The tail accounts for a massive 10 percent of a cat’s total bone count and generally measures at around 11 inches for males and 9.5 inches for females.
Some cats have; however, been specifically bred to have longer tails. Join us as we take a look at some of these long-tailed breeds below.
What kind of cat has a long fluffy tail?
Let’s start with breeds of cats that have both long and fluffy tails!
These cats are a cross between a Persian and a Siamese.
As a result, Himalayans have the fluffiness of a Persian and the coloring of a Siamese.
The thickness of their fluff adds to the illusion of the size of their tail, making them a wonderful sight to behold.
Himalayans are also very good-natured cats and make for excellent apartment companions.
Also known as “the Sacred Cat of Burma,” this domestic cat breed has a silky-textured tail that is a darker or different shade to their bodies.
They also boast beautiful blue eyes and striking personalities. They’re incredibly affectionate with their families, and get along great with other pets.
However, if you’re looking for the least talkative cat breed, Birman may not be right for you. They’re fairly vocal kitties.
3. Maine Coons:
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One of my all-time favorite breeds ever also happens to be the answer to “what cat has the longest tail ever?”
A Maine Coon named Cygnus Regulus Powers earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for his majestic 17.58″ tail!
The Maine Coon is also among the largest domestic cat breeds and can weigh as much as 35 lbs.!
As for that lush tail, they’re typically larger at the base, then fan out into beautiful bushy layers towards the tip.
Maine Coons get along well with other pets, including dogs. They’re also fantastic for families with kids.
A favorite breed for many, Ragdolls are known for being excellent apartment cats and good-natured.
Their tails are long and fluffy, requiring regular grooming to avoid matting.
Ragdolls are typically very affectionate towards their families and do fairly well with other pets.
Like the Maine Coon, they score top marks in the “kid-friendly” department, too.
These active cats have the fluffiest tails that are soft in texture and bushy like a fox.
Known for their affectionate demeanors and high level of intelligence, this kitty will keep you on your toes!
Somalis also enjoy being groomed on a daily basis, which makes it a lot easier to care for that amazing tail!
One look at that curly coat and it’s easy to see how this breed got the name LaPerm!
These long-haired cats have beautiful, plumed tails with wavy fur.
They aren’t heavy shedders, and keeping those gorgeous curls in great shape doesn’t require much work compared to other fluffy-tailed breeds.
They are playful and easy-going, making them fantastic family pets.
When I think “luxurious tail,” the Persian is always the first breed that pops into mind.
This popular breed is known for their extremely fluffy coats and equally long tails.
They are relaxed cats and are suitable for apartment living.
However, as far as healthiest cat breeds go, they’re pretty far down the list.
That sweet smushed face that makes them so popular also presents a fair amount of challenges ranging from breathing issues to dental problems.
8. Norwegian Forest Cats:
After the Maine Coon, the Norwegian Forest Cat is my absolute favorite domestic breed.
These cats are equipped for very cold weather and, as a result, have beautiful long coats.
They are large in size (although not quite MC sized) and big-boned, but these cats are also extremely gentle and loving.
While they love their families, they’re not overly demanding.
In other words, they enjoy a good cuddle but won’t stalk you around the house meowing for attention.
9. Selkirk Rexes:
Featuring unforgettable curly locks, these cats have a very unique look and come in a number of different colors.
They don’t require much grooming and full of personality, making them a very enjoyable cat to own.
While affectionate with family- including kids and other pets- Selkirks do require a good deal of grooming to keep their locks from getting matted.
Another favorite, this breed is known for their larger than life size and personalities.
Siberians are affectionate and playful and enjoy being included in everything their owners do.
They love kids and get along well with other cats, making them an all-around terrific family pet.
11. Turkish Angora:
This medium-sized breed tends to be rather slender in stature. They come in many different colors and are quiet and sensitive.
They’re an incredibly affectionate breed, but have a stubborn streak that’s even longer than their tail!
They’re super friendly all-around with family, but only do moderately well with other pets.
Now, let’s check out some long-tailed AND long-legged kitties!
CATS WITH LONG LEGS AND LONG TAIL
Not all cats with long tails have “legs for miles” to match. So, if you’re looking for a perfectly proportioned kitty, these next few might do the trick!
1. American Curls:
The American Curl gets her name from her beautiful “flipped-back” ears. They kind of look like someone tried to turn them inside out.
According to breeding standards, these cats must have tails that are equal in length to their bodies.
As a result, they have very long tails that complement their bodies.
These are the ultimate family cats. They’re affectionate, love kids, get along with other pets, and even like strangers.
If you’ve ever wanted to own a cat breed that looks like a tiger, you’ll love the Bengal.
This breed actually derives from wild cats that have been bred with domestic cats.
They are extremely energetic and their body’s are built for high activity levels, so make sure you provide them with plenty of exercise opportunities.
Despite their wild appearance, Bengals are pretty easy-going and affectionate.
These house panthers have striking black coats and a muscular build.
Bombays are curious in nature and enjoy spending time with their humans.
Their intelligence makes them easy to train, and you can even teach them some neat cat tricks!
These large cats are hybrids between domestic cats and African Servals.
Their popularity is rising, particularly among celebrities, but they are expensive to purchase and require very specific care.
Worse, their growing popularity with the “rich and fabulous” means a rise in unethical breeders.
It’s so bad that an entire site-Savannah Cat Scams– exists to maintain a list of bad breeders, including those who keep wild servals locked up in tiny cages.
So, if you decide this is the breed for you, please adopt ethically.
5. Egyptian Maus:
These small to medium-sized cats are fairly proportionate in size and can weigh up to 5kgs.
They are an athletic breed and need lots of exercise as well as a healthy diet in order to thrive.
While affectionate towards family, they’re very reserved around strangers. So, if you’re big on entertaining at home, don’t expect your Mau to chill with the crowd.
6. American Shorthairs:
When you hear someone refer to their cat as “a regular domestic house breed,” chances are they’re talking about the American Shorthair.
These popular cats are powerful and full of muscle. They are quite robust and heavy-set, but make wonderful companions as they are very easy-going.
This laboratory-developed breed is known for being THE most expensive cat in the world.
Asheras are large cats that are direct descendants of Asian Leopards.
As a relatively new breed (they’re less than 20 years old), not much is known about their long-term health yet.
In fact, not much is known about them at all, as very few people can afford their $14,000 price tag (and that’s on the cheap end, they can cost over $100K from some breeders).
CATS WITH LONG TAILS AND BIG EARS
If you’re looking for big ears to match a long tail, keep reading!
1. Oriental shorthairs:
These relatively small cats are absolutely bursting with personality.
They are closely-linked to Siamese cats in terms of genetics, but come in a variety of colors.
They are energetic, playful, and very affectionate. Orientals are also among the most vocal breeds, so expect to spend a lot of time chatting with your kitty!
These family-favorites are known for their beautiful blue eyes and pointed colors.
While they look super sophisticated, they’re actually quite playful!
In fact, you can even teach them to play fetch. Siamese cats also get along well with everyone, including other kitties.
However, they’re prone to congenital heart problems as well as amyloidosis, a type of kidney disease.
This highly active breed is fairly proportionate in size and weighs between 6-11 lbs.
They have short coats and darling tufts on their ears, and look a bit like a miniature wild cat.
They also get get on well with people and other animals.
These loving and affectionate cats are well-known for their big personalities and curious natures.
Burmese are active cats and enjoy climbing trees and exploring new surroundings.
They’re also among the best mouser cat breeds around, so expect frequent gifts!
5. Cornish Rexes:
This breed has a small, narrow head with a long tail and long legs.
They are among the tiniest domestic breeds and come in a variety of colors. They can also have a number of different eye colors.
As you can see by their super-short peach-fuzz fur, they don’t shed much as all.
Sadly, they’re among the least healthy breeds, as they’re prone to several congenital conditions.
The Javanese is essentially a long-haired version of the popular Siamese.
They are intelligent cats with lots of energy and affectionate personalities.
If you’re looking for a fairly quiet kitty, the Javanese is your gal!
Sadly, they don’t just look like the Siamese, they also share the same health problems.
CATS WITH THICK TAILS
Okay, so we’ve talked about long tails, fluffy fluffsters, and perfectly proportionated kitties.
What if you’re looking for cats with thick tails, though? These next kitties should be on your adoption wish list!
1. Scottish Folds:
These cats are famous for their dropped-down ears and soft eyes.
They’re gentle and quiet, making them excellent apartment or family cats.
2. Turkish Vans:
This popular breed is loved by many cat-owners around the world, as these cats are social and full of personality.
They have a cotton-like coat and thick-set tails.
3. Exotic shorthairs:
Boasting large, round eyes; these cats are genetically linked to the ever-popular Persian cats.
They are a relatively new breed but are becoming more common in pet-loving households.
WHAT WILD CAT HAS THE LONGEST TAIL?
Just like domestic cats, wild cats rely on their tails for balance and communication.
Their tails form a crucial role in helping them to be able to hunt effectively to feed themselves in the wild.
Some wild cats have long tails and some have no tails at all. Each feature is unique in how that particular cat functions and thrives in the wild.
When it comes to which wild cats have the longest tails of all, Snow Leopards come out on top.
Their tails are used to help them balance while on a hunt, but are also used as extra protection from the cold by wrapping them around their bodies.
Their massive tails can reach up to one meter in length.
DOES A LONG TAIL MEAN A BIG CAT?
The length of a cat’s tail has no bearing on the size of the cat.
Often, cats with long tails are bred to be larger in size overall, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, there are cats that have no tails at all.
This is a specific decision that has been made by a breeder who undertook to introduce tailless cats.
A cat’s body size and tail size are completely determined by genetics. A larger cat may very well have a shorter tail; while a smaller cat may have a longer tail.
Generally speaking; however, breeders aim to make cat breeds as aesthetically pleasing as possible and, as a result, will usually choose to make bodies and tails proportionate in size.
WHY DOES MY CAT HAVE A VERY LONG TAIL?
As mentioned above, a cat’s tail is very important to how they execute their daily actions and functions.
They use them to balance, which is how they’re able to walk high up on narrow fences. They also use their tails to hunt effectively and communicate.
If your cat has a particularly long tail, they will have been born with some kind of genetic factor to make this so.
This could be from a specific breed of an ancestor of theirs or even a genetic anomaly that has been passed down.
If your cat has a long tail, there is no need to be concerned.
All of our feline friends are wonderfully unique in their own ways and having a long tail is a great way to stand out.
When it comes to our kitties, there is so much to learn and explore.
Every part that makes them unique, from their colors to their tails, is genetically-determined and can be explained by science.
A cat’s tail completes them by contributing to their balance and methods of communication.
Whether they’re long or short, fluffy or even non-existent; our cat’s tails are a feature to be celebrated.
What do you think of our list of long tail cat breeds? Which is your favorite? Share below!
I’m Megan and I’m a copywriter and social media manager. Since completing my Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2015, I have enjoyed working with a number of clients and industries across the globe.
I foster kittens in my spare time and am privileged to be on the board of directors of a local cat rescue. I am passionate about cat welfare and love to share my knowledge on these wonderful animals using the written word.