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10 Flat-Faced Cat Breeds (With Pictures)

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

By Rachael Gerkensmeyer

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Flat-faced cat breeds (also referred to as brachycephalic cat breeds) are unique felines because their faces look smushed compared to the typical cat breed. Most have large, round eyes that give them a worried look, as well as cute flat noses. Brachycephalic cat breeds have flat faces because they have shortened facial bone structures. Flat-faced cat breeds are a special bunch, and there are not many of them in existence. Here are 10 beautiful flat-faced cat breeds to learn about today. Enjoy!

Top 10 Flat-Faced Cat Breeds

1. Munchkin Cats

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Origin 5–8
Size 6–9 pounds
Temperament Active, friendly, loyal

Munchkin cats are friendly and curious. They love spending time with their family members, and they always want to be part of the action. As kittens, they are extremely curious. Even as adults, Munchkin cats tend to have a “kitten” personality and attitude as they grow older. They are typically athletic throughout their lives.

2.  Persian Cats

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Origin Iran
Size 7–12 pounds
Temperament Quiet, sweet, lazy

These medium-sized cats have stocky bodies, rounded heads and ears, alert eyes, and cute pug-like noses. Persians are typically quiet cats that like to lounge around. In fact, they can be downright lazy! They require inspiration to get active, so interactive gameplay with human companions is a must.

3.  Scottish Fold Cats

scottish fold cat sitting on kitchen counter
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Origin Scotland
Size 9–13 pounds
Temperament Inquisitive, loving, loyal

The Scottish Fold is a gentle cat with soft, fluffy fur and a curious personality. These cats come in a wide variety of colors, including tortoiseshell, calico, tabby, smoke, beige, and white. This is a charming cat breed that is easy to live with because they tend to go with the flow. They don’t usually like being touched or stroked on the tail, but they love rubs on the rest of their body.

See Also: Persian Scottish Fold Cat Mix – Care Guide, Pictures, Info & More

4. Himalayan Cats

Himalayan cat
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Origin United States
Size 7–12 pounds
Temperament Intelligent, loyal, shy

These smart kitties are quite shy and prefer to live in a quiet and calm environment. They can put up with kids, but they don’t appreciate being teased or roughhoused with. But they do love hanging out on the couch and cuddling up in bed at night. They will stick by their human companion’s side while they are cooking, cleaning, or watching a movie.

5. British Shorthair Cats

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Origin Great Britain
Size 9–17 pounds
Temperament Intelligent, affectionate, patient

These cats are funny, smart, and frisky. They love hanging out with kids and other animals, and they will never pass up the opportunity to explore a new space within or outside the home. Giving a British Shorthair cat an empty box to play with is sure to enhance their day and won’t break the bank. All these cats care about is quality time, not what’s available to play with in that time.

6. Exotic Shorthair Cats

ginger Exotic shorthair cat sleeping near a door
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Origin United States
Size 8–15 pounds
Temperament Gentle, calm, curious

Although gentle and calm, the Exotic Shorthair is a playful and curious kitty that tends to let loose only when the family is home. When visitors show up, they will likely hide in a closet or under a bed. These are adorable kitties that will give you all their loyalty in exchange for safety and comfort.

7.  Bombay Cats

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Origin United States
Size 8–15 pounds
Temperament Active, curious, adaptable

These solid black cats look spooky to some people, but they happen to be active, friendly cats that enjoy spending time with human companions. These cats like to be the center of attention and will happily spread themselves out on a newspaper that you’re reading or jump in your lap whenever you’re lounging on the couch.

8. Burmilla Cats

Burmilla Cat
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Origin United Kingdom
Size 6–13 pounds
Temperament Affectionate, playful, loyal

While a bit demanding and mischievous at times, the Burmilla cat is a beautiful breed that loves to play and explore their surroundings. They are sweet to their family members but are wary of strangers. They have soft, long hair that must be brushed regularly to keep tangles to a minimum.

9. Selkirk Rex Cats

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Origin United States
Size 9–16 pounds
Temperament Friendly, energetic, active

This is an adaptable cat breed that hardly ever seems shy. Selkirk Rex cats are extremely affectionate and tend to stick by their human companion’s side when spending time together at home. These cats love children of all ages and are happy to greet strangers at the door.

10. Burmese Cats

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Origin Burma
Size 8–15 pounds
Temperament Intelligent, loyal, calm

Burmese cats are extremely intelligent and can be trained to do things like come when called, sit, and even walk on a leash. They require minimal grooming, which makes them easy-to-care-for pets that are suitable for busy households. These cats are typically sable brown with large, green or blue eyes and hardy, athletic bodies.


All these beautiful flat-faced cats can make great pets for families of all shapes and sizes. Some are a little shyer than others, and some might be more or less independent. If you are thinking about adopting one of the breeds on this list, it’s a good idea to learn all that you can about their personalities and care needs to determine which breed will be the best fit for your household.

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