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26 Medium Haired Cat Breeds: Pictures, Info & Traits

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

A munchkin cat on top of a table

Cats are born into a variety of coat lengths—from totally naked to lengthy locks. But if you’re looking for middle ground, we have 26 breeds for you to choose from. Each of these kitty cats has their own special set of characteristics that set them apart from the rest. So, let’s go over everything from frisky felines to lazy daisies.


The 26 Medium-Haired Cat Breeds

1. Munchkin Cat

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Colors: Ebony red, orange blue, tan chocolate, sable cinnamon, fawn lilac, beige, gray lavender, white black
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Price: $1,000–$2,000

The ever-popular Munchkin cat is a fan favorite for feline lovers everywhere. These cats have soared in popularity because of their compact, adorably small legs and sweet, loving demeanors. Many love the soft, dense coat of the Munchkin, too. Even though not all of them are medium-length-haired, most of them do have this trait. The origin of these beauties came from a freak incident—when a stray gave birth to a litter of babies with short legs. Relatively new, the Munchkin underwent some serious developments. Breeders gave a strong focus on creating an entire breed with this genetic mutation.

2. Ragdoll Cats

Ragdoll sitting on carpet floor
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Colors: Red, blue, lilac, cream
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Price: $1,200–$2,500
Ragdoll cats are absolutely adorable medium-length furred cats. Not only do they look like little stuffed animals, they act like them too. These cats are notorious for their relaxed, gentle personalities. They also have silky, soft fur that’s so much fun to pet. Almost all Ragdoll kitties are quite large, reaching a weight of up to 20 pounds! In addition to their stunning size, they also have sparkling blue eyes that captivate cat lovers. These affectionate sweethearts are sure to be some of the most loving felines you’ll ever keep.

3. Ragamuffin Cat

Tuxedo Ragamuffin Cat
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Colors: Blue, brown tabby with white, tortoiseshell, mink
Lifespan: 12–16 years
Price: $600–$1,300
The Ragamuffin cat is a variant of the Ragdoll—but with a special twist. They may have medium-length fur, but it is incredibly dense and often compared to rabbit fur. Because of that, these kitties do well even in extremely cold temperatures. Ragamuffins tend to be very friendly cats—especially males. They are easy-going, taking to nearly anyone. So, if you’re looking for a cat that can acclimate well to new situations, this is a very good breed to consider.

4. Siberian Cat

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Colors: Smoke, white, blue, red tabby, silver tabby, brown tabby, red point, silver shaded, lynx point
Lifespan: 8–10 years
Price: $1,200–$4,000
Siberian cats are rare and beautiful—touting gorgeously fluffy coats that once got them through intense Russian winters. Many owners would describe this breed as being friendly, affectionate, and brave—not afraid of much, but they usually mind their own business. One really awesome thing about the Siberian cat is that they are nearly hypoallergenic even though they have super thick coats. They don’t seem to emit as much of an allergy response as most other cats. So, if you have a mild cat allergy, this breed might not bother you at all.

5. Somali Cats

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Colors: Red, ruddy, fawn, blue
Lifespan: 11–16 years
Price: $1,000–$1,500
The Somali cat has an exciting set of traits that make them stand out. First, their coats are pretty nifty—shorter on top and longer on the undercarriage. Technically, they are described as long-haired cats, but they have a nice combination of length in their coats, which gives them more of a medium length on average. Somalis are known to be a little mischievous and adventurous, getting into anything and everything they please. Because they have high-maintenance personalities, they might not work for every cat owner. They are definitely a breed that will keep you on your toes.

Speaking of which…

6. Tonkinese Cat

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Colors: Platinum, champagne, natural, blue
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Price: $600–$1,200
When you cross the famous Siamese and Burmese cats, you get the Tonkinese. This beautiful feline has gorgeous diluted fur colors on the shorter side and has a distinguishable pointed coat pattern, too. These kitties get traits from both parent breeds. They wind up being happy, adventurous, and inquisitive cats that always want something to get into. Some of them can be a little vocal sometimes, but not as bad as a purebred Siamese.

7. Turkish Angora Cats

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Colors: White
Lifespan: 12 –18 years
Price: $250 –$2,000
These snowy sweethearts are a sight for sore eyes. The gorgeous Turkish Angora has a downy, plush white coat (most of the time—although they can rarely display other colors.) These cats are usually quite slender and dainty in appearance. The Angora is typically a very gentle, sweet-spirited cat, but they can be quite sensitive to changes. Because of this, having a disruption in everyday life, or being rehomed, can cause a great deal of stress for the breed.

8. Chartreux

chartreux cat lying on carpet
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Colors: Blue silver
Lifespan: 12 –15 years
Price: $1,500–$2,000
The Chartreux cat is a rare French breed with a highly distinguishable blue-silver coat. These cats have shorter hair but are puffy and thick. These beauties have muscular frames and are a bit heavy, which might be surprising because of their small size. The Chartreux is a very intelligent breed—and they love a good challenge. Even though they are warm and charming, they love playing mentally stimulating games. So, prepare to keep their minds occupied with fun activities.

9. Birman Cats

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Colors: Seal, blue, cream, chocolate, tortoiseshell, blue cream
Lifespan: 12–14 years
Price: $400–$2,000
The Birman is an ancient breed that is sacred in Burma. Even though these kitties are considered long-haired, most fall somewhere in the medium category. These lovely pets have a very distinct color pattern with white gloves on their paws. They often have light eyes. Birmans are super people-oriented, depending very much on owners. If you’re looking for a snuggle buddy, these kitties will happily oblige. So, if you have a hectic agenda and don’t plan to be home much—these cats might get very lonely quickly.

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10. American Wirehair Cat

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Colors: White, blue, black, cream, red, silver, golden, brown, cameo, chinchilla
Lifespan: 15–20 years
Price: $500–$800
Just like our doggy companions, cats can have wiry textured fur, too—just ask the American Wirehair. Even though you might have heard of this breed, they are considered the rarest of all cat breeds by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. These cats are very joyful and bubbly. If you’re looking for a loving family companion, this cat surely knows how to play that role. They absolutely love people and other pets. So, they can acclimate well into big families—the more the merrier.

11. Pixie Bob Cats

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Colors: Fawn cinnamon blue, gray red, orange
Lifespan: 13–15 years
Price: $500–$1,500
The Pixie Bob might just be related to the bobcat—but science can’t be too sure. Originating from a litter of barn cats, the Pixie Bob has a thick coat that’s medium length and wild-looking, with nubs for tails. These cats are full and fit for the outdoors. Pixie Bobs are very sweet and friendly—and they love to eat! So, if you have snacks, make sure you’re willing to share. These kitties will be the first to let you know that the food bowl is low. They work well in most domestic situations, including indoor/outdoor situations, if appropriate.

12. Abyssinian Cats

Abyssinian cat in kitchen
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Colors: Ruddy, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lilac, fawn, blue cream, cream, red
Lifespan: 9–15 years
Price: $900–$2,200
The stunning Abyssinian comes in a variety of eye-catching colors, and they tout a medium coat. This ancient breed is very active and their bodies are muscular and lean. These cats have a classic “ticked” tabby pattern that many recognize right away. Don’t get an Abyssinian if you aren’t prepared to deal with the demands of mental stimulation. These cats are sharp, cunning, and curious—always ready for action. They will be into all the happenings around the home and usually fare best with a playmate.

13. LaPerm Cat

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Colors: Chocolate, brown, sable cinnamon lavender, silver fawn blue, gray-black, ebony cream, beige, tan lilac white red, orange
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Price: $900–$1,500
The LaPerm is a unique feline with a soft, curly coat. These cats are generally an average size but are light and lean. These cats are sought after because, unlike the Devon Rex, they have a full coat of swoopy locks. Many owners would say these cats have interactive, affectionate personalities. They love nothing more than to hang out with their humans, but sometimes they might pick a favorite person. For this reason, they make excellent pets for single owners, too. They also tend to be amazing hunters.

14. American Bobtail Cats

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Colors: Black, brown, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lilac, fawn, red, cream
Lifespan: 13–15 years
Price: $600–$1,200
The American Bobtail is a very rare domesticated cat, looking an awful lot like its wild bobtail cousin. They tend to have tabby patterns with lynx-like scruff around the neck—large, watchful eyes and pointy ears. But the most distinctive characteristic of the breed is their stubby tails. These kitties tend to be very docile and sweet. They love attention and are much tamer than they first appear. Because of their chill demeanors, they work very well with small children and older adults. They get along with almost any animal as well.

15. Balinese Cats

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Colors: Seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, tortoiseshell
Lifespan: 15–20 years
Price: $650–$1,000
The shockingly beautiful Balinese is often called the long-haired Siamese. While they get this title, they actually have medium-length fur that is easy to maintain. These kitties have the classic Siamese-style coloration and pattern with prominent sapphire eyes. These active cats are very social, always wanting to be in your business. They are friendly with other pets, permitting they aren’t a prey animal. Because they have a high activity level, they need lots of scratching posts, perches, and toys to keep them entertained.

16. Cyprus Cat

cyprus cat with green eyes stretching in the street
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Colors: All—except cinnamon, fawn, and lilac
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Price: $300–$800
The Cyprus cat is an island feline with many names, including the Cypriot, Saint Helen, and Saint Nicholas cat. They might look like an ordinary tabby and white mix, but this kitty has strong roots spanning all across Cyprus island and elsewhere. Cyprus cats are friendly and energetic kitties that are affectionate with people. Since they thrive so much on companionship, they work well for any age and alongside other pets in the home, too.

17. Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau cat in gray background
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Colors: Silver, black
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Price: $800 –$1,200
The Egyptian Mau is an absolutely stunning kitty with classic gooseberry green eyes. Their coats might appear short, but you would soon realize that they have quite thick, medium-length coats—especially along the underbelly. Egyptian Mau’s are typically active, curious cats that are always looking for something to do. These cats are big-time climbers too. So, if you get one, make sure to give them lots of attention and stimulation. They will love to play with their owners and don’t think they won’t curl up for a snooze with you, too.

18. Bengal

Bengal Cat on plank outdoor
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Colors: Brown, snow, sepia, charcoal, black, blue, mink
Lifespan: 9–15 years
Price: $1,500–$3,000

The newer Bengal cat is a wild-like domestic cat that has gained lots of recognition over the years. They are sought after because of their beauty, touting interesting markings that look like a cat you would see in the jungle. Their fur is very dense and medium length, though it lays flat to the body. Bengal’s tend to be very loyal kitties with larger-than-life personalities. Many owners would describe them as being as wild as they look—only pretending to be domesticated. But they are loyal and playful, always wanting in on the household happenings.

19. Manx

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Colors: Orange, gray, tortoiseshell, smoke, chinchilla, calico
Lifespan: 9–13 years
Price: $500–$800

Not to be confused with the American bobtail, the Manx is a lean, athletically built cat with a stubby tail. They can be practically any color or pattern on the spectrum, but they’re often in patched tabby varieties. Manx tend to be very high energy, but they make lovely house pets. You just have to make sure you give them enough to accommodate their high activity levels—particularly scratching surfaces and interactive toys.

20. Ocicat

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Colors: Tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, lavender, chocolate silver
Lifespan: 15–18 years
Price: $800 –$1500

The almond-eye-shaped Ocicat has a wild-like appearance that cat lovers appreciate. They have lanky, muscular bodies and are highly athletic. Their fur is medium-length, and they have a thumbprint-like pattern on their bodies. Many would describe the Ocicat as being very friendly and outgoing, even with strangers. Because of their inquisitive, cheery nature, they make awesome playmates for children. So, if you were looking for a medium-haired cat for your kiddos—this is a terrific breed.

21. Turkish Van

Turkish Van sitting in the garden
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Colors: Solid and white (red, cream, black, and blue)
Lifespan: 13–15 years
Price: $800–$1,200
Turkish Van kitties are very distinct in appearance, touting white bodies with patches of color. Their tails are generally the place you’ll find the longest fur on their body. They have beautiful eyes, which can sometimes be of different colors. Interestingly, this cat was a naturally occurring breed. Turkish Vans tend to be very active kitties with a wanderlust. They are friendly with people and love to explore new things. Even though they are pretty chill cats, they don’t tolerate being poked and prodded, so they do best with children 6 years and older.

22. Domestic Medium Hair

domestic medium hair cat lying indoor
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Colors: Any
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Price: Free–$150

The domestic medium hair cat isn’t a distinct breed, but a collection of mixed breed cats that fall into the medium-length category. These kitties can come in just about any color or pattern on the spectrum. You can find one of these lovely kitties in shelters and rescues everywhere. Domestic medium hair cats can have just about any personality from super calm to hyperactive. It truly just depends on the individual cat’s genetics. Surely, you’ve met a domestic medium hair cat and you probably each have a different story to tell about them.

23. Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair on the couch
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Colors: Seal, white, cream, black, blue, chocolate, lilac, silver, golden, tortoiseshell, calico
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Price: $1,200–$5,000

The Exotic Shorthair is essentially the short-haired version of the Persian cat. Even though it’s a less fluffy variation, their fur is still quite thick and lengthy. They have the classic Persian look, smooshed face, and wide eyes—they are downright adorable. Exotic Shorthairs are widely revered for being super gentle and calm. These cats love to snuggle up with owners, taking a somewhat lackadaisical approach to life. These cats acclimate to almost any living situation and for in with any age group.

24. Asian Semi-Longhair

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Colors: Blue, black, chocolate, lilac, brown
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Price: $700–$1,000

The Asian Semi-Longhair is an extraordinary breed with signature green or blue eyes. Their fur varies slightly in length from medium to long. They come in soft, elegant colors and look like royalty. These cats are known for their curious, energetic personalities. They love to be the life of the party and won’t be sitting idly in a corner while the company is over. They definitely get attention when attention is available to them.

25. Havana Brown

Havana Brown in red background
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Colors: Chocolate
Lifespan: 8–13 years
Price: $800–$1,500

The highly intriguing Havana Brown cat came about by breeding the Siamese with domestic black cats. This creates a very captivating chocolate fur color that cat enthusiasts go gaga for. Many would describe the Havana Brown as having a very high activity level, but they’re very good at self-entertainment. Also, these cats tend to pick favorites. Even if you have a very large family, this cat is likely to pick a single person and remain loyal to them for life.

26. Scottish Fold

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Colors: White, blue, cream, silver, black, cameo, brown
Lifespan: 12–14 years
Price: $1,000–$2,000

The Scottish Fold is a full-coated cat that feels ultra plushy. They have adorably smooshed faces and wide-eyed expressions—but most of all, their adorably folded ears. Because their fur is super thick and soft, they make the best cuddle buddies of all. Scottish Folds tend to be sociable, wanting all the attention they can get. However, they aren’t overbearing or invasive either. They love to spend their time getting back rubs, playing interactive games, and exploring their surroundings.

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Final Thoughts:

As you can see, these are all pretty fantastic felines—and there’s one to match any lifestyle. These cats might have medium-length hair, but you see just how drastically that can differ between the breeds. You have all sorts of interesting appearances and characters. Of all these unique furry faces, which one was your favorite?

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