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12 Round Face Cat Breeds (With Pictures & Facts)

Kathryn Copeland

By Kathryn Copeland

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Cats come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes, as well as a variety of coat colors and lengths and eye shapes and colors. There are also many cats with round faces, and they typically also have round eyes and sometimes flat faces.

There are at least 12 specific cats breeds that tend to have round faces. Here, we go over these cats with a brief description of each, as well as issues that some round-faced cats can have.

The 12 Round-Faced Cat Breeds

1. American Shorthair

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American Shorthair cats are perfect family cats! They love spending time with their families and get along equally well in a quiet single apartment or noisy family-filled home. They are easy-going, loving cats that are quite friendly and curious.

They come in all varieties of colors and patterns, but the tabby is the most common. They are typically shorthaired, but there’s also a wirehaired breed.

2. Bombay

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The Bombay thrives on attention and loves to hang out with their humans as much as possible. They’re active, loving, and intelligent cats that enjoy cuddling up with you or perching on your shoulder. They are easygoing but will also enjoy a good play session.

Bombays have short fine coats that are simple to groom and only come in black. They tend to have eyes in the yellow, golden, or orange range.

3. British Shorthair

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The British Shorthair might have similarities to the American Shorthair physically, but they are different in temperament. They are calm and independent cats that are loyal and not that active. They do not like being carried around and would prefer to cuddle next to you rather than on your lap, but they make lovely family cats.

British Shorthairs come in various colors but are famous for their blue color. Their coats are typically thick, soft, and plush, but they also come in longhaired.

4. Burmese

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The Burmese are quite social and loving cats that enjoy a good snooze on your lap. They’re playful and dependent on their people, so they don’t do well if you leave them alone for long periods. Burmese are intelligent and love to chat, and they make fantastically patient family cats.

They come in a range of different colors but are known for being sable, which is a rich, dark brown. Grooming is low maintenance because they have short, soft satin-like coats.

5. Burmilla

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Burmilla cats are affectionate, playful, and gentle and get along well with other pets and children. They can be energetic and active, as well as laidback and sweet. They tend to remain kitten-like well into adulthood.

They come in both shorthaired and longhaired varieties. They have a silver-white colored coat that can be tipped in blue, black, apricot, lilac, caramel, beige, lilac, and chocolate.

6. Chartreux

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The Chartreux is a calm cat that can be quite playful and is an overall friendly cat. They are gentle, intelligent, loving, and devoted to their families. The temperament of the Chartreux makes them perfect for a single, quiet home or living in a full household with other pets and children.

Their fur is short but quite thick, so it needs regular grooming. They come in a range of blue and gray colors, and they tend to have orange eyes. Their adorable round faces make them look like they’re smiling.

7. Exotic Shorthair

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Exotic Shorthairs belong in the Persian breed group and are sweet, affectionate, and gentle cats. They are quite social and enjoy hanging out with their families but will do so quietly and with plenty of love. They will follow you around and enjoy spending time on your lap. While they are peaceful, they are also intelligent and curious.

Exotics have much in common with Persians, except they have short coats, which are quite plush and dense. This makes grooming easier. These cats come in most colors and patterns, and everything about them is round – their face, their eyes, and even their ears and tail.

8. Himalayan

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Himalayans are members of the Persian breed group, and like the other cats from this group, they are gentle, sweet, and affectionate. They are easygoing, though do best in quiet and calm households. They can be playful, but they prefer lounging and cuddling for the most part.

Himalayans are famous for their thick, gorgeous coats that need brushing every day. They differ from Persians in that they come in pointed colors (pointed is the color pattern seen traditionally with Siamese cats, where their bodies are pale and their extremities much darker.

9. Munchkin

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The Munchkin has the body of an average-sized cat, but their legs are quite short. They are smart and curious cats that love to explore and play. They are energetic, enjoy a good cuddle, and make great family cats because they get along with other pets and children.

Their coats come in different lengths, shorthaired and longhaired, both of which are easy to groom. They are also available in every conceivable color and pattern.

10. Persian

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The Persian is one of the oldest breeds around and definitely one of the most recognizable! They are gentle, quiet, and sweet cats that do best in a calm environment. They tend to be laidback and easygoing and can have short playful bursts but equally enjoy cuddling up next to you.

Persians are famous for their thick and long hair. They require daily grooming in addition to frequent cleaning of the face, as they tend to have tearstains. They come in most colors and a large variety of patterns.

11. Scottish Fold

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The Scottish Fold is known for their folded ears and round faces. They are curious and intelligent cats that usually get along well with children and pets. They are also sweet and devoted to their families but aren’t that energetic, so you need to engage them in play to keep them active.

They come in both shorthaired and longhaired coats that tend to shed, so grooming is important. They can have many different colors and patterns. They are also more prone to ear infections because of those folded ears, so regular visits to the vet are vital.

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

12. Selkirk Rex

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Selkirk Rex cats are calm, easygoing, affectionate, and cuddly. They enjoy playing but tend to be laidback and are quite sweet and loving. They do well with families with other pets and children but don’t like being left alone for long periods.

The Selkirk Rex is famous for their unique coat. They come in both shorthaired and longhaired varieties, and their fur is curly, not too dissimilar from that of a sheep. Therefore, the Selkirk Rex should be brushed several times a week. They come in all manner of colors and patterns.

Brachycephalic Cats

One of the trickiest parts about owning certain round-faced cats is that they can have breathing issues if the breed is flat-faced. This is called Brachycephalic airway syndrome. Many such cats have an exceptionally small trachea, which can cause breathing difficulties.

These cats don’t always do well in hot weather or overexerting themselves and should never be allowed to become obese. These conditions can all lead to a cat panting for air. In some cases, surgery is necessary.

Many brachycephalic cats can also have issues with their eyes and need their faces cleaned regularly from excessive tearing. They can also have difficulty eating, so they need wide and shallow bowls.


Round-faced cats can be quite adorable! In many cases, everything about them is round: their bodies, ears, and even tails. Not all round-faced cats are flat-faced, but just be aware that if your cat does have a flat face, there are potential health concerns.

Just do your homework, regardless of what kind of cat you think that you want to bring home. All cats have their own unique personalities and requirements for their care, and a happy cat makes for a happy home.

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