“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fluffiest cat of them all?” If only we had a magical mirror at our disposal to find the breeds we were most likely to enjoy!

When it comes to cats, we all have personal preferences. Some prefer cats with curly hair, some only white cat breeds, while others may go for cats with ear tufts and ear furnishings. Similarly, a few would like to adopt only cats with fluffy tails, fancying an enormous regal swish from our pets as they go out for a stroll.

21 Breeds of Cat With Fluffy Tails

Lucky for us, there are lots of adorable, cuddly, squishy feline breeds with fluffy tails. And we do not have to rely on shady witches to find out about them. Read along to explore cat breeds with the fluffiest tails of them all.

1. The American Curl

Close up og an American Curl

American Curl Breed Overview

Weight Male: 08 – 12 lbs.

Weight Female: < 08 lbs.

Coat Color: White, Blue, Black, Chocolate, Cream, Red, Lilac, Chinchilla Golden, Chinchilla Silver, and Lavender.

Life Expectancy: 09 – 13 Yrs.

Origin: California

The beautiful, striped American Curl has earned itself quite a name for its unique upturned ears. A structural variation that leaves her with a sweet cheery expression, adding infinitesimally to her attraction. The quiet and quick-witted feline simply adores her humans and wants to participate in their lives. Fans of fluffy tails would appreciate the longhaired variety of the cat, as it comes with a plumed tail covered in a soft, silky coat.

2. The American Wirehair

Portrait of an American Wirehair cat lying and smelling the floor

American Wirehair Breed Overview

Weight Male: > 12 lbs.

Weight Female: < 08 – 12 lbs.

Coat Color: Blue, Black, White, Cream, Red, Chinchilla Silver.

Life Expectancy: 07 – 12Yrs.

Origin: New York

Mark: Tabby, Calico, Bi-Color, Point

The American Wirehair is known for its characteristic wiry-textured coat. Sustained by the American Shorthair bloodline, it shares several similarities with its parent line, told apart at once by their differing coat textures. The mighty cat is tolerant and adapts itself to the preferences of its human family. While the coat varies in degrees of wiriness, it is soft to the touch and fun to scratch. Not to miss the fluffy tail that retains the shape of its fur thanks to the unusual texture. 

3. Balinese

Balinese cat standing on a tree stem
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Balinese Breed Overview

Weight Male: > 12 lbs.

Weight Female: 08 – 12 lbs.

Coat Color: Lilac, Seal, Cream, Blue, Chocolate, Red, Fawn

Mark: Point

Life Expectancy: 08 – 13 Yrs.

Origin: Asian

The Balinese is a distinctly Asian cat breed, defined as having the svelte bodice, sapphire eyes of a Siamese, and the smooth, lustrous coat of a longhair breed. Her thin-boned, tubular body is covered in a silky-soft, fine coat that ends in a neat plum at the tail. A rather chatty, active, and loving breed, it finds means to amuse itself. A superb jumper, if left to her own devices without a perch, the witty cat will end up designating its perches, scratching posts, and toys, whether or not the objects are meant to be used as such.

4. Birman

A Birman cat looking at her right side

Birman Breed Overview

Weight: 06 – 12 lbs.

Coat Color: Lilac, Seal, Blue, Chocolate

Mark: Point

Life Expectancy: 12 – 16 Yrs.

Origin: France

Another light breed with contrasting dark points, the Birman, is a quiet, affectionate, and intelligent cat. Descending from the temple cats in Burma, it was exclusively developed as an adorable and congenial companion. A gregarious and smart feline, the Birman mingles with the entire family, showing her talents when trained to perform tricks as well. And boy o boy, it is quite a furry tail!

Adorned with lustrous, semi-long, ivory-colored fur, decorated with dark points and likely golden mist, it has a lush tail that goes really well with its medium-large muscular body.

5. Exotic Shorthair

Close up of an exotic shorthair
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Exotic Shorthair Breed Overview

Weight Male: 07 – 14 lbs.

Weight Female: 06 – 10 lbs.

Coat Color: Blue, Black, White, Red, Chocolate, Cream, Lilac

Mark: Tortoiseshell, Smoke, Tabby,  Calico, Bi-Color

Life Expectancy: +15 Yrs.

Origin: U.S.

Described often as a lazy person’s Persian, the Exotic Shorthair is a lovely and sweet-natured feline. It is like having the animated nature of an American Shorthair in the packaging of a Persian. Sharing the sturdy, muscular build of the former, it has a slightly coarser and shorter coat. An easy-going, affectionate, and mild-mannered cat, the Exotic is a complete joy to have around. Fixing her humans with a hard-to-ignore gaze and a funny grumpy expression, a by-product of her facial structure, she is an irresistibly cuddly cat. It helps that her plump coat is soft to the touch and asks for a rub.

6. Himalayan Cat

Himalayan Cat Breed Overview

Weight Male: 07 – 12 lbs.

Coat Color: Cream, Chocolate, Seal, Blue, Red

Mark: Point

Life Expectancy: 09-15 Yrs.

Origin: U.S.

A Himalayan Cat Pose

An absolute delight, the Himalayan is a magnificent breed born out of a cross between the captivating Persian and the elegant Siamese cat. Named after the pointed pattern known as Himalayan or the Siamese, the cat has quite the fluff, complete with a sizeable ruff around its neck.

It has a cobby body type, where a bony, thickset body leaves it with a rounded appearance and tiny bushy tail, thanks to the thick layers of fur. Calm and doting, the Himalayans are a gentle breed who would let kids play with them, given it does not get noisy.

7. Javanese Cat

Javanese Cat
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Javanese Cat Breed Overview

Weight Male: 12 – 16 lbs.

Coat Color: Cream, Red, Seal

Mark: Point

Life Expectancy: 09 – 15 Yrs.

Origin: U.S.

A stunning breed of Oriental origin, Javanese shares the aristocratic head of the Siamese and silky coat of the Colorpoint Shorthair. Bearing the poise and aura of royalty, the defining feature of a Javanese Cat is its sleek coat, held closer to the body, extending into a smooth, fluffy tail.

In spite of its poised appearance, it is every bit a lively, excited cat. Her manners reflect those of a feline royalty, where she speaks in varying voices to suit what she wishes to communicate. Affectionate, jovial, and bright, the Javanese could be trained to perform entertaining tricks and play fetch.

8. LaPerm

Close up of a LaPerm cat
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LaPerm Breed Overview

Weight Male: 09 – 12 lbs.

Weight Female: 06 – 08 lbs.

Coat Color: Blue, Black, Red, Cream, White, Cinnamon, Chocolate, Fawn, Lavender, Other

Mark: Tortoiseshell, Chinchilla, Smoke, Tabby, Calico, Mink, Sepia

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15Yrs.

Origin: U.S.

LaPerm is the go-to breed for the fans of fluffy cat breeds, a cat of stunning beauty wrapped in an enticing coat. The shorthair variety appears to have a bottle-brush tail and coarser coat texture, while the longhair version tends to have a softer coat, ruff around the neck, and a nice thick plum for a tail. LaPerm dotes on her human family, especially the one with whom she has developed a bond.

Though energetic and playful, it is content being a lap cat if that’s what you would like. The best part, it is a low-maintenance and relatively hypoallergenic cat breed.

9. Maine Coon

Close up of a young Maine Coon

Maine Coon Breed Overview

Weight Male: 12 – 15 lbs.

Weight Female: 09 – 12 lbs.

Coat Color: Cream, White, Red, Blue

Mark: Tabby, Bi-Color, Smoke, Tortoiseshell, Calico

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15Yrs.

Origin: U.S.

Maine Coon is a spectacular large domestic cat breed, her coat a lustrous, flowing mass that enhances her mighty appearance. Gentle, playful, and loyal, it is a wonderful family cat who does not necessarily want you to drop everything else as soon as it appears. Native to the state of Maine, a funny origin story of the cat implies that it came about after a cross between the wild domestic cat breeds and raccoons. But a single look at the long bushy tail, imprinted with circular patterns, would tell you why such ridiculous theories exist.

10. Munchkin

A Munchkin cat standing on a wooden table
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Munchkin Breed Overview

Weight Male: 05 – 09 lbs.

Weight Female: 09 – 12 lbs.

Coat Color: All

Mark: All

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15Yrs.

Origin: U.S.

An adorable tiny, flat face cat breed, Munchkin earned its name as a recent breed with exceptionally small legs. Named after the tiny fictional race in the popular literary work “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” it is your typical, friendly feline in a small package. Their ferret-like bodies gleam in their silky plush coats, with the longhair variety boasting of a pompous plume tail.

Playful and energetic, Munchkins love to run around and chase, though their tiny legs leave them incapable of jumping. It must be noted that it is a controversial breed on account of animal welfare concerns like possible spine deformities.

11. Nebelung

Close up of a Nebelung
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Nebelung Breed Overview

Weight Male: 07 – 15 lbs.

Coat Color: Bluish Grey

Mark: None

Life Expectancy: 11 – 16Yrs.

Origin: United States

Next up on our list of cats with fluffy tails, we have Nebelung, a captivating grey cat breed. Closely resembling the Russian Blue, it is a magnificent cat. She has a long muscular body wrapped in an elegant, silky longhair coat, occasionally tipped with a natural silvery sheen; her tail a luxurious mass of soft fur; neck bedecked with a thick ruff, ears tufted, and legs with pronounced knickers.

Initially apprehensive, the Nebelung tends to form strong familial bonds once settled but still would be reserved with strangers. It is a brainy, vocal breed that knows how to communicate its concerns.

12. Norwegian Forest Cat

Close up of a cute fluffy Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest Cat Breed Overview

Weight Male: 10 – 20 lbs.

Weight Female: 08 – 18 lbs.

Coat Color: Cream, White, Red, Blue, Black, Chinchilla Silver/Gold

Mark: Tabby, Tortoiseshell, Smoke, Calico, Bi-Color

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 Yrs.

Origin: Norway

Norwegian Forest Cats, also fondly called Wegies, are the true image of an ideal fluffy cat breed. Their large, robust bodies are covered in thick double coats with superb waterproof quality and a long bushy tail. A magnificent large cat breed, carefully protected against the harsh winter of its native Scandinavia with its pile of fur, it is a sweet-tempered cat who knows how to amuse itself even if nobody is around.

A highly energetic breed, the Norwegian Forest Cat can adapt to both outdoor and indoor life. That is to say, owners pay attention to the provision of sufficient workouts.

13. Persian

Close up of a fluffy white Persian cat

Persian Cat Breed Overview

Weight: 07 – 12 lbs.

Coat Color: Cream, Chocolate, White, Lilac, Red, Black Chinchilla Silver/Golden

Mark: Tabby, Calico, Parti-Color, Bi-Color, Point, Smoke, Shell, Tortoiseshell

Life Expectancy: 10 – 12 Yrs.

Origin: Iran

The matriarch of several present-day feline breeds, the Persian Cat, is probably the best known and most loved of the felines. Cat fanciers remain in awe of the opulent, soft, long flowing fur, small fluffy tail, gentle expressive eyes, and the dignified way it carries itself. These stocky, cobby-type cats are congenial and appreciate peaceful and gentle handling.

By all means, prepare yourself for cute stares of incomprehension when if you do something stupid or fail to understand the sweet chirping vocalization of your Persian.

14. Ragamuffin

Close up of a Ragamuffin Cat
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Ragamuffin Breed Overview

Weight Male: 14 – 20 lbs.

Weight Female: 08 – 13 lbs.

Coat Color: Fawn,White, Cinnamon, Cream, Chocolate, Lilac, Black, Blue

Mark: Tabby, Smoke, Parti-Color, Minsk, Tortoiseshell, Sepia, Calico, Bi-Color

Life Expectancy: 08 – 13 Yrs.

Origin: The United States

One of the most favorite lap cats, Ragamuffin is a sweetheart of a pet. Their kind, gentle gaze, loving demeanor, and tendency to go limp when picked endears them as nothing else does. These are large cats with a solid bone structure, appearing bigger than their actual size thanks to the thick mass of fur, pronounced fur, hangings on their hind limbs, and a thick bottle brush/ plume tail.

Real people-pleasers, Ragamuffins have the patience for kids’ elaborate plays and offer loving companionship to those looking for it.

15. Ragdoll

Ragdoll Breed Overview

Weight Male: 15 – 20 lbs.

Weight Female: 10 – 15 lbs.

Coat Color: Cream, Chocolate, Lilac, Blue, Red, Seal

Mark: Colorpoint, Van, Bi-Color, Mitted

Life Expectancy: 12 – 17 Yrs.

Origin: The United States

Another gentle giant of a feline, faring prominently among the cats with fluffy tails, Ragdoll is a pointed cat with an exceptionally sweet temperament. Known for their splendid coat with a smooth touch and charming blue eyes, these are wonderful family cats. Laidback and calm, the mighty Ragdoll has a muscular build, non-matting semi-long coat, and a long soft plume for a tail. A rather quiet and affectionate cat breed, it has a reputation for flopping when picked up and showing an affinity for its humans more than most other breeds.

16. Scottish Fold

Scottish fold

Scottish Fold Overview

Weight Male: 9 – 13 lbs.

Weight Female: 6 – 9 lbs.

Coat Color: Blue,Black, White, Red, Chocolate, Cream, Cinnamon, Fawn, Lilac, Chinchilla Golden/Silver

Mark: Tabby, Tortoiseshell, Smoke, Calico, Dilute Calico, Bi-Color, Point

Life Expectancy: 11 – 15 Yrs.

Origin: Scotland

An intriguing breed, the Scottish Fold has a separate fan base for its folded ears, which render an interesting owlish appearance to the cat. Coming in both the shorthair and longhair varieties, this is an adorable fluffy feline with a rounded element in its entire structure. A medium-sized cat, the Scottish Fold has a small round head, enormous round eyes, short and stubby legs, cropped, dense coat, round padded body, and proportionate fluffy tail in the longhair variety.

Having barn cats in its ancestry, the Scottish Fold is a good-natured and hardy feline, equally at ease in a large company or solitary dwelling.

|Fun Fact: Scottish Fold is Taylor Swift’s favorite cat. Among her three cats, two are Scottish Folds.

17. Selkirk Rex

Fluffy Selkirk Rex

Selkirk Rex Breed Overview

Weight: 10 – 15.4 lbs.

Coat Color: Blue, Black, Cream, White, Cinnamon, Red, Chocolate, Fawn, Lavender

Mark: Tabby, Smoke, Tortoiseshell, Calico, Bi-Color, Point, Mink, Sepia, Other

Life Expectancy: 10 – 15+ Yrs.

Origin: U.S.

Essentially a kitty in the garb of a teddy bear, Selkirk Rex has an unusual, easily distinguishable curly coat, rivaled alone by the longhaired variety with its exaggerated ruffled appearance. The big sturdy cat enjoys more than a place on the list of cats with fluffy tails. Besides being fluffy, it also happens to be super friendly and could even be trained to walk on a leash—and yes, you would need to leash-train it.

Her charming looks are matched equally with her affectionate and socially inclined personality. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to leave the cat by herself for longer periods or not engage it in sufficient daily play. 

18. Siberian Cat

Close up of a Siberian Cat
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Siberian Cat Breed Overview

Weight: 12 – 20 lbs.

Coat Color: Blue, Black, White, Cream, Chinchilla Silver/Golden

Mark: Tabby, Smoke, Tortoiseshell, Calico, Bi-Color, Point

Life Expectancy: 11 – 18+ Yrs.

Origin: Russia

A formidable feline of Russian origin, the Siberian Cat is something of a legend with a history that goes as far back as 1000 A.D. Strong, burly, medium-sized cat with circular formations, it is wrapped in thick layers of moderate to long coat, swelling in a considerable ruff, thick birches, and a densely furnished medium-sized tail.

The magnificent Siberian bears an innocent expression and an undying eagerness for problem-solving, coming very useful in keeping the playful cat entertained with the tiniest of interests.

19. Somali Cat

Close up of a Somali Cat

Somali Cat Breed Overview

Weight Male: 08 – 10 lbs.

Weight Female: 06 – 08 lbs.

Coat Color: Ruddy, Fawn, Cinnamon, Blue

Mark: Ticked

Life Expectancy: 10 – 19+ Yrs.

Origin: Ethiopia

Closely resembling the Abyssinian in its genetic makeup, the Somali Cat is a fascinating feline breed. Her brightly colored, incredibly soft, medium-length plush coat captivates the on-lookers with its wonderful ticked pattern appearing darker near the spines. A well-built lithe body, large pointed ears, and a long bushy tail make it appear like a tiny version of a fox.

Energetic, playful, and curious, the mesmerizing Somali Cat enthralls its humans with her highly interactive play. Though vibrant and more than willing to explore, it sets store by offering oodles of affection and companionship, making it a perfect companion. 

20. Turkish Angora

A cute white angora cat with beautiful blue eyes is sitting on the sofa and looking straight ahead

Turkish Angora Breed Overview

Weight Male: 07 – 10 lbs.

Weight Female: < 05 - 08 lbs.

Coat Color: Cream, White, Blue, Black, Red

Mark: Tabby, Tortoiseshell, Calico, Smoke, Bi-Color, Parti-Color

Life Expectancy: 12 – 18 Yrs.

Origin: Turkey

Having mesmerized the entire nation in their native Turkey for the conservation of this breed, the Turkish Angora is a truly treasured breed in the cat world. Sleek and slender, this is a delicate and poised breed with a silky-soft, fine-textured coat that forms an elegant ruff, britches on the hind legs, and a swishy long, plush tail.

Eager to socialize, the Turkish Angora enjoys playing host to your guests and even tolerate the other pets so long as they submit to her position as the pack leader. Besides securing a spot among the cats with the fluffy tails, it has earned quite the name as feline par excellence in obedience competitions.

21. Turkish Van

Turkish Van cat sitting on a tree
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Turkish Van Breed Overview

Weight Male: 10 – 20 lbs.

Weight Female: 07 – 12 lbs.

Coat Color: White, Blue, Black, Cream, Red

Mark: Van

Life Expectancy: 13 – 17 Yrs.

Origin: Turkey

A truly rare breed, the Turkish Van is cherished for its unique van pattern, remarkably soft, rabbit-like coat, and a long bottle-brush ringed tail. It has a superb athletic build fit to comply with her highly unusual swimming interests. The powerfully built, semi-longhaired Turkish Van is an energetic, playful, and mischievous cat who enjoys exciting little adventures on a day-to-day basis.

Although adoring and loving, it does not particularly enjoy being handled or forced into a cuddle but maintains friendly ties with the entire family, including other pets.

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