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What is the biggest cat? Get to know the largest cat breed (and the smallest too)

There are that fall under the Felidae 鈥 or cat 鈥 family, according to the International Society for Endangered Cats.

No matter its size, your cat probably acts like it's an apex predator or the alpha of your home. Even the smallest domestic cat breed 鈥 the聽 鈥 might become rambunctious or territorial.

On the opposite side of the scale, there are several "" species known for their size. But there's no need to go on a safari ride, the largest domestic cat breed could be roaming around your living room.

What is the biggest cat in the world?

Tigers are the largest cat species, according to the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. These large felines share聽聽of their DNA with聽domestic cats, National Geographic reports.聽

In particular, are the heftiest subspecies. can weigh up to 660 pounds and measure up to 10 feet in length from nose to the tip of the tail, Smithsonian reports. can weigh between 220 to 370 pounds and reach 9 feet in length, according to the Denver Zoo.

Tigers are the largest cat species.

The smallest tiger subspecies is still sizable with averaging around 310 pounds and 8 feet, Smithsonian reports.

Tigers can be found聽in a聽, from tropical rainforests to savannas, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Tigers' other habitats include evergreen and temperate forests, grasslands and mangrove聽swamps.聽These big cats' can be found from聽south and 聽鈥 in India, Nepal and Bhutan 鈥 up to the northeastern聽regions of the continent in聽China and Russia.

The endangered animals face high risks of extinction, including . Estimates approximate that just are left in the wild, according to the WWF.

What is world's smallest cat?Get to know the tiniest cat species, breed

What is the largest cat breed?

You can't keep a tiger as a pet, but you can own one of its domesticated cousins. The is considered one of the largest domestic cat breeds, according to Purina.

On average, the felines weigh between , and in some cases, they may scale up to , Purina reports. Maine Coons can reach 40 inches in length.

The longest domestic cat ever was a Maine Coon named , according to the Guinness Book of World Records. He measured 48.5 inches in length. Stewie died in 2013.

A different Maine Coon named Altair holds the record for the longest tail on a living domestic cat. Altair's tail spans , the Guinness Book of World Records reports.

Other include the Persian, Savannah cat, Norwegian Forest cat and Turkish Van, according to Purina.

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