11 Meanest Cat Breeds

Cats are affectionate and furry companions that provide stress relief and endless joy. However, they can also become mean and aggressive. A mean cat tends to avoid affection and does not want to be held. It is also more likely to hiss, growl, scratch, or bite. In this article, get to know the 11 meanest cat breeds and the reasons why they are included on the list.  

Here is the list of the 11 meanest cat breeds:

1. Siamese 

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Origin: Thailand 

Physical features: Sleek, elegant body; striking, almond-shaped blue eyes; fine, glossy, pointed coat.

Weight: 8 to 15 pounds 

Lifespan: 10 to 13 years 

This breed is popularly called “meezers” because of its overly vocal tendencies. These elegant cats are smart, elegant, active, and loyal to their owners.They tend to bond with only one person and demand attention. While they can be extra affectionate to that person, they are not as nice to other family members and people they are not familiar with. They do not like strangers and tend to be jealous, territorial, and aggressive. 

2. Sphynx 

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Origin: Toronto, Canada 

Physical features: Hairless, wrinkled skin; sleek, muscular body; no whiskers and eyelashes. 

Weight: 6 to 12 pounds

Lifespan: 8 to 14  years 

The Sphynx breed likes to be the center of attention and tends to be needy toward its owner. These cats can be demanding companions. If they do not get what they want, they will let you know they are not pleased. Their mean streak takes center stage if they are not given the attention they ask for, and they tend to pester you until they get what they want. They are also called “suede hot water bottles” because they are warm to the touch. 

3. Bombay 

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Origin: The United States/Thailand

Physical features: Medium-sized, muscular body; sleek, glossy black coat;  copper or green eyes

Weight: 8 to 15 pounds 

Lifespan:  15 to 20 years

This stunning cat breed is famous for being an attention seeking and sensitive companion. These cats like to be around people, but they are mean and might lash out if they are disturbed or frightened by loud or sudden noises. They have a panther-like appearance, and are playful and smart. However, if they do not get the attention they want, they tend to have aggressive tendencies. 

4. Bengal

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Origin: The United States 

Physical features: Strong, muscular bodies; soft, short fur; wild cat appearance; leopard-like spots with marbled or rosette patterns

Weight: 8 to 8.5 pounds 

Lifespan: 12 to 16 years

Bengal cats tend to be demanding and may become aggressive at times. They have the Asian Leopard cat bloodline, which contributes to their wild cat appearance and mean streak. These energetic cats enjoy human company and get along well with older children. However, because of the wildcat origin, they tend to carry their hunting instinct as they interact with other cats and their humans.

5. Scottish Fold 

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Origin:  Scotland

Physical features: Medium-sized, round-looking body; round head and folded ears; owl-like appearance

Weight: 6 to 13 pounds 

Lifespan:  11 to 15 years

This breed looks adorable with its folded ears and cute appearance, but it only prefers the company of one or two humans. These cats tend to be needy, can become aggressive, and might bite when petted too much or overstimulated. They do not like being alone for long periods and tend to follow their owner everywhere at home. These felines may make a mess when bored as they can figure out how to open drawers and closets. 

6. Savannah 

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Origin: the United States 

Physical features: Long, slender neck; triangular head and large, wide ears; longer than average legs; exotic look and spotted coat

Weight: 12 to 25 pounds 

Lifespan: 20 years 

This cat breed is very active, independent, and adventurous. These cats inherited most of the traits of their African wildcat ancestors. These large felines are full of energy and may play rough, which is often mistaken as aggressiveness. They have strong hunting instincts which explain their mean streak. Small prey like hamsters and parrots are not safe around them.

7. Pixie Bob 

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Origin: The United States 

Physical features: Large and muscular body; tipped ears; heavy ear hair; black lips; white fur around the eyes, black eye skin;  white fur on chins; tawny, light gray or reddish coat color; short-haired or long-haired; mackerel or striped coat pattern that may be accompanied with rosettes

Weight: Around 11 pounds 

Lifespan: 15 years

Pixie Bobs are playful, active, and sociable cats that get along well with their humans. However, they do not like strangers and are suspicious of them. They use various vocalizations to communicate, which may include mean growls intended for strangers and unfamiliar visitors at home. These cats rarely meow, but they are popular for their chirps and chatters. 

8. Korat 

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Origin: Thailand 

Physical features: Heart-shaped head; large, luminous peridot, green, or amber eyes; front paws are shorter than back paws; large ears; a coat that shines like silver; medium-length tail

Weight: 6 to 10 pounds 

Lifespan: 10 to 15 years 

Korat cats are quiet, intelligent, and devoted to their humans. They thrive in quiet environments and do not like loud noises. They become easily irritated by sudden sounds and boisterous kids.  These cats can become aggressive and mean when annoyed or scared as a means of self-defense. 

9. Egyptian Mau 

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Origin: Egypt 

Physical features: Heavily-muscled; triangular head; large, almond-shaped eyes; glossy, soft, medium-length coat

Weight: 8 to 12 pounds 

Lifespan: 9 to 13 years 

This cat breed has an elegant appearance and bonds strongly with its humans. They are strong, active, outgoing, and great companions, but shy around strangers and unfamiliar guests. These cats can become mean and aggressive if you try to take food or toys from them because of their protective nature. 

10.  Singapura 

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Origin: Singapore 

Physical features:  Large ears; saucer-sized eyes; small to medium body size; the color standard is sepia agouti ticking with each hair having two shades

Weight: 4 to 8 pounds 

Lifespan: 14 years 

Singapura cats are cautious of strangers, but they are highly intelligent and curious. They thrive on attention from their humans.  These cats can become mean and aggressive if they are threatened. They can become troublesome and easily startled and may tend to hide often if not socialized properly during kittenhood.   

11. American Wirehair 

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 Origin:  New York, USA 

Physical features: Medium-sized body; rounded head with high cheekbones;  rounded ears with crimped inner hair; large, round, bright eyes that tilt slightly upward; muscular legs with rounded paws and heavy pads

Weight: 8 to 15 pounds 

Lifespan: 7 to 12 years

This cat breed has an independent streak and wants to be left alone at times. They can be playful, sweet, ideal companions to their humans and other pets. However, they may become mean and aggressive if bothered or provoked and will defend themselves.


Cats are typically playful, curious, frisky, and active. However, they also have a wild and mean side if they are provoked, threatened, or scared.  Some cat breeds can be particularly mean and aggressive, such as the ones mentioned above. Cat experts recommend that a profound knowledge of a certain cat breed is important before you decide to take one home.