Study based on reviewing deaths of 4,009 cats from 90 veterinary practices in UK, randomly selected from database of 118,016 cats.

“Of interesting note was the different longevity of purebreds – the longest-lived breeds were the Birman (16.1 years) and Burmese (14.3 years), the shortest-lived breeds were the Bengal (7.3 years) and Abyssinian (10.0 years).”

To learn more about cat breeds, my favorite overview is Dr. Bruce Fogle’s “The New Encyclopedia of the Cat”.

To buy:  The New Encyclopedia of The Cat