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Would a Rottweiler win in a fight against a 130 pound domestic cat?

Thankfully, we don’t have actually results! I’ll speculate. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the time the cat would win. A domestic cat that weighed 130 pounds would fall into the weight range of the large wild cat species such as the leopard, puma, cheetah and jaguar. The domestic cat is a cat’s whisker from the wild in terms of character. They are barely domesticated.

The fact that we are discussing a domestic cat makes little difference because under duress in a fight with a Rottweiler the domestic cat would behave somewhat like a wild cat species. There would be differences (depending on the character of the cat) but not substantial enough to alter the outcome.

Let’s take the leopard. The weight range for this cat is 64 to 154 pounds. In parts of India the primary prey item of the leopard is pet dogs. They attack and eat them in large numbers (Times of India). They ‘relish’ canines, a park official observed.

Clearly most if not all of these dogs were of standard size and not like the Rottweiler in terms of fighting ability. For this reason I have decided that the leopard’s kill rate would not necessarily be 100%. However, I’d estimate that eighty percent of the time the leopard would kill the Rottweiler. The kill would be a throat bite to suffocate the dog.

So if the super sized domestic cat at 130 pounds reverted to his wild cat instincts, as I suggest, I am confident he’d win.

Docile cat

But if the cat was a docile Persian with a flat face the result might be very different. Persians and Ragdolls can be as vicious as any other domestic cat but in general are thoroughly domesticated and less inclined, I’d argue, to fight efficiently or at all. The biggest barrier to the 130 pound domestic cat winning would be domestication. The cat would have to find his wild cat character.

It would depend too on the individual cat’s character but that goes without saying really. The average weight of a Rottweiler is around 120 pounds.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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