Below Are Several Descriptions Of This Fabulous Breed
The American Bobtail is a sturdy, rugged-looking breed, fitting to its heritage
of survival in a feral environment. Physically, the American Bobtail is a medium to large cat, with either short dense coat
or a longer, shaggy-appearing coat. American Bobtails come in all colors and patterns, however since breeding to other recognized
breeds are not allowed, "points" would not normally appear. Male American Bobtails can easily surpass 15 pounds,
and females are somewhat smaller.
History and Personality:
Bobtail originated in the late 1960s with a male brown tabby kitten with a bobtail found on an Indian reservation in the Southwest U.S. The couple who found the kitten raised him and later bred him to
a longtail female. The subsequent offspring formed the foundation of the American Bobtail breed. Contrary to its rugged appearance,
the American Bobtail is not a "wild" cat, but descends from naturally occurring bobtailed cats found in the wild.
In other words, you will
not find any bobcats (Felis rufus or Lynx rufus) in an accepted breeding program.
You will notice an expression of intelligence and alertness in an American
Bobtail, as befitting its history of survival. They are described by fond owners as "fun, friendly, talkative, outgoing,
and great climbers."
American Bobtails are great family cats, and
get along well with other animals and children. If you feel the "call of the wild," you might consider an American
Bobtail cat as a companion.
American Bobtail Cat Personality:
While the breed is still developing, breeders say that Bobtails are playful, energetic, and friendly,
and possess an uncanny intelligence for Houdini-type escapes from closed rooms and fastened cages. Very people-oriented, they
are not above demanding human attention by meowing or commandeering available laps.
On the cat activity scale (with, perhaps, the Persian as a serene '1' and the Abyssinian
as an animated '10'), the Bobtail rates a 7 or 8 ' fun-loving and frisky but not overactive.
American Bobtail Cat Breed Traits:
Bobtails are slow to develop, reaching maturity somewhere between two and three years.
Like bobcats, the Bobtail's hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs, and the feet are large and round and may have
The Bobtail's most noted feature, its succinct tail,
is one-third to one-half the length of an ordinary cat's, and should not extend below the hock. Like the Manx, the Bobtail's
tail appears to be governed by a dominant gene. The tail is straight and articulate but may curve, have bumps or be slightly
Breeders claim that Bobtails are playful, friendly, energetic and extremely
intelligent, but some are born scared, not playful, and not very fast at opening up. American Bobtails have dog-like personalities,
often play fetch, and greet their owners at the door. They are very tolerant of being picked up by younger children and handled
like a sack of potatoes. They have been known to escape from closed rooms and fastened cages.Bobtails also have a tendency
to steal shiny objects and stash them away in a hiding place, requiring owners to know where their cat keeps their hoard when
the owner wants to retrieve the items.
require two to three years to develop, slower than many domestic cat breeds.
The American Bobtail is an ideally naturally occurring hearty short-tailed
cat. Its body is moderately long and substantial, stocky, with a noticeable rectangular stance. Boning is substantial, and
the chest is full and broad. The hips are substantial, almost as wide as chest and hind legs longer than fore legs with large
round feet which may have toe tufts. The head is a broad wedge without flat planes, size proportionate to body. There is a
concave curve from nose to brow, or rise to prominent brow, a broad unpinched muzzle, prominent whisker pads, a gently sloped
wide nose and full strong jaws. The ears are medium-sized, wide-based, and equally mounted on top and side of head with rounded
tips. The eyes are almost almond shape,with size proportionate to head. The aperture is angled to base of ear, and with medium
wide spacing and deep sockets. Eye color varies with coat color. The end of the tail is visible above the back, but not beyond
the hock while the animal is in repose. The tail is straight or curved, slightly knotted
or may have bumps