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Cat Breeds American Bobtail

Unveiling the Charms of the American Bobtail Breed

American Bobtail Cat Breeds KittyCat GiftsAmerican Bobtail

The American Bobtail, a unique domestic cat breed originating in the late 1960s, stands out for its distinctive bobbed tail, which is about one-third to one-half the length of a regular cat’s tail. Unlike other short-tailed breeds, such as the Cymric, Japanese Bobtail, or Kurilian Bobtail, the American Bobtail’s tail mutation is dominant. Their sturdy build comes in both short- and long-haired coats, with a shaggy texture rather than dense fluff, and a range of eye and coat colors, emphasizing the “wild” tabby appearance in show animals.


Legend suggests that they resulted from crossbreeding between domestic tabby cats and wild bobcats, but, in reality, their unique tail is due to a spontaneous genetic mutation within the domestic cat population. The breed’s origins trace back to Yodie, a short-tailed brown tabby male, mated with a seal-point Siamese female, establishing the American Bobtail’s original bloodline. The breed underwent modifications to improve and diversify its appearance, leading to recognition by major cat associations like TICA, CFA, and ACFA.

 KittyCat Gifts American BobtailAppearance

Appearance-wise, they have a rectangular stance with a moderately long and stocky body, substantial boning, and broad torso. Their hips are almost as wide as the chest, and hind legs are longer than fore legs, featuring large round feet, sometimes with toe tufts. The head is a broad wedge with a concave curve from nose to brow, prominent whisker pads, and medium-sized, wide-based ears. The eyes, almost almond-shaped, vary in color with the coat. The tail, straight or curved with slight knots or bumps, is visible above the back but not beyond the hock.


They require two to three years to fully develop, showcasing various coat colors and patterns, from the basal bobcat-like spotted patterning to black, blue, calico, and more. The breed is known for its adaptability, playfulness, and social nature. Some describe them as “dog-like,” boldly welcoming visitors and eagerly engaging in play, hunting, and socializing. Their climbing abilities have earned them the nickname “miniature ocelots,” as they explore, jump, and stalk birds and small animals. Despite their active nature, they readily seek affection from humans, dogs, and other cats, making them a well-rounded and affectionate feline companion.


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