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American Bobtail Cat

Information and Pictures

American Bobtail Cat sitting on a table with wooden planks and a clay jug behind it

Photo courtesy of Aloeway American Bobtails

Description

The American Bobtail comes in short and longhaired varieties. It has medium ears that are high set on the head and wide at the base. The head has curved contours and is broad with a modified wedge. The legs are heavy with well-rounded paws. The tail is present, but ends above the hock.

Coat

The double coat is heavy and bushy.

Colors and Patterns

The coat comes in all color points with or without markings. The eyes are blue.

Temperament

Inquisitive and friendly.

Weight

7-15 pounds (3-7 kg)

Health Problems

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Living Conditions

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Grooming

Moderate grooming is needed.

Origin

Originating in the United States, the American Bobtail is said to be the result of an accidental combination of the domestic shorthaired and a Bobcat, traced back to a random-bred bobtailed tabby kitten that was adopted from an American Indian reservation in Arizona by John and Brenda Sanders of Iowa. The first attempts to create this breed led to inbred and unhealthy cats. Reaha Evans later was able to successfully reintroduce more colors and patterns, and improved the breeds’ health. The American Bobtail was recognized by the TICA in 1989.

Outcross Breeds

Non-pedigreed cats

Recognition
  • ACFA = American Cat Fanciers Association
  • CFA = Cat Fanciers' Association
  • TICA = International Cat Association