Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Grooming & Shedding
Amber, Aqua, Blue, Copper, Green, Gold, Hazel, Odd-eyed, Orange, Yellow
Short, Medium & Long
Silky & Straight
White, Black, Red, Brown, Blue, Cream, Mi-Ke, Tortoiseshell, Silver, Dilute Tortoiseshell
Solid Color, Tortoiseshell, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Ticking, Smoke, Shaded
It’s speculated that Bobtails are a cross between a tabby and a bobcat. The bushy tail comes from a random genetic mutation. It’s a very rare breed of domestic cat that first appeared in the 1960’s. They have a shaggy coat that is very dense with a “wild” tabby appearance and they come in both short and long haired variations.
The most noticeable feature is it’s short bobtail, hence the name, American Bobtail. Their eyes and coats can come in a variety of shades and colors.
The American Bobtail is a very loving and intelligent cat that bonds well with families. They are very involved and can provide owners with hours of fun and enjoyment with their antics and games. The breed was selectively bred to have a wild appearance but a warm and comfortable domestic nature.
The International Cat Association accepted the American Bobtail into its new breed category in 1989 and gave it full recognition in 2002. The American Bobtail is also recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association
American Bobtails are known for their love of the game fetch and stalking their prey. They have been known to demonstrate their natural hunting instincts by catching insects in the house and occasionally a random rodent if the opportunity presents itself. The American Bobtail is a fairly quiet cat that is known to give chirps when amused or happy. The breed is easygoing and well known to get along with many creatures of the 2 legged human and 4 legged variety.
Half Cat & Half Dog
So, let’s say that you enjoy the antics and behavior of a labrador, but you don’t have the size and stamina for a medium breed dog. The American Bobtail might be the right choice for you. This is a breed that can be trained to walk on a leash and will happily follow you around as you roam about your house. They are known to play fetch with small toys and will happily greet you at the door when you return home.
Are Those Bird Noises?
Cats are capable of making 100’s of different sounds and the American Bobtail is no different. While it’s not the most vocal cat breed, they definitely make a myriad of chirps, coos, clicks and trills when they are happy or want to grab your attention. The are, of course, capable of meowing and hissing like any cat, but prefer to use uncommon cat noises to communicate
Cat Or Therapist
Don’t let the American Bobtails loving nature fool you, they were bred to be as caring and compassionate as possible. They make great companions for people who like the idea of an animal that provides emotional support. They also tend to travel well if you’re the type of person that enjoys the occasional adventure.
Many American Bobtails have been used in therapy and assisted living communities because they are so welcoming and friendly to be around.
American Bobtails have no known genetic ailments. All mixed and purebred cats are susceptible to problems that may derive from genetics, but American Bobtails are typically very healthy and durable cats.
The American Bobtails coat is not prone to matting or tangling. The occasional brushing and combing should suffice. It may be more beneficial to increase the grooming around shedding season, but there should rarely be a need to bathe your American Bobtail.
The ears are another place where dirt can build up. The larger, more alert ears on the Aby can lead to some build up on the inside of the ear. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.
Children & Pets
There aren’t many people or other four-legged creatures that this lovable and friendly cat couldn’t get along with. Children are at home with such a loving and caring cat.
Due to their relaxes and amicable nature, they also get along with dogs and other cats. It is best to slowly acclimate animals to each other before allowing them to freely roam in each other's territories.
Always remember to provide many sanctuaries for your can to retreat to. Even the most friendly breeds can get tired of other cats, dogs and children at some point.