The American Bobtail is a naturally occurring short-tailed cat.

American Bobtail

History
The American Bobtail is a new and uncommon breed of cat which has appeared in late 1960s. It is most famous for its stubby "bobbed" tail which is about one-third or one-half the length of a normal cat's tail. It has been found that bobtails are the result of a crossbreeding between a domestic tabby cat and a bobcat. The Bobtail's original bloodline is the result of the mating between Yodie, which was a short-tailed brown tabby male, and a seal point Siamese colored female cat.

Bobtail's unusual tail is the result of a random spontaneous genetic mutation within the domestic cat population, or might be it is related to the dominant Manx gene. American bobtails are found with both short and longhaired coats. Their coat is shaggy rather than dense or fluffy. This breed of cats was recognized by the International Cat Association in 1989. American Bobtail has participated in Championship competition in The Cat Fanciers Association, The International Cat Association, and The American Cat Fanciers' Association.

Appearance
American Bobtail is generally found in medium or large size. This breed is sturdy & rugged in looks. American Bobtails are short-tailed cats. They have large, oval shaped eyes; the color of the eyes depends upon color of the coat. American Bobtails come in all colors and patterns. These cats require two to three years to develop which is slower in comparison to other domestic cat breeds.

They have moderately long and substantial body with broad chest and prominent hips which are almost as wide as chest. The back legs of bobtail are longer than fore legs with large round feet. Their head is usually broad, with size proportionate to body. They have gently sloped wide nose, and also has very strong jaws.

Personality
Contrary to its rugged appearance, the American Bobtail is not a wild cat. American Bobtails are playful, energetic, friendly, and intelligent cats. They demand human attention. American Bobtails are said to have dog-like personalities, as they often play fetch and greet their owners at the door. They are also very tolerant of being picked up by younger children.

Genetic Problems
Before buying the cat as a pet, you should also be aware that a Bobtail with no tail at all could have a shortened spine which may create problem later. Fleas and ticks can cause skin problems in these cats, so you should keep an eye on your pet to make sure they don't get outside the house. The other health problem generally found in American Bobtail is hip dysphasia. Some of them also suffer from dry skin or dermatitis.