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
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.
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.
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
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.