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American Bobtail Breed Summary

Outgoing, Intelligent, Playful, Friendly

Don't be fooled by the American Bobtail's wild appearance, this kitty is incredibly loving, intelligent, and quick to welcome guests into their home (providing early socialization). These cats are extremely interactive and form a close bond with their humans, showing them purr-lenty of devotion. American Bobtails are known for their love of games and can play fetch or hide and seek for hours on end. They'll often initiate playtime with their owners and may even demonstrate hunting instincts in the home by jumping to catch insects or stalking and carrying their toys in their mouth (like a caught rodent)! These are easy-going cats who are fairly quiet but will chirp, trill and click when excited or pleased. A real people pleaser, they're happy around most dogs and welcome newcomers with open paws. Fun Fact: The American Bobtail is often nicknamed the 'Golden Retriever of the Cat World'.
Lifespan 11 – 15 years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females: 9 in – 11 in
Weight Males: 7 lb – 15 lb, Females: 7 lb – 12 lb
Coat Either short or semi-long haired, their coats have a shaggy texture and dense undercoat
Color This cat comes in any pattern and color, including: black, brown, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lilac, fawn, red and cream
Eye color Copper, gold, yellow, green, blue in bi-color/van, colorpoint, lynxpoint or odd-eyed white cats
Common health issues Hip Dysplasia, polycystic kidney disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Easy-going, affectionate and adaptable, it's no wonder the American Bobtail is often compared to a dog in a cat's body! Whether you live in a quiet household or can't get a moment's peace, this kitty will quickly make themselves at home and settle into your lifestyle. In fact, so long as this cat is loved and has company – whether that be from humans, other cats, dogs, and even children – they'll be quite happy. The American Bobtail is very intelligent, so it's a good idea to challenge their brain and keep them interested and entertained by teaching them tricks and providing them with puzzles – providing they're rewarded with a treat! This kitty's favorite hobbies include playing fetch, stealing shiny objects, and they can even be taught to walk on a lead. A good traveler, the American Bobtail makes a wonderful therapy cat.
While the American Bobtail isn't new to America – they first appeared in the 1960s – this kitty has recently seen a rise in popularity. Although the true history of this cat is a mystery, it's wildly believed that the breed came into being when a short-tailed brown tabby male named Yodie mated with a seal point Siamese female. Burman and Himalayan cats were also added. At this time, American Bobtails had only pointed longhaired coats, with white mittens and a white face. As breeding for these specific characteristics proved difficult, breeders eventually began to allow any color and markings into their programs, with the American Bobtail's short tail remaining the cat's signature characteristic. The American Bobtail is now accepted by the International Cat Fanciers Association (TICA) and the American Cat Fanciers Association (AFCA) as two separate longhaired and shorthaired varieties.