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American Bobtail Shorthair – Cat Breed Guide
The American Bobtail Shorthair is one of two varieties of the American Bobtail cat breed. It got its name from the “bobbed” shaped tail, a trait that made it famous worldwide. This American cat breed is also considered to be among the rarest of all the worlds’ accepted and recognized cat breeds.
American Bobtail Shorthair
The American Bobtail Shorthair is a fairly young cat breed that was first developed during the 1960s and originates in the United States of America. This Bobtail cat breed variety was first recognized as a distinct breed in 1989 by TICA – The International Cat Association.
Size: Both varieties of the American Bobtail, Shorthair or Longhair ranges from Medium to Large sized cats
Coat Type: The American Bobtail cat breed is available in medium length and long-haired coats.
Body Type: American Bobtail cats have a moderate body type. Grooming Requirement: The American Bobtail Shorthair variety will just require weekly grooming.
Vocal Tendency: American Bobtail Shorthair cats are considered average when it comes to talkativeness.
Energy Level: American Bobtails are considered average when it comes to talkativeness.
Time Alone: American Bobtail Longhair cats require 4 to 8 hours of personal time every day.
Care: American Bobtails are cats that require average attention and will be moderately docile in handling.
The International Cat Association – First to recognized as a distinct breed in 1989, accepted this breed for Championship Competitions
Cat Fanciers Association – Accepted this breed for Championship Competitions
American Cat Fanciers Association – Accepted this breed for Championship Competitions
Cat Aficionado Association – Recognizes this breed’s standard
Livre Officiel des Origines Félines – Recognizes this breed’s standard
World Cat Federation – Recognize this breed as existing but has no standard for the breed
The American Bobtail Shorthair cat breed shares its history with its American Bobtail Longhair cousins. A well-known urban legend tells a chronicle of how this cat breed obtained its remarkable “bobbed tail” from a cross between a house cat and a wild bobcat. This is an unverified theory. The reason for the Bobtail Shorthair’s distinctive tail is not because of genetic material from the undomesticated bobcat. This is because of a random and spontaneous genetic transmutation that occurred within North America’s domestic cat population. American Bobtail Shorthair cats are the end result of crossing a short-tailed and brown colored tabby tom or male house cat and a seal-point Siamese queen or female domesticated cat. Please read the American Bobtail, Cat Breed Guide to learn more of this cat breed’s history.
The American Bobtail Shorthair is a domestic cat breed that will display its very hearty disposition towards its family. These are highly intelligent and extremely alert cats that can show it through facial expressions. They are sociable and fun-loving cats that will be fairly talkative and very outgoing. American Bobtail Shorthair cats are known to slowly mature, taking between two to three years to develop physically and emotionally. In general, American Bobtail Shorthair cats are great to have as family pets. These cats will get along children, other pet cats and other pet animals within the family.
The American Bobtail Shorthair is an American domestic cat breed that is famous for its bobbed tail and wild physical features. These are powerfully built cats that have well-built bodies and shaggy coats that come in a variety of colors. American Bobtail Shorthair cats that are for show competitions should have a wild tabby coat pattern.
American Bobtail Shorthairs are medium to large-sized cats that average between 12 to 16 pounds in weight. These cats have bodies that powerful, lithely built and have well-toned muscles.
The American Bobtail Shorthair cat breed’s body is moderate in length but thickset in built. They also have a very considerable bone structure. These cats have prominent shoulder blades with an extensive chest and a proud stance.
Head, Ears and Eyes
American Bobtail Shorthair cats have broad modified wedge-shaped heads that has no noticeable flat planes. The head’s size should be proportionate to the cat’s body.
American Bobtail Shorthair cats have medium-sized ears that are wide at the base and have slightly rounded tips. Lynx type tipping is preferred and furnishing on the cat’s ears is a desirable trait.
American Bobtail Shorthair cats have oval-shaped or large almond-shaped eyes. It should be proportionate to the size of that cat’s head. The eye color will depend on the cat’s coat color.
Coat and Tail
American Bobtail Shorthair cats have medium to short length coats that are all-weather and resilient textured double coat with a visible undercoat.
American Bobtail Shorthair cats have tails that are straight or slightly curved or have bumps and some can have slightly knotted tails. The cat’s tail should be short and in repose and always carried erect. Although short, American Bobtail Shorthair’s tail should be long enough to be visible above the back
American Bobtail Shorthairs are cats that are available in various colors and patterns.
The American Bobtail Shorthair cat breed is considered to be generally healthy as a breed. Some cats of this breed are born with no tails. These are called “rumpies” and are considered unacceptable. These types of Bobtails are more prone to health problems that are commonly associated or seen in cats that have short spines.