The American Bobtail isn’t a common breed found in many homes. It is a fairly new breed that developed in the late 1960s.

The breed has a noticeable short cat tail, which is the result of a genetic mutation. The breed developed from a random mutation, even though some believe that it was the result of breeding a domestic tabby and a wild bobcat, but this is merely an urban legend.

This breed is not associated or related to the Japanese Bobtail; the American Bobtail is a dominant gene, whereas the Japanese Bobtail is recessive.

The American Bobtail is a domestic stock with a small gene pool.

black american bobtailIn 1989, the breed was first recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA), and as of March 2013, the breed became an accepted cat breed in championship competitions for TICA.

Appearance: It takes the American Bobtail about 2-3 years to full develop and mature, which is slower than most domestic cat breeds.

They have a short-bobtail, hence their breed’s name. The tail is usually about 1/3-1/2 the size of a normal cat tail. It may be strait, curved, slightly knotted, or it may have bumps.

The body is moderately long and stocky with a full, broad chest, and wide hips. The hind legs are longer than the front legs. It’s not uncommon for American Bobtails to have toe tufts on their large, round feet.

The coat color has a varied color, but is generally medium to long hair.

Temperament: The American Bobtails are playful, friendly, energetic, and intelligent, but some can be scared, timid, and not playful.

Some American Bobtails have dog-like tendencies and will play fetch, learn tricks, and greet their owners at the door. These cats tend to tolerate being picked up and good with young children.

They are prone to stealing shiny objects, stashing them in hiding places around the house.

Health: The American Bobtail is generally a healthy cat breed, but the tail-less varieties can have spinal problems that affect their ability to control defecation.

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