American Cat Fanciers Association
American Bobtail Breed Synopsis
American Bobtail LH Breed Standard
American Bobtail SH Breed Standard
American Bobtail is an excellent example of breed development through
natural selection. The foundation stock of this breed were found feral
cats possessing a natural bobtail. Although the Bobtail cat has been in
existence in America for many generations, the breed began its true
development in the late 1960's.
A young couple discovered a bobtailed brown tabby male kitten on an
Indian reservation in Southern Arizona. The kitten was rumored to be the
product of a love tryst between a wild Bobcat and a domestic farm cat.
The Sanders fell in love with this unique cat and subsequently bred him
to a long tail female. The resulting offspring were born with bobtails.
Thus the American Bobtail breed was born.
Breeders have since found other feral cats possessing natural
bobtails to use as foundation stock. Conscientious breeders use
only cats that sufficiently meet the American Bobtail standard
Today's American Bobtails still
possess the same characteristics of their feral ancestors. They are
often said to have dog-like personalities and enjoy interactions with
members of the family. Their unique loving, playful, outgoing
personalities, intelligence and adaptability is what makes the American
Bobtail the ultimate family companion. The American Bobtail is of above
average intelligence as they were developed by Mother Nature to survive
American Bobtails are a medium to large cat with a substantial
rectangular body and should resemble a wild bobtailed cat. The tail is
to be clearly visible above the back when the cat is alert and not to
exceed the hock in length. The optimum tail is articulate and nearly
straight with the slightest of curves. All of their combined physical
characteristics provides them with the look of a bobtailed wildcat. This
is a slow maturing breed taking 2 - 3 years to reach full adult type.
The American Bobtail comes in all colors and patterns both in long
haired versions and short hairs. They are noted for their dog like
personalities and their devotion to their owners. The American Bobtail
easily adapts to any environment, whether it be busy or quiet.
The American Bobtail is fearless, yet not aggressive, and is excellent
around other pets, and dogs, and small children. Their wild appearance
can make them look very menacing, but this is only a disguise. They are
always loving and friendly to humans. Males are very mellow and laid
back, and are very assure of themselves. Males will allow females and
kittens to eat first and are very protective of kittens.
An American Bobtail queen's make wonderful mothers and will readily
adopt another queen's kittens as her own. The American Bobtail is truly
a breed that once you have been properly introduced, you will never
forget. Any other cat just won't do! Even people who are not cat lovers,
often fall under the spell of the American Bobtail.