The American Bobtail is a breed of domestic cat.
It is an uncommon breed of cat which developed in the late 1960s.
American Bobtails are loving and incredibly intelligent cats possessing a distinctive wild appearance.
They are extremely interactive cats that bond with their human family with great devotion.
The American Bobtail has a typical lifespan of 13 to 15 years.
It is a medium-size cat that weighs between 3.5 and 7.2 kg (8 and 16 lb). Females are generally proportionately smaller than males.
It has a short “bobbed” tail about one-third to one-half the length of a normal cat’s tail.
The unusual tail is actually the result of a random spontaneous genetic mutation within the domestic cat population, and may be related to the Manx gene, which is also dominant. Yodie, a short-tailed brown tabby male, was mated with a seal-point Siamese female to create the American Bobtail’s original bloodline.
American Bobtails are a very sturdy breed, with both short- and long-haired coats. Their coat is shaggy rather than dense or fluffy. They can have any color of eyes and coat, with a strong emphasis on the “wild” tabby appearance in show animals.
The Siamese heritage is evident in the somewhat vocal nature and lovely sense of humor found in todays American Bobtail.
They also have an unusual vocabulary of clicks and chirps!
The American Bobtail is capable of being able to leap 2 meters (6.5 feet) in the air due to its strong hind legs.
Urban legend says that Bobtails are the result of a cross breeding between a domestic tabby cat and a wild bobcat.
The breed is not related to the Japanese Bobtail despite the similar name and physical type — the breeding programs are entirely unrelated.
American Bobtails are often referred to as the “Golden Retrievers of the feline world,” due to their sweet, affectionate, and docile personalities.
These cats are ideal pets for families with older kids, or other pets in the home, and their adaptable, friendly personalities make them suitable for any home type.
American Bobtails are often employed as therapy cats, becouse they are sweet and friendly towards strangers.
The American Bobtail is a breed also known for being especially good to travel with, so has become a fun companion for US truck drivers.
This cat loves going on walks. It really enjoys open outdoor spaces and socializing with new people and other pets.
American Bobtails are also known for their love of games and can play fetch or hide and seek for hours on end. They will often initiate games with their owners, and they demonstrate their hunting instincts in the home by catching in mid-air flying insects that make the fatal mistake of entering their territory. They also love to stalk their toys and carry them in their mouths, as if they were a freshly caught rodent.
Being a rare and popular breed of cat, the American bobtail adults and kittens are expensive. Their cost varies from breeder to breeder but generally lies between $650 to more than $1000.
American Bobtails require two to three years to develop, slower than many domestic cat breeds.
They are a very strong and healthy breed, experiencing no known genetic predisposition to health problems.