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American Bobtail

American Bobtail

American Bobtail is a friendly, loving, affectionate and radiating tenderness cat. The main feature is a short, as if chopped off tail.

Brief information

  • Breed name: American Bobtail
  • Country of origin: USA
  • Weight: 3 – 9 kg
  • Lifespan: 13 – 15 years

American Bobtail is a breed of short-tailed cats. It gives the impression of a wild animal, which contrasts sharply with its absolutely non-aggressive, good-natured character. Cats of this breed are muscular, strong, usually medium-sized, but there are also quite large individuals. American bobtails are intelligent and human–attached pets. The breed is divided into long-haired and short-haired.

Breed characteristics

Activity ?
Average ( Rating 3/5)
Affectionate ?
Affectionate ( Rating 4/5)
Molting ?
High ( Rating 4/5)
Need for care ?
Low ( Rating 2/5)
Health ?
Good ( Rating 4/5)
Sociability ?
High ( Rating 4/5)
Playfulness ?
Playful ( Rating 4/5)
Friendliness ?
Friendly ( Rating 4/5)
Intelligence ?
Very smart ( Rating 5/5)
*Characteristics of the American Bobtail breed are based on expert assessment and reviews of cat owners.


The American bobtail is a fairly young breed, the ancestor was discovered in 1965. It happened like this: a married couple Sanders found an abandoned kitten near an Indian reservation in Southern Arizona. A kitten is like a kitten, if not for one "but": he had a short tail, like a hare, bent up. His "bride" was a Siamese kitty, and in the first litter a tailless kitten appeared, which gave rise to the development of the breed. After a while, breeders became interested in short-tailed purrs, and from that moment work began on the breeding of the American bobtail.

However, there is an opinion that it appeared as a result of mutations during the breeding of ragdolls. Another version is based on the assumption that the ancestors of the American bobtail could be Japanese bobtail, manx and even lynx.

As for the unusually short tail, it should be recognized that this is undoubtedly the result of a genetic mutation.

The standard of American bobtails was developed in 1970, the breed was recognized in 1989 according to the PSA version.

American bobtails are bred only in North America, it is almost impossible to buy a kitten outside of it.

Features of behavior

Very friendly, loving, affectionate, radiating tenderness breed. American bobtails are balanced, calm cats, but they do not easily tolerate loneliness. They are truly attached to their owner and have a unique ability to sensitively detect the slightest changes in his mood. In the USA, they are resorted to for some types of therapy.

Bobtails are smart, easy to train, accommodating. They get along well with other inhabitants of the house, even with dogs. Despite the rather "wild" appearance, they are very affectionate and gentle, truly domestic creatures. Being extremely active and energetic, they are very fond of walking and playing in the fresh air. Since they quickly get used to the leash, exercise will bring a lot of pleasure not only to the pet, but also to the owner, and the presence of a leash will save unnecessary worries and hassle.

A cat of this breed, like a dog, brings a toy or other objects on command during the game. Gets along well with children, enjoys playing with them.

If an American bobtail lives in the house, tenderness, fun romp and excellent relations between the pet and family members are guaranteed.


The eye color of the American bobtail corresponds to the color, the shape is almost almond-shaped or oval, large, slightly slanted.

The coat is dense, stiff, thick, with a significant undercoat.

The tail of the bobtail is rather pubescent, mobile, curved (obviously or not too noticeably), length from 2.5 to 10 cm.

Health and Care

Caring for the American bobtail is not difficult, but it should be permanent. A short—haired pet is combed once a week, a half-long-haired one is combed three times more often. It is important to bathe the bobtail regularly, as well as take care of the eyes, ears, teeth, and trim the claws as necessary.

In order to preserve the health of the American bobtail, it is necessary to carefully monitor the balance of its nutrition.

It should be noted that the American Bobtail is a late puberty breed. A sexually mature individual becomes at the age of two or three years.

In general, these are very healthy cats, there are no hereditary diseases. It happens that kittens are born completely without a tail.

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