American Bobtail

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The basics:
Despite the wild appearance, the American Bobtail has a heart of gold. They are a family cat: loving, devoted, and social. Their kind nature and the seemingly intuitive ability to seek out those in emotional distress have made them a popular therapy animal. Their outgoing nature and adaptability has earned them a reputation as good traveling companions, and they are a common breed among long distance truckers and RV travelers.

Rumors abound about the origin of the American Bobtail, with the most colorful version speculating that the breed is the result of a domestic cat mating with a wild bobcat. Though possible, it is highly unlikely that this is the case for the American Bobtail, and far more likely the short tail is the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation in the local feral cat population. What we do know is that in the late 1960’s, a couple vacationing in Arizona found a short-tailed kitten and decided to take him home. This kitten, named Yodie, was later bred to the couple’s non-pedigreed seal-point domestic cat. The resulting kittens were born with Yodie’s short tail, and development of the breed has continued throughout the United States since.

Appearance / health:
The American Bobtail is a medium to large cat, known for its wild bobcat appearance. They have a rectangular body, broad-chested and broad-hipped, with a large bone structure, and appear muscular and athletic. Their stance and movement resembles that of the wild Bobcat. The male American Bobtail averages from 12 to 16lbs, while the female averages 7 to 11lbs. They are slow to mature, and may not reach full size for 2 to 3 years.

Their hind legs are longer than the front legs, which make the hips sit slightly higher than the shoulders. They have large, round feed and may have tufted toes. Most signature of the American Bobtail is the shortened tail, which can be anywhere from a third to a half of a normal-length tail. The short and expressive tail may be slightly curved or kinked, with shaggy fur, and should be clearly visible above the back when alert. They have a broad, wedge-shaped head, with a well-defined, broad, medium-length muzzle, and strong chin. Their almond shaped eyes can be of any color.

The American Bobtail may be short or long-haired with shaggy fur. They can come in any color or pattern, though the most popular are those colors and patterns that enhance their wild look.

Behavior / temperament:
The American Bobtail is moderately active, with a playful and fun-loving nature. They enjoy having toys that they can pack around the house, and may be persuaded to take part in a game of fetch. Intelligent and self-assured, they are often easy to leash-train, and if well socialized, do well around strangers. The American Bobtail makes a great family pet and bond closely with the whole family rather than a single individual. They have an easy-going attitude, and while they will want to spend time with their owners, are not overly demanding of affection. When they are in the mood, however, the American Bobtail won’t hesitate to take over your lap. While good with children and other pets, young children should be supervised around the American Bobtail so that they do not take advantage of the cat’s sweet nature with poking, prodding, and tail-pulling.

The American Bobtail is a quiet cat, but they may let you know they’re happy with a repertoire of chirps, trills, and clicks.

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American Bobtail

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