The American Bobtail is a rare breed that got its start back in the 1960s with a short-tailed tabby that was thought to be a bobcat-domestic hybrid.
The American Bobtail is a medium to large-sized cat with a naturally-occurring bobtail. The body is well-muscled, fairly stocky and rectangular. There are both long and short-haired varieties. The eyes are large with a look of intelligence. It is highly desirable for the cats to have lynx-tipped ears. Coat colors are often tabby, but other colors are allowed. The spotted tabby cats have a strong resemblance to the bobcat. The coat is double, weather-resistant and shaggy. In this breed, no two tails are alike. Some may be straight, slightly curved, have bumps, or be slightly knotted.
The American Bobtail is believed to have started back in the 1960s when John and Brenda Sanders of Iowa obtained a stubby-tailed tabby, that was believed to have been a bobcat-domestic hybrid, while they were vacationing near an Indian reservation in Arizona. This cat was bred with a Siamese, but the original lines of the bobtail never really took off and fizzled out. Other enthusiasts found more naturally-occurring bobtail cats throughout the U.S. and these were implemented into a breeding program ensuring a healthy, sturdy breed that is generally free from genetic disease. The gene pool of the American Bobtail Cat is completely separate from the Japanese Bobtail Cat. This is evidenced by the fact that the gene that causes the short tail in the American strain is dominant, and the bobtail in the Japanese import is recessive.
The American Bobtail is very personable, intelligent, and will get along with most anyone of either the two-legged or four-legged variety. Six or eight-legged creatures should beware of this agile hunter! These cats have dog-like personalities. They often teach their owners tricks, will fetch, and take their owners on a walk on a leash. They are fairly quiet, but will chirp and click when excited.
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