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As a means of finding a way to live in a feral environment in Arizona, the American Bobtail came about because of natural selection in the later part of the 20th century. Also, being a fairly new development in the cat world, the American Bobtail has only been recognized as a pedigreed breed for 24 years by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA).
15 years or more
An average of 5 kittens
10 - 14 pounds
8 - 11 pounds
Known for their intelligence and awareness, the American Bobtail is a fun, active, and friendly pet that traditionally gets along well with other pets and children. They may look feral, or even wild, but their demeanor is anything but. Sweet and playful, these cats are down to play games for hours or just lay around on the sofa. .
The American Bobtail can be white, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lavender, cinnamon, and can be found in a number of different patterns, such as shaded, tabby, tortoiseshell, lynx, calico, or mink.
Some American Bobtail cats may have bad hips. Tailless American Bobtails, called rumpies, often have corresponding spinal problems and issues with controlling defecation.
Named for their trademark stump of a tail, the American Bobtail is most unique for being the spitting image of another breed that they have no ancestral ties to, and comes from thousands of miles away: the Japanese Bobtail. American Bobtails are medium to large breed cats that are somewhat boxy in their build. They can be found in both short and long-haired versions, and can be seen sporting a wide variety of fur patterns. Lastly, thanks to the American Bobtail’s dense musculature and athletic build these cats have a tendency to be much heavier than expected.