Cat Breeds 101: American Bobtail

Cat Breeds 101 - American Bobtail
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American bobtails are a sturdy breed of felines that are often associated with the Japanese bobtails – though they are not in any way related, even in genetics. The breed is best distinguished by its stubby bobbed tail that is only 1/3 to 1/2 the size of a typical cat’s tail.

American bobtails are the result of crossing a female seal-point Siamese with a male short-tailed brown tabby named Yodie. It is believed that the original bloodlines of the breed were already dead. [1] American bobtails were developed in the 1960’s.

The breed is known to be slow growers. In fact, it takes two to three years for the feline breed to grow and mature. Just like other bobtails, the hindlegs of this breed are relatively longer than their forelegs. They possess almond-shaped eyes which give them their wild appearance. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns such as solid, tortoiseshell, and tabby.

American bobtails are known to be intelligent, energetic, playful, and friendly. In fact, they can play hide and seek for long hours. However, it is worth noting that newborns of this breed are not playful. Instead, they are scared and are reluctant in opening up especially at first. As they continue to age, American bobtails do not mind getting close to children. Fanciers should also be aware that this breed likes stealing shiny objects and hiding them away.

Despite their unique appearance, American bobtails are noted for their amazing personality and devotion to their owners. They are the type of cats who love to entertain and interact with everyone at home, but during times of distress, they are more than willing to lend warm comforting shoulders to lean on. [2]

The breed is known for its dog-like personalities. They love to play fetch and learn tricks. Also, they enjoy greeting their owners by the door. This easygoing feline breed can go well with other pets at home, whether two-legged or four-legged. Also known to be active and affectionate, American bobtails love to stay on their owner’s lap most of the time just like dogs. They also also noted to be brilliant problem solvers because of their uncanny ability to get out of locked cages or closed rooms. In most cases, American bobtails are normally quiet, but when delighted, they begin to click, trill, and chirp.

The life expectancy of American bobtails is estimated to be around 11 to 15 years.