Cat Breeds 101: American Bobtail!

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American Bobtails are a sturdy breed of felines that are often associated with Japanese Bobtails, although they are not in any way related. The breed is best distinguished by its stubby bobbed tail that is only a third the size of other felines’ tails.

American Bobtails are the result of cross breeding female Seal-Point Siamese Cats with a male Short-Tailed Brown Tabbies named Yodie. Although the breed was developed in the 1960s, this feline has received little attention until recently. [1]

This breed is known to be slow growing. In fact, it takes two to three years for American Bobtails to grow and mature. Just like other bobtails, the hindlegs of this breed are longer than their forelegs. They possess almond-shaped eyes, which give them a wild appearance. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns such as solid, tortoiseshell, and tabby. [2]

American Bobtails are known to be intelligent, energetic, playful, and friendly. In fact, they can play hide and seek. Experts reported that this breed can be happy in almost any family including those with other household pets. They are relaxed creatures and are rarely demanding. [3] Fanciers should also be aware that this breed likes stealing shiny objects and hide 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 that love to entertain and interact with everyone at home. However, during times of distress, they are more than willing to lend warm comforting shoulders to lean on. [4]

Furthermore, the breed is known for its dog-like personalities. They love to play fetch and learn tricks. This easy-going feline breed can go well with other pets at home, whether two-legged or four-legged.

Known to be active and affectionate, American Bobtails love to stay on their owner’s lap as much as possible just like dogs. They are also noted to be brilliant problem solvers because of their ability to get out of locked cages or closed rooms. In most cases, American Bobtails are 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.


[1] “Cat Breed Profile : American Bobtail”. Animal Planet. October 5, 2006.

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