American Bobtail

American Bobtail


American Bobtail

If you're looking for an intelligent cat with a powerful look, the American Bobtail cats would be the purrfect choice.  They are also really good with children and other animals.  These cats are very active and love to play with toys.  They can easily be leash trained too and they would love to go for a walk with you.  

American Bobtails get along well with most dogs and welcome strangers and they would be a really good fit as a travel buddy and a therapy cat if trained at an early age.  They are known to be a slow maturing cat breed as it takes about 2-3 years to reach their adult size.  You would love their shaggy short or long coat that can come in any color or pattern.  

They were developed through mutation in the late 1960s by crossbreeding a domestic tabby cat and a wild bobcat.  If you're wondering why the heck American Bobtail cats have a short tail, it was a result of their original crossbreeding.  That happened when a short-tailed tabby male was mated with a Siamese female, which was the American Bobtail's original bloodline.  TICA first recognized the breed in 1989 and also for championship competition later on. 

Origin: United States
Lifespan: 11 - 15 years
Size: Medium
Coat: Short and Long
Pattern: Multiple patterns
Shedding: Minimal
Body Colors: White, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lavender, fawn, and cinnamon
Eye Colors: Can have any color of eyes
Cost: $600 to $1000
Hypoallergenic? No


  • Muscular
  • Medium-sized
  • Full and broad chest
  • Medium-sized ears with slightly rounded tips
  • Almond-shaped eyes
  • Short tail

The American Bobtails have a powerful look like a wild cat but their temperament is the opposite.  They're so loving, warming, and devoted.  Because of those characteristics, they have gained many loyal cat followers throughout the world.  The American Bobtail cats bond emotionally with their owner and family members and easily adapt to most home environments.  They enjoy your company but may not require lots of attention from you.  However, if they need your attention, they will meow or hop into your lap.

  • Highly intelligent
  • Playful and energetic
  • Adaptable
  • Affectionate and very friendly towards children and people
  • Get along with other animals

Healthcare Tips
The American Bobtail is a very strong and healthy breed and has minimal health issues.  Because of careful breeding, this breed has not experienced any genetic health problems.  However, when choosing your American Bobtail kitten, make sure to get from a reputable cat breeder who will provide a written health guarantee.  If they cannot provide such a guarantee in writing, NEVER buy from them.  It's as simple as that. 

American Bobtail cats require moderate grooming, so you can brush their coat at least twice a week to remove the dead hair and keep the coat healthy and shiny.  This cat grooming glove will purrfectly do that job.

Fun Cat Facts 

  • The original Bobtail was a short-tailed brown tabby male named Yodie, who was found at a motel in Arizona by a couple
  • American Bobtail cats are not related to the Japanese Bobtail even though they have similar names and physical appearance
  • Their tail is generally 1/3 to 1/2 of the length of a tail of a normal cat
  • The American Bobtails are sensitive to people’s needs, therefore, they are popular therapy cats
  • Their hind legs are slightly longer than its front legs
  • Because of the warm personality, strong loyalty, and lovable nature, this breed is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world

Please note that the characteristics mentioned here are based on the frequently observed traits of this breed.  Personalities and appearances of cats could vary based on the individual.  Please consult the breeder or the adoption organization for the specific details of the pet.



Cat facts 

What is the American Bobtail price?
An American Bobtail cat could cost about $600 - $1000.  Make sure you buy one from a recognized cat breeder who provides a written health guarantee.

What is the American Bobtail lifespan?
The average life expectancy of a Bobtail cat is about 11 to 15 years.

Are the American Bobtail cats hypoallergenic?
Even though they're cuddly and warming cats, they're not hypoallergenic.  They are actually one of the cat breeds that can cause allergic reactions.

What is the American Bobtail Size?
They are a medium-sized cat weigh about 7-16 pounds.

Do you think American Bobtail would be a purrfect cat for you?  If so, why?  Tell us what you really love about them if you have an American Bobtail cat.


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