The American Bobtail cat is named for its short tail (1-4 inches) and its resemblance to the wild Bobcat. While there are other short or bobtailed cats around the world (the Manx and the Japanese Bobtail), they are unrelated to the American Bobtail, which is rarely seen outside of the United States. We love the American Bobtail and have five reasons for you to love them, too!
1. The American Bobtail has History
As the story goes, in the 1960s, John and Brenda Sanders obtained a stub-tailed cat called Yodie while vacationing in Arizona. When they got him home, they bred him with their long-tailed female cat. Their litters were full of bobtail kittens, which made the Sanders’ realize that the genetic mutation was a dominant one. And so, one of the original American Bobtail breed bloodlines was born. However, the breed was not officially recognized until 1989.
2. Their Own Urban Legend
The American Bobtail’s origin story includes an urban legend. Some people say that the breed developed as a cross between wild Bobcats and domesticated house cats. While Bobcats and house cats could technically mate and produce litters, the resulting kittens, particularly the males, would be sterile. So, we’re pretty sure this legend is just that!
3. A Wild Appearance
American Bobtail cats are wild in appearance with shaggy coats and a distinctive bushy bobtail. Their head is broad and wedged shape with a well-defined medium length muzzle and a strong chin. They’re medium to large, have an athletic muscular body and large almond-shaped eyes with a strong brow which gives the breed an alert intelligent look. There are long and short haired varieties of the American Bobtail Cat and their coats can come in any color though breeders tend to look for colors that echo those you’d find in the wild.
4. A Cat for Dog Lovers
According to cat lovers and professional breeders, the American Bobtail cat is highly intelligent and, as such, is one of a few breeds of felines that can easily be taught to walk on a leash. They also have some personality traits that many people tend to associate with dogs: extremely sociable, devoted, and playful. Many will actually play fetch and carry their toys around in their mouths. They also seem to get along well with most dogs.
5. A Quiet Cat
The American Bobtail is known to chirp, trill, or click when excited, but generally they tend to be quiet cats.
What do you love about the American Bobtail?
At Meowtel, our favorite breed is Rescued. Here are some American Bobtail rescues that you can support, or where you may be able to find a new friend: