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American Bobtail Shorthair

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American Bobtail Shorthair

The American Bobtail is a medium-to-large sized cat. This athletic animal is well-muscled with the look and feel of power. The natural bobtail gives the breed their distinctively wild appearance. In this breed, no two tails are exactly alike. The head is broad and in proportion to the body. The large, deep-set eyes are almond in shape. The distinctive brow above the eye produces the breed?s natural hunting gaze. The ears are medium in length, round at the base and have a slightly rounded tip. The body is moderately long and the chest is full and broad. The paws are large and round with five toes in the front and four in the back. The bobtail should be flexible and expressive. The tail should be clearly visible above the back when the cat is alert. Total lack of a tail or a full-length is considered a disqualification. The coat comes in two lengths: shorthair and longhair. The shorthair features a medium-length, semi-dense coat. The double coat has a hard topcoat with a soft, downy undercoat.

Temperament The American Bobtail has an exceptional disposition and adaptability. They are loving, kind, intelligent, playful and energetic. They possess a dog-like personality and are devoted to their owners. This breed can easily adapt to a busy or quiet environment. They get along well with most dogs and have a welcoming heart for newcomers, whether they are two-legged or four-legged. Psychotherapists have used this breed in their treatment programs because they have been found to be very well-behaved and sensitive to people in distress. They are excellent with children as they do not mind being carried around like a sack of potatoes. They are a major source of entertainment because of their clown-like personalities.
Height, Weight 7-15 lbs.
Health Problems Bobtails with bad hips and Rumpies (tailless Bobtails with a shortened spine) are disqualified.
Living Conditions American Bobtails love shiny objects making it necessary to keep jewelry boxes closed and even locked. They have been known to escape from closed rooms and fastened cages with ease.
Exercise The American Bobtail is easily leash-trained and loves to go for walks.
Life Expectancy About 9-15 years
Grooming This breed?s coat is easy to care for. Brush and comb through occasionally.
Origin According to legend, the American Bobtail is a result of a crossbreeding between a domestic shorthaired tabby and a Bobcat. The first attempts to create this breed lead to inbred and unhealthy cats. Later, Reaha Evans was able to successfully reintroduce more colors and patterns, and improved the breed?s health. The American Bobtail was recognized by the International Cat Association in 1989 and is accepted for Championship competition in The Cat Fanciers Association.