American Bobtail

American Bobtails are medium-sized to large cats with a bobtail, as you see it in nature.
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American Bobtail silver tabby
CH Tsalagi Bobs Nakoma
Breeder: Tsalagi Bobs cattery, Oklahoma, USA
 Photo by: Helmi Flick
American Bobtail brown (black) spotted
Nachrel Bobs Dude of Honey Creek Bobs
Breeder: Barbara C. Graff, Nachrel Bobs cattery, Kentucky, USA
Owner: Bill, Megan & Audra Law, Honey Creek Bobs cattery
 Arkansas, USA

The American Bobtail occurs in all colours and patterns, i.e. also in the pointed colours, and also with white.
In the pointed colours strong tabby ghost markings are desired.

American Bobtail Lynx point
CH Tsalagi Bobs Jesse James
Breeder: Tsalagi Bobs cattery, Oklahoma, USA


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Breed profile

The American Bobtail is a medium to large bobtailed cat, which occurs naturally.
It is quite an athletic and well muscled, with the appearance of power. The body is slightly longer with medium high legs, with noticeable large round paws.

The head of the American Bobtail has a strong, broad modified wedge-shape, the eye brows are very distinctive. When viewed in profile there is to be seen a gentle concave curve between the nose and the brows, i.e. the nose is gently curved.
The ears are medium to moderately large, set on the top following the wedge-shape of the head. Lynx tufts and markings are desired.
The eyes are large and almost almond in shape giving it a natural hunting gaze.
The muzzle should be as long as wide with a slight whisker break and full whisker pads, i.e. it should be clearly seen.

The tail should be clearly visible above the back when the cat is alert and should not exceed the hock in length. The optimum tail is articulated with very slight curves and nearly straight.
The average length of the tail is one to four inches, but some tails may be shorter or longer. No two tails are exactly the same.

The coat is very unique for this breed, and comes in both length:
a medium-short, semi-dense Shorthair
and a medium-long Longhair, which is resilient and resistant to water.
In the shorthaired Bobtail the coat stands slightly away from the body and may be slightly longer on the belly.
In the longhaired Bobtail it shows a ruff, breeches and is longer on the belly and tail.

When in motion, the cat should exhibit a natural rolling gait giving the cat the resemblance of a bobtailed wildcat.
The American Bobtail is specially noted for its wild look, with an exceptional disposition and adaptability.

The breed is slow maturing, taking two to three years to reach the full type of an adult. The males are noticeably larger and heavier than the females.



In the 1960s the breed was first discovered by John and Brenda Sanders, who spent their vacation in Arizona. They named the stubby-tailed stray Yodie. After returning home to Iowa, Yodie mated with a domestic cat, named Mishi, a seal point Siamese female. Some of the resulting offspring had bobbed tails like their father, thus indicating that the gene governing the bobbed tail was dominant, since only one copy of the gene was necessary to express a bobbed tail in the offspring. Yodie and his offspring were mated to several breeds, such as Ragdoll, Birman and Himalayan, as well as Siamese, random-bred domestics, and possibly Manx.
For this new breed the name American Bobtail was chosen.
But the original lines from Yodie and his descendants became inbred, and in the mid-1980s some breeders decided to refurbish the breed and new bloodlines were introduced.
Originally only short-tailed longhair cats with a pointed-pattern, with white mittens and a white blaze on the face were intended to be bred.
But a group of new breeders worked toward cats that resembled more the originally type of stubby-tailed Yodie, who was a large, feral-looking tabby cat with a shaggy coat. Breeding was done very thoroughly to get the domestic temperament.
Breeders chose short-tailed random-bred domestics that fitted the desired type and look. No other breeds were used in these later breeding programs.
2000 the Bobtail was recognized by the CFA, where it advanced on February 4/5, 2006 to championship.


The Bobtail is affectionate, incredibly intelligent and gentle. They are noted for their dog like personalities and their devotion to their owners, and always welcome newcomers, whether they are two-legged or four-legged. They easily adapt to a busy or quiet environment. They are basically quiet cats, however they do trill and chirp when they get delighted in their games - they love to play for hours on end.
Your heart will be stolen by an American Bobtail.


Despite its soft and thick coat the American Bobtail is easily groomed. Bare in mind, that it originates from a feral stray, thus having adapted its coat well to its natural surrounding. The longhaired Bobtail shall be groomed from time to time.


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