The Bombay is the result of cross breeding Burmese and American Shorthairs.
The Bombay has an incredibly satin-like, short and shiny black coat.
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Breeder: Tangyi cattery, California, USA

There is only one colour recognized: black.

The Bombay, even it has its origin on one side in the Burmese, does not resemble the Burmese in anyway. Its body is very different, not so compact and hard muscled as the Burmese, but still well muscled and heavy. The head shape is somewhat rounder than in the Burmese with full but less prominent cheeks and a gentle profile (gentle stop), not with that abrupt break in the nose.

American Bombay versus European Bombay

There is a definitive difference between the American Bombay (see above) and the European Bombay (see below), particularly in the head. The head of the American Bombay is much shorter with a clear defined break at the base of the nose. The eyes of the American Bombay are round.

British Bombay
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Owner & breeder: Anne Edney, Rocadanne cattery, North Warwickshire, UK


The literature does not tell you, that a certain breed is specifically affected by many genetic defects.
Due to the progress in gene technology you get more knowledge about the genes (it is the same with humans).

Primary glaucoma in Burmese cats. Hampson EC, Smith RI, Bernays ME. Aust Vet J. 2002 Nov;80(11):672-80.

Neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disease in European Burmese cats with hexosaminidase beta-subunit deficiency. Bradbury AM, Morrison NE, Hwang M, Cox NR, Baker HJ, Martin DR. Mol Genet Metab. 2009 May;97(1):53-9. Epub 2009 Feb 23. (GM2)

You find some interesting articles about the Bombay, also from Mrs. Horner herself, at:
Mustang cattery (located in Washington, USA).



Standard AACE
Standard ACF
Standard ACFA
Standard CCA
Standard CCCA
Bombay and Australian Bombay
Standard CFA
Standard CFF
see menu Forms
Standard GCCF
(You must buy the booklet.)
You find the Bombay in the Asian group.
Standard LOOF
Standard NZCF
Bombay and Australian Bombay
Standard SACC
included in the Asian group
Standard TICA
Standard WCF
[Bombay Enthusiasts of America]
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Breed profile

The Bombay is the result of cross breeding Burmese and American Shorthairs.

The head shall not show any sharp angles or lines, it appears to be rounded. The cheeks shall be full giving the face a full expression, the muzzle is broad and rounded which maintains the rounded contours of the head. When viewed in profile a moderate stop is visible on the bridge of the nose (a slight indentation between the eyes), but no break like in the Burmese. The end of the nose is slightly rounded down thus completing the roundness of the head.
The ears are medium  in size and slightly tilted forward giving the cat an alert expression.
The eyes are round and have a striking copper colour which contrasts to the black shiny coat.

The body is medium long and well muscled, but not as compact as in the Burmese. The cat is surprisingly heavy when lifted up.
The legs are medium with rounded paws.
The tail is medium long, and only slightly tapered.

The Bombay has an incredibly satin-like and shiny black coat, short and fine, close lying to the body.



The founder of the breed is Mrs. Rikki Horner (Shawnee cattery, Louisville, Kentucky). She dreamed to create a black mini-panther - as the Bombay is called quite often, and started to cross a black American Shorthair with a sable Burmese, around 1958. She named the hybrids Bombay, after the town Bombay and the Indian black leopard. It took almost twenty years to get the breed recognized by CFA in 1976.
The Bombay is still a rare breed, and still outcrosses to the sable Burmese and American Shorthair are possible.



The Bombay is a very people oriented and social cat. It loves to be with you, wherever you go, what ever you do, the Bombay wants to know. Whether you sit and watch TV, whether you read a book, or you do your housework, the Bombay will help you. Due to the fact that the Bombay is a hybrid of two breeds, it has got extreme intelligence, it loves to play with everything. But the Bombay is a very  gentle and not very loud breed.



The Bombay is an easy-going cat, thus excessive grooming is not necessary. Once a week brushing gently with a soft brush or soft rubber, will be sufficient enough.


You find here well prepared information about the Head defect.


As it is still permitted in many organizations to cross-breed with the Burmese, only these lines for breeding shall be used, which do not inherit the so called Head defect - severe deformation of the head, twin face on one head, etc. This defect is inherited recessively, i.e. when the gene is present only once, these cats are called "healthy carrier", because they appear healthy, but inherit the defect. Such parents must be excluded from breeding.

Hereditary meningoencephalocele in Burmese cats. Sponenberg DP, Graf-Webster E. Journal of Heredity 77, 60

Inherited homeotic midfacial malformations in Burmese cats. Noden DM, Evans HE. Anatomia Histologia Embryologia 14(1): 90



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