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Description of American Bobtail

The Breed History

This American breed is thought to have originated in Arizona in the 1960s, deriving from a cat named Yodie. A mutation in a cat led to the presence of a bobtail, and breeders used this cat as a foundation animal for the new breed. Breed origins are poorly documented, and some consider Japanese Bobtail and Manx genes to have been in the source cat rather than this being a spontaneous mutation in a feral cat. The mutation is distinct in studies carried out so far comparing the American Bobtail with the Manx. Only American Bobtails with a standard tail length (just above the tarsus) are considered show stock. Almost tailless cats and those with short kinked tails are also born. CFA first accepted this breed in 2000 in the Miscellaneous Class, TICA registry accepted them in 1989. No outcrossing is allowed. These cats are larger than Japanese Bobtail cats.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: 7-15 lb (3-7 kg), females smaller than males in this weight range, and some males may exceed 15 pounds.

Coat: There are two coat varieties; Longhair (autosomal recessive) and Shorthair. The longhair type is a semi-long shaggy soft coat. The short haircoat stands out, and also has an unkempt appearance. It is a water resistant coat. The undercoat is soft and dense like rabbit fur. All colors are accepted.

Eyes: With a strong wild staring expression, eyes are oval-almond in shape, and all eye colors are accepted except odd eyes.

Points of Conformation: American Bobtail cats are well muscled medium-large cats with short heavy legs. There is a distinctive brow. Ears are medium in size, are high and wide set and have Lynx tufts and furnishings. The head is broad and is a modified wedge shape, and the nose has a moderate break which is slightly concave. There is a prominent whisker pinch. These cats have prominent scapulae, and large round paws. The bobtail is an autosomal dominant trait. The tail must be long enough to be seen above the back when the cat is active but be above the hock when resting. Average bobtail length ranges from 1-4" (2.5-10 cm) and straighter tails are preferred. The American Bobtail gait is smooth and rolling.

Grooming: Low to moderate grooming needs are typical for the Longhair, and there are low grooming needs for the shorthaired cats. Coats do not tend to mat easily.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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