American Bobtail Cats

These Wild-Looking Cats Make Great Family Pets

American bobtail cat

One of the relatively more recent breeds of cats, American bobtail cats were first recognized as a breed in 2000, and gained championship status in 2006.

American Bobtail Appearance

American bobtails are known for their wild looking appearance, most notably by their “bobbed” stubby tails and natural hunting gaze. Bobtails are athletic cats with a medium to large sturdy frame, wedge-shaped head, and come in both non-matting short and long-haired varieties of all colors and patterns. Bobtails can weigh up to 20 pounds, although female bobtail cats are normally smaller.

American Bobtail History

The first bobtails were said to have been bred in the 1960’s between a short-tailed tabby cat and a bobcat, creating the bobtail’s original bloodline. Since then, old bloodlines have been phased out and the breed was taken in a new direction to produce cats that resembled bobcats, but with a friendlier, domestic temperament.


American bobtails have dog-like personalities; they love to play games, are easily leashed trained and like to go for walks.

Still a relatively new breed, American bobtails were accepted for registration by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, in 2000.

American Bobtail Personality

American bobtails have dog-like personalities; they love to play games, greet their owners at the door, are easily leashed trained and like to go for walks. Bobtails are friendly and intelligent, and are great family cats: they are good with children and other household pets.

American Bobtail Health

Bobtails are prone to hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease that has the potential to cause crippling, lameness and arthritis of the hip joints. Although generally healthy cats, some bobtail cats are born without tails. Bobtail cats without tails are known as “rumpies”. Rumpies are not acceptable for breeding because of health problems associated with a shortened spine.

American bobtail cat

When purchasing a cat or kitten from a breeder, you should always inquire as to any known health issues and get a health guarantee from the breeder in writing. With proper veterinary care, American bobtails have the potential to live up to 15 years in age, if not more.


If you liked this article, you may also enjoy reading about other exotic-looking cats, including the Bengal cat and the American Bombay cat.


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