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American Bobtail Longhair – Cat Breed Guide
The American Bobtail Longhair is one of the rare domestic cat breeds in the world today. This is the long-variety of the American cat breed that is famous for having a stubby and “bobbed” tail. The very unique physical trait of the American Bobtail Longhair is brought by a genetic mutation that is similar to the gene of the Manx cat breed.
American Bobtail Longhair
The American Bobtail Longhair is a cat breed that originates in the United States and was developed in the late 1960s. This Bobtail cat breed variety was first recognized as a distinct breed in 1989 by TICA – The International Cat Association.
Size: Both varieties of the American Bobtail, Shorthair or Longhair ranges from Medium to Large sized cats.
Coat Type: The American Bobtail cat breed is available in medium length and long-haired coats.
Body Type: American Bobtail cats have a moderate body type.
Grooming Requirement: The American Bobtail Shorthair variety will just require weekly grooming.
Vocal Tendency: American Bobtail Longhair cats are considered average when it comes to talkativeness.
Energy Level: American Bobtails are considered average when it comes to talkativeness.
Time Alone: American Bobtail Longhair cats require 4 to 8 hours of personal time every day.
Care: American Bobtails are cats that require average attention and will be moderately docile in handling.
The International Cat Association – First to recognized as a distinct breed in 1989, accepted this breed for Championship Competitions
Cat Fanciers Association – Accepted this breed for Championship Competitions
American Cat Fanciers Association – Accepted this breed for Championship Competitions
Cat Aficionado Association – Recognizes this breed’s standard
Livre Officiel des Origines Félines – Recognizes this breed’s standard
World Cat Federation – Recognize this breed as existing but has no standard for the breed
The American Bobtail Longhair cat breed shares it history with its Shorthair cousins. Although there is a famous story or urban legend that says this breed is a result of a cross made with a tabby-type domestic cat with a wild bobcat, there is no proof of this and this theory cannot be verified as true. The American Bobtail Longhair’s unique “bobbed” tail is not from any wild cat breeds. This is brought by a random and spontaneous genetic mutation that happened within North America’s domestic cat population. The accepted breeding history of this particular cat breed is that it came from the cross made between a short-tailed and brown colored tabby tom or male domestic cat and a seal-point Siamese queen or female domestic cat. Please read the American Bobtail, Cat Breed Guide to learn more of this cat breed’s history.
The American Bobtail Longhair is a domestic cat breed that is considered to have an attitude that is very hearty. These are very intelligent and very alert cats that can show these said traits through facial expressions. They are friendly and fun-loving cats that will be moderately talkative and very outgoing. American Bobtail Longhair cats are known to slowly mature, taking between two to three years to develop physically and emotionally. In general, American Bobtail Longhair cats are great to have as family pets. These cats will get along children, other pet cats and other pet animals within the family.
The American Bobtail Longhair is an American domestic cat breed that is famous for its bobbed tail and wild physical features. These are muscular cats that have sturdy bodies and shaggy coats that come in a variety of colors. American Bobtail Longhair cats that are for show competitions should have a wild tabby coat pattern.
American Bobtail Longhairs are medium to large-sized cats that average between 12 to 16 pounds in weight. These cats have bodies that powerful, athletically built and have well-toned muscles.
The American Bobtail Longhair cat breed’s body is moderate in length but stocky in built. They also have a very substantial bone structure. These cats have prominent shoulder blades with a broad and full chest making their stance very noticeable.
Head, Ears and Eyes
American Bobtail Longhair cats have broad modified wedge-shaped heads that has no noticeable flat planes. The head’s size should be proportionate to the cat’s body.
American Bobtail Longhair cats have medium-sized ears that are wide at the base and have slightly rounded tips. Lynx type tipping is preferred and furnishing on the cat’s ears is a desirable trait.
American Bobtail Longhair cats have oval-shaped or large almond-shaped eyes. It should be proportionate to the size of that cat’s head. The eye color will depend on the cat’s coat color.
Coat and Tail
American Bobtail Longhair cats have semi-long and shaggy coats that are slightly longer to tapering hair on the cat’s tail, ruff, belly and britches. This variety of Bobtail cat has an all-weather, non-matting and somewhat resilient double coats with a very dense and present undercoat.
American Bobtail Longhair cats have tails that are straight or slightly curved or have bumps and some can have slightly knotted tails. The cat’s tail should be short and in repose and always carried erect. Although short, the cat’s tail should be long enough to be visible above the back of the cat.
American Bobtail Longhairs are cats that are available in various colors and patterns.
American Bobtails are cats that are generally healthy. The dominant gene that affects that cat breed’s unique bobbed tail is very similar to the Manx cat breed. Bobtails with no tails are called rumpies and are not recognized or unacceptable as these cats will be prone to various health issues that are common for cats that have short spines.