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Australian Bombay Cat – Cat Breed Guide


Australian Bombays are basically Bombay cats that are bred in Australia and New Zealand. This cat breed originates from hybridization between Burmese cats and Shorthair cats that may be American, British or European in origin. The Australian Bombay is a shorthaired breed that was specifically developed to avoid various medical-related issues and genetic disorders seen in the original Bombay breed that first appeared in the United States.

Official Name

Australian Bombay


The Australian Bombay is a young cat breed that was bred from the original Bombay cats that were first bred in America during the 1950s. During the early 1990s, Australian and New Zealand cat breeders initiated an effort to “localize” the Bombay cat and aimed to produce a healthier cat breed that is not plagued by various genetic disorders that plagued the American bred Bombay cats.

The official breeding program of this new Bombay cat variety started in the year 1995 in Australia. Pioneer breeder and creator is credited to Australian couple Heather and Gary Brown. The Queensland Feline Association granted an experimental license to start the selective breeding program and licensed Australian and New Zealand cat breeders to use Burmese cats and black British Shorthair cats as the breed’s foundation stock. The choice to use British Shorthairs rather than the original American Shorthairs ensured that no medical problems associated with the American cats will appear on the lineages of the Australian Bombay.

Quick FAQs

Size: Australian Bombays are medium-sized domesticated felines.

Coat Type: Australian Bombay cats have short hair coat length and black in color.

Body Type: Australian Bombay cats have moderate-type of bodies.

Grooming Requirement: Australian Bombay cats require very little grooming attention.

Vocal Tendency: Australian Bombays are relatively quieter and less talkative than their American and European cousins.

Energy Levels: Australian Bombay cats have moderate levels of activity and are less energetic compared to the American Bombay breed.

Time Alone: An Australian Bombay cat will need four to eight hours of personal time every day.

Care: Australian Bombay cats demand plenty of attention from their humans and will be moderately docile in handling.

Recognized By

Queensland Feline Association – Licensed the breed’s experimental breeding program in 1995. First to recognize as a distinct and separate breed from the original Bombay cat.

Australian Cat Federation Inc. – Provisional status, recognizes this new breed but not accepted as a Champion Class Breed.

Coordinating Cat Council of Australia – Fully recognize the breed and accepted as a Championship Class Breed.

New Zealand Cat Fancy – Fully recognize the breed and accepted as a Championship Class.

World Cat Federation – Fully recognize the breed and accepted as a Championship Class.


The Australian Bombay shares the same history of the original Bombay cat breed that was first created and developed in the United States during the 1950s. Kentucky cat breed Ms. Nikki Horner created this hybrid by crossing the American Burmese with black coated American Shorthairs. The aim was to replicate the exotic appearance of the Indian Black Leopard. Years of selective breeding produced a black-coated domesticated cat the looks like a miniature version of a black panther. By 1976, the young Bombay cat breed, also called American Bombays earned a Champion status in the USA.

Several decades later, Bombay has gained a lot of followers and fans in the Australian continent. Aussie and New Zealand cat breeders wanted a healthier Bombay cat. A selective breeding program was created and made possible by the license for experimental breeding that was granted by the Queensland Feline Association to the local breeders. The license set the foundation stock for this new breed, only allowing Burmese cats to cross with black coated British Shorthair. After just a couple of years, the program produced a consistent black-coated Bombay that resembles the original American breed, but healthier and somewhat calmer. The Australian Bombay was born.

In 2000, a succeeding breeding development program was started in New Zealand using a black Exotic Shorthair and seal Burmese as the foundation stock. Three years later, further, development continued, with Ms. Heather Brown, one of the creators of this breed offered their three fully registered specimens to be used in the breeding process. This enhanced the Australian Bombay lineage.

Today the Australian Bombay cat breed is fully recognized by the Co-Ordinating Cat Council of Australia, New Zealand Cat Fancy and World Cat Federation as a distinct and separate breed from the Bombay cats that are bred in America. The Australian Cat Federation recognizes this breed with a Provisional Status. The Australian Bombay cat breed has been performing well in various shows done in Queensland and New Zealand.


Australian Bombay cats are very friendly and highly sociable felines that will be tolerant to everyone including children of all ages, dogs and also other cats. These are naturally affectionate cats with very desirable traits that make them perfect companions or ideal family pets. Australian Bombays have both brains and brawn, possessing high intelligence as well as naturally strong, agile and very athletic. These cats are also known to be gentle in disposition, even-tempered, fun-loving and outgoing. Compared to their American cousins, the Australian Bombays are calmer, not that energetic and less talkative.


The Australian Bombay cat has a medium-sized body that is foreign in type, muscular in physique but very elegant in appearance.

Australian Bombay cats are very similar to the American Bombay breed as well as the overall physical standard of the Burmese cat breed.

Australian Bombay cats have moderate foreign-type bodies that are medium in length but thick and with firm muscles. This breed’s body is very elegant and heavier than it looks. Australian Bombays have straight backs that are consistent from the shoulder down to the rump. These cats have broad but gently rounded chests.

Head, Ears and Eyes
Australian Bombay cats have shot wedge-shaped heads that have wide jaw-hinges that will have good width between their ears. The top of the head will be gently rounded. These cats have a profile that displays good depth of the head, from the top down to the jaw area. A very distinct nose break is apparent and noticeable. The eyes are very expressive and large with a luster effect. These cats’ eyes are shaped slightly oblique but should not be round or almond in shape. This type of Bombay cats has very distinctive eyes, shaped and set that gives a unique expression. The ears are similar to the other Bombay cat breeds.

Coat and Tail
Australian Bombay cats have medium to long tail length, tapering slightly to the tip that is rounded in shape. The cat’s coat is short, fine and is satin-like in texture and lying closely to the skin.

Australian Bombay glossy jet black in color and shall be sound and consistent to the roots.


The Australian Bombay was specifically bred and developed to avoid various genetic problems and medical issues that are prevalent with the American Bombay cat breed. This is a very healthy cat and there are no known genetic deformities recorded to plague this particular breed.



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