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British Bombay Cat – Cat Breed Guide

Adopt a British Bombay, Cat Breed Guide


The British Bombay is relatively new breed that is categorized as shorthair-type domestic cat breed. It is also considered as an oriental-type or Asian-type of cat breed. British Bombays share very similar traits and appearances with its American Bombay ancestors, with only minor differences. The main difference between the American and British versions of this breed is in the color of the eye. American Bombays have gold, orange or copper eye colors. The British versions of this breed have golden or green colored eyes. The British Bombay is one of the rarest cat breeds in the world.

Official Name

British Bombay


The British Bombay is a new cat breed that was developed from the American Bombay variety. This UK version of the original Bombay breed shares the same history, the difference is the British Bombay lines originates in Great Britain during the 1960’s and used British Shorthairs and European Burmese cats instead of the original American Shorthairs and American Burmese stock.

The British Bombay is not recognized by major feline associations as a pedigree. This particular breed is recognized as an Experimental Registered breed by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.

Quick FAQs
Size:British Bombay cats are medium-sized domesticated felines.
Coat Type: British Bombay cats have short hair coat length and black in color.
Body Type: British Bombay cats have moderate-type of bodies.
Grooming Requirement: British Bombay cats require very little grooming attention.
Vocal Tendency: British Bombays may be exceptionally vocal or extremely quiet.
Energy Levels: British Bombay cats have low activity level.
Time Alone: A British Bombay cat will need four to eight hours of personal time every day.
Care: British cats will need a lot of attention from their humans and will be moderately docile in handling.

Recognized by:
The Bombay and Asian Cats Breed Club – GCCF Affiliate. Standard was set in 1995, Recognition by the GCCF was in 1999.
Governing Council of the Cat Fancy – Recognize the breed in 1995 and classified it under the Experimental Registry Group with a Preliminary Status.

British Bombay cats come from the original lines of the American bred Bombay breed that was first developed in Kentucky, USA during the 1950’s by breed creator Ms. Horner. Like its ancestors, the British Bombay was developed to produce a physical appearance that resembles the Indian Black Leopard or look like miniature version of a black panther.

The first development of the British Bombay line happened during the 1960’s, after the first pair of American Bombay cats were imported to France and later on crossed the English Channel. British cat fanciers were impressed with the wild and exotic appearance of this new breed and more impressed with its very well-balanced and pleasing personality. An effort to produce a British version of the American and European Bombay cat varieties started. To produce the UK variety of the Bombay, local breeders used Burmese cats or any Oriental Shorthaired breed to cross with black coated British Shorthairs.

Today, the British Bombay is only recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy as a distinct breed from the American Bombay. It is classified under the Experimental Registry Group by the GCCF. This is because the breed is considered to be relatively new and will remain in Preliminary Status but still not accepted as a Champion Breed that is eligible to compete in Championship Class competitions.


British Bombays are like their American Bombay cousins, gentle, playful, fun-loving and very outgoing. They are also very great to have as household pets, warming quickly to families of all types and sizes. British Bombays are also a very tolerating bunch; they will display a well-behaved disposition towards children of all ages, dogs of all sizes and even cats of any breed. These variety of Bombay cats are known to be exceptionally vocal, but some lines of the British Bombay are also known to be extremely quite. It all depends upon each individual cat’s personality. Although strong and very agile like the American Bombay cats, the British versions are particularly not that energetic compared to their North American cousins.

British Bombay cats are very similar to the American Bombay cats in appearance. Like their American cousins, these British cats are medium sized short-haired cats that have a sleek and jet-black coat color that is low-shedding. They also have a small muzzle that is not snubbed but rounded, and a lean, muscular body that’s not stubby or lanky.

The British Bombay is a lean and muscular cat breed that has fluffier coats that appears to puff out, with a jet-black color and a muzzle that appears to be slightly shorter.
British Bombay cats have medium sized bodies that are muscular and lean but not lanky or stubby in appearance.
Head, Ears and Eyes
British Bombays have heads that are pleasingly rounded in shape that has no sharp angularity. These cats have full faces with major breadth between the eyes, gently blending in their broad and very developed muzzles that are moderately round in shape, maintaining and complimenting the round contours of the head. The ears are medium in size, broad at the base with tips that are slightly rounded and set well apart but showing a tilt that is slightly forward in direction. These cats have a profile that are not “pugged” in appearance or display a look that is considered “snubbed”, with a moderate and visible stop. This moderate stop is not a “break”, rather a slight indentation at the nose’s bridge area. Bombay cats of these types have eye colors that range from gold to copper, set far apart and with a rounded aperture.
Coat and Tail
British Bombays have tails that are straight and medium in length. These cats have short and fine coats that are satin-like in texture and lying closely to the skin.
British Bombay cats have coats that are glossy jet black in color and shall be sound and consistent to the roots.
The British Bombay cat breed is generally healthier than the American Bombay breed. This breed is only known to be affected by excessive tearing of the eyes, respiratory problems brought by a inborn foreshortened nose and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.