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American Bobtail

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American Bobtail Cat - Breed Profile

The American Bobtail Breed Profile and Picture submitted by Patricia Peters and Gloria McCollom of Attitude Acres

Breed Description and Pictures Submitted by: Patricia Peters/Gloria McCollum - Attitude Acres

History - The American Bobtail with above average intelligence was developed by nature to survive feral environments. It is a medium-to-large, naturally occurring, bobtailed cat; a noticeably athletic animal, well muscled, with the appearance of power. The body is moderately long and substantial, with a noticeable rectangular stance. The tail should be clearly visible above the back when the cat is alert and is not to exceed the hock in length. The optimum tail is articulate and nearly straight with the slightest of curves. The American Bobtail cat possesses a strong, broad modified wedge-shaped head, with a distinctive brow above large almost almond shaped eyes giving it a natural hunting gaze. The expression is one of intelligence and alertness.

Originating in the United States, the American Bobtail is said to be the result of an accidental combination of the domestic shorthaired and a Bobcat. Tracked back to a random-bred bobtailed tabby kitten that was adopted from an American Indian reservation in Arizona by John and Brenda Sanders of Iowa. The American Bobtail was recognized by the TICA in 1989.

Colors and Coats Types Available - The American Bobtails unique coat comes in both a medium, semi-dense short hair and a medium-length longhair that is resilient and resistant to water, ALL colors are acceptable. The topcoat is hard with a downy undercoat that insulates the cat from weather extremes. When in motion, it should exhibit a natural rolling gait giving the cat with all of its combined physical characteristics the resemblance of a bobtailed wildcat. Ear furnishings and Lynx ear tipping are highly desirable features in this breed. When in motion, the American Bobtail should exhibit a natural rolling gait giving the cat with all of its combined physical characteristics the resemblance of a bobtailed wildcat. This is a slow maturing breed taking up to two to three years to reach full adult type.

Grooming and Care - Due to the extreme low maintenance and non-matting coat of the American Bobtail, only weekly combing is required.

Best Suitable Environment - American Bobtails bond with their family. They get along well with most dogs and have a welcome spot in their hearts for newcomers, whether they are two-legged or four-legged. Long haul truck drivers have purchased them as cabin companions because they are known to be good travelers if introduced to it at a young age. Psychotherapists have also used them in their treatment programs because they have been found to be very well-behaved and sensitive to people in distress.

They are excellent companions for children and do not mind being carried around like a sack of potatoes. They interact well with people of all ages and serve a great purpose in the family home as a major source of entertainment due to their clown like personalities. They also offer a warm, soft shoulder to cry on when needed. They are known for their love of games and can play fetch or hide and seek for hours on end. They will often initiate a game and can be very persistent until you play with them. They are basically quiet cats in voice, however they do trill, chirp and click when delighted. They are easily leash-trained and love to go for walks. Not technically thieves, the American Bobtail's love of shiny objects makes it necessary to keep jewelry boxes closed and even locked.

Personality Traits - American Bobtails bond with their family. They get along well with most dogs and have a welcome spot in their hearts for newcomers, whether they are two-legged or four-legged. Long haul truck drivers have purchased them as cabin companions because they are known to be good travelers if introduced to it at a young age. Psychotherapists have also used them in their treatment programs because they have been found to be very well-behaved and sensitive to people in distress.

American Bobtails are a loving, kind and incredibly intelligent cats. They are noted for their dog like personalities and their devotion to their owners. They easily adapt to a busy or quiet environment. In this breed no two tails are exactly the same. The average length of the tail is one to four inches, however this is an average, and some tails may be shorter or longer.

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