American Bobtail cat on a table.

American Bobtail Cat Breed

Big and beautiful, this cat is an excellent and highly adaptable companion, without being too demanding.

The breeding of domestic bobtail cats native to the US has been reported several times since about the middle of the 20th century, but so far only this one has been fully recognized. There is also a longer-haired version, and both types have the naturally occurring shortened tail that gives the breed its name.

The American Bobtail is a substantially built cat, with powerful muscles and large bones. It is intelligent, alert, and reasonably active, but also enjoys quiet times. This cat is happy to be among people, without overwhelming them with its attentions, and it fits in comfortably with any type of household.

Origin: US, 1960s

Breed registries: CFA, TICA

Weight range: 7–15lb (3–7kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: All colors, shades, and patterns, including tabby, tortie, and colorpoint.