This pint-sized “black panther” has glossy fur and striking copper eyes; it is not as vocal as other Asian cats.
Created specifically for its appearance, the Bombay is a cross between a sable American Burmese and a black American Shorthair. Sleek and glossy, this breed comes only in black, with large, gold or copper-colored eyes.
The Bombay may look like a panther, but it is a true homebody and few cats are more loving and sociable. Bombays are intelligent and easygoing; they want to be with their owners all the time and are likely to mope if left alone too long.
Having inherited the inquisitive and playful nature of the Burmese, these cats are no couch potatoes. Bombays enjoy games and are ready to be entertained—or to entertain their owners. They get along well with children and other pets.
Achieving perfection took Nikki Horner, original American breeder of the Bombay, through many attempts and failures. The deep copper eye color that she sought to set off the gleaming black fur proved particularly elusive.
Even when Horner’s dream cat had finally been created, it was many years before the Bombay was given official recognition and the breed was permitted to compete in official show classes.
The lithe and gleaming Bombay is a cat that feels confident in company. This breed is prepared to make overtures to anyone who is likely to provide entertainment or a lap to sit on.
Origin: US, 1950s
Breed registries: TICA, CFA
Weight range: 6–11lb (2.5–5kg)
Colors and patterns: Black only.