In this guide
- American Bobtail Quick Guide
- American Bobtail Video
- About the Breed
- Breed Size & Personality
- Breed Health & Care
- Common American Bobtail Questions
About The American Bobtail Breed
The American Bobtail first appeared in the 1960’s due to one of natures many genetic mutations. A Siamese was paired with a short tailed tabby and the resulting litter all had bobtails. The American Bobtail may look like a bruiser however this is an intelligent, social and affectionate breed that is often found on the road with truckers in the United States. This high level of companionship and intelligence make the American Bobtail a great choice for those that want a lasting relationship with their moggy.
American Bobtail Size
American Bobtails are medium-sized, muscular cats typically weighing in at 3 to 7 kilograms.
American Bobtail Personality
The American Bobtail is essentially a dog in a cats body. Well maybe not that severe but it is a breed that actively seeks out companionship, has high levels of engagement and affection. You can often find American Bobtails on long road trips with truckers in the United States, again something you would traditionally associate with dogs. The American Bobtail is highly adaptable which is a great quality if your family environment is changing – having kids, moving house, the American Bobtail should be able to thrive in this changing environments.
American Bobtail Health
There are a few potential health issues with American Bobtails:
- Tail-less variations can have spinal issues causing problems with defecation control.
When looking to find an American Bobtail it is important that the breeder is honest with you. Any breeder who claims there are no health issues with the breed is a breeder you need to keep away from. If you can get your hands on a written health guarantee then this could come in handy.
Caring for American Bobtails
It is recommended that you brush your American Bobtail twice weekly to remove excess hair and keep the coat in good condition. It is also recommended that a rubber curry brush or slicker brush is used for best results. The American Bobtail will also need nail clipping and ear cleaning.
With Kids & Animals
The American Bobtail is a very friendly, affectionate and more importantly adaptable cat. It is this adaptability that ensures the Bobtail can handle different and changing household situations, additional pets, additional children are all in the Bobtail’s capabilities. It is recommended that children are educated on how to correctly pet cats to ensure that there are no confrontational situations.
5 Common American Bobtail Questions
We’ve collated answers to some of the most common American Bobtail questions.
Where do American Bobtail cats come from?
American Bobtail cats appeared in the 1960s when a Siamese female and Short Tailed Tabby produced a litter with a genetic mutation resulting in a shorter “bobtail”.
What colours are American Bobtail cats?
American Bobtails can come in numerous colour and pattern varieties – Any pattern in black, brown, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lilac, fawn, red, and cream, with or without white.
When do American Bobtails stop growing?
American Bobtail kittens take up to 3 years to reach adult size.
How long do they live for?
The average American Bobtail life span is between 13 and 15 years.
Are American Bobtails hypoallergenic?
The American Bobtail is not hypoallergenic.