Wednesday, July 2, 2008

American Bobtail

American Bobtail is a domestic cat breed with a wild look. This is primarily owing to its short tail that mimics the tail of the wild Bobcat, one of the top predators in North American wilderness. In fact rumor has it that the American Bobtail was created as a result of the crossing between a Bobcat and a domestic tabby cat. This is however, unlikely to be true since offsprings of interspecies breeding are usually sterile, particularly in case of males. So even though there was a large male tabby cat found in Arizona in nineteen sixties who subsequently crossed with a Siamese female and produced the first recorded American Bobtail kittens, chances are that he was just a feral cat of domestic origin. This is probable owing to the fact that the gene leading to the shorter tail is a mutant one and can occur occasionally in domestic cats. It would take another two decades from the sixties before serious breeding was to start. No outcrossing was undertaken and the breed was created through short tailed domestic cats. Formal recognition came only a few years ago, in the twenty first century.

American Bobtails are relatively large cats with a muscular build. They are sturdy and athletic animals. Head is broad and resembles the skull of wild cats, with wide set tufted ears and deep eyes that occur in various colors. Coat is either short and dense or long and shaggy. In either case it is double layered and doesn't get tangled easily. Tail is short and usually half the size or less of a normal house cat's tail. It is said to be the result of a mutant gene similar to the one seen in Manx cats.

American Bobtails resembles their wild cousin Bobcats in a number of ways. Not only do they have a short tail, they also possess a certain wild look and spirit about them that often fools the casual onlooker as regards the identity of this pretty felid. Their hind legs are longer than the front, like those of the Bobcat, and like their counterparts in nature, American Bobtails are capable of great athleticism and speed.

American Bobtails are very social animals. They form long term bonds in no time with their humans and tolerate children and pets quite well. Playful and active, these agile felines spend a great deal of time daily chasing objects and having fun. They also are reputed to be fairly skilled climbers. American Bobtails are vocal cats, though not excessively so. Intelligent and alert creatures, the inquisitive felids are quite entertaining to watch. Still relatively rare owing to their recent start, the handsome cats are quickly gaining in the number of their ardent admirers.


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Just reading about bobtail cats. I friend that live in a very rural area of Mississippi has a female cat that has no tail. When she has a litter, usually 5, 2 or 3 kittens will have no tails. The cat is an outdoor cat at all times. She even looks a little like a wild bobcat with her markings. What is this cat?

Anonymous said...

I live in the deserts of Idaho where breeding between bobcats and house cats is common. I knew someone who had a barely domestic female half bobcat that had kittens. That makes the possibility of wild blood not seem to far fetched to me.

Anonymous said...

I found one of these cats in my flower bed in Texas. It was deserted by the mother at about 2 weeks of age. we bottle fed it and still have it. Very energetic and funny. Loves to play and torment my little dog. The only problem with him is that one minute he is very lovable and in a heartbeat he can turn nasty and bites.

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