American Bobtail

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The American Bobtail is a very friendly and sociable cat that needs social and mental stimulation. They are well known for being curious, super intelligent and playful. They are tough and independent yet loyal. Unfortunately they are also known to be creative escape artists. Often called ‘doglike’ because of their fondness for playing games and their strong bonding to their people. They are well known for following their people around the house.



  • The American Bobtail is a muscular and slightly wild looking cat with big paws, and hindquarters that are higher than their front legs.
  • The head is broad and wedge shaped with tufts on the ear tips.
  • The tail must be present (unlike the Manx) but short enough to stop at the cats hocks – there are currently a few variations of acceptable tail length and type. The stubby and bobbed tail can be anywhere from 1/3 to ½ of a normal cat’s tail length.

The American Bobtail is a medium to large breed.
Up to 20lbs (or 9kgs) for large males.

American Bobtails may be short or long haired, although the short-haired is most common. The short-hairs coat is not smooth but has a slightly shaggy appearance. All colours are possible but white and tan and a few types of tabby are the most common. Both short and long hairs need regular grooming (twice weekly for the long hair). They also have a dense undercoat.

American Bobtails are generally a sturdy and healthy cat just requiring standard feline health care.

Possible Genetic Disorders of the American Bobtail
The breed can produce the occasional “rumpie” – these are cats with a shortened spine and no tail. These cats are prone to spinal problems and the breeding of rumpies is not encouraged (and luckily is quite rare).

Best Suited
For families and multiple cat households.
For those wanting a bold and interactive member of the family.
The American Bobtail is also well suited to sharing a home with dogs and children as they are very confident and tolerant.

Not Suited
For households where the cat is left alone for long periods of time.
This species is supremely adapted to living in the wild and thriving off local wildlife – it should not be given unsupervised access to the outdoors.