American Bobtail

American Bobtails have only been around for the last 40 years. They are rugged-looking, sturdy, medium-to-large sized cats named after their bobbed tails. Their coats can either be short and dense or long and shaggy. Male Bobtails can easily reach 15 pounds in weight! (Females are slightly smaller.)

American Bobtails do not originate from wild bobcats or lynx. A male brown tabby kitten with a bobtail was found on an Indian reservation in the Southwest United States in the late 1960s. He was bred with a long-tailed (normal) female. This first litter formed the basis for the breed and the bobbed tails are a naturally occurring genetic “flaw.”

Owners describe Bobtails as “fun, friendly, talkative and amazing climbers.” American Bobtails make an excellent addition to any family because they make great companions for other pets (dogs too!) and children.


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