The American Bobtail cat is named for its short tail and resemblance to the wild Bobcat. The Manx and Japanese Bobtails are other bobtailed cats, although they are not directly related to the American Bobtail, which is rarely seen outside the United States. Here are five reasons why we like the American Bobtail cat.
According to the tale, John and Brenda Sanders obtained a stub-tailed cat named Yodie while on holiday in Arizona in the 1960s. They mated Yodie with their long-tailed female cat once they returned home, producing many stub-tailed kittens. The Sanders realized this genetic mutation was dominant after producing several generations of stub-tailed kittens. As a result, one of the first American Bobtail breed bloodlines was created. It was officially recognized in 1989.
They Have Their Own Urban Legend
The origin story of the American Bobtail includes an urban legend. According to some people, the breed was created by crossing domestic house cats with wild Bobcats. Even though Bobcats and domestic cats might mate and produce litters, any offspring, particularly males, would be infertile. Therefore, we are confident that this legend is simply that.
American Bobtail cats are wild in appearance, with shaggy coats and bushy bobtails. They have a large head with a wedged shape, a prominent chin, a well-developed medium-sized muzzle, and a strong jaw. American Bobtails are medium to large with muscular, athletic bodies and large, almond-shaped eyes with a prominent brow, giving them an intelligent, vigilant look. Long and short-haired versions of the American Bobtail are available. Breeders typically prefer such colors as you would find in nature.
A Cat for People Who Love Dogs
The American Bobtail cat is said to be clever by cat lovers and professional breeders. According to them, a few breeds of cats, including the American Bobtail, are capable of learning how to walk on a leash easily. They are very friendly, devoted, and playful, which gives them a dog-like personality. They also seem to like playing fetch and carrying their toys around in their mouths. As a result, they seem to get along well with most dogs.
They Are Quiet
American Bobtails can generally be quite reserved, except when they are excited, in which case they may chirp, trill, or click.
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