American Bobtail

The American Bobtail is a breed that originates from the United States. It is a quiet and patient cat that does not like to be alone. The Bobtail can be recognised by its short, stubby tail. This breed exists in all colours, short-haired as well as long-haired.

Breed description American Bobtail

Breed origin: United States


The Bobtail is a quiet, friendly cat. This cat is very attached to its owner and likes to be in the company of other cats. It is also a good hunter. They are intelligent cats and they adapt easily. The American Bobtail also suits families with children and dogs. This cat is mature after 2 to 3 years.

Physical characteristics

The American Bobtail is a cross between a Siamese and a Bobtail male tabby.


All colours are allowed. If you want to use your cat for shows, the preference is the ‘wild’ tabby appearance.

Body, legs and tail

The body has an average size and firm build. This breed has a broad chest and a slightly arched back with powerful muscles. The legs are medium-length, with the hind legs being slightly longer than the front legs. The feet are broad and round with tufts of hair between the toes. The most recognisable feature is the short, stumpy tail. This short tail (2.5 to 10 cm) is the result of a genetic mutation of the body. It covers about 1/3 of a normal tail. The tail can be slightly curled and is full of long, thick hairs.

Head, ears and eyes

The head of the American Bobtail is broad with a slightly rounded forehead. The cheeks are full and well developed. The snout is almost as broad as it is long. The nose is broad and fairly straight with a slight curve between the eyes. The chin is well developed and the jaws are powerful. The ears are medium-sized and broad at the base. They are rounded at the end and sometimes have a tuft. The ears are carried upright and are set fairly far apart. The eyes of the Bobtail are large and oval/almond-shaped. They are placed slightly slanted and the colour is in harmony with that of the coat.


This breed cat has a double, thick and dense coat. The hair is of average length and is rather coarse and rough. The undercoat is also thick. The hair is longer on the neck and tail.


3 tot 9 kg