Characteristics, History, Care Tips, and Helpful Information for Pet Owners

Best known for their shortened tails and unique, wild appearances, American Bobtails are a somewhat uncommon breed in the United States. Despite their jungle cat looks, American Bobtails are often referred to as the “Golden Retrievers of the feline world,” due to their sweet, affectionate, and docile personalities. What’s more, American Bobtails are highly playful—many love to play fetch with their owners!—and are easily trained at leash walking.

American Bobtails are ideal pets for families with older kids, or other pets in the home, and their adaptable, friendly personalities make them suitable for any home type. American Bobtails are often employed as therapy cats, thanks to their sweet personalities and friendliness towards strangers, or as companions to long-distance truckers, as they travel extremely well.

American Bobtails are strong, muscular cats that don’t have genetic predispositions to certain health conditions. According to Bobtail breeders, pedigreed cats haven’t been used in the development of the American Bobtail, ensuring an extremely wide gene pool.

Breed Overview

WEIGHT: Between 7 and 16 pounds

LENGTH: Varies

COAT: Short to long, typically shaggy

COAT COLOR: Can come in any color or pattern

EYE COLOR: Copper, gold, yellow, green, blue

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 to 15 years

Characteristics of the American Bobtail

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