Urban legend says that Bobtails are the result of a crossbreeding between a domestic tabby cat and a wild bobcat. The unusual tail is actually the result of a random spontaneous genetic mutation within the domestic cat population, and may be related to the Manx gene, which is also dominant. Yodie, a short-tailed brown tabby male, was mated with a seal-point Siamese female to create the American Bobtail's original bloodline. The American Bobtail is an uncommon breed of domestic cat which was developed in the late 1960s. It is most notable for its stubby "bobbed" tail about one-third to one-half the length of a normal cat's tail.
13 - 15 years
Medium size cat weighing 4 to 7 kilos
American Bobtails are playful, social and moderately energetic. They reportedly have enough clever ingenuity to escape from rooms with closed doors and from secured cages. Being social with their owners they will ask for the attention they want by meowing or just by hopping into laps.
Their coat is shaggy rather than dense or fluffy. They can have any colour of eyes and coat, with a strong emphasis on the "wild" tabby appearance in show animals.