The Bombay cat is a type of short-haired cat developed by breeding sable Burmese and black American Shorthair cats, to produce a cat of mostly Burmese type, but with a sleek, panther-like black coat. The breed was developed by Nikki Horner, a breeder in the USA who starting in 1958 attempted to create a breed of cat that resembled a miniature black panther. The first attempt was a failure, but the second in 1965, was successful. The breed was officially recognized and registered by the Cat Fanciers' Association in 1970 and The International Cat Association in 1979.
The Bombay is a highly social breed that love to be in the company of others. Bombays tend to be attached to their families and crave attention, and for this reason, this breed is highly suitable for children. Most Bombays seek attention from their owners and people around them often and dislike being left alone for extended periods of time. Overall, the Bombay breed is intelligent, playful, and attention-seeking. They don't shed as much as other breeds and require very little grooming. They have a loud distinctive purr and are known to be vocal and they tend to cry and meow more than other cats.
The close-lying, sleek and glossy black coat should be coloured to the roots, with little or no paling. The Bombay is a shorthair breed of domestic cat, closely related to the Burmese.