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American Bobtail

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American Bobtail
origin:USA
weight:3 to 7 kg
size: Mediumfur type: long
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History [ edit ]

The American Bobtail originated in the late 1960’s in the USA and owes its name to its extremely short tail. It descended from a naturally bobtailed feral cat, which was found by a young couple in an Indian reservation in Southern Arizona who later bred him to a long tail female, the litter being the foundation stock of the modern American Bobtail. If this story is true, it is a first-classe example of breed development through “natural” selection. However, the opinions as to the origin of this breed are not accordant. Some experts say that the American Bobcat Cat, the Manx Cat and the Japanese Bobtail Cat are in the bloodline of the American Bobtail Cat. However, this remains to be proved for, in one hand, the American Bobtail’s rectangular body resembles that of a wild bobtailed cat and on the other hand it has an above average intelligence which is a characteristic necessary to survive in a feral environment.The American Bobtail Cat is not heavy when compared to many other breeds, its weight ranging from 3-6,8 Kg (7-15 pounds).
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The American Bobtail is a medium to large, sturdy, rugged-looking and natural bobtailed cat. This breed is powerful, well fleshed and muscular and has a distinctive wild resemblance due to its Lynx tipping on ears and longer "muttonchops" on the cheeks coupled with a unique natural hunting gaze. Females are generally proportionately smaller than males.The Body: is stocky, athletic, moderately long and muscular with a rectangular stance. The chest is broad and full and the hips are almost as wide as the chest and are slightly higher. The back is straight and the flank is deep. The legs are well-boned and in proportion to length of body, the front legs being shorter than the hind legs. Paws are large and round with five toes in front and four in the back. The longhaired variety has toe tufts.The Head is broad modified wedge, with slightly curved contours, slightly longer than wide and carried on a  medium-length neck that may appear short due to musculature. The muzzle is broad and full, never pinched, with apparent cheekbones and an observable whisker break. The nose is wide with slightly flattened leather.The eyes are wide, almost walnut-shaped, medium-wide apart and deeply set under a fleshy brow that contributes to the distinctive wild appearance of the breed. The breeds expression is one of intelligence and alertness. Eye colours range from yellow, green, copper, gold and blue and bi-colour. The medium-sized ears are wide at the base, with slightly rounded tips. There is no correlation between eye and coat colour.The Tail is broad at the base, straight and flexible, slightly curved or with bumps and short enough to stop before it reaches the cat's hocks. The double coat comes in two varieties: long haired and short haired.The long-haired coat is slightly coarse and shaggy, medium-length and tapering to slightly longer hair on ruff, britches, belly and tail. The undercoat is not extremely dense. The shorthaired coat has a hard topcoat with a soft, downy undercoat. Summer coats may not exhibit the undercoat. American Bobtail Cats can come in any color, the most common being fawn and white, blue tabby, red tabby, and brown tabby.
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Temperament [ edit ]

American Bobtails are noted for their loving, loyal, dog-like personalities, their outgoing temperament and their intelligence and adaptability. Despite their somewhat fierce look, they are sweet and sociable, very devoted to their families and enjoy interacting with them and even friends and visitors if they are properly socialized from a young age. When left alone for long periods of time, they should have plenty of toys available because they become bored easily and can get themselves in trouble. They are happier when there is a second cat in the household. This breed adapts easily to any environment, be it busy or quiet is fearless, but not aggressive, with amiable disposition and is very good with other pets, including dogs. They are very playful and will make gentle companions and playmates for the children.
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Health [ edit ]

The American Bobtail is a strong, healthy breed, known for its longevity.
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Cat Trivia [ edit ]

The American Bobtail males are very protective of the kittens and allow them and
the females to eat first.
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