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Bombay

A curious and outgoing fellow! (other names: Mini Panther)

Bombay
origin:USA
weight:2 to 5 kg
size: Mediumfur type: short
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History [ edit ]

The Bombay, often called the 'Mini Panther',  is a breed of cat developped by selective breeding in the USA in the 1950’s. This breed’s creator was Nikki Horner, a breeder from Louisville, Kentucky, who decided to develop a cat that looked like a mini black panther. She established a breeding programme, which was based on crossing a solid black American Shorthair cat (the gene of the black coat is dominant) with a sable Burmese cat (to retain the body type and the tight close lying coat). It took Nikki Horner a few years to get a cat with the features she was looking for: a black cat with large, copper eyes, a very short and close-lying coat and good muscular development. The breed was named by its creator after the city of Bombay (India), because the kittens reminded her of the Indian black panther. The Bombay was recognized as a distinct breed in 1976. Bombays share many physical characteristics with the Burmese but are a little larger and have longer bodies. From their American Shorthair ancestors they inherited the easy-going temperament and the robust nature and from their Burmese ascendants the “people-oriented”, curious, lap-loving character. The Bombay is indeed a regal pet.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Bombay, is a medium-sized (but surprisingly heavy), well-balanced, very muscular and very agile cat which more distinctive features are a short, gleaming, close-lying coat that covers a rippling muscular body and deep, copper-coloured eyes. Bombays are often described as mini-black panthers. The body is medium in size, very muscular and heavy, with good bone structure, neither cobby nor rangy, having a more lithesome appearance then its Burmese ancestors. The back is level. The legs are in proportion to the body and the paws are round with five toes in front and four in back. The head is round and broad, medium in size, with a well-developed and moderately round muzzle and a moderate stop. The nose is slightly rounded down at the tip and the chin is firm, neither receding nor protruding. The eyes have a striking gold to copper colour and are round, large and set far apart. The expression is sweet.The ears are of medium in size, broad at the base, wide-set and with slightly rounded tips, tilting slightly forward when the animal is alert. The tail is straight, medium in length, not whippy. The short, close-lying coat is fine and has a satin-like texture and a shimmering patent leather sheen. Bombays are always black including the nose leather and the paw pads.
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Temperament [ edit ]

Bombays are friendly, alert, and outgoing cats, very affectionate and devoted to their families. They are very friendly with visitors and do well with children, dogs and other pets of the household. However, Bombays are dominating over other breeds. They are very intelligent and can be trained to go out on a leash. This breed is suited to life in a quiet home and it may be disturbed by loud, intrusive noises. In the presence of disturbing noises Bombays look for a place where they can hide and feel safe; any small place that is difficult to gain entry will do: behind pieces of furniture, inside small cabinets, etc. They are very playful, enjoy playing "fetch” and invent other games to amuse themselves and their human families. They are truly lap cats, crave or human affection and some will let their owners know it by meowing loudly. Others are less talkative and prefer to jump to their owners’ backs when they want attention. This quiet, sensitive and affectionate breed is an ideal companion for families who enjoy interacting with it.
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