American Bobtail is a friendly, highly intelligent, adaptable and personable cat. It is often described as being “dog-like” in temperament. Bobtails are exceptionally affectionate and devoted to their owners and can be quite demanding of attention. They typically get along well with dogs and other cats, even welcoming newcomers of the two or four-legged variety with ease into the household. The American Bobtail is a good traveler and has been a cabin companion for many long-haul truck drivers. They also have been used by therapists to calm distraught patients, because they are well-behaved and unusually sensitive to people in distress. They are social, laidback and like to play, so he’s a good choice for families with children.
Size: Blessed with wildcat looks and a charming personality, this large breed comes in all coat patterns and ranges from medium to large, athletic builds American Bobtails bear bobbed tails that range from one to four inches in length. The wedge-shaped face features giant, almond-shaped eyes in a variety of colors plus a strong chin. The coats can be medium or long in length but always dense and the chest is broad. This breed takes up to three years to fully reach physical maturity.
Temperament & Personality: American Bobtails have dog-like personalities. These cats often play fetch, and they like learning tricks. They also pretend greeting their owners at the door. This cat breed is very tolerant when playing with children, and they don’t have tendency of scratching. However, what makes them different from other cats as well is the fact that they like stealing and hiding shiny objects and stashing them in a hiding place.
Activity Requirements: This breed is very active, so it will benefit from short walks around the block. Use a cat leash and collar to walk them around the block. If you live in a rural area, you could also just let the cat outside to explore for periods of the day. However, if you like to let your cat outside, you should consider the impact of your cat on local wildlife, as well as risks such as traffic and predation.
Breed Traits: Capable of being able to leap six feet in the air due to its strong hind legs.
Welcomes the companionship of all, including children, cats and dogs. Loves to love and be loved. Masters walking on a leash easily and enjoys taking a neighborhood stroll with you as well as fetching tossed paper wads. Guilty of being a true cat burglar, so keep jewelry and other shiny objects out of paws reach.Highly touted for being an ideal therapy cat to visit nursing homes, hospitals and schools to spread cheer. Craves interaction and often beats you to the door to greet guests or may even go to the phone when it rings.
Not very chatty. Tends to converse by chirping and trilling rather than meowing loudly.
Diet: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per feeding up to about 8 wks. 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup per feeding up to 6 months and beyond, depending on weight. Research shows that adult cats need a minimum of 26 percent protein in their diet.
Grooming Requirements: Weekly brushing is advised to keep the longhaired versions free of matted fur. The medium-haired varieties benefit by twice-a-month brushings.
Colors: The coat may be any color, but tiger and tabby patterns dominate. They come in any color and pattern. This means that they can be any pattern in black, brown, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lilac, fawn, red, and cream, with or without white. This wonderful variety of colors and patterns comes in two (2) hair lengths: short and medium-long.
History: The American Bobtail cat is one of the first among these new bobtail cat breeds. Its origin is not exactly known – bobcat (one breed of North American’s wild cats), the only tailless cat that lives on the continent, but its share in the development of American bobtail cat has not been confirmed.
Origin: United States
Life span: 8-15 years
Temperament: Intelligent, Interactive, Lively, Playful, Sensitive, easy going, adaptable, affectionate
Weight: 12 - 16 lbs
Height: 11 inches
Colors: Black, brown, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lilac, fawn, red, and cream, with or without white.
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- About 8 weeks