American Bombay cat
|Domestic cat (Felis catus)|
The Bombay cat breed is a type of short-haired cats 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 from Louisville, Kentucky, 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. Nikki Horner died in 1995.
Bombay is the name given to black cats of the Asian group. It is a cat of Burmese type with a black coat, toes, nose, and copper eyes. 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.
The Bombay cat has a medium body build that is muscular. Their weight should be six to twelve pounds (~2.5–5.4 kg) with males typically being heavier than females. If healthy, the Bombay can live approximately 15 to 20 years. Bombay cats are known to be vocal and they do cry and meow more than other cats.Bombay cats can have some sinus problems and snuffly noses, while overall, the Bombay is a very healthy breed.
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 Bombay cats are not independent. Older Bombays are somewhat more independent than younger ones. They seek attention from their owners and people around them often and dislike being left alone for extended periods of time. Although they like to be around people generally, Bombay cats also tend to have a certain person whom they pay special attention to in their lives. Overall, the Bombay breed is intelligent, playful, and attention-seeking. The Bombay's muscular medium sized body can be deceiving, as they often weigh slightly more than they might appear to. They don't shed as much as other breeds and require very little grooming. They tend to get along well with other cats, as they have an established pecking order in the household. They have a very distinctive purr and love to snuggle.
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