American Bobtails

As mentioned on the About Us page, our cattery started with the American Bobtails. We are extemely proud of Hershey Kiss! He was the first International Championship cat after the breed was recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA).

RW SGC AutumSun Hershey Kiss
Chocolate Spotted Tabby

The American Bobtail is a naturally occurring breed of short tailed cats. The foundation stock of this breed comes from feral cats, possessing a natural short tail. The true development of this breed began in the late 1960's. A young couple on vacation discovered a brown tabby kitten with a short tail on an Indian reservation. They brought the little fellow home and named him "Yodi". When young Yodi became of age, he romanced the couple's female cat "Mishi", a non-pedigreed domestic color point. The resulting kittens inherited Yodi's unusual short tail.

The kittens soon caught the eye of family friend Mindy Schultz, who saw the possibility to establish a new breed of felines. The first written standard for the American Bobtail called for a long hair, color point cat with boots. With time, the standard has evolved to accept all patterns and all colors of Bobtails, as well as coats in short, medium and long lengths.

Ch AutumSun Midnight Hole
Black Solid
AutumSun Thomas Divide
Black Silver Mac Tabby
   
RW TGC AutumSun Kanati Ridge
Brown Classic Tabby
RW SGC Angelbobs Cataloochee of AutumSun (Lucee)
Brown Spotted Tabby

The American Bobtail is a medium to large powerfully built, naturally occurring short tailed cat. Being a product of natural selection, this is a hearty breed with all of the intelligence and skill nature demands of her predatory creatures. The American Bobtail displays the look of an athletic animal, well muscled & solid in appearance.

The tail is relatively short and can be slightly curved or knotted. The length will vary and acceptable show lengths will depend on the individual cat's stature. For show cats, the tail must be long enough to be clearly visible above the cat's back when alert, but not so long as to be past the hock when relaxed. The tail can appear both longer and shorter than these lengths required on show quality cats.

American Bobtails should have a strong head with large, almost almond-shaped eyes set under a distinctive brown giving the cat an exceptional hunting look. The ears should be moderately large and placed as much on top as on the side of the head. Ears with lynx tipping, furnishings and thumb print ocelli are highly desirable.

Males will be proportionally larger than females and should possess male characteristics. Females of this breed generally weigh 7-12 pounds, whereas their male counterparts have been known to weigh anywhere from 12-20 pounds. This is a slow maturing breed that will take 2-3 years to develop into a fully mature adult.


 

 

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