American Bobtail

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Life expectancy

The American Bobtail has a life expectancy of between 15 and 18 years


Adult size

Female Between 14 and 16 in
Male Between 14 and 16 in

Adult weight

Female Between 11 and 18 lb
Male Between 13 and 20 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown White Red Cream Blue
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The American Bobtail costs between £450 and £750

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More details about the American Bobtail

American Bobtail: Origins and history

The American Bobtail is a very recent natural breed. Legend has it that the patriarch of the breed is a brown tabby kitten with a tiny tail that was wandering around a reserve in Arizona in the late sixties. A young American couple on holiday, the Sanders, fell under his spell. They named him Yodi and brought him home with them in Iowa. Yodi wooed the family's cat, a colour-pointed kitten without a pedigree, who then gave birth to a litter of short-tailed kittens. A friend of the Sanders was intrigued by these peculiar kittens and decided to turn them into an official breed. Domestic cats with the characteristic short tail were found throughout the United States and Canada, and their breeders simply helped nature along by breeding these cats together. Along the way, a long-haired cat was introduced into the lineage, which led to the appearance of a variant of the American Bobtail with mid-length hair.

The breed has been recognised by TICA since 1989.

American Bobtail: Purchase price

The average purchase price varies between £450 and £750. Lineage, age, sex, color, etc. are all factors that can change the price. For the monthly budget, the required spend will be around £25 to £35 per month.

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