Let's talk American Bobtail

It’s no wonder the American Bobtail is often referred to as the “Golden Retriever of the Cat World”: they are playful, affectionate, intelligent cats who are extremely interactive and devoted to their human family. Sociable and fond of fetch, hide-and-seek, and many other games, the easy-going American Bobtail is known to initiate playtime with their owners and even other pets. With their large size and shaggy coat, the American Bobtail may have an air of the wildcat. But this outgoing breed is anything but wild: they are highly adaptable and make for a great family companion.   

Official name: American Bobtail

Other names: American Bobtail Shorthair, American Bobtail Longhair

Origins: USA

Labrador Retriever adult black and white

 Shedding level


 Warm weather? Very low
 Energy Level*  Medium  Family pet?* Very high
 Compatibility with other pets  Very high

* We advise against leaving pets alone for long stretches. Companionship can prevent emotional distress and destructive behaviour. Speak to your veterinarian for recommendations.

Every pet is different, even within a breed; this snapshot of this breed specifics should be taken as an indication.

For a happy healthy and well-behaved pet, we recommend educating and socializing your pet as well as covering their basic welfare needs (and their social and behavioral needs.

Pets should never be left unsupervised with a child.

Contact your breeder or veterinarian for further advice.

All domestic pets are sociable and prefer company. However, they can be taught to cope with solitude from an early age. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or trainer to help you do this.

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Illustration of an American Bobtail cat
25 cm - 35 cm Рост
5 kg 500 g - 6 kg Вес
Женского пола
22 cm - 25 cm Рост
4 kg 500 g - 5 kg 500 g Вес

 Baby age  Birth to 4 months
 Puppy age  4 to 12 months
 Adult age 1 to 7 years
 Mature age  7 to 12 years
 Senior age  From 12 years


Происхождение породы

Для многих любителей собак лабрадор ретривер остается одной из самых популярных универсальных пород в мире. Родиной лабрадор ретриверов считают побережье острова Ньюфаундленд в Канаде, где рыбаки использовали похожих собак для подачи рыбы. The breed as we know it today, however, was established by the British in the early 1800’s.

Клуб лабрадор ретриверов был основан в 1916 году. Вскоре после этого был принят первый стандарт породы, преимущественно ориентированный на рабочих лабрадор ретриверов, которые обрели изначальную известность и были впервые представлены в Великобритании в конце 1800-х годов полковником Питером Хокером и графом Малмсбери.

Ginger American Bobtail cat walking through a vegetable patch


2 facts about American Bobtails

1. The perfect companion

Easy-going, social, and affectionate are qualities that make The American Bobtail an ideal companion in nursing homes, hospitals, and schools where they lift spirits and have been known to serve as therapy cats.

2. A real life "cat burglar"

The American Bobtail cat takes games like hide-and-seek very seriously, to the point where your belongings may occasionally go missing! As a result, it’s important to store your shiniest objects where their paws can’t reach them. 


History of the breed

While the jury is still out on the precise origins of the American Bobtail, it is thought to have first developed as a breed in the late 1960s in the United States, when a short-tailed domestic tabby was crossed with a Siamese. These early bloodlines also included Birman and Himalayan outcrosses. However, there were difficulties and those lines have virtually died out.

Then, in the 1980s, a group of breeders broke away from the original, pointed pattern for the breed and formed the breed as it is known today. These breeders worked with feral domestic cats from different areas of North America, all of which displayed the distinctive bobbed tail that gives the breed its name.

The American Bobtail’s tail, which is about one third to half the length of a normal tail and may be straight, slightly curved or bumpy, is the breed’s most recognisable feature. In combination with its large, almost almond-shaped eyes and hunter’s gaze, the American Bobtail bears a striking resemblance to the bobtailed wildcat of North America (but only in appearance!).

Black and white portrait sitting American Bobtail


From head to tail

Physical characteristics of American Bobtails

1. Ears

Ears with slightly rounded tips

2. Eyes

Large, almost almond-shaped eyes

3. Coat

Resilient double coat, medium or long in length

4. Body

Broad, modified head and athletic, rectangular body

5. Tail

Bobbed tail around one third to half the length of a normal tail


Things to look out for

From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your American Bobtail
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As an intelligent cat, the American Bobtail needs to be challenged

A very intelligent breed, the American Bobtail cat needs to be mentally challenged and stimulated to remain interested in everyday life (much like humans!). One way to do this is by teaching them tricks and giving them puzzle toys that require problem-solving. When they learn to manipulate the toy, they can be rewarded with kibble - or affection. Keep in mind: as adept problem-solvers, the American Bobtail is also known for being skilled at escaping closed rooms.

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The tail-less few may develop spinal issues

A generally healthy breed with no major genetic predispositions to disease, some American Bobtail cats are born without tails and may be at risk for developing spinal issues. Due to a malformed spine, this may impact the cat’s ability to control defecation. A reputable breeder will be able to provide a written health guarantee for peace of mind.


Caring for your American Bobtail

Grooming, training and exercise tips

They may have a medium-to-long double coat of fur but the American Bobtail cat only requires a moderate amount of grooming and isn’t prone to tangling. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to brush your Bobtail a few times a week to keep the coat shiny and prevent matting. The American Bobtail is particularly adaptable and easy to train, even to play fetch with rolled up wads of paper. The breed’s fondness for games and toys keeps them mentally stimulated indoors while their ability to jump high off the ground keeps them physically active, whether it’s to reach the top of a cat tower or snatch a flying insect.

All about American Bobtails

In a word, yes. They have double coats and that can mean quite a lot of shedding action for dogs like the Labrador. They shed their coats year-round, but even more in spring and winter. Staying on top of brushing – getting them used to twice a week brushing is a good idea – and grooming will help decrease the amount of dog hair clogging the vacuum each week.

Like any dog, your Labrador Retriever didn’t come into the world knowing all the rules. But they are ready and willing to learn and, with some solid lessons, you or a professional trainer can guide your Labrador puppy to understand what is expected of them. The Labrador temperament  is one that innately wants to please, so they’ll pick things up relatively quickly. Early training is essential if you have children in the house, as for any breed.


1 - Veterinary Centers of America https://vcahospitals.com/ 

2 - Royal Canin Dog Encyclopaedia. Ed 2010 and 2020

3 - Banfield Pet Hospital https://www.banfield.com/

4 - Royal Canin BHN Product Book

5 - American Kennel Club https://www.akc.org/