American Bobtail | Cat Breed Guide

American Bobtail | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The American Bobtail is a large, friendly yet independent cat that makes a great family pet. He’s good with children and with other pets. 

Weight: 7-16 pounds

Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

Temperament: sweet, affectionate, intelligent

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History and Personality 

The American Bobtail first appeared in the United States in the 1960s. His exact history is not known, but it’s believed he is the result of a cross between a Siamese and a short-tailed tabby.

The American Bobtail has a wild look, similar to the wild bobcat, with a shaggy coat. The shortened tail is between one third and one half the length of an average cat’s tail, but no two tails are alike. His hind legs are slightly longer than his front legs.

He is a friendly, devoted companion who loves being with his people. He does well with children and other pets. He loves to play with toys and may stalk them and carry them around like a mighty hunter.

He is very smart and can be taught to play fetch or walk on a leash. He may even figure out how to escape his locked carrier.

He’s a quiet cat, but he may charm you with his trills or chirps. 

The American Bobtail is said to be especially attuned to human emotions so he has been by psychotherapists in their practice. He has also been used as a therapy cat, visiting people in hospitals and nursing homes.


The American Bobtail comes in all colors and patterns and two coat lengths: a dense shorthair and a medium longhair. Giving him a good brushing a couple of times a week will keep his coat healthy and shiny.

Health Concerns 

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Spinal problems

The American Bobtail is generally very healthy, but they are prone to hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease that can cause lameness and arthritis in the hip joints. Bobtails with no tails can have spinal problems that affect their ability to control defecation.