I don’t think we’ve ever had a bobtail on the blog? Today’s as good a day as ever for the first American Bobtail Cat picture!
American bobtails are not in any way related to the wild Bobcat. That’s just a myth. Bobcats are wild cats that have evolved 1.8 million years ago. Here’s a picture of a real wild bobcat –
Easy to tell apart from any domestic cat, bobtailed or not.
Legend has it that the rate Pixie Bob breed is the result of a natural occurring interbreeding between Bobcats and domestic cats. That would be an extremely rare occurrence. Bobcats are large and wild animals that are far more likely to kill a domestic cat than mate with one.
So, what about the American Bobtail cat?
Whatever the case may be with Pixie Bob cats, we know that the American Bobtail breed – shown above in the first photo – is the result of deliberate breeding of cats with the bobtail mutation. It started with a natural mutation which caused the last part of the cat’s tail to remain undeveloped. Cat fanciers/breeders discovered that cat and used him to establish a line of cats with a similar tail deformity. This breed is now recognized by all major cat fancy associations.
Japanese bobtails and even Manx cats have a similar gene mutation. They are not related to the American bobtail cat, yet they share the same mutation and the same short tail. Even shorter in the case of Manx cats.
I hope you enjoyed today’s picture of an American Bobtail cat, along with some trivia on this breed! Have you ever seen an American Bobtail in real life? Maybe at a cat show? If so, let me know in the comments section below.