Bombay Cat Breed Information

Learn all about Bombay Cats, read about the Bombay Breed information, find out about the Bombay Breed Standard, Bombay behavior and lots more about Bombays.

Bombay Cat Breed Introduction

Bombay Cat

The Bombay cat breed was actually bred to look like a small, black Indian panther.

Bombay Behavior/Personality

Source: Cat Fancier's Association Breed Profile

Bombays are often thought to be dog-like, even relatively easily trained for a cat, even to the point that some Bombay caretakers walk their cats on leashes.

Bombay Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Bombay breed based on the Cat Fanciers Association's breed standard.

  • Head: rounded, broad between the eyes
  • Muzzle: broad, rounded
  • Ears: medium-sized, set well apart, with rounded tips
  • Eyes: set far apart
  • Body: medium-sized, muscular
  • Legs: proportionate to body and tail
  • Paws: round, with five toes in front and four in back
  • Tail: straight and medium-long
  • Coat: fine, short, shiny, with a satiny texture

Bombay History

Source: Cat Fancier's Association Breed Profile

The Bombay cat breed was deliberately bred to look like another animal--a panther. Nikki Horner, a cat breeder from Louisville, Kentucky, apparently often heard people say they had always wanted a panther for a cat. So, in 1953, she began the effort to breed a cat that looked like the black leopard of India: copper eyes and black short hair. She started with a male American Shorthair cat who had deep copper eyes and bred him with a Grand Champion Burmese female with deep black fur. Many breedings followed, not only between the cats of this new line, but also careful out-breedings-in fact, even today, breeders are allowed to out-breed with black American Shorthairs and sable Burmese cats. By the 1960s, a panther-like cat was born.

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