Bombay

Personality:

  • Intelligent and easily trained.
  • Loyal and devoted to their humans.
  • Only cat that is judged 55% on color and coat.
  • This combination of Burmese and American Shorthair has resulted in a cat that is hardier and less vocal than the Burmese.

History:

Created by a breeder in Kentucky who crossed a copper-eyed, black American Shorthair with a sable Burmese in an attempt to create a mini-panther.  Named after the black leopard of India and the city of Bombay.  Breeders are still allowed to outcross to Burmese for type and to black American Shorthairs for color.  Accepted for championship status by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1976, 18 years after the breeding program began.

Body Type:

  • Medium-size, well-balanced, muscular cat.
  • Head is rounded without a snubbed nose look.
  • Ears are medium and slightly rounded.
  • Eyes are bright gold to copper, with copper preferred in the show ring.

Coat:

  • Coat is short, with a satin-like texture and patent-leather sheen.
  • Solid jet black.
  • The International Cat Association (TICA) accepts sable in addition to black.

Health and Wellness:

  • Bombays are a hybrid created by crossing sable Burmese with black American Shorthair cats.  As a rule, creating hybrids brings hybrid vigor to the breed.

What you should know:

  • Use a soft chamois cloth to keep your Bombay looking sleek and glossy.