Cat Breed Profile
The Bombay History
Nikky Horner in Kentucky bred the first Bombays in 1953 with selective
breeding between a sable Burmese and a black American Shorthair. The
breeding program continued with the result of a totally black cat with a
short shiny coat and huge copper eyes. The Bombays bred true and in 1976
the Bombay was recognised
for championship status in The Cat Fanciers' Association
The Bombay Appearance
With its jet black, gleaming coat, gold to copper eyes, solid body and
sweet facial expression, the ideal Bombay has an unmistakable look of its
own. It is not a natural breed but a genetic hybrid, with distinctive
features that separate it from its foundation (parent) breeds.
The Bombay is a
medium-size cat, well-balanced, friendly, alert, and outgoing; muscular and
having a surprising weight for its size. The body and tail should be of medium
length, the head rounded with medium-sized, wide-set ears, a moderate nose
"stop" which is visible (not a break), large rounded wide-set eyes, and an
overall look of excellent proportions and carriage.
This is not a black Burmese,
and looks completely different. The ideal Bombay has an
unmistakable look of its own, they are a unique breed, and nothing in the cat
world resembles her. The coat
is gleaming black, like the texture of satin, and gold to copper eyes.
The Bombay Personality
They are an outgoing cat, friendly and
playful. They are easily leash trained and like to retrieve. They are a
very sociable cat and make a great addition to the family as they get on
well with children and dogs. They are very agile and athletic and
their antics will keep you constantly amused.
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