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TRADITIONAL AMERICAN BOBTAIL CAT © ®
HISTORY - PERSONALITY - HEALTH
The Traditional American Bobtail was noticed in the 1960’s, but had been a part of American heritage much earlier. It was a vacation near an Indian Reservation in Arizona by John and Brenda Sanders where the some what fuzzy beginnings of the recognition of the breed began. A short tailed, brown Tabby, male named, Yodie, was obtained by the Sanders there and taken home with them to Iowa. Subsequently the recognized bloodline came from a breeding between Yodie and a long tailed, Seal Point, Siamese female. Yodie’s parentage was unknown, but is believed to have been a bobcat – domestic cat hybrid because of his stubby tail. There is also the possibility of an inheritance from a kinked tailed ancestor from Thailand.
Later Birman, Himalayan and a Himalayan – Siamese cross were added to the bloodline. The original blue print for the breed was a short tailed, pointed, long hair with white mittens and a white face blaze. They come in both short and long haired varieties.
The earliest Bobtail breeder was Mindy Cave, a friend of the Sanders. Early in the 1970’s the breed experienced set backs caused by the cat associations Ms. Cave had approached for acceptance. TCA, INC. has no such blockading policies.
By the 1980’s most of the early bloodlines were phased out. It was stated, The original line became too inbred to be usable. Use of a short tail gene, the Siamese color pattern and the white spotting gene became unmanageable. Focus on the Colorpoint cat waned, although they are still present in the breed. The original idea and name remained.
New Traditional American Bobtail bloodlines were started by breeders in Florida who bred domestic cats and bobcats to produce kittens to further the breed. Such breedings were not documented because there was this explanation, “well, our cat got out, and there were these bobcats running around all over the place, and then the kittens were born with those stubby little tails…”
It is possible for the American Bobcat (Felis rufus, a solely North American spotted cat closely related to the larger-sized Lnyx) to mate with domestic cats. However, the resulting hybrids would most likely be sterile. More probable would be a spontaneous mutation within the domestic cat population or the presence of a Manx type gene. Neither Manx, Japanese Bobtails nor bobcats used in the breeding program today.
Both long tails and bob tails can be produced in litters. No two tails are the same. The average length of the tail is one to four inches. However, this is an average. Some tails may be shorter or longer.
This beguiling breed is a sweet, personable, loving, kind, domestic cat that has the natural, wild appearance of the Bobcat. Being playful, friendly and energetic, coupled with an incredible intelligence, makes them fun companions to own. Being people centered, they may demand human attention by meowing or commandeering available laps. They want to give kisses all the time.
Some of the things they are not is: They talk but are not demanding. They love to play but are not rambunctious. Maturing slowly they are not wild when young. They are not vertically inclined, so they do not climb drapes and screen doors. They are not aloof.
Fun loving and frisky, yet not over active. Just pick them up and they are all purrs.
They are very similar to the favorite dog breeds, being protective of their owners, yet don’t bond with any one member or the household, but rather all members, even the family parrot or dog. Though shy at first, they interact remarkably well with other cats and dogs. A happy go lucky, out going attitude makes them wonderful companions on trips. Their active need for company all of the times leads them to follow you from room to room or be with you as you do daily chores.
A Clown like attitude make them a great source of entertainment in the home. They will often initiate a game and can be persistent until a family member plays with them.
Mostly quiet in voice, they do chirp, click and trill when delighted. Easily leash trained, they love to go on walks. A love of shiny objects, makes it necessary to keep jewelry boxes closed.
So tuned in to their people feelings, they will come running in an instant, when a family member is in need, using their patience, caring and understanding to sooth any trouble.
Well mannered, adaptable, and out going, they make excellent family pets.
Maintenance of a clean environment with love and Veterinarian care, they live most comfortably.
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