Bombay Breeders and other Links
The Bombay was developed by Nikki Horner, a breeder in Louisville, Kentucky. She set out to create a "miniature black panther" by crossing sable Burmese with a solid black American Shorthair. Her first attempts in the late 1950's were disappointing. A few years later, working with different breeding stock, she began to get the results that she was looking for: a cat with good muscular development and a very short, close-lying black coat. Recognition and acceptance of the new breed by the registering associations took 18 years; the Bombay was accepted for championship in CFA in 1976.
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In the USA the Bombay Cat refers to a black Burmese that has resulted from a hybrid that was deliberately bred between a sable-brown Burmese and a black American Shorthair to resemble a wild panther. The name Bombay was taken from the city of Bombay in India to honor the native wild cousin. It is slowly being accepted internationally.
Type and characteristics
Medium rounded. The head should have a good width between the ears, the nose is black. Moderate to visible stop in profile.
Medium sized and set apart on a rounded skull, broad at the base with slightly rounded tips
The eyes should be set wide apart. Golden to deep copper in color.
Body and Legs
Body is elegant, medium type cats, well muscular appearance. Paws pads are black. Legs in proportion to body. Five toes in front, four in back.
Straight elegant tail, medium length, medium thickness.
Coat is black,. it always displays a thick, shiny, solid coat; no other colors or patterns are permitted. The eyes shine in a coppery or golden shade.
Outgoing, friendly sociable cat. Leash friendly, likes to fetch and guard. Hardy and less vocal than the Burmese.
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Bombay Breeders and other related Links
More Breed Descriptions on the Net
CFA Breed Profile: Bombay
CFA Breed Standard: Bombay
TICA Breed Standard: Bombay
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