The American Bobtail is a medium to large, naturally
occurring, bobtailed cat. It is a noticeably athletic animal, well
muscled, with the look and feel of power. It possesses a unique
natural hunting gaze that combines with the breed's body type and
natural bobtail to give the American Bobtail a distinctive wild
appearance. The breeds expression is one of intelligence and alertness.
Females are generally proportionately smaller than males with type
a more important aspect of the breed than size or tail characteristics.
Any genetically possible color or combination of colors is allowed.
Preference shall be given to colors and patterns that enhance the
natural wild appearance of the breed. High rufusing is desirable
in all tabbies, including silvers, with no penalty for lack thereof.
Body patterns highly desirable in lynx points and smokes. Buttons
and Lockets: allowable on any color and/or pattern. Cats with buttons
and/or lockets shall be judged as their basic color with no penalty
for such locket and/or button.
Shape - broad modified wedge without noticeable flat planes or doming,
in proportion to the body. Cheekbones are apparent. In profile slightly
concave curve between nose and brow with good length between brow
& ears. Widening of the head and stud jowls apparent in adult
males. Brow - distinctive, evidenced by a slightly rounded forehead
to eye ridge; brow border is fleshy creating and enhancing the top
line of the eye.
TAIL:May be straight, slightly curved, have bumps, or be slightly
knotted; tail is short, halfway to hock (in repose); should be carried
erect; must be long enough to be clearly visible above the back
and not so long as to extend past the hock of hind leg.