Native Country United States of America Other Names N/A Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size Known for having large litters.
Breed Appearance The Bombay is a sleek muscular cat with great
big copper penny eyes and a shiny midnight-black coat that resembles
black patent leather. The combination is spectacular and resembles
the mini-panther that the late Nikki Horner had in mind when she
began developing the breed in 1953. The Bombay is a man-made breed
developed from crossing a black American Shorthair with a sable
Breed Description Head: Medium in size, rounded, with no
sharp angles Rounded forehead. Full cheeks. Moderately short nose.
Broad, moderately short muzzle with a slight nose break. Firm,
rounded chin. Powerful jaws. Eyes: Large, round, set well apart. Bright, shiny gold to
copper eyes (gold is preferred). Neck: Medium in length; thick and arched. Body: Medium in size, semi-cobby. Powerful shoulders and
well-developed, broad chest. Heavy bone structure. Firm muscles. Paw: Medium in length, in proportion to the body. Heavy bone
structure, muscular. Paws small to medium in size, round. Tail: Medium in length, straight, moderately thick and tapering
to the tip. Coat: Short and very close-lying with a
shimmering sheen. Almost complete absence of undercoat. Satinlike
texture. Color: Black only. Skin and pads are also black. Definitive
eye color is attained by six months of age. Fault: Flat skull, green eyes. Overly exotic body type. Overly
fine tail or bone structure. Wooly coat. Nose leather or paw pads
other than black. White spots.
History Nikki Horner, an American breeder from
Kentucky, crossed a sable Burmese queen with a copper-eyed black
American Shorthair. The result was the creation of a "miniature
black panther" (the name referring to the black panther of India).
The breed was recognized by the C.F.A. in 1976 and by T.I.C.A. in
1979. The first Bombay, a female named Opium, imported to France
arrived in 1989. Though highly popular in the United States, the
Bombay is almost unknown in Europe.
Behavior This is a self-assured cat. Bombays are
athletic, playful, curious, and remarkably agile. This highly social
cat adapts easily to his surroundings and makes a good companion.
Bombays can live with dogs, but do not always get along with other
cats. Affectionate and extremely gentle, the Bombay loves to
snuggle, though often restricts his affections to his owner. This
cat does adjust well to solitude. Though less talkative than the
Burmese, the Bombay has a rather husky voice. Care is simple.
Bombays are sensitive to loud noises and tend to be wary of children
and the outdoors.
Health Cherry Eye, Cleft Palate-This is a birth defect
of the nasal and oral cavities commonly associated with harelip. It
is caused by failure of the palate bones to develop and fuse. This
results in an opening from the oral to the nasal cavity. It is
usually impossible for a kitten to nurse. Survival depends on tube
feeding. A similar condition can occur in adult cats from a blow to
the face associated with a fracture of the palate. Harelip can occur
by itself. It is due to abnormal development of the upper lip. This
problem is primarily cosmetic, and can be corrected with plastic
surgery. Skull, Jaw, and Tooth Malformations.