The American Bobtail cat is a muscular cat with a medium length plush double coat, (also seen with a long coat) and small tufts on the tips of the ears. The tail is 4 to 6inches long with a graceful curve. They have a wild, almost lynx or bobcat look that defines the breed and is most desireable, but despite the wildcat appearance are extremely docile, tractable and good-natured. They are natural clowns known for lots of purring and some unusual chirps and clicking sounds when playing. This happy and even-tempered cat is one of the best choices for families with kids and is less likely to shy away from the possible rough and enthusiastic contact of young children than other breeds. There are several other cat breeds with short or missing tails like the Manx cat and the Japanese Bobtail.The personality of the American Bobtail cat is often described as “dog-like”. These robust cats tend to love playing fetch, tag, or even hide and seek type games. They often have favorite toys they will carry around in their mouths.
They are adaptable and hardy, ready to roughhouse, or happy to relax. They are occasionally described as being a good “mans cat”, and may be alot less fussy than other breeds. Bobtails like warm companionship and benefit from other cats, dogs or children in the family. Although not particularly vocal, they have a tendency towards some less typical sounds like chirping or trilling when excited or happy or in greeting.