- Breed Size:
- Height: 22-33 cm
- Weight: 3-6 kg
- Life Expectancy: 9-15 years
- Learning Rate: High
- Country of Origin: United States, Kentucky
The Bombay is an adaptable medium-sized cat, combining the best of both worlds – the perfect blend of the black American shorthair and the Burmese. This cat breed has the gorgeousness pour in with fierceness and yet manages to be one of the cuddly lap cats. Bombay is a panther lookalike or resembles a big jungle cat. They are loyal, fearless, and brilliant.
You can quickly recognize a Bombay by their fabulous black colored coat. Sharing a similar build like that of a Burmese, their coat flaunts short soft fur of solid black. The coat reflects a natural shine that replicates the breed’s pure beauty. The Bombay has a muscled structure with a round head and round eyes of copper-gold. They have round-tipped ears and a long narrow tail.
Quite distinct from their features, Bombay is a highly social cat. This gorgeous breed loves human companionship and is quick to establish a bond with its human family. They would be observing their human parents and following them wherever they go. Extremely agile and light-footed jumpers, Bombay also enjoy couch time with their favorite humans. They are very playful but are also reserved, which makes them great companions for kids.
Bombay loves to play and is amazingly friendly with other pets and cats in the household. If they grow up together or have been introduced well, they will form a great bond in less time. Though not talkative, they do interact with their humans using mellow, soft voices. One of the best things about this breed is that they get adapted well to any changing circumstances, and their hardiness helps them adapt well to a new environment.
Bombay cannot tolerate being alone for long as a people lover and a cat with high social skills. If a household already has several cats or other pets, there won’t be an issue for Bombay to be left alone at home. However, if Bombay is the only pet in the house, the kitty may face separation issues or other forms of anxiety when left alone. It is recommended that they are not left alone all by themselves for extended hours.
Bombay has been named after the exotic port city of India but has no connection with the subcontinent. Instead, the breed was created by the cross-breeding of the Burmese cat and the black American shorthair. The Bombay is the brainchild of breeder Nikki Horner, from Louisville, Kentucky, who wanted to create a cat breed resembling the Indian black leopard. To complete the look for the black leopard in the new cat breed, she extensively searched for a cat with golden eye color. In 1965, Horner succeeded in producing the final cat breed of her dreams – the Bombay.
Eventually, the British breeders were also successful in achieving the same look by breeding black domestic shorthairs and Burmese. With the growing popularity of this cat breed, the Cat Fanciers Association recognized Bombay in 1978. Since then, the cat has been enjoying the status of much loved domestic cats. Their black color makes them look gorgeous, when you have a Bombay, it’s like having a small leopard by your side.