American Bobtail

Breed history
The American Bobtail is not descended from the Japanese Bobtail at all. Instead, its story takes place almost exclusively in the United States. At least, that’s where we find its origin, around 1965. The American Bobtail was born from a “marriage” between a long-tailed cat and Yodi, a brown tabby cat discovered by John and Branda Sanders on an Indian reservation in Arizona. They decided to take him home and mate him with this female.

Several kittens from the same litter wore a short tails. Finally, a friend of this couple, Mindy Shultz, looked more seriously at this new breed, determined to have it recognized. This was the case in 1989, although the species is still being developed.

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