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Bombay cat - Breed Profile:

Origin: USA
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Vocal
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Moderately docile

Physical characteristics

The Bombay cat looks like a small panther. It is a medium size cat with a muscular body and graceful outlines. The legs are well-proportioned to the body, neither short nor long. These cats are surprisingly heavy for their size: adult males weigh 8 to 11 pounds, adult females weigh 6 to 9 pounds. The head has a rounded shape, the muzzle is well-developed. The rounded eyes are set wide apart; their colour can be either copper or gold. The nose is a bit foreshortened and has a well-noticeable stop in profile. The wide set ears are medium size and tilt forward slightly.


The temperament of Bombay cats is, perhaps, even more impressive than their look. They balance well between being an even-tempered and active cat at the same time. Playful and very smart, they are amazingly people-oriented, affectionate, and devoted. Even though they like talking and are known to be rather vocal cats, they won't drive you mad with constant conversations the way Siamese cats can do sometimes. Besides, they have a milder voice. Bombay cats love attention and nothing can stop them from getting it: be ready that your companion follows you everywhere like a black shadow, literally. If you are doing nothing, they'll happily do nothing in your lap, too. These cats tend to love the entire family, not only one particular person. If you feel uncomfortable with such attached cats, consider getting another breed. A lack of attention makes Bombay cats unhappy.

Coat and grooming

The coat of Bombay cats is shorthair and it comes in only one pattern and colour - solid black. It is lustrous, close-lying, warm-velvet to the touch and it has an obvious shimmering leather sheen. Little grooming is necessary to keep it in a good condition.


The Bombay cat can develop cranial deformities, excessive eye tearing and breathing problems, and dental disease.

Other interesting facts

The breed name was inspired by the black leopard of India, and it was named after the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) in India.