Breed Guide: American Bobtail

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An American BobtailDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the American Bobtail

Weight:  7-15lb

Points of conformation: Well muscled, medium sized body with short heavy legs.  Bobbed tail.

Coat: Long or short haired. Soft dense undercoat.

Color: All colors are accepted.

Grooming needs: Low to moderate for the longer haired variety, low for the short haired variety.

Origin: Arizona, USA

Behavior Traits: Curious, easy going and friendly.

Is an American Bobtail cat right for You?

The American Bobtail is thought to have originated in the 1960’s from a cat named Yodi.  The tail can be normal length, but the trademark is a tail that falls above the hock.  Bobtails are known for their easy going manner and are often described as ‘dog-like.’  They like to play games, such as fetch and hide and seek and can be leash trained.  They tend to get along well with dogs and children.  They are quiet and will ‘chirp’ and trill.  They do well in nosy, busy environments and have excelled as therapy cats due to their calm demeanor.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the American Bobtail

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Constipation $1,163 $1,163
Cystitis $321 $321


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