Origin: United States
Colour: Black is the only colour permitted in this breed.
A recent American breed, it was called the Bombay because its intensely black coat was reminiscent of that of an Indian Black Leopard. It has been described as a 'Black Burmese', a 'mini-panther' or 'the patent-leather kid with new-penny eyes'.
Owner's GuideDomestic Breed: A recent American breed, it was called the Bombay because its intensely black coat was reminiscent of that of an Indian Black Leopard. It has been described as a 'Black Burmese', a 'mini-panther' or 'the patent-leather kid with new-penny eyes'. Appearance: A compact, muscular black cat with a sheen to its very short, satin-like coat. It has large, golden eyes and wide set ears on its rounded head. History: The breed was deliberately created in Kentucky in 1958 by Nikki Horner, who crossed sable Burmese with black American Shorthairs. Her aim was create 'a copper-eyed mini-panther with patent-leather fur' by combining the black colour of the Shorthair with the coat sheen of the Burmese. The Bombay achieved championship status in the US in 1976, but is still comparatively rare outside America. Some breeding had occurred separately in Britain, using British-type Burmese and black British Shorthair Cats. Because of slight differences between the American and British parental stock, the resultant Bombays are also slightly different from one another. Personality: Terms used to describe this breed include: assertive, confident, gentle, vocal but soft-voiced, intelligent, sensitive, active, inquisitive, playful, patient and unusually friendly . Colour forms: Black is the only colour permitted in this breed. Breed Clubs: The Bombay Connection. 200 Raintree Trail, Lafayette, LA 70507, USA. International Bombay Society. Address: 5782 Dalton Drive, Farmington, NY 14425, USA.
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