The American Bobtail is an uncommon breed of domestic cat which was developed in the late 1960s. It is most notable for its stubby “bobbed” tail about one-third to one-half the length of a normal cat’s tail.

American Bobtail
Origin United States
Breed standards
CFA standard
TICA standard

Are bobtail kittens rare?

American bobtails are a relatively uncommon breed. Because they’re considered rare, these cats can cost around $600–$1,200 from a reputable breeder.

What kind of domestic cat has no tail?


There are two such breeds known for producing cats without tails: the short-haired Manx, and its long-haired counterpart, the Cymric. Both breeds are from the Isle of Man, a small island in an isolated area where inbreeding in the feline population gave rise to a lack of tail becoming a common trait.

How do I know what kind of bobtail cat I have?

To identify an American bobtail cat, look for a cat with a shaggy coat, long hind legs, and a short tail. If your cat is an American bobtail, you’ll also find its eyes are almond-shaped, which make it seem smart and predatory.

Are bobtail cats good pets?

Bobtails are friendly and intelligent, and are great family cats: they are good with children and other household pets. American bobtails are known for their wild looking appearance, most notably by their “bobbed” stubby tails and natural hunting gaze.

Do bobtail cats purr?

American bobtail cats are highly intelligent, with a reputation for being talkative. They are known to develop wide vocabularies that include a variety of meows, chirps, and purrs.

Are tailless cats rare?

Manx cats are not necessarily rare. However, they are definitely not as common as other breeds, such as the American Shorthair or the Scottish Fold. On the other hand, an all-white Manx is quite a rare find.

What is the difference between a Manx and a bobtail cat?

Both cats are known for their short, cropped tails, but Manx cats often have no tail at all. American Bobtails and Manx cats share similar characteristics, but American Bobtails are generally larger cats that weighing up to 16 pounds.

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