Blacker than black, this cat is possessed of a truly remarkable coat that is often described as having the sheen of patent leather. It is named for the city of Bombay because of its resemblance to the Indian black leopard.
The breed was created in the US in the 1950s by crossing a Burmese and an American Black Shorthair. It has not yet achieved recognition in Great Britain.
The Bombay rarely stops purring, craves human companionship, and dislikes being self alone. It is quite happy to spend its entire life indoors.
There are no varieties.
Still relatively rare outside the US, this cat’s elegant good looks should ensure it a wider popularity in the near future.
A medium-sized, muscular type.
Color should be a gleaming jet black and the fur short and close-lying.
Should be medium in length.
Medium in length, in proportion to the body.
The paws should be small and oval with black pads.
Rounded, with a full face that should taper to a short, well-developed muzzle with black nose pad.
Round, set far apart, and should range in color from gold to vivid copper.
Should be medium-sized, broad at the base with gently rounded tips. Ears are set far apart and should tilt forward slightly.