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- Medium length, rounded head with short muzzle
- Short, flat, gleaming, black-to-roots coat
- Gold to copper colored eyes
- Exotic appearance of 'mini' or 'parlor-panther'
- Playful, congenial, outgoing, smart, affectionate
- Can be leash trained
- Good with children and other pets
- Needs boosters by 12 weeks old
- Annual vet visit for checkups is important
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Does best indoors
- Needs sufficient scratching device
- Declawing is not recommended
- Kittens available after 12-16 weeks
- Trim nails regularly
- It has been said that these cats act much like dogs and monkeys
- These cats are fond of finding new ways to entertain themselves, as well as humans
- They often act as 'greeters' to their home's visitors
- Breed name inspired by the black leopard of India
- Efforts to breed this cat began in 1953 with a black American Shorthair male and a Grand Champion Sable Burmese female
- The Bombay received CFA championship status in 1976