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Bombay
Recognized Breed

Bombay Activity Level 6
Playfulness 8
Need for attention 6
Affection towards its owners 7>
Vocality 3
Docility 7
Intelligence 6
Independence 4
Healthiness and hardiness 5
Need for grooming 2
Compatibility with children 8
Compatibility with other pets 6
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History
The Bombay was created in the 1950s by the late Nikki Horner, an American breeder who wanted to develop a cat that possessed the conformation of the Burmese but with a sleek black coat and copper eyes instead of brown fur and yellow eyes¿sort of a pint-sized panther. She named the breed after Bombay, India, land of the black leopard. She first attempted to breed a female Burmese to a black American Shorthair. The results were disappointing; they looked more like poor American Shorthairs than anything else.

For her second try Horner chose her breeders¿and cats¿more carefully. She shopped around until she found a black American Shorthair male that had the rich eye color she wanted and bred him to one of her best Champion Burmese. After much trial and error, Horner finally produced the results she was looking for: a cat with the conformation and short polished coat of the Burmese, and the American Shorthair¿s copper-colored eyes and black color.

Creating a breed, even one as striking as the Bombay, doesn¿t mean cat fancy acceptance, however. Horner found that the Burmese breeders and the cat associations weren¿t overly willing to accept her new kid on the block. Since the breed had not been accepted for Championship, Horner had no Champion cats with which to catch the attention of the cat-buying public.

It wasn¿t until 1970 that the breed was accepted for registration by the CFA. Advancing from registration to provisional status meant Horner had to form at least one breed club and register 100 examples of the breed. Eighteen years after Horner began her efforts, the breed gained eligibility to compete in the Championship classes on May 1, 1976. While still currently rare (in 1996, the CFA registered only 91), the breed has a dedicated following.

Personality
If an aloof, independent cat is what you¿re craving, this breed isn¿t for you. Bombays are attached to their owners, and tend to love the entire family rather than bond with only one person. Fanciers say they are particularly good with children.

They want constant attention, although they are gentle and polite in their attempts to gain your notice. When you sit down, don¿t be surprised to find your Bombay sitting beside you moments later. Curious and intelligent, Bombays love to play, but are not as rambunctious as some breeds. Generally, they are not as vocal as the Oriental breeds.

Conformation
Black to the roots, the Bombay¿s coat invites caressing with its fine, satinlike texture and shimmering ¿patent leather¿ sheen. Bombays develop slowly, gaining their eye color and gleaming coat well after they are four months old. Some prospective buyers tend to think the kittens look rather ordinary. Bombays, like fine wine, seem to improve with age.

General
The Bombay is a medium-sized, well-balanced cat with a jet black, gleaming coat, gold to copper eyes, and sweet facial expression.
Body
Medium in size; muscular; neither compact nor rangy; surprising weight for its size.
Head
Pleasingly rounded with no sharp angles; face full with considerable breadth between the eyes, blending gently into a broad, rounded, well-developed muzzle; in profile a moderate stop is visible; no ¿pugged¿ or ¿snubbed¿ look; firm chin.
Ears
Medium in size; set well apart; tilted slightly forward; broad at base with slightly rounded tips.
Eyes
Set far apart with rounded aperture. Color ranges from gold to copper.
Tail
Straight; medium in length.
Coat
Fine, short, satinlike texture; close-lying.
Color
Black to the roots.
Disqualify
Kinked or abnormal tail; lockets or spots; green eyes; improper bite; extreme break that interferes with breathing.
Allowable Outcrosses
Black American Shorthair, sable Burmese.

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