Breed Of The Month Bombay


The Bombay–dubbed the mini black panther of the Felis Catus species–is a relatively new breed that originated in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1953.


The Bombay cat was created by Nikki Horner (a cat breeder and Miss Kentucky of 1954.)

Horner crossed a sable Burmese and a black American shorthair to create a domestic kitty resembling its significantly larger cousin: the black panther.

Horner perfected the breed after nearly five years of selective breeding.

The breed was given the name “Bombay” after the city in India (now called Mumbai) for the city’s amount of wild black leopards.

In 1976, the Bombay was accepted for championship status with the CFA. TICA accepted the breed three years later, in 1979.


The Bombay is a medium-sized cat with a muscular build. They appear slightly lighter than they are. They typically weigh 8-15 lbs (4-7 kg).

The breed has rounded features with a heart-shaped head, a short muzzle, and large, walnut-shaped eyes that come in either yellow or copper.

Bombays have a shiny and sleek short coat of black fur.

American Bombay vs British Bombay

There are two different Bombay varieties–American and British. The most distinguishable difference between the two is their appearance.

The British Bombay is a cross between a Burmese and a British shorthair.

British Bombays have a triangular-shaped face and more defined features compared to the American Bombay.

British Bombays can have copper, yellow, or green eyes. Green eyes are considered unacceptable for American Bombays during showing.

Personality & Behavior

Bombays are typically very outgoing, social, and friendly.

They tend to form strong bonds with their favorite person and can grow lonely if separated from said person for too long.

The breed is playful, active, and intelligent.

Bombays get along well with children, other cats, and friendly dogs if properly introduced.


Bombays are generally healthy but prone to HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy disease) and some respiratory issues due to the breed’s short muzzle.

It’s important to stay up to date with annual wellness check-ups for your cat–to ensure he/she is in good health.

The breed is also susceptible to weight gain, so Bombay owners should always be mindful of not overfeeding their cats.


Bombays only shed minimally and, therefore, don’t require much grooming–once a week is optimal.

Offering plenty of toys, cat trees, and scratching posts is important for keeping your Bombay kitty entertained and happy.

You should brush your cat’s teeth daily to prevent dental issues.

Your cat’s nails should be trimmed every 2-3 weeks.

Works Cited​

“Bombay Cat Breed–Facts and Personality Traits,” Hill’s Pet,

Brown, Jackie, “Bombay: Cat Breed, Profile, Characteristics & Care,” The Spruce Pets,

W, Emily, “What Is a Bombay Cat? Get to Know This Stunning Breed,” ASPCA, breed of cat,like a miniature black panther.

By Bombaykatze - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,