Although the name and appearance gives the impression that this cat breed is a wild cat hybrid; it is not. It is just a breed developed from a cat that carried a genetic mutation for a shortened tail. The same thing happened for the Manx on the Isle of Man and for the Kurilian Bobtail - just two examples. There are many random bred, short-tailed cats out there. You'll even see bobtailed Siamese cats in Asia.
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|Photo copyright Helmi Flick|
|American Bobtail "Cher" - Photo copyright Helmi Flick|
|American Bobtail "Jessee" - Photo copyright Helmi Flick|
The American Bobtail is a very pleasant cat. Helmi, the famous photographer who captured this photographs, says she found working with these cats a pleasant experience. They look calm and relaxed. Not all cats in photographic studios in the process of being photographed are calm and cooperative. That is from first hand observation. Helmi's assessment is backed up by Gloria Stephens who wrote Legacy of the Cat. She says that this cat breed is "calm, intelligent and easy-to-live-with". Legacy of the Cat : ISBN 0-8118-2910-3.