Although the American Bobtail Cat has a very short stumpy tail it is not related to the Manx or Japanese Bobtail. It is said to have originated as a result of the mating of a short-tailed wild tabby male and a seal-point Siamese female, but the parentage of the tabby is not clear. Some of the other breeds used in the development of the American Bobtail since then include the Birman and the Himalayan.

The American Bobtail is a medium-large cat with a water-resistant, thick double coat which can be either short or long, and can come in any colour or pattern. It has a small stumpy tail which averages 2.5