region United States
hair Short, fine, well laid on the body and satiny
dress Jet black
head Rounded, domed front, marked stop
eyes Large, spaced out and round. Yellow to copper in color
ear Spaced out, leaning forward
tail Medium length, tapers to a rounded tip
federation LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, WCF
The Bombay is a breed of cat originating in the United States. This cat is characterized by its coat with short black hair like that of a panther and amber eyes.
Resulting from the marriage of a typical American Burmese with a sable coat (sepia seal) and a black American Shorthair, this breed was created by Nikki Horner of Shawnee Cattery, in 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky (United States) for look like a miniature black panther. Horner called the Bombay "the patent leather kid with the new penny eyes", which can be translated as "the patent leather child with new penny eyes". It took many crosses to get the desired result. In the United States, the CFA recognized the breed in 1976, then the TICA in 1979. There it is very successful while in Europe it is very rare. The first Bombay arrived in France in 1989 and it was a female named Opium.
They are said to be very playful kittens but they would calm down a bit as they grow older. He would also have a soft and discreet voice and would be particularly sensitive to noise. His relaxation would be more important than other cats. This breed would also be fast and strong despite their small size. These character traits remain however perfectly individual and are functions of the history of each individual.