The Bombay Cat Breed: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Black panthers have a fascinating look. If you've always wanted to own one of the dangerous and powerful big cats, but don't want to risk endangering your life, you may want to consider a domestic cat breed that looks like the deadly black panther, the Bombay.

The breeder who developed the Bombay actually created this breed so that she could have a cat that looked like a miniature panther.

The Bombay cat breed gets its jet black coat color from its American Shorthair ancestors and its body shape from its Sable Burmese ancestors.

This breed has very short hair that has a very smooth and silky feeling.

The CFA breed standard for this cat requires enormous, round in shape, copper colored eyes. Deeper eye color is preferred, but some may be on the gold side.

Cats that do not develop the copper eye color or have eye color that fades as they age are automatically disqualified.

Only one coat color is allowed for the breed standard, and these cats should be jet black all the way to the root. Occasionally, sable kittens still appear.

For the small size of its compact body, the Bombay is not a lightweight. These black beauties weigh in at about six to eleven solidly built pounds.

Bernard: Portrait of a Bombay cat #2

Although developed in Kentucky, the breed is named after the city in India, Bombay, now known as Mumbai. This is due to the resemblance of the little cat to the black leopards that roam India.

Of course, since the Bombay is the descendant of two domestic cat breeds, it does not have the personality of a panther. In fact, this breed is known for being very friendly, sweet, and extremely intelligent.

Just how smart is the Bombay? It's said that this is one of the few cat breeds that can learn to fetch and heel. Although I suspect this is more due to personality than actual intellect.

Known as a parlor panther, the Bombay is very good at learning parlor tricks, as well. While the Bombay is a bit talkative, it does not have a loud or shrill voice.

If you would like to live with both dogs and cats, this breed is a good choice. Bombays rarely meet a person or animal they do not like.

Of course, you will still need to be sure that you choose a dog breed that is tolerant of cats. Households with children should also consider the Bombay.

These cats are very patient and love people, including children. They even tend to like complete strangers and often will greet visitors at the front door, instead of hiding under the sofa or bed like many cats.

For people who spend a lot of time at home, the Bombay is a wonderful choice. These cats will spend all day hanging out with their humans and love to curl up in any available lap.

Some people think that they crave the extra heat that our bodies give off, but most people prefer to think that these cats just enjoy being with their families.

If you spend a lot of time away from home, you may want to think twice about owning a Bombay. If you do still decide that this breed is for you, you may want to get a second cat, as a single Bombay left home alone is a very unhappy cat.

With their short, sleek coats, these cats need very little grooming. In fact, rubbing your cat down once a week with a grooming glove should keep him glossy and beautiful.

If you want a cat who looks wild but has the personality of a teddy bear, then a Bombay is the perfect choice for you.

Young panther / CC BY-SA 2.0

Cat Breeds

Cat Lovers Only

Want More Kitties in Your Inbox?

I guarantee 100% privacy.

Like this page

Like us on Facebook

Comments: What do you think?

Have your say about what you just read. Leave me a comment in the box below.

Like us on Facebook

Get the book on Amazon...

Meet Our Featured Kitties

Featured kitties September, 2015

10 Cutest Kitten Moments with Marmalade and Cole

10 cutest kitten moments with Marmalade and Cole

23 Cats Who Love Boxes. "Bonus Belle" is my favorite. What's Yours? 

The Rescue of Orange and Gary

The rescue of Orange and Gary

Latest Meows

  1. Male cat's interest in my female kitten

    I have a 10 month old cat. But recently I brought home a 5 month old female kitten to be his mate. He gets use to her but wants to bite her neck and jump

    Read More

  2. Casper's agonizing journey and fight to live

    Casper was born on 19.1.2013. He was very sickly and frail and was not going to make it. His mother suffered from PKD, and she couldn't nurse him. He

    Read More

  3. Cats won't use new covered litter box

    My cats have been using a litter box for 10+ years. I got a new covered one and now one or both are peeing on the floor just outside the box opening!

    Read More

How to Give 7 Maine Coon Kittens an Eye Test

7 Maine Coon kittens

Mama cat adopts orphaned baby bunny

Mama cat adopts baby bunny Bubbles

Which Low Cost Cat Food is the Best?

Which is the best low cost cat food

TJ the Tiger Goes on Vacation

TJ the Tiger at Big Cat Rescue

Morris the Horse Riding cat

Morris the horse riding cat

Cat Welcomes Home Soldier with a Meow and a Hug!

Adorable Orange Kitten Stalks Himself on Video

Orange kitten stalks himself on video

Weatherman Rescues Kitten from Tornado Rubble

Weatherman rescues kitten from tornado rubble

Kevin Richardson Snuggles with Lions

Kevin Richardson snuggles with cubs

Abandoned Puppy + Starving Kitten = ??

Travis puppy and Yoda kitten

Dogs Annoying Cats with Friendship

Dogs annoying cats with friendship

Shhhhh... Do Not Disturb. Adorable Kitten is So Tired!

These Two Flea Infested Kittens Had No Future, Until This Happened

You've Never Seen a Dog Show This Much Love for Foster Kittens. Until Now.

This Great Dane and Kitten Have a Love Story for the Ages. Tissue Alert.