An American breeder in the 1950's created the Bombay by mating the Burmese cat to American Shorthairs. Her aim was to resemble the black leopard of India, but in miniature size. Later on, British breeders were able to create the same cat using British Shorthair and Burmese breeds.
The Bombay is a small to medium size cat with a muscular but not stocky built. They have a round head with a short muzzle. Their most appealing features are their short glossy jet black coat and their big stunning copper/ gold eyes.
Like their Burmese cousin, the Bombay is an intelligent, friendly and loyal cat. They enjoy being active and love to play with their owners. They get along well with children and other pets too.
The Bombay sheds very little due to their short coat. A few hand strokes will remove any loose hairs.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in the Bombay cats, visit the University of Sydney's LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.