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Life span

17 Years


Bombay Overview

The Bombay cat is one of the most laid-back, easy-going cat breeds of them all. They happily walk through life with a carefree attitude. They get on very well with most other household pets and children.

They have a very calm nature and known for being very gentle and affectionate with the ones they love. The Bombay is of medium size and was first created in the late 1950s by cross-breeding the Black American short hair with the Burmese. They have a lush, velvety coat that’s very easy to care for.


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Bombay Characteristics

History & Origin

The Bombay Cat Breed was first created in the 1970s by an American cat breeder named Nikki Horner. The Bombay is a hybrid breed, a cross between a black American Shorthair and sable-coloured Burmese.

Bombay Temperament

This cat breed is compact with a stocky build and very heavy boned. Their head is round, as well as the tips of their ears, eyes and feet. This cat breed is known for its looks. Often, their coat is mistaken for the look of black patent leather because of its deep colour and shiny appearance.

The Bombay has a very distinctive walk as they sway from side to side which resembles the Indian Black Leopard.


The Bombay is low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Brushing their coat 1-2 times a week is sufficient enough to help keep their coat in great condition and keep it looking shiny and healthy. 

They require their nails to be trimmed weekly to keep them short and to prevent damage. As with all cat breeds, they also require regular cleaning of their ears and eyes to prevent the build-up of dirt and prevention of infection.

Children and other pets

They tend to get on very well with children and other small household pets provided they are socialised correctly from a young age and trained on a frequent basis. 

This delightful loves to play and would, therefore, suit a family with young children. Playtime should always be supervised between young children and pets to prevent rough play.