The Bombay is a man-made breed developed in 1958 from a Black American Shorthair and a Sable Burmese. Named for Bombay, India, because of its resemblance to India's black leopard, the Bombay is often described as the "patent-leather" cat.
So far, the Bombay is only bred in North America. It was slow to become established and was not accepted for championship by any association until 1976. The Canadian Cat Association recognized this breed for championship competition in 1988.
The Bombay has a striking appearance: a cat of medium size with a glossy, jet-black coat on a supple, well-muscled body. The eyes, often described as "new copper-penny eyes" are large and round, giving the face a sweet, open expression. The short, coat is black to the roots and requires only hand grooming.
Bombays are outgoing and make intelligent, affectionate companions. A combination of the easy going temperament of the American shorthair and the inventive, more talkative character of the Burmese, they make wonderful pets.
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