Resembling the Black Leopard of Bombay, India, this Bombay takes its name from its wild cousin. A look all of its own and a friendly disposition, you will find the Bombay aware of what goes on around it.
The Bombay first came on the scene in the late 1950's and is a cross between the Burmese and the Black American Shorthair. Champion status in the United States was given to the Bombay cat in 1976.
They are intelligent, actively seek interaction with humans and love to play games. Many retrieve and do tricks. Some have been successfully leash trained. Like the Burmese, Bombays are heat seekers and often like to sleep under the bed covers.
Bombays are for people who have always wanted a panther, dog or a monkey. They are extremely smart and agile, their tight coats make them desirable as totally indoor cats.
Where Black American Shorthairs have not been available it has been acceptable to use a Black British or Black Exotic, as has been done at Arzani with Janarki Navar (Exotic) and Bunratty Lilliput (Burmese) the foundation breeding pair.
This experimental breeding programme commenced in 2000 and is currently working towards full recognition by and registration with NZCF Inc.
In March 2003 this Bombay Breeding programme was extremely enhanced with the offer and importation of three fully registered Bombays - Blackatz Whispurrs, Blackatz Black Label, and Blackatz The Sorcerer, from Heather Brown in Brisbane. Heather and Gary Brown were the first in Australia to develop this Breed and it is they and some of their cats who feature in the Burke's Backyard article.
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