Birman vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison | MyCatBreeds

Birman vs American BobtailBirman is originated from France but American Bobtail is originated from United States. Both Birman and American Bobtail are having almost same weight. Birman may live 5 years less than American Bobtail. Both Birman and American Bobtail has same litter size. Both Birman and American Bobtail requires Moderate maintenance.

Basic Information

Origin:
France
United States
Weight Male:
3 - 6 kg
6 - 14 pounds
3 - 7 kg
6 - 16 pounds
Weight Female:
3 - 6 kg
6 - 14 pounds
3 - 7 kg
6 - 16 pounds
Life Span:
10 - 15 Years
12 - 20 Years
Litter Size:
2 - 6
2 - 6
Other Names:
The Sacred Cat of Burma
None
Colors Available:
White, cream, chocolate
Orange, brown, chocolate etc., black, cream
Coat:
Medium-long, silky and shiny
Short and long coats - shaggy texture
Shedding:
Moderate
Moderate
Temperament:
Affectionate, Alert, Cheerful, Curious, Docile, Energetic, Friendly, Gentle, Independent, Intelligent, Lively, Loving, Loyal, Outgoing, Playful, Quiet, Responsive, Social, Sweet, Territorial
Affectionate, Alert, Cheerful, Curious, Docile, Energetic, Friendly, Gentle, Independent, Intelligent, Lively, Loving, Loyal, Outgoing, Playful, Protective, Quiet, Responsive, Social, Sweet, Territorial
Grooming:
Moderate maintenance
Moderate maintenance
Trainability:
Easy
Easy
Hypoallergenic:
No
No
Kids Friendly:
Yes
Yes
New Owners Friendly:
Yes
Yes

History

birmanThere isn’t clarity as to this exquisite cat’s origins. Many people believe they originated as the companions of temple priests in northern Burma.

The cats somehow found their way to France, and it is believed that they have been in France since the 1920s.

The cats nearly disappeared during World War II, but luckily the remaining Birmans that survived were crossed with Siamese and Persians to strengthen the breed. In the early 1950s, pure Birnam litters were produced. It was in about 1959 that Birmans were brought to the United States.

The cats were also recognized in Britain in 1965 and in 1966 by the CFA. The first Birman cats were seal point but later other colors were brought in such as red, chocolate, and tabby.

american bobtailBobtailed cats have a naturally shortened tail due to natural genetic mutation. The cat’s original appearance genetics were modified so as to bring about an improved strain that comes in all colors and coat types.

The cat descended from a short-tailed kitten, Yodi. His kittens also had a short tail. Two women selectively bred the cats to be large and strong with a wild look but with a pleasant nature.

The cats used in the development of the breed were domestic shorthairs and longhairs. They are now pedigreed cats without tails.

In 1989, the International Cat Association accepted the American Bobtail into its new breed category, giving it full recognition in 2002. They were accepted for registration by the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 2000. This is the world's biggest registry of pedigreed cats.

Description

birman kittenThese are medium-sized cats which can become fairly large. They can weigh up to 4, 5 or 6kg. They are fairly heavily boned with a broad face and ears that are widely spaced.

The round eyes are deep blue. The cat’s fur is medium-long and should be silky to the touch with no undercoat. Ther cat is a moderate shedder.

The base color is whitish to cream, but the kittens are always born white. Coat color, whether red, cream, or chocolate is always pointed and the cat always has the white paws.

Temperament:

The Birman isn’t as outgoing as some of the other cat breeds and its a quiet, docile intelligent cat that attaches itself to one particular family member. They can actually become jealous of their human companion and demand their attention.

These friendly cats are wonderful choices for families with children and dogs. They are calm and affectionate, and softly spoken, quietly letting you know when it’s dinner time and enjoying just being around his human family.

He is able to get along well with kids and other pets in the home. He can become quite playful too and because he is so intelligent, you can buy him some toys that require him to think.

american bobtail kittenThe American Bobtail is a cat that came about in the 1960s. It is well know as the cat with a bobbed tail. It’s not as vocal as many other cat breeds. It’s not a slender cat but is sturdy and and strong weighing between 3 and 7kg. Their double coats can be short- or long-haired. The coat comes in different patterns and colors, including orange, cream, black, brown, chocolate etc with a shaggy texture. He sheds quite a bit. The body of the American Bobtail is faily long. Its ears are medium-sized and wide-based with rounded tips, the eyes are almond shape. The eyes can be gold, yellow, green or blue. What is interesting is that the hind legs are much longer than the fore legs, and the feet are round.

Tmperament:

Bobtails are friendly cats, enjoying being in the company of their human family as well as with strangers. They are loving and affectionate to the entire family as opposed to just one person.

They’re quiet cats but will chirp when happy and excited. They get on well with all members of their human family and that includes children and the dogs.

They’re intelligent cats too and they can be taught to walk on a leash and to also perform some tricks. There are some people who say that their Bobtails act more like dogs than cats. These cats are sensitive and can sense when their owners are happy or sad and will come and sit with you when you're feeling sad and alone.

Health Problems

birman catWith good health your Birman can reach up to 13 years of age. With the Birman, the most serious illness is feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which also happens to be the most common heart disease in cats.

It’s a progressive disease and can result in heart failure. The cats are also at risk of developing feline infectious peritonitis.

Also, because this is a larger cat and a stocky kind of breed, it can easily put on weight and then become overweight. Strict attention will need to be given to diet as well as daily exercise.

Also, look out for Corneal dermoid - skin and hair on the surface of the cornea in one eye or in both. Luckily this is an eye problem that can be surgically corrected.

american bobtail catWhen you buy a kitten from a breeder, always do research on the breeder so as to avoid a host of health issues down the line.

Apart from the typical cat health problems, the Bobtail is a healthy breed of cat. With proper care from you at home as well as veterinary care, these interesting looking cats can live up to anything between 12 and 20 years.

Caring The Pet

General:

birman kittensThe Birman has a silky coat that sheds moderately so you want to give him a gentle brush once or twice a week to keep the coat of his soft and silky.

The Birman has a full topcoat, with no undercoat which means that you won’t have the coat matting or tangling.

He’ll need his nails trimmed and his teeth checked regularly. Your vet or professional groomers can do this for you and clean his teeth and check that there are no bad teeth making your pet sick.

Diet:

The Birman cat has access to some great commercial cat food as there are some seriously good quality ones.

Many cat lovers choose cat foods that are AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) approved. It at least provides minimum standards for pet foods.

For your Birman you want to avoid artificial flavors and preservatives. Choose quality foods high in meat protein. As a carnivore, a cat has a huge need for meat protein. Get to know your pet food labels and choose foods with added taurine and vitamin A.

american bobtail kittensKeep a close eye on your cat’s weight.

Keep the litter box of your Bobtail scrupulously clean.

Your American Bobtail needs the best quality food there is full of vitamins and minerals if he is to remain healthy. The cat’s diet will depend a lot on his activity levels and general health, but it should always be high protein food. Your vet will always help you with some guidelines on feeding your cat.

Every cat needs exercise, and even though these cats aren’t as energetic as other cats, they are active indoors and out and are also playful. You will need to provide it with some puzzle toys and a climbing tree to keep him mentally and physically active.

Brush his medium-length fur twice a week to keep it shiny and silky.

Trim his nails carefully and check his eyes and inside his ears for abnormal discharges.

Vaccinate your cat to keep it protected from life-threatening cat diseases and take him to the vet immediately you suspect something is wrong.

Characteristics

birman catsThe Birman cat has to be one of the most beautiful cats there are, but the cat isn’t only a beautiful cat, it has wonderful characteristics as well.

It is a loving, affectionate cat with his human family, loving to spend time around them. Playful and healthy, when you bring this most wonderful cat into your home, it will be as though an angel has come to stay.

american bobtail catsMany people want a dog as a pet but aren’t able to keep one and then the American Bobtail becomes the ideal alternative. These cats aren’t known for their solitary personalities like the many other cats there are and they genuinely love to spend time with their human family. Some will even behave like a dog and be there to meet you at the door when you arrive home.

He is a fairly large, amicable cat and is affectionate and adaptable to your lifestyle. He enjoys all kinds of lifestyles and loves to curl up next to you on your travels, being the perfect road trip companion.

The American Bobtail is a therapeutic cat and is sensitive to the moods of its human family. He gets on well with children and other pets in the family and just wants to be a family member.

By bringing an American Bobtail into your home and your heart, you’ll have discovered the most wonderful feline companion there is.

Comparison with other breeds

  1. American Bobtail vs Abyssinian - Breed Comparison
  2. American Bobtail vs Aegean - Breed Comparison
  3. American Bobtail vs African Serval - Breed Comparison
  4. American Bobtail vs Chausie - Breed Comparison
  5. American Curl vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  6. American Keuda vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  7. American Longhair vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  8. American Polydactyl vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  9. American Shorthair vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  10. American Wirehair vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  11. Applehead Siamese vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  12. Ashera vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  13. Asian vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  14. Asian Semi-Longhair vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  15. Australian Mist vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  16. Balinese vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  17. Bengal vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  18. Bicolor vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  19. Birman vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  20. Blue Russian vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  21. Bombay vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  22. Brazilian Shorthair vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  23. Bristol vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  24. British Longhair vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  25. British Shorthair vs American Bobtail - Breed Comparison
  26. Birman vs Abyssinian - Breed Comparison
  27. Birman vs Aegean - Breed Comparison
  28. Birman vs African Serval - Breed Comparison
  29. Birman vs Chausie - Breed Comparison
  30. Birman vs American Curl - Breed Comparison
  31. Birman vs American Keuda - Breed Comparison
  32. Birman vs American Longhair - Breed Comparison
  33. Birman vs American Polydactyl - Breed Comparison
  34. Birman vs American Shorthair - Breed Comparison
  35. Birman vs American Wirehair - Breed Comparison
  36. Birman vs Applehead Siamese - Breed Comparison
  37. Birman vs Ashera - Breed Comparison
  38. Birman vs Asian - Breed Comparison
  39. Birman vs Asian Semi-Longhair - Breed Comparison
  40. Birman vs Australian Mist - Breed Comparison
  41. Birman vs Balinese - Breed Comparison
  42. Birman vs Bengal - Breed Comparison
  43. Birman vs Bicolor - Breed Comparison
  44. Blue Russian vs Birman - Breed Comparison
  45. Bombay vs Birman - Breed Comparison
  46. Brazilian Shorthair vs Birman - Breed Comparison
  47. Bristol vs Birman - Breed Comparison
  48. British Longhair vs Birman - Breed Comparison
  49. British Shorthair vs Birman - Breed Comparison

View/Compare Breeds

Popular Cat Breeds