The American Bombay was bred to be the black panther of cat fancy. Its sleek and muscular body, short, jet black coat, copper red eyes give it a spooky appearance, but in reality the cat develops a fierce bond to people and is not independant in nature.
Nikki Horner, a breeder from Louisville, Kentucky, who, starting in 1958, attempted to create a breed of cat that resembled a miniature black panther. The first attempt was a failure, but the second in 1965, was successful. The breed was officially recognized and registered by the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1970 and The International Cat Association in 1979. Nikki Horner died in 1995. The Bombay cat is a type of short-haired cat developed by breeding sable Burmese and black American Shorthair cats, to produce a cat of mostly Burmese type, but with a sleek, panther-like black coat.
Bombay cats are known to be chatty and vocalize distinctive sounds and a loud purr. They shed very little compared to other breeds and need no grooming.