The Bombay looks like the Burmese, but with a black coat and a larger, longer body and longer legs. He has a rounded head with medium-size ears set wide apart, eyes ranging in color from gold to copper, and a straight, medium-length tail. The short, fine coat feels like satin to the touch and shines in the light.
The Bombay weighs between 8 and 15 pounds.
The Bombay was created from crosses between sable Burmese and black American Shorthairs to resemble a miniature black panther.
The Bombay has a shiny black coat and copper eyes.
The breed began in the 1950’s. The Cat Fanciers Association gave the Bombay full recognition in 1978.
The Bombay loves people, is affectionate and adaptable to many different homes and lifestyles. He has a calm nature that makes him a good apartment dweller, and he is cooperative with other pets, although he definitely wants to be in charge. The Bombay will often talk with his people in a distinctive voice. Bombays are a smart cat who are often good at playing fetch or other games and can learn to walk on leash.
Bombays have few health problems, however both pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature.
Here is a helpful guide for the different characteristics of the breed. On a Scale of 1-5. 1 being very low level to 5 being high level.