A lively and inquisitive feline, the Bombay enjoys observing its surroundings and can be incredibly affectionate, often seeking quality time with its owner.


Size: Medium – Large
Weight: 4 – 5+ kg
Coat Length: Short
Coat Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Copper, Gold
Grooming: Low
Longevity: 9 – 13 years
Attention Needs: Moderate



History of the Breed

In the late 1950s, American breeders aimed to create a cat with the Burmese’s structure but a deep, glossy, patent leather black coat reminiscent of the Indian Black Leopard. To achieve this, a breeding program was initiated using the Burmese and a black American Shorthair with bright copper eyes. The resulting feline was named the Bombay, drawing parallels to the Black Leopard due to its striking resemblance. The breed gained recognition on the show bench in the late 1970s and, while not yet widespread, Bombays consistently captivate crowds at exhibitions.


The Bombay is a medium-sized cat, appearing deceptively heavier than its size suggests when picked up. Possessing a stocky and compact build, the breed is muscular with robust boning, featuring a rounded head, ears, eyes, chin, and feet. The short and glossy coat, resembling patent leather when in peak condition, contributes to the distinctive allure of the Bombay.

The cat exhibits a characteristic walk, reminiscent of the Indian black leopard, with a swaying motion as it moves.


Young Bombays are known for their active and curious nature, adapting easily to change. Regardless of age, they enjoy observing their surroundings, often finding a favourite spot by a window. Affectionate by nature, Bombay may demand quality time with their human companions. While younger Bombays are playful and engaging, some may become more placid with age, preferring to observe rather than actively participate.

Living With Bombay

The Bombay is characterized by its solid build and strength, excelling in climbing and jumping activities. Providing cat trees and perches is essential to accommodate their agile nature. Owners should monitor their nutrition carefully to prevent obesity, particularly if they lack sufficient exercise. Despite their placid demeanour as adults, Bombays retain a kittenish quality, enjoying daily playtime and craving affection, making regular petting sessions a must for a happy Bombay.