This American breed is called the Bombay because its intensely black coat is reminiscent of that of an Indian black leopard. It’s also known as a black Burmese, because this breed came about after crosses with a sable Burmese and a black American Shorthair. The Bombay sports large, golden eyes and wide-set ears on its rounded head. This black beauty speaks softly, loves to play and is highly confident yet gentle.

Breed Details

Jet black

Bombays require little grooming. Petting will keep the coat shiny and free of dead hair. A rubber brush can be used for excessive shedding. A nutritionally complete food will add gloss to the coat and fuel for the cat's natural energy.

Best Home:

"Instant lap cat" best describes the heat-seeking Bombay lifestyle. Both sexes make excellent pets. While they will get along with other breeds, the Bombay usually wants to dominate other cats. A dog might make a good companion for a Bombay.

National Breed Club:

International Bombay Society


Smart and agile, they often retrieve and will seek out interaction with humans. Visitors' purses or packages are thoroughly inspected. Head bumpers and nose rubbers, they love nothing more than to be held. Some can be very talkative and they have a distinctive voice.


The Bombay resembles the Burmese much more than it does the American Shorthair. The cat should move sinuously and sensuously. Like the Burmese, they are solidly muscled and surprisingly heavy. The head is rounded and should not be quite as short as the Burmese. A slightly longer body adds to the pantherlike appearance. Eyes may be gold or copper. Close lying and satiny, the coat must have a high sheen like patent leather. Occasionally kittens will be sable, not black.