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The Bombay is a shorthaired breed with a muscular build, and have characteristic large bright copper-golden eyes. They have glossy solid black coats. The breed is named after the Indian city of Bombay (Mumbai), referring to the habitat of the Indian black leopard.


The breed was developed by Nikki Horner, a breeder from Louisville, Kentucky (US), 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 is preliminary recognised by FIFe since 2023.


The Bombay is a medium-size cat, should resemble a “mini-panther”, well balanced, friendly, alert, and outgoing, muscular and surprisingly heavy for its size. With its silky, jet black, “patent leather” coat, copper eye colour, solid body and sweet, open facial expression, the ideal Bombay has an unmistakable look of its own.


The personality of the Bombay tends to be highly social, marked by strong attachment to families, and typified by craving attention. As a breed, they are therefore highly suitable for children. Bombay cats are happy and are comfortable being strictly indoor cats, they prefer quiet surroundings.

Breed Standard
Last modification of the Standard: 2023

More information dedicated to the Bombay can be found on the Bombay Breed Council website.