Mumbai Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

Mumbai Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

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Mumbai Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

The Bombay is a cat that closely resembles the American Burmese. Moreover, it comes from a cross between the latter and a shorthair. The Bombay is loving, tender, eager for tenderness and hugs. This is an indoor feline, who prefers to bask in the warm rather than risking adventure. It is not specially sporty and it will be necessary to take care of its feeding. Very sociable, he appreciates children, other animals and congeners. Moreover, he does not meow a lot.

Race history

The Bombay is considered the little brother of the American Burmese. It is so far from the Indian town that bears his name, and has nothing to do with this breed that comes from the United States. Indeed, the Bombay was created by Nikki Horner in the middle of the 20 th century, an American breeder who dreamed of owning a panther. Almost done with this cat that looks, in miniature, one of the heroes of the Book of the Jungle.

The Bombay comes after a few tries, a cross between the Burmese American, a tone more sepia, and the American Shorthair black. Until 1972, she gave birth to 27 litters of Bombay. It was after this long and tedious work that the race was finally recognized at its fair value, in 1976.

Mumbai Photos

Physical characteristics

His body : The Bombay has a powerful and athletic body. It is not called “miniature panther” or “panther salon”, apart from its black coat, for nothing. The body is compact, the ribcage well open. Its morphology is strangely similar to the American Burmese. He is agile, flexible and lively.
His hair  : The Bombay has a short hair and satin. She stands close to the body.
Its color : The Bombay standard is very strict since the LOOF only accepts jet black unlike Burmese which is more of a sepia tone. Jet black is present from head to foot. No white spots are allowed.
Its head: She is round without a prominent cheekbone. The muzzle is wide and a round nose. The forehead is rounded and the stop is marked.
His eyes : They are of a splendid golden color, which is even close to a precious stone, and in the shape of an almond.
His ears : The Bombay’s ears are slightly pointed, of average size, broad and finally rather rounded at their end.
Her tail : She is of medium length.

Behavior and character

Potential to play 
Tendency to meow 

The great intelligence of the Bombay will quickly allow him to fend for himself in his home. Be careful, he is not necessarily very independent, but he will quickly understand how to open the fridge door to serve himself. A behavior to avoid, necessarily. This intelligence contrasts with the lack of distrust that this cat has when it is outdoors . Thus, he will most often have to wear a leash . He does not refuse it happily. It is about a very sensitive cat , in perpetual demand of affection , hugs , papouilles . He does not enjoy staying alone for too long. He is also aideal guardian for children , with whom he will play without flinching. He appreciates the presence of congeners and other animals. He meows little and finally makes little use of his vocal cords. It’s appreciated.

Living conditions

Cohabitation with children 
Sociable with other animals 
Love foreigners 

The Bombay is a cat for neophytes or owners with a little experience. It is not a feline difficult to live and complicated to apprehend. The Bombay is not necessarily made to live outdoors . An apartment fits him like a glove because he likes to be warm in his cozy nest, like a pasha. He is very sociable and an active home will be ideal for him. What he prefers? His bowl.



The Bombay has great health , which can keep it alive until 20 years old if all goes well. He knows no hereditary disease . Of course, like all cats, he must be vaccinated against all classical diseases: rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza. For the rest, regular cleaning of the teeth is recommended to avoid scale deposits. His lack of physical exercise is not a problem if his food ration is respected.

To guard against these risks and to insure your companion in case of health problems, Woopets advises you a Bombay cat insurance .

Life expectancy



The life expectancy of a Bombay is between 12 and 16 years old .

Calculate the human age of your Bombay!

Maintenance and hygiene

Easy to groom 
Cost of maintenance 

The Bombay requires regular brushing but ultimately no maintenance so pushed . It is quite simple in reality. We must not forget to remove his dead hair to allow him to keep the shine of his black dress.

In addition to a weekly brushing to achieve meticulously and meticulously, the Bombay must have his ears and eyes cleaned often enough. Finally, a good washing of teeth is perfect regularly to avoid the deposit of tartar. An appointment with the veterinarian twice a year, including once to conduct a booster vaccination, is recommended.

Price and budget


Mini700 €

Max1000 €

The purchase price of a Bombay is between 700 € and 1000 €.


Mini300 €

Max450 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Bombay is between € 300 and € 450.


The Mumbai must have a diet suited to their lifestyle, their health and morphology. It does not perform a plethora of daily exercise. In fact, it does not need to be overfed, on pain of being overweight or even obesity, which would be detrimental to one’s health. Do not hesitate to approach a veterinarian to ensure good doses to give.