"I’d love to own a panther."
This oft-heard comment piqued the imagination of a prominent cat breeder, the late Nikki Horner, from Louisville, Kentucky. Horner set her sights on producing a copper-eyed black shorthaired cat with the exotic appearance of a mini panther (or "parlor panther"). Horner began her effort in 1953, and through a long process of inbreeding, outcrossing, and careful selection, she was able to consistently produce a black cat unlike any other.
The Bombay achieved Cat Fanciers' Association Championship status in 1976, 18 years after it was created.
The coat is the most defining characteristic of the Bombay. Its short, flat, gleaming, black-to-the-roots coat accentuates its rippling muscular form. And, along with its conspicuous gold-to-copper eye color, leads to the Bombay being described as a patent-leather kid with copper-penny eyes.
It has been said that if you want a dog, a cat, or a monkey, you want a Bombay. Bombays can often be leash trained, most enjoy playing fetch, and all are fond of inventing new ways to entertain themselves and the folks that live with them. Bombays are congenial and outgoing, and make intelligent, affectionate companions. They do well with children and will often act as a "greeter" with visitors. They live compatibly with dogs and other pets as well. The Bombay generally combines the easygoing temperament and robust nature of the American Shorthair and the social, inquisitive, lap-loving character of the Burmese.