The Bombay is a very rare breed even
in USA the country of origin. There are only about 20 breeders still active
in USA. In France the Bombay has gained ground these last few years and
there are a few breeders scattered around the rest of the world.
Maybe it is due to its rareness and
the fact that they are so very hard to find that so many different varieties
has arisen. These are often promoted falsely as being of the same breed.
These cats may look in many ways close to the true american bombay and one
can say that they are of the same phenotype but their genotype is totally
different. Pure breed cats are registered all over the world after its
genotype, by its specific genetic makeup not by its outer appearance.
The Asian Group
describes a group of cats developed primarily in England. These cats are of
European Burmese type and look but differ in color, patterns, temperament, and coat
It has been recorded that a few
prominent English Burmese breeders bred their first all black litters as far
back as the mid 1960's. They caused quite a stir and much interest at shows
in the North of England. However, the breed as we know it
today started in the early 1980's when a few British breeders decided that
the Bombay would be an attractive addition to the existing breeds found in
the UK. These first cats were most of them the results of a number of
mismatings between an unregistered short haired cat and a European Burmese.
This new breed was named Asian Self's with the breed number 72 and the black
cats color description is bombay.
These black Asians earned
preliminary recognition by the GCCF in 1990, while the full expression
self's were formally recognized by the GCCF in October 1994.
A very similar breeding program to
produce European Bombays has recently started in Germany by a group of
people that prefer the type and look of European Burmese over the American.
In Australia they call their black
look alikes for Australian Bombays and most breeders follow the GCCF
standard but these cats are made from a mixture of Euro-Burmese with
British Shorthairs, Exotics and of course the now famous "moggies"
housecats . In New Zeeland they are calling their black cats Mandalay's.
Due to all the problems that has
emerged from people in general world wide and also breeders not "knowing" or
understanding the difference between a cat in the color bombay in other
means black and a cat of the breed Bombay both the
WCC and Nordic
Independent needed to address the matter at their annual meeting last year.
Here in Sweden some breeders even
changed all their cats pedigrees from Asian shorthair to Bombay and even
promoted them at shows because they did not know or did not care about the
differences. Even after asking Swedish Fife club Sverak back in 2004
on what their say in the matter was.
They still to this day November 2007 try really hard to
promote these Asian cats as Traditional typed Bombays on their
web pages and have not yet followed the directions to change back the
pedigrees to the breed of origin. They even went as far as breeding a few of
these Asians with purebred Bombays in Germany last year. Now 2007 they
continuing to show of the offspring from these matings which are nothing but
housecats that bring nothing good to the breed one could rather say
they simply are dilutes it.
The latest update is that sadly
enough a pair of breeders in a desperate and pathetic attempt to get away with this
cheating are switching clubs, cattery name and homepages. One of their now
retired Asian studs has also been mated in Germany abroad to a purebred
Bombay to produce even more half-bred
Bombays everything to avoid playing by the rules set by Nordic Independent
and the rest of the cat fancy. The other breeder did the same with her Asian
female hand recently been showing the offspring here in Sweden.
The same pair of Swedish breeders has
also very recently imported a number of American Burmese and we all
think it will be very interesting to see what cats they plan on mating them
with. If we are lucky they have picked up a few things lately,
otherwise they will surely use their transferred and re-registered cats one
way or the other.
At the same time one honest breeder
switched back all her cast pedigrees and are showing and breeding with
them in the correct manner!