The Bombay cat originated when a cat breeder, named Niki Homer, decided she wanted to breed a cat that resembles a black panther as closely as possible. This was done by interbreeding sable Burmese cats with American shorthair cats. The final result produced did actually closely resemble a black panther – a true Bombay cat should a have pitch black, shiny, satiny coat.
Even its nose leather and leather underneath its paws should be black. It should have large, coppery wide-set eyes as well as wide set ears that are rounded at the tips. The body size should be medium but sturdy and muscular, Bombay cats usually weigh surprisingly heavy for its size. For show cats, the nose shape is also very important. A Bombay cat’s nose angle should not be too prominent or a nose break and the nose should be rounded and not too snub.