The Bombay was originated as a hybrid between the American Burmese and the American Shorthair. With its jet-black, gleaming coat, gold to copper eyes, solid body and sweet facial expression, the ideal Bombay has an unmistakable look of its own. It is not a natural breed, but a genetic hybrid, with distinctive features that separate it from its foundation (parent) breeds. The Bombay is a medium sized cat, well balanced, friendly, alert, and outgoing, muscular and having surprising weight for its size. Males are generally larger than females.