The American Bobtail is a relatively new breed originating in the USA in the 1960s, though not receiving much publicity until relatively recently. It is rarely seen in the UK as it is not recognised by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and therefore cannot be shown at GCCF shows. It can be either a shorthaired or semi-longhaired variety and is distinguishable by its shorter length tail, which is between a third and a half the length of that of a more conventional breed. As the length of tail is not a programmable gene and cannot be bred specifically to order, it is said that no two tails are ever the same, and unlike other cats, the American Bobtail will often wag its tail to show pleasure. The longhaired variety is described as having a shaggy-looking coat (rather than dense or fluffy) as befits the connection to wild bobcats from whom they are thought to descend, whereas the shorthaired American Bobtails have rather plush coats, This is a sturdy, rather rugged looking cat, and both varieties are medium to large in size, with males weighing around 15lb, and females a little smaller.