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I came across an American Bobtail breeder's site (bored, flipping through random sites) today and on their front page, it read "I have both Natural and Dock American Bobtails. Our sire is a Natural."

Curious, I went to their kitten page, and they had a pair of dock bobtail kittens available.

I previously read up on a lot of cat breeds and remeber seeing that Manx cats are allowed to have a tail nub, half-tail or no tail at all.

I also remeber that bobtails are disqualified from shows if their tails are docked rather than natural.

Is it a normal practice to cut the tails off of pet-quality bobtails for the sake of saying "Its tail is bobbed.", or is this seen as cruelty to the breed associations?