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Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail Cat Breed

Legends places these cats as far back as the 7th century, when only Japanese nobility owned it. Bobtails flourished in Japan for hundreds of years and appear in may works of art. It was not until after the second world war that western breeders became interested in them.

In 1968, the original American breeder who lived in Japan sent the first three Bobtails to the US and later took 38 of these cats with her when she returned home to the United States. The breed became popular in the US and is now recognized for championship competition by all the North American Associations.

The Japanese Bobtail is a medium-sized cat with a well-muscled, rather slender foreign-type build and a medium length, soft silky coat. It has particularly high cheek bones and these, combined with the large oval eyes, which are set at a pronounced slant, give its face a distinctive Japanese appearance that is quite different from that of other foreign breeds. The tail is somewhat like a pompom or rabbit’s tail; the hair disguises the underlying kinks and curves that make up the bone structure.

The Japanese Bobtails are recognized in many colors with the exception of pointed or Abyssinian patterns. The mi-ke or tricolor, corresponding to the tortie with white or calico of the western cat fancy is the traditional color and thought to bring good luck.

Recently, the longhaired version of the Japanese Bobtail has been recognized. All attributes are the same as the shorthaired variety with the longer, fuller coat length.

Bobtails make excellent family pets, being bright, happy and inquisitive. They are good travelers and jaunty companions.


Japanese Bobtail Cat
Japanese Bobtail Cat





Source: Canadian Cat Association

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