Japanese Bobtail Cat: Facts & Trivia

The Japanese Bobtail is best known for its short (bobbed) kinky tail. They bring good luck to their families and have been described in Japanese literature for over 1000 years.

 Japanese Bobtail Appearance: 

Japanese Bobtail cats are medium sized cats weighing 5-10 pounds (2.3-4.5 kg). They have lithe bodies with slightly longer back legs than front. Japanese Bobtail cats come in short and long (really medium) length coats in a variety of colors and patterns. 

The most distinguishing feature of Japanese Bobtail cats is their short kinky tail that is unique to each cat. The tail can be flexible or rigid, is generally shorter than three inches, and is the result of a natural mutation. Some Japanese Bobtail cats have odd eyes, meaning one eye has a different color than the other eye. Commonly one iris will be blue and the other yellow. 

Japanese Bobtail cats have a lifespan of 9-13 years.

 Japanese Bobtail Temperament: 

Japanese Bobtail cats are active, intelligent cats who are highly vocal in a soft melodious voice. In fact, many owners describe their Japanese Bobtail as singing. They also respond to their name, unlike many cats. 

They want and need a lot of human attention. Despite this they are more likely to sit next to you than in your lap. They often like to ride on your shoulders. 

These cats play well with kids, guests, and dogs. 

Other: Japanese Bobtail cats are the street cats of Japan and one of the oldest naturally occurring breeds. In the early 1600 the Japanese government decreed that all cats must be turned loose to reduce the rodent population that was threatening the silkworm population. They forbid the buying and selling of cats. 

This breed is recognized by all major organizations. 
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