Japanese Bobtail Cats

The Japanese Bobtail was imported into the United States in 1968 even though the breed had been in Japan for centuries.  In 1976 the Bobtail received championship recognition. This breed was only known as a shorthair but a longhaired version originated and in 1993 was recognized for show.

The Japanese Bobtail is an elegant cat with a medium sized body set on thin long legs.  The back legs are longer than the front legs and have a deep bend.  When the Bobtail is standing you will notice the bend which is a natural feature of this cat.  Another very definite feature is the unusual short tail which for show purposes must have at least one  kink, curve, or an angle. The tail will correspond with the cats body, either upwards or close to the body, flexible or rigid.

The coat of the Bobtail is soft and of medium length.  There is no undercoat.  This cat exhibits very little shedding.  Grooming is a  light daily combing or brushing.

The only colors you will not see on the Japanese Bobtail is solid lilac, chocolate and colorpointed. "Mi-ke" (mee-kay) is found to be most popular. This is the white with red and black patches. This is also known in the United States as calico.

This is a very smart cat.  It is active and also talkative.  The Bobtail has a soft voice and it is said it will talk back when spoken to.  This cat is very good with children and loves to be with humans.

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