Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail

If you want a cat that will interact with you and your family, then the Japanese Bobtail is the breed for you! Full of energy, always playful and loving, these people- oriented cats want to be
the centre of family life.

The Japanese Bobtail is a domestic cat breed with an unusual “bobbed” tail that resembles the tail of a rabbit. Native to Japan and Southeast Asia, the breed has been known in Japan for centuries, and it frequently appears in traditional folklore and art.

One theory of short-tailed cats in Japan indicates that they arrived from the Asian Continent at least 1,000 years ago. In 1602, Japanese authorities decreed that all cats should be set free to help deal with rodents threatening the silk worms. At that time, buying or selling cats was illegal, and from then on, bobtailed cats lived on farms and on the streets. Japanese Bobtails thus became the “street cats” of Japan.

Generally speaking, members of the breed are active, intelligent cats, with a strongly human- oriented nature, are easier to train to perform tricks than most breeds, and are more likely to enjoy learning human-mediated activities like walking on a harness and leash, and playing fetch.

bobtailThey are very attentive, alert felines that notice a lot. Considered an unusually “talkative” breed, they often interact vocally with people. Their soft voices are capable of nearly a whole scale of tones, leading to a folk belief that they can sing. Many owners also report a fondness for water.

The tail is unique not only to the breed, but to each individual cat. Like fingerprints, no two tails are alike. The tail must be clearly visible and is composed of one or more curves, angles, or kinks, or any combination. The furthest extension of the tailbone from the body should be no longer than three inches. The tail may be flexible or rigid and should be of a size or shape to harmonize with the rest of the cat. The genetic factor which created the Japanese Bobtail is due to dominant genes and breeds true.