Japanese Bobtail Shorthair Cat Breed

Known to be loving, full of energy, happy and always playful, these are just some of the characteristics a Japanese Bobtail has. They are also people-oriented and desire to be the centre of their families. In fact, when your doorbell rings, this cat will be the first one to greet your visitors. If you are looking for a feline companion who can interact with your family, the Japanese Bobtail is the right breed for your home.

Japanese Bobtail cat is the good luck cat of Japan. They are named for their unique trait: their pom-pom tail composed of angles, curves, and kinks. These amiable cats are energetic and intelligent. While they will relax on your lap for a nap, they are too busy to stay still for long periods and are hurriedly off to their next adventure. They are devoted and loyal to their family and can adapt well to other pets and children. Japanese Bobtail cats can also be found in two easy-to-maintain coat lengths.

These playful cats like to carry things using their mouth. And they can play a game of fetch and even soccer. Japanese Bobtail is very entertaining to watch while they play with other cats. They are excellent travellers and loves being in hotel rooms and cat shows. They are amicable and adjust quickly to other animals and get along well with children.

Japanese Bobtail cats are talkative, with “voices” described as almost songlike. They can communicate with a wide array of meows and chirps. These delightful cats are very energetic and intelligent. They enjoy human and animal companionship and have affectionate, outgoing personalities. When not busy playing, these cats are off exploring and discovering every corner and rooms, whether it is examining the contents of your kitchen’s cupboard or jumping to the top of your bookcase to get a good view of what is happening in their surroundings.

These loyal cats are very active. So, if you are considering a lap cat, the Japanese Bobtail may not be a match for you. But to compensate for that, they are very loving and desire to be near their human companion. You’ll be surprised how they are fond of perching in their human’s shoulder whenever they want to know what they are doing. 

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Breed Information

Size:
Medium
Height:
20-23 cm
Weight:
3-5 kg
Life Span:
10-15+ years
Temperament:
Active, Intelligent, Loving, Sociale, Affectionate, Courageous
Coat:
Short
Colours:
Various, Tricolour and Mi-Ke is favoured
Energy Level:
High
Registration:
TICA, CFA, FIFe
Country of Origin:
Japan
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  • Grooming: Twice a Week 6/10
  • Shedding: Medium 6/10
  • Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
  • Activity Level: High 10/10
  • Playfulness: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to children: High 10/10
  • Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
  • Vocality: High 10/10
  • Intelligence: High 10/10
  • Independence: High 10/10

History

There are paintings and written records that document the existence of the Japanese Bobtail in Japan for at least one thousand years. In fact, a 15th-century painting shows two longhaired bobtail cats with their coats separated down their backs and a feathery pom-pom for their tail in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. There are also drawings of the Japanese Bobtail sitting beside geishas. As with other ancient cat breeds, many legends and traditions are encircling its origin.

The Japanese Bobtail first arrived in North America when cat breeder Judy Crawford sent the first cats to Elizabeth Freret in the United States in 1968. When Judy returned to the United States, she brought more of these cats with her and worked with Elizabeth Freret to get the charming cat breed recognized.

The International Cat Association initially recognized the shorthaired variety of the Japanese Bobtail for competition in June 1979. After some years, the International Cat Association accepted the Longhaired Japanese Bobtail for competition in March 1991. 

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Appearance

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Japanese Bobtails are named for their distinguishing trait: their unique pom-pom tail composed of angles, curves, and kinks. Because of this trait, no two tails are the same, and they may be lithe or firm but must be carried close to their body and be in balance with their body. The hair on their tail is longer than their body resulting in a pom-pom appearance. The bones in their tail are frequently fused or maybe jointed in one or two places so that they can wiggle them dramatically, but they should only be handled very softly.

But their tail is not their only distinctive characteristic. They have high chiselled cheekbones and large eyes set on a pronounced angle in their triangular head. It is topped with large, high-set ears that highlight their alertness and curious nature. They are medium-sized cats with parallel lines in their long slender body and powerful hind legs made for jumping. Their hindquarters' deep Z shape gives massive power to the leap permitting the Japanese Bobtail to spring to great heights quickly. They are very muscular cats with elegant flowing movements.

Another unique trait of the Japanese Bobtail that differentiates them from other cat breeds is that their hind legs are somewhat longer than their front legs, which give their hind legs a very muscular appearance.

The traditional Japanese Bobtail coat is a tri-coloured mi-ke that combines deep black, rich red, and pristine white in a package that is considered good luck. They can have any colour for their eyes, but those with two different eye colours or blue eyes are particularly prized and are found most frequently in cats with a lot of white.

The Japanese Bobtail’s coat is soft and smooth when you stroke it. They also have a minimal undercoat. These cats have a medium-length coat covering a solid muscular body. Their coat lies flat against their body, accentuating the elegant stylized lines of these cats, revealing a structure comparable to a porcelain statue. 

Personality

These delightful cats are very energetic and intelligent. They enjoy human and animal companionship and have affectionate, welcoming personalities and would love to talk to you of soft meows and chirps. The Japanese Bobtail cat loves to play, whether it is engaging in a game of fetch, splashing in the water, or tackling and dancing with a favourite toy. When not busy playing, these cats are off exploring and discovering every corner and rooms, whether it is examining the contents of your kitchen’s cupboard or jumping to the top of your bookcase to get a good view of what is happening in their surroundings.

Japanese Bobtails are full of energy and always playful. These active cats are also people-oriented and want to be in the centre of action in their household. They will perch in your shoulder to see what you have been doing or go with you when the doorbell rings to greet your visitors.

Due to their intelligence and attentiveness, they can play a game of fetch, interact with their human companion through toys, and play harmoniously with other cats. You can expect to see your Japanese Bobtail carry things using their mouth. They are also remarkable travellers. This cat breed can adapt quickly, so you can bring them to cat shows and hotel rooms without having any difficulty.

Japanese Bobtails are a natural at Feline Agility. They are outstanding at jumping hurdles and leaping through hoops. They are also speedy and expert at this sport. In fact, there are records that they can complete this course in less than ten seconds.

They are devoted and loyal to their family and adapt greatly to other pets and children, making them an excellent feline companion to any family. 

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Trainability

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Turn your Japanese Bobtail’s high energy into a productive session by teaching them tricks, commands and games. They are intelligent and curious, thus, making each training session an interesting one.

Start them young. You can start by training them to do simple tasks such as using a scratching post and litter boxes. As they grow and develop their personalities, introduce them to more complex tricks and commands. You can teach them to play a game of fetch, not open faucets and play with water unsupervised, or not wander the outdoors without a companion.

To keep them mentally stimulated, provide them plenty of interactive toys they can play with alternately. Japanese Bobtails loves attention and interaction with their human companion to take advantage of this while training them. Encourage them during training sessions by giving them treats and kibbles to continue.

Like other cat breeds, when Japanese Bobtails are appropriately trained and familiarized with different people, animals and environments at an early stage, they will blossom into a well-behaved and well-bred family pet. 

Coat & Care

Their coat is easy to groom and maintain with twice-weekly combing or brushing. However, they tend to shed during the seasons of fall and spring. Because of this, you will need to brush or comb them more often during those seasons.

Japanese Bobtails are easy to train, so start them at kittenhood to get used to regular grooming. Use a very soft brush to gently brush their coat at the beginning of your grooming session so it won’t hurt their skin or pull their kitten hairs. Be careful not to hurt them during the grooming session as they develop a behaviour where they might not behave while being brushed. As they grow, use a different brush to cater to their coat need. Don’t forget to reward them with kibbles and treats just for behaving well.

Examine your cat’s ears weekly for dirt or wax buildup. Use a vet-approved ear cleaner and clean cotton balls to remove any dirt, debris and wax to prevent it from having an infection. Just make sure not to use cotton swabs as using this may cause serious damage to their inner ear. If their ears smell funny or are inflamed, contact your vet immediately for treatment and care.

Allot time each day to check their eyes for discharge and dirt. Use a clean and soft cloth to gently clean the corners of their eyes. Be careful not to poke their eyes and use a separate part of the cloth to prevent eye infection.

Protect your furniture and your skin by trimming your Japanese Bobtail’s nail as needed. As you check their nails, make sure to examine their paws as well to see if it is injury-free and doesn’t accumulate dirt. Because this cat breed is very playful, they tend to make the furniture a part of their obstacle course as they run around the house. For their dental health, weekly brushing is sufficient to keep your cat’s teeth away from tartar buildup and tooth and gum diseases.

Maintain their litter boxes as Japanese Bobtails are picky with their bathroom hygiene, just like other cats. Dirty litter boxes may urge them to use other areas of the house to do their bathroom business. Also, clumped litter sand may cling to their coat. If they swallowed any of these, it may cause blockage to their body and lead to health issues. 

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Health

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The Japanese Bobtails are considered an overall healthy cat breed. However, it is still best to keep their vaccinations and parasite treatments up to date and to schedule regular vet visits to ensure that your cat is in tip-top condition. 

Children & Other Pets

Japanese Bobtails are intelligent cats. They are very friendly and playful. That’s why many families with children choose to bring home one. While they are amicable, keep a watchful eye on your children when interacting with a Japanese Bobtail or any other cat breeds. Because of their high energy, their playfulness may cause mishaps that may be too rough for younger children.

Living with other pets such as other cats and cat-friendly dogs is bliss with a Japanese Bobtail. Because of their adaptability and friendly nature, this breed can live harmoniously with other pets under the same roof. But remember that not all breeds are the same; always socialize them slowly and in controlled areas to guarantee that they learn to get along well together. 

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