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The Japanese Bobtail

Posted December 15, 2014 in Cat Breeds

Background:

The theory surrounding the Japanese Bobtail is that he was taken from Asia and brought into Japan more than 1,000 years ago. After he proved himself to be an exemplary hunter Japanese authorities decided the Bobtail should be set free to populate and help with the rodent issue which plagued Japan. Soon the bobtail became known as the “street cat” of Japan.

The Japanese Bobtail may look like the American Bobtail, but the only similarity is its bobbed tail.

Cat Facts:

  • The Japanese Bobtail’s bobbed tail is a symbol of good fortune in Japan.
  • This breed weighs in between 5 and 10 punds.
  • The Bobtail has a silky coat which not only comes in a variety of colors but can also be either long or short.
  • Sometimes, very rarely, a Japanese Bobtail may have eyes of different colors.

What are they like?
Japanese Bobtails are extremely curious. Most will even brave the water! They love people and you can often find one perched high up on a shoulder. They are very intelligent and love to learn new things. They might also demand affection and attention.

Japanese Bobtails are very strong and healthy cats with no major health problems.

Takeaway Points:

  • Japanese Bobtails are excellent travellers. This diva doesn’t mind hotel rooms, especially if it’s for a cat show.
  • This breed is very outgoing and gets along with children, other pets, and even dogs.
  • A regular brushing will satisfy the grooming requirements of a Japanese Bobtail.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.