Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail


Intelligent, affectionate, loyal, confident and athletic. Highly social and interactive. Strong-willed and very intelligent. This breed requires play and is best suited to a family or multi-pet household. They do not like to be left alone. They have been known to enjoy carrying toys/objects in their mouths.


Japanese bobtail cats are known for their short tails and playful personality. This breed makes a wonderful family pet. Learn more about owning a Japanese bobtail. Japanese bobtails are prized for their short, curly tails, outgoing personality and athletic abilities. This captivating breed originated in Japan, but is known throughout the world.
These energetic animals make wonderful pets and are especially good with children. They love to be the centre of attention and an important part of family life. They have little fur, are easy to groom and are very intelligent.
These cute and quirky cats are relatively rare. Because Japanese bobtail cats are rare, they usually cost between $600 and $1,600 from a responsible breeder. The defining physical characteristic of the Japanese bobtail is, of course, its curled tail. It resembles that of a rabbit more than that of a typical cat. The stubby tails of these pets are usually no longer than five centimetres, covered with tufts of fur and curled or bent to one side.
“Like fingerprints, no two tails are alike within this breed,” says Natalie L. Marks, DVM, CVJ and veterinary partner at Royal Canin.
The Japanese bobtail is a medium-sized cat weighing between 5 and 10 pounds, with males typically weighing more. They have long, lean torsos and strong, muscular bodies. Their hind legs are slightly longer than their front legs, and they have high cheekbones, oval eyes and long noses.
Japanese bobtails have two types of coat: long and short. The coat may be solid, bi-coloured, calico or brindle, but this breed is most commonly white with coloured patches, or what some call the van pattern. Both the long and short coats are silky smooth, easy to brush and low linting. However, although Japanese bobtails tend to shed less than other breeds, they do have shedding seasons in spring and autumn and are not considered hypoallergenic. “

Breed Characteristics:
Coat Type: Short and long hair varieties, silky coat.
Colours & Body Type: Medium build; white, black, red, brown, blue, cream, Mi-Ke/Tri-colour, tortoiseshell, silver, dilute tortoiseshell.
Grooming Needs: Low – occasional grooming.
Similar Breeds: American bobtail, Manx cat.
Vital Stats:
Height: 20 to 22 cm
Weight – Female: <3.6 kg
Weight – Male: 3.6 to 5.4 kg
Health Profile: No known genetic predispositions, generally hearty healthy breed. Short tail unique to each individual cat.
Life Span: 9 to 13 Years

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