A cat with a raised paw beckons from the doorway. The cat is ceramic and the traditional Japanese symbol of good luck. They are modeled after the famous and favored bobtailed cats of Japan and come in both a shorthaired and longhaired variety.HistoryThe Japanese Bobtail is a natural breed and does indeed come from Japan.ÿ It was imported into the United States in 1968. ÿIn 1976 the Bobtail received championship recognition. This breed was only known as a shorthair but a longhaired version originated in 1993 is now recognized for show.DescriptionThe 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. ÿAnother very definite feature is the unusual short tail which for show purposes must have at least one kink, curve, or angle. The tail will correspond with the cat's body, either upwards or close to the body, flexible or rigid.ÿ The coat of the Bobtail Longhair is soft and of medium length while the Shorthair?s coat is quite short..The longhair Japanese Bobtail exhibits all the same characteristics as the shorthair Bobtail and there is no undercoat.ÿ This cat exhibits very little shedding. Grooming is a light daily combing or brushing.ÿAny color except the Siamese pattern or Abyssinian type agouti is permitted; the most popular colors are the mi-ke and those colors that can be used to create it: white, black, red, black and white, red and white, and tortoiseshell. Vividly contrasting colors and bold dramatic markings are preferred on the bi-colors.TemperamentThe Japanese Bobtail is a very intelligent cat and enjoys plenty of attention and play. ÿIt 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.ÿ It is affectionate by nature and makes an ideal family pet. It is well suited to indoor life.
This breed information has been assembled from a number of area which include "The Legacy of the Cat" by Gloria Stephens, "Eyewitness Handbooks - Cats" by David Alderton and the "TICA Breed Standards".ÿ As well, much information was obtained on the Internet. It was submitted to us by Southern Alberta Calgary Cat Fanciers