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Japanese Bobtail

Inquisitive and very talkative...

Japanese Bobtail
origin:Japan
weight:2 to 4 kg
size: Mediumfur type: medium
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History [ edit ]

The Japanese Bobtail is an ancient breed of cat originated from Japan where it can be traced back to the 8th century according to documented evidence (sketches in ancient ruins and documents and many ancient prints and paintings). The first domestic cats arrived in Japan from China or Korea at least 1000 years ago. Japanese Bobtails (“Bobtail” means born tailess or with a very short tail) exist in two varieties: the shorthair and the longhair, having the same standard and differing only in the coat length. Their kittens are “precocious” compared to those of other breeds: they are much bigger at birth, they become active earlier, walk earlier and eat earlier.  Japanese Bobtails are not related  to the Manx (another naturally tailless cat) in any way.  Contrary to what happens with the Manx, the gene that causes the Japanese Bobtails to be born tailess  is recessive. Besides, and their body types are totally different. Japanese Bobtails are called in Japan Maneki-Neko meaning “welcoming cat”, were favoured in their native country as a symbol of good luck and for a long time they were bred by the royal court, and by the richest families. Only after the World War II they were imported into Europe and North America. Since then these beautiful and hardy animals, which tail looks like a pompom or a rabbit's tail, have flourished in North America but are still rare in  Europe. However, the number of their fanciers is growing by the day. They have a sweet-nature and make excellet companions.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

e Japanese Bobtail is a medium-sized breed with elegant lines and a well-muscled, rather slender foreign-type build. The unique set of its eyes, set at a pronounced slant, combined with high cheekbones and a long parallel nose give the breed a distinctive Japanese look. The tail, resembling that of a rabbit, is also unique, not only to the breed but also to each individual animal for there are no two tails alike. The males are larger than females. The body is medium in size muscular, with a long, straight and slender torso, without any sign of coarseness, flabbiness or cobbiness. The legs are long, slender and high, not dainty or fragile in appearance and despite the hindlegs being observably longer than the forelegs, the back is level, not rising toward the rear, because of the deep angulation of the hindlegs. The paws, oval in shape, have five toes in front and four behind. The head, with gentle curves, forms almost a perfect equilateral triangle. It has a fairly broad muzzle, neither pointed nor blunt, high cheek bones a long and well-defined nose and a noticeable whisker break. The chin is full, neither undershot nor overshot. The eyes, large and oval are set at a rather pronounced slant when viewed in profile and have an alert expression. Eye colour may harmonize with coat colour or may be odd-eyed. The ears are large, upright and set wide apart but at right angles.The tail, which cannot exceed 7,6 cm (3 inches) may be composed of curves, angles, or kinks or any combination thereof and is usually carried upright when the cat is relaxed. The hair, that is thicker and longer than in the rest of the body, grows in all directions to create the effect of a pom-pom or rabbit tail. The Coat in the Shorthair is medium length, soft and silky, but without a noticeable undercoat. The coat in the long thair is medium-long to long, soft and silky without noticeable undercoat in the mature adult It has a frontal ruff.The coat is close lying over the shoulders, gradually growing longer toward the rump and flowing into "pantaloons" on the hindlegs. Japanese Bobtails come in a large variety of solid colours, bi-colours or tricolors. Nose leather, paw pads, and eye color should generally harmonize with coat colour.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Japanese Bobtail is an extremely intelligent, inquisitive, and friendly cat. Very affectionate and devoted to their owners, they are very talkative, their soft voices being capable of nearly a whole scale of tones. Japanese Bobtails are active, can learn tricks and enjoy games like fetch. They love carrying things in their mouths and riding on shoulders. They need to be kept amused and should be given plenty of toys when lelft alone. This breed adjusts easly to new environments and is a good traveller. Japanese Bobtails have a sweet nature, get along well with dogs and other animals, and are very patient with children. They adore human companionship and make jaunty family pets.
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Health [ edit ]

The Japanese Bobtail is a very hardy and healthy breed.
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Dogfan22 said:
this Cat is beautyful :)
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