Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is a domestic breed of feline. The breed originated in Japan, and is the cat depicted with the Maneki-Neko (Beckoning Cat) figurines you see on doorsteps and in households, representing good luck. These famous figurines and images depict the cat, sitting with one paw raised, as if waving at you. Another famous Japanese Bobtail is Hello Kitty, the Japanese children’s cartoon character. The breed has been noted throughout Japanese historical artwork and manuscripts for at least the last 1,000 years. It is the oldest breed of cat known in Japanese history. The breed first migrated to the United States in 1968. Japanese Bobtails are named for their short, fluffy tails, resembling the tail of a rabbit. The tail itself consists of kinks and curves, making each tail unique to every cat. The bobtail is caused by a mutation in the genes, though unlike the gene that causes the Manx breed to bare short tails, the mutation does not cause any sort of health risks or problems with the breed. One condition that tends to arise is Heterochromia, or eyes of different colors. This is a very sought after trait in the Japanese Bobtail, and so kittens with this characteristic often tend to be higher priced. They have an angled bone structure in the face, creating a porcelain-like physique. The breed has high cheekbones and a slender face, with large eyes and large, high-set ears. They have a strong physique, with legs made for jumping to great heights. The breed is considered medium sized. The females are usually smaller, weighing in at about 5-7 pounds, and the males usually up the stakes to about 8-10 pounds. They are usually quite bright and colorful, as are their ceramic Maneki-Neko copies. Naturally, due to the popularity of the statues, the tri-colored white calico is the most appreciated coat of the breed. The breed offers both short-hairs and long-hairs, as well as a variety of colors. Japanese Bobtails are an exquisite breed, but also great for companionship. They are loving, outgoing, and very talkative. They will most likely interact with you vocally, a trait that contributed to a Japanese folklore belief that they can sing. They are very intelligent, as well as active. They are playful and curious. Being as intelligent as they are, and more human-oriented than most cats, they are much easier to train. They are more likely to take part in human-oriented activities, such as playing fetch and learning tricks. They are always seeking adventure, and are always searching for more to do. These cats are not lap cats. They are lovable, personable busy-bodies. They adapt well to any environment, including other pets and rambunctious children, making them a wonderful addition to any household.
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