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Japanese Bobtails

Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail has been around since the 6th Century, making it one of the oldest cat breeds around. The Gotokuji and Niko Temples still display antique Japanese woodcuts and paintings that portray the Japanese Bobtail. Its most distinguishable features are its triangular head, tall ears and prominent cheek bones that give it a truly oriental look. The hind legs on the Japanese Bobtail are longer than the front legs, but this does not affect the stance of the cat, which is level. The kinked tail is naturally occurring and is very short. No two tails are ever the same. The breed itself is also naturally occurring one.


The Japanese Bobtail is a highly intelligent breed. They are very sociable and love to be around people, especially their owners. They are very playful and have a kitten like energy all their lives. They often play fetch with their owners, or are content playing on their own with their favorite toy. These cats are loving and affectionate towards their family, and enjoy being petted or cuddling up with their owners on the sofa. Bobtails get along with many other domestic pets and bond well with children if socialized.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male: 8-12 pounds (4-6kg)

    Female: 8 pounds (4kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    9-13 years on average.

  • Litter Size

    5 kittens

  • Grooming

    The fur of the Japanese Bobtail needs regular grooming. This means you should brush the hair at least once a week and comb it once a week to keep it free of knots. Brushing and combing will also help to discourage hairballs.

  • Recognition