A loving, intelligent and muscular cat with a short tail, this Japanese sensation makes for a wonderful companion that will suit most owners.
Where I'm From
One of the oldest naturally occurring breeds, the Japanese Bobtail is a native of, you guessed it, Japan. Thought to have originally arrived on the island nation with traveling Chinese monks in the 7th century, the Bobtail made an excellent ratter, and was used heavily to prevent rice paper scrolls becoming rodent snacks.
When the silk trade in the 1600’s starting taking off, the cat was again utilised for their ratting prowess.
They made their way to the United States in 1968 and have since been officially recognised in both shorthaired and longhaired varieties.
What I Look Like
A medium sized, muscular cat, the Bobtail has a triangular head, oval eyes and long hind legs. The most distinctive characteristic is of course their short tail. It may seem like their tails have been docked but in actual fact it is complete with a full vertebrate.
They come in many colours and patterns in both shorthair and longhair, making plenty of different looks for the Bobtail to come in.
How I Act
The Japanese Bobtail is a highly intelligent breed with a loving, sweet and sociable nature. These guys are energetic and will love playing fetch or soccer with their favourite human.
Never one to shy away from a confrontation, the Bobtail is a bit of an feline alpha, and will not be intimidated, even by their canine housemates.
A highly sociable breed, they enjoy spending time with other Bobtail’s over other varieties. Most of all however, they will enjoy hanging out with you. They love human attention and even though they enjoy exercise, they also appreciate the downtime, and will happily park themselves next to you on the couch.
Looking After Me
A fairly low maintenance breed, you won’t have to worry about shedding or meowing too much. As with many other cat breeds, they will take care of the grooming themselves and will be able to keep themselves occupied most of the time. However, if you want your Bobtail to be happy as Larry, you should definitely invest some time playing a game or two with them.
They love treats and human food which is fine in moderation, but don’t forget that they won’t limit themselves and may stack on the kilo’s if you’re not careful.
They enjoy traveling so feel free to take them out and about.
This generally healthy breed will stick around for between 9 - 13 years.
Am I the pet for you?
- Low maintenance
- Unique appearance
- Highly intelligent and very sociable
- Unique tail might not be for everyone
- Needs a bit of attention
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