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Japanese Bobtail


The Japanese Bobtail is a breed with an unusual bobtail more closely resembling the tail of a rabbit than that of other cats.


The Japanese Bobtail was first developed in Japan and registered officially in the 1960s. The breed has been known in Japan for centuries, and it frequently appears in traditional folklore and art. Japanese Bobtails are believed to be derived from domestic and feral populations of kinked-tailed cats widespread throughout Southeast Asia and southern China. The Japanese Bobtail Shorthair is recognised by FIFe since 1989, the longhair version of the breed is not recognised.


The Japanese Bobtail should present the overall impression of a medium sized cat with clear lines and bone structure, well- muscled but rather elongated and rather slender than massive built. The unique set of its eyes, combined with high cheekbones and a long parallel nose, lend a distinctive Japanese cast to the face, especially in profile, quite different from the other oriental breeds. Its short tail should resemble a bunny tail with the hair fanning out to create a pom-pom appearance, which effectively camouflages the underlying bone structure of the tail.


The Japanese Bobtail is good for families. Due to their affectionate nature, they are well suited pets for children and communicate with people using soft chirpy noises. This breed is highly attracted to water, very smart, and known for playful behaviour, always full of energy and mischief. A very loyal breed, Bobtails make great companions.

Breed Standard
Last modification of the Standard: 2024