The Japanese Bobtail is an ancient breed that has existed for centuries in Japan. Cats with short, stubby and/or kinked tails are fairly common on the Asian continent and may share a conformational genetic mutation with the Japanese Bobtail. The most recognizable characteristic of this breed of course is its short, fluffy tail, which typically is carried closely curled upon its rear end, especially when it is resting. The tail is usually about 3 or 4 inches in length and has longer hair than that on the rest of the body, giving it a “pom-pom” appearance that masks the actual deformity of its bone structure. The Japanese Bobtail’s tail is usually flexible only at its base, because the few vertebral bones of the tail are fused. When the Bobtail walks, its tail may be held more upright and erect, rather than tight and curled.
The Japanese Bobtail is a highly personable cat that loves to be in the company of people. It can be more vocal than many felines, but its voice is softer and more melodious than that of the Siamese and most other exotic oriental shorthairs. The Bobtail makes a bright, affectionate, well-behaved companion both for people and for other pets. Like many other purebred cats, it does not thrive being kept isolated or alone for long periods of time, nor does it do well living in the out-of-doors. The Japanese Bobtail needs to be an intimate, well-integrated part of the family and certainly is deserving of that level of attention and commitment from its owners. The Bobtail is highly adaptable and enjoys a bustling, stimulating living atmosphere. This is the perfect cat breed for homes with lots of children.