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Japanese Bobtail

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Breed Information
Popularity (2014) #24
Name Japanese Bobtail
Other names Japanese Truncated Cat
Origin Japan
Size Medium
Coat LongShortSilkySoftStraight
Lap Cat Yes
Life span 14-16 years
Temperament ActiveAgileCleverEasy GoingIntelligentLivelyLoyalPlayfulSocial
Weight Male: 7 - 10 poundsFemale: 5 - 7 pounds
Colors BlueBrownRuddyTanRed
Kitten Price Average $400 - $600 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Affection Level 5 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood With Others: It is usually good with adults, children (6+), and seniors and can be very affectionate towards them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Energy Level 5 stars
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Regular grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. It stimulates circulation, massages the skin, and removes debris and loose hair. Frequency should be once a week.
Health Issues 1 starsGenerally Healthy: It doesn't have as many known illnesses and conditions as other cats. Best for owners who do not want to worry about long-term medical costs.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 stars
Shedding 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this cat to shed moderately. By providing it proper nutrition, regular grooming, and keeping the shedding contained to a small area, like a pet bed, will minimize shedding and make it more manageable.
Social Needs 5 stars
Stranger Friendly 5 stars
Vocalization 5 starsFrequent Vocalization: It is known to be vocal. Owners might be concerned for excessive and undesirable crying or meowing, especially at night.
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Kitten Names
Rank Male Female
01 Mikesch Pepsi
02 Oliver Molly
03 Buddy Maisy
04 Coco Ayla
05 Achmed Daisy
06 Gavin Maya
07 Momo Sophie
08 Nugget Emma
09 Simba Tippy
10 Chunk Sassy

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.

Children & Other Pets
The Bobtail is a great match for families with kids because he shares their high energy level. He is up for anything, from playing fetch to being a guest at a tea party to being dressed up in doll clothes and paraded around in a baby buggy. Always  supervise children to make sure they pet and play with the cat nicely and don’t pull his ears or twist his tail. He is happy to live with cat-friendly dogs, too, thanks to his amiable and fearless disposition. Introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.