The Japanese Bobtail is a medium sized cat, well muscled but straight and slender rather than massive in build. The unique short tail resembles a bunny tail with the hair fanning out to create a pompom appearance which camouflages the underlying bone structure. The head is triangular in shape. The high cheekbones and unique set of the large eyes lend a distinctive Japanese cast to the face. Cats with two different eye colors (odd-eyed) or with blue eyes are quite desirable.
The Japanese Bobtail is active, energetic and very affectionate. Their outgoing and loving temperament make them excellent pets. They are very intelligent and active cats, and retain their kittenish playfulness into adulthood. They travel well, and adjust easily to life with dogs and other cats. They are very adaptable and are especially good with children.
Japanese Bobtails are strong and healthy cats. They usually have litters of three to four kittens that are extremely large for newborns. Compared to other breeds, they are active earlier, walk earlier and start getting into trouble earlier. This breed has a low kitten mortality rate and high disease resistance. Kittens are never born tailless, nor are they born with full tails. They are active, intelligent, talkative cats. Their soft voices are capable of nearly a whole scale of tones; some people say they sing. Since they adore human companionship they almost always speak when spoken to.
Japanese Bobtails are strictly ''indoor members of the family''. We strongly discourage declawing them. We start clipping their claws shortly after birth, getting them accustomed to this makes it simple to do throughout adulthood. Also, we train them to a scratching post and this helps to ensure that they don't scratch or claw your furniture. To read more about declawing: http://amby.com/cat_site/dc-wyntk.html or www.cfainc.org/health/declawing.html
They are not related to the Manx in any way, each breed being completely different in head and body types. The genetic factor that creates the Japanese Bobtail is not related to the genes which make the Manx cat tailless. Where Manx cats may be born tailed, stumpy or rumpy (completely tailless), Bobtails will always be born with bobbed tails!
THE DISTINCTIVE TAIL
The tail is unique not only to the breed, but to each individual cat. Like our finger prints, no two tails are ever alike. The tail must be clearly visible and is composed of one or more curves, angles, or kinks or any combination thereof. The furthest extension of the tail bone from the body should be no longer than three inches. The direction in which the tail is carried is not important. The tail may be flexible or rigid and should be of a size and shape that harmonizes with the rest of the cat. The structure of the tail is camouflaged by the tail hair, which fluffs out to resemble a pompom.
THE PORCELAIN COAT
The shorthair Japanese Bobtail has a soft and silky coat of medium length which appears flat rather than fluffy, giving it the look of porcelain. Longhaired Japanese Bobtails have belly shag and definite britches on the hind legs. The tail leaves no doubt as to whether the cat is a shorthair or longhair, the tail hairs being much longer on the longhair cats.
The Japanese Bobtail comes in almost every color. The most popular color is the mi-ke, pronounced "mee-kay", a Japanese term meaning "three-furred" or what we would call calico. It refers to a predominantly white cat with bold patches of red and black. The many other beautiful colors and patterns include bicolors, tabby and whites, dilutes, and solids. Vividly contrasting colors and bold dramatic markings are preferred on the bi-colors.