Japanese bobtail is a very loving, loyal, sweet and smart cat. They make wonderful family pets, as they like to be involved in everything going on and are very patient and sweet tempered with children. This breed is happiest among people and features a soft, melodious voice that wins the hearts of listeners. The Bobtail is a great match for families with kids other house cats and dogs because he shares their high energy level.
Size: They are muscular cats with a long, lean, elegant body set on long, slender legs. Their medium-sized bodies are athletic, triangular-shaped heads spaces oval eyes, a long straight nose, high cheekbones and large, round-tipped ears. Females weigh between 5 and 7 pounds and males average between 7 and 10 pounds.
Temperament & Personality: They are an active, sweet, loving and highly intelligent breed. They love to be with people and play seemingly endlessly. They learn their name and respond to it. They bring toys to people and play fetch with a favorite toy for hours. Bobtails are social and are at their best when in the company of people. They take over the house and are not intimidated. If a dog is in the house, Bobtails assume bobtails are in charge. While they get along fairly well with other cat breeds, they prefer the company of other bobtails. They have been called clannish as they make long lasting friendships with their own litter mates.
Activity Requirements: They adapt well to a routine as long as they have some play time and some time to cuddle with their parent. Because they can jump high, they need some perches so they can exercise. They like interactive toys such as feather teasers and will jump high to catch it. They generally exercise enough to maintain their proper weight.
Breed Traits: Rarely, a Japanese Bobtail, especially a predominantly white specimen, may have heterochromia, or eyes of different colors. Regardless of breed, cats with this trait are known as odd-eyed cats. In this breed, one iris is blue ("silver" in Japanese breeding terms) while the other is yellow ("gold").
Diet: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per feeding up to about 8 wks. 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup per feeding up to 6 months and beyond, depending on weight. Research shows that adult cats need a minimum of 26 percent protein in their diet.
Grooming Requirements: Grooming weekly to keep its striking coat in good condition. If the grooming process is started as a kitten they soon become used to it and enjoy the attention it brings. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails weekly.
Colors: Coat: Length: Short, Medium, Long Characteristics: Silky, Straight Colors: White, Black, Red, Brown, Blue, Cream, Mi-Ke, Tortoiseshell, Silver, Dilute Tortoiseshell. Pattern: Solid Color, Tortoiseshell, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Ticking, Smoke, Shaded. Eye color: Amber, Aqua, Blue, Copper, Green, Gold, Hazel, Odd-eyed, Orange, Yellow
History: The Japanese Bobtail has been known in Japan since the 6th century. The Gotokuji Temple and the Niko Temple still display antique Japanese woodcuts and paintings that portray the Japanese people's love for their special bobtailed cat. The Japanese Bobtail is considered to be a naturally occurring breed and was not affirmatively created. The Japanese Bobtail was originally kept by people who had silkworm barns as the breed was considered invaluable thanks to their expertise in rodent control. However, the Imperial family so loved the Japanese Bobtail that the cats were granted all the privileges of the ruling classes, and were pampered and honored just like royalty. Legend has it that one of the great emperors found the Japanese Bobtail to be such a lovely cat that he decreed that only he could own and breed these cats. When he gave an audience in the Imperial Garden, he would bring in his Japanese Bobtails with red silk leashes.
Life span: 9-13 yrs
Temperament: Sweet, smart, loyal, social, adaptable, affectionate, loving, energetic,
Weight: 8-12 lbs
Height: 8 - 9 inches
Color: White, Black, Red, Brown, Blue, Cream, Mi-Ke, Tortoiseshell, Silver, Dilute Tortoiseshell
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