Japanese Bobtail Longhair cat.

Japanese Bobtail Longhair Cat Breed

This “talkative” and inquisitive breed is always on the go and loves to explore, but loyally returns to its family.

Both longhaired and shorthaired Japanese Bobtails appear to have been favored pets in Japan for several hundred years. In the 1960s, the first of these charismatic and unusual cats were imported to the US, where the modern breed was developed.

Japanese Bobtails are loving and lovable, but with their outgoing and energetic natures they are not for the owner who wants a lap cat. There are many variations on the short, plumed tail, which can curve or bend in any direction. The longhaired coat falls softly over the body and is relatively easy to groom.

Origin: Japan, c.17th century

Breed registries: CFA, TICA

Weight range: 6–9lb (2.5–4kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: All solid colors in bicolor, tabby, and tortie patterns.