Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail Cat Breed
Japanese Bobtail Cat Breed
Photo by Eva Funderburgh CC

Native to Japan and Southeast Asia, the Japanese Bobtail has an unusual bobbed tail. It almost appears to be bent or broken. Some have heterochromia, different eye colors. Although they come in many colors, the predominately white calicoes are favored by cat fanciers. This rare breed of cats has been around for at least 1,000 years. They are alert, active, intelligent and easy to train. Japanese Bobtails tend to have smaller litters than other breeds. They are a prominent feature in Japanese folklore. One legendary tale is that hundreds of years ago, one cat’s tail caught fire and it ran through town spreading flames everywhere. This prompted the Emperor to decree all cats have their tails cut short to prevent this from ever happening again. The popular fictional character, Hello Kitty, is a depiction of the Japanese Bobtail.

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