The Japanese Bobtail should present the overall impression of a medium sized cat with clean lines and bone structure, well-muscled but straight and slender rather than massive in build. The unique set of its eyes, combined with high cheek bones and a long parallel nose, lend a distinctive Japanese cast to the face, especially in profile, quite different from the other oriental breeds. Its short tail should resemble a bunny tail with the hair fanning out to create a pom-pom appearance which effectively camouflages the underlying bone structure of the tail.
Mrs. Betty O'Brien, who judged the first CFA show in Japan in 1968, was deeply impressed by a longhaired mi-ke which was exhibited at the show. The longhair Japanese Bobtail has existed for centuries in the orient as have the shorthairs.
COAT LENGTH: Longhair and Shorthair (shown)
Japanese Bobtails 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. They like to carry things in their mouths, and most enjoy a good game of fetch. Masters of the pounce, these cats love to ride on shoulders. They are good travelers. They don't panic at shows or strange hotel rooms, they adjust to dogs and other animals, and are especially good with children.
"JBTs are extremely social cats ... they greet everyone who comes to the door as if the person was coming to visit them (the cat)! Humans are greeted with 'Hi, How are you? Come on in, What did you bring me, do you want to play, don't be shy, sit down, grab the toy, oh you have a bag, what's in it....' "
"I've never seen an unhappy JBT. Life is a joy and the world is a toy!"
"The JBT's job in life is to love their humans. They are the cats that look into your soul!"
"If my Bobtails had thumbs, we would all be in trouble! They can open all sorts of things and jump up high."
"Japanese Bobtails are such and affectionate and intelligent breed! My Princess knows how to get up on my hope chest and turn the light switch on and off. She also knows how to open the drawer in my bathroom and take the cotton balls down to the kitchen. Both of my cats bring so much joy into my life, and can't imagine being without them."
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