Choosing a Japanese Bobtail

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Japanese Bobtail Cat’s Personality

If you’re looking for a furry door stop, this breed is not for you. Bobtails are energetic, playful cats; you’ll need no better excuse for neglecting your chores than watching the antics of your bobtail at play. However, their favorite games are those in which you take an active role. If you’ll be spending a lot of time away from home, provide a kitty companion to give your JBT an outlet for her energy.

Devoted and people oriented, JBTs are ever-present companions that stop just short of being clingy. They want to be involved with your activities, whether it’s folding laundry, preparing dinner, or puttering on your computer. Bobtails also enjoy a good conversation and they produce a wide range of tones that fanciers describe as “singing.”

Because JBTs are intelligent cats, they quickly learn new behaviors usually reserved for the canine crowd such as fetching and walking on a lead. Their intelligence can get them into mischief, however, since they are adept at opening cupboards and getting into off-limit rooms – and out of closed rooms as well. They can also be strong-willed and stubborn; once they get an idea into their heads, there’s no dissuading them. They are adept jumpers, too, so a tall cat tree is necessary to keep your JBT from scaling the bookcase or climbing the drapes.

Grooming of a Japanese Bobtail

Because of the minimal undercoat, even the longhair requires little grooming. A good combing once or twice a week is usually enough. Ask your breeder for advice, since grooming needs can vary depending upon the bloodline. Good instructions on grooming your show JBT can be found at

Association Acceptance

The Japanese bobtail is accepted for championship in both long and shorthair by:

  • American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
  • American Cat Association (ACA)
  • American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)
  • Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
  • The International Cat Association (TICA)
  • United Feline Organization (UFO)

    The Japanese bobtail is accepted for championship in short hair only in

    Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)

  • Special Notes

    The JBT’s tail mutation is governed by a recessive gene; therefore, bobtail to bobtail crosses produce only bobtailed offspring. The tail is entirely different from the Manx’s, which is governed by a dominant gene and can be harmful. Fortunately, the JBT gene doesn’t appear to be associated with any damaging genetic defects.


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