Japanese Bobtail Cat - Breed Profile
- Woodcuts and paintings of cats similar to the Japanese Bobtail suggest
that the bobtail cat arrived in Japan around the 6th century. Although, some
breed historians believe that the Japanese Bobtail arrived in the country
around the 10th century, during the reign of Emperor Ichijo, who was the
owner of five Japanese Bobtails.
Colors and Coats Types Available - The JBT comes in a variety of
colors, but the most popular
by far is the mi-ke (mee-kay) meaning "three - furred" or tri-color, which
is very similar to a brightly colored "Calico" cat. Another interesting
genetic occurrence (generally not known outside of breeder circles) is the
fact that all mi-ke kittens (as well as Calico cats) are females!
While bi-colors, or kittens with white and one other color (usually black or
red) make up the majority, you can also get dilutes of these colors in blue
& white or cream & white. Other possibilities are tabby & white or solids.
With Japanese Bobtails, you can choose your coat length - either soft short
hair or silky long hair! Both varieties shed very little. The long hair
doesn't have an undercoat so they will always remain silky!
Grooming and Care - JBTs require very little extra care. Although,
they will always appreciate a good brushing session!
Suitable Environment - I prefer that my
JBTs go to homes where they will be someone's "pillow buddy" and get lots of
TLC ! I also like them to have at least one other cat as a companion. Cats
get lonesome just like people do. Last but not least, my kittens must never
be allowed outdoors or declawed !!!
Personality Traits - Male or female, JBTs are famous
for their entertaining antics and irresistible charm! They are very
athletic, intelligent, outgoing, loving and unique! JBTs are also very
vocal, invariably talking back to their owners when spoken to. They love to
carry things in their mouths, so playing fetch is a great past time with
these cats. Some JBTs even enjoy playing in water - go figure? They
generally make good travelers, as well as adapting easily to other animals
Japanese Bobtail Cat Breeders
Japanese Bobtail Description
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