Japanese Bobtail

A smart and sociable cat, the Japanese Bobtail is a friendly household pet, with a medium-sized build and comes in either longhair or shorthair varieties. Unlike the name denotes, the Japanese Bobtail is actually bred from China with the start of its breed going back to nearly 1,000 years ago. Later introduced into western culture, notably America in the 1960’s, the cat has become a popular household pet around the globe, known for their loving and highly intelligent nature.


The medium-sized Japanese Bobtail cats have luscious soft fur and come in either bi-color and tri-color coats, with athletic, long and lean body shapes complete with triangular-shaped heads. The cats have oval eyes, a long straight nose, high cheekbones and large, round-tipped ears. They are often tailless or have a short bunny like tail that can be relaxed or rigid however is typically no more than three inches long when carried normally. The Japanese Bobtail’s legs are slender and long with the hind legs noticeably longer than the front legs with oval shaped paws.


A pleasant addition to any home, the Japanese Bobtail gets along well with children, adults and other animals. They are highly adaptable to changing environments with a naturally athletic nature, making them fun pets to play with. This cat is highly intelligent and is easily trained to walk on leashes and learn basic obedience commands and tricks.

Grooming and care

The Japanese Bobtail is easily groomed however typically requires no special grooming routines as their hair is fairly short and is kept in good condition by its own grooming methods. A longhaired breed may need to be groomed more regularly, however no matter the hair length, this friendly cat loves a little attention by being groomed with a soft brush for silky smooth hair!


The cat typically lives until at least its early teens to approximately between 10-15 years.

Health issues

The Japanese Bobtail has minimal health issues, however as with all breeds, it is advisable for them to have an annual health check at their local Vet from about the age of eight or nine to check teeth, liver, blood pressure and kidney function.

For more information on the latest research into breed-related problems head to University of Sydney's LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.