silhouette Semi-foreign type
hair Short or mid-length depending on the variety
dress Solid, bicolor or tricolor
eyes Large, oval and expressive
ear Tall and well trained
tail Rolled up on itself, 5 cm. unfolded length
federation LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, FIFe, WCF
The Japanese bobtail is a breed of cat native to Japan. This cat is characterized by its tail which is rolled up on itself.
The breed, when tortoiseshell and white, is known as Mi-ké (三毛, three hairs = three colors) in its home country of Japan, where it is considered a symbol of friendship and a lucky charm. Very popular, the breed is associated with the effigy of Maneki-neko, that is to say "the happiness cat", "the cat which calls" or even "the cat which greets", supposed to ward off misfortunes and diseases. Many temples or Japanese buildings have a statuette representing the maneki-neko enthroned at the entrance. The painter Hiroshige sometimes used it to symbolize the calm of large Japanese houses. The bobtail, term meaning "cropped tail" in English, owes its name to its short tail. The United States, where it is very popular, welcomed the first pair in 1968 and recognized the breed two years later. The breed was introduced to France by Hélène Choisnard. During a stay in Thailand in 1980, she visited a temple dedicated to Buddha where a young female tricolor, named Sirikit, caught her attention. A monk ends up offering it to him; she gives birth to a litter a year later, Mrs. Chesnois having mated her with a Japanese bobtail that she brought from the United States. The bobtail is recognized by the LOOF, but the breed is struggling to establish itself in Europe where it is often confused with another breed of short-tailed cat, the Manx.
He is a friendly and sociable cat. The Japanese Bobtail is a loyal cat that follows its owner in his smallest activities. It also has a special voice that allows it to communicate its needs to its owners. According to his admirers, he is a cat that lives in a tribe and is very sociable with other cats other than his breed. In fact, he is a sociable cat, who is unhappy when he lives alone. He needs to be happy to have either another cat in the house or humans who give him attention. On the other hand, it is to be avoided for single people who have a 100% professional activity and who travel