The unique feature of these cats is their tail. When the cat is relaxed and natural the tail looks like that of a rabbit but it can be unfurled to a length of about four or five inches. In Japan the breed can be traced back to the 8th century but it was not seen outside Japan until the 1960’s when the short haired Japanese Bobtails were imported into America. They carried the long haired gene, which soon turned up in litters of kittens. The Japanese Bobtail has established a following in America and it is now a recognized breed and is widely shown there.
The Japanese Bobtail is extremely friendly and intelligent. They have a sweet nature and get on with most other animals and love human company. Some can learn tricks and do need to be kept amused. They make good family pets.
The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.