Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail Cat

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Japanese Bobtail Cat

Japanese Bobtail



Its name is deceptive: in fact, this cat is from China and arrived in Japan just around the eleventh century. In the land of the rising sun is considered a real lucky, but you have to select American breeders and the worldwide spread of this breed. In Europe, the Japanese Bobtail landed in the early eighties, but it is still a very rare cat in his country of origin is also called the cat with its tail to chrysanthemum or pom-pom.

The cat of the Rising Sun

The Japanese Bobtail, affectionate cat with a tiny tail of about 8-10 cm, is considered a lucky charm alive. Japan is portrayed on postcards and statuettes, often with one leg raised in the act of imparting a sort of blessing. It 'a little' what the horn is for the Neapolitans, a talisman, an object which tradition says was full of benevolent fate.

The whole history of cats in the Land of the Rising Sun is full of superstition and perhaps never, as in Japan, the cats have been portrayed by artists throughout the centuries not only the purpose of beautifying the painting, as was done in Europe, but with the attempt to represent the complex nature of this animal, from time to time treacherous or good-natured, cheerful, or suspected, malignant or misleading.

It seems that cats came to Japan from China in 999 AD and that for at least five centuries were the darlings of the nobility. But the favorites were those with short tails since the ancient legends speak of the cat demon Okabe who had a forked tail. This preference seems to be the basis of the affirmation of almost tailless cats, so do not confuse it with the terrible demon.

The Appendix Bobtail is not entirely absent, only very short, no longer than about ten centimeters. It looks like a pompom and is carried straight up when the cat walks. The fact of not having a long tail - much less forked like the dreaded demon cat of legend - and the fact that the tail looks like the flower of the chrysanthemum, the emblem of the imperial house, has helped to make the cat Bobtail Japanese national . And it is still customary among the sailors on board ships to keep one or two just to prevent cats with their magical presence of the danger of storms at sea.

The protagonist of myths, celebrated animal with supernatural powers, the cat in Japan has always been in close contact with the artists. Over the centuries, cats have been depicted in paintings, in statues of ivory, porcelain and objects on the bronze. Immortal painters took them as models. Just think of the legendary Hirodshige Ando (1797-1858) or Utawaga Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) whom he dearly loved cats and kept several in his study. It is said that a pupil of Kuniyoshi, withdrew one day the teacher while he painted a picture of a cat in his arms, and others who were playing at her feet. The great painter Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was used to painting cats of different colors. He was convinced that correspond to each color of the hair a special magical power. The red cats were the most powerful mediums that can implement any spell, while those with white coat and black were the weakest.

Regarding the relationship between cats and Japanese painters, there is a curious legend starring the Chodensu, artist of the fifteenth century. While he was working on the painting that is in Nirvana Tofukuji monastery in Kyoto, the painter promised to his cat to enter the work if he had procured the ingredients for the colors. The cat then led his master to a point where, between particular types of land, materials for the various colors were abundant. Chodensu then, satisfied with their animal, portrayed him in the painting that you can still see.

There are cats often also in the works of the famous Tsugoharu Leonard Foujita (1886-1968) who was a friend of Amedeo Modigliani and condensed the traditional Japanese art with the modern Paris of the early twentieth century. In many paintings, Foujita painted himself to work bent over the table with a cat curled up on his back and a photograph, which has remained famous, immortalized him with one hand while stroking a cat of his studio in Montparnasse and the other makes the portrait.

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Size: average of 2 to 5 kg

Eyes are large and oval. The shade of the eye is in harmony with that of the fur and can also be blue or unequal, or one blue eye and one orange

Tail should be butt that must not exceed 8-10cm, rolled up on itself, like a spiral.

Legs: are long and thin, the rear slightly higher than front.

HAIR: Short and thin to the touch, with no undercoat, and remains close to the body. There is also a semi-long haired variety, but is very rare.

Color: tortie and Self: white, scales of a turtle, red, black. Bi-color: all colors with white spots and disegni.Le should be brightly colored and stand out clearly on the white base.

Life expectancy: 13 years


The Japanese bobtail is a cat is very social with strangers than with family. Chatting happily and tries to make himself understood by modulating the voice in delicate vocals. Refined, elegant, seductive lovers of cats that looks and character. It 'a cat that needs more stimulus and then the game should be a part of daily routine. Affectionate and very intelligent, it is suitable to life at home and the outdoors.


Brush once a week.


Like the fish above all else, so we need to give him at least once a week. The diet is indicated based on packaged foods.


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