Japanese Bobtail

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Life expectancy

The Japanese Bobtail has a life expectancy of between 14 and 16 years


Adult size

Female Between 12 and 14 in
Male Between 12 and 14 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 9 lb
Male Between 7 and 11 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red Cream Blue
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Japanese Bobtail costs between £460 and £770

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More details about the Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail: Origins and history

There are many legends regarding cats in Japan, but it seems that the first cats came from mainland Asia, possibly from China or Korea. No one knows exactly when the genetic mutation responsible for the chrysanthemum tail occurred, but since it is present throughout Asia, it potentially existed prior to its arrival in Japan. The mutation is a dominant gene: thus when it is transmitted to the kitten, it forms automatically. The pompom tail spread very quickly in Japanese cats, as the country is a set of islands, and are therefore quite isolated.
The first Japanese Bobtails were given to the Emperor of Japan over 1000 years ago. He loved them so much that he considered them aristocrats and members of the court and the little cats were treated as such. However, in the 1600s, the sale and purchase of cats became illegal and the authorities demanded that all cats were released into the wild to be free. Why did they do this? Silk production was threatened by vermin that ate the worms and their cocoons. As natural hunters of this vermin, the cats were a desperate measure to protect the silk industry in Japan. However, as a result of this, Bobtails became alley cats in Japan.  
They are an entirely natural breed and are in fact one of the oldest still in existence. In 1968, the first specimens were imported to the United States where breeders Judy Crawford and Elizabeth Freret worked on getting them recognised by the various feline associations.

Japanese Bobtail: Purchase price

It will be difficult and will take some time to find a Japanese Bobtail as it is a rare cat breed. On average, a Japanese Bobtail costs between £460 and £770. You must also expect to spend £25 per month to keep them in good health. 
However, there are very few European breeders of Japanese Bobtails and therefore the price might fluctuate if they are imported from the USA, where they are more popular.

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