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Japanese Bobtail Breed Synopsis




  Japanese Bobtail Longhair Breed Standard

  Japanese Bobtail Shorthair Breed Standard


The Japanese Bobtail is a natural breed. JBT's made their way to the USA in 1968 when an American breeder, Judy Crawford, sent the first pair to the United States. Later, she brought 38 of these cats with her when she returned home. Elizabeth Freret assisted in getting the breed recognized for championship competition by CFA in 1976. ACFA recognized the Shorthair JBT in 1979, and the Longhair JBT in 1988.

The Japanese Bobtail is a medium sized slender cat with long legs, equilateral triangular-shaped head, pronounced rounded muzzle and oriental oval shaped eyes. The large ears, are set erect - not flared, and have rounded tips. Japanese Bobtails are distinguished by their short curled tails, a trait that is unique to the breed but differs on each individual. The bones of the tail are fused and kinked, and with the extra length of the fur on the tail, the tail exhibits its characteristic pompon or bobtail look.  The feet are dainty and oval shaped, and the tail is short (up to 3 inches from the end of the body), with a curved shape, which makes the hair fan out to form the desired pom pom, with longer hair than on the body. The legs are long - the hind legs longer than forelegs, and the coat is soft and silky and medium in length, with no undercoat.

The standard allows for only Japanese Bobtail to Japanese Bobtail breeding - that is, no outcrosses are allowed. Longhaired kittens are born to shorthaired parents when each of the parents carries a recessive longhair gene - at a ratio of 1 LH:3 SH. LH to LH produces all Longhairs. The Standard for the LH JBT is the same as for the SH, except for the coat length, which is semi-longhair, with ruff and pantaloons.

JBT's have a gentle temperament and are good pets in all kinds of living environments. All colors are accepted with the exception of the Siamese pointed pattern and Agouti (ticked) Tabby. Preference is given to bold, splashy, flashy combinations of the body colors in random patterns. Eye color may be blue, odd-eyed, green or gold, depending on the coat color, and the amount of white. High grade white spotting is typical of the breed, though solids and tabbies and torties without white are found.


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