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01 Japanese Bobtail: General Description




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This article is from the Japanese Bobtails Breed FAQ, by Jean Marie Diaz ambar@clock.org.

01 Japanese Bobtail: General Description

The Japanese Bobtail is a rare and ancient breed, found in Japan and
across most of southeast Asia. The breed has been depicted in works of
art that we know to be centuries old. The cat is much-cherished in its
native land; many myths and legends (as well as historical stories)
surround the breed. One of the more famous surrounds the maneki-neko,
the beckoning cat, which is a stylized rendition of a Bobtail seated
with one paw raised. Considered to be a good-luck charm, a [INLINE]
maneki-neko statue is often found in store fronts. Look around the
next Japanese restaurant you visit -- you'll likely spot one.

The essential Japanese Bobtail is an active cat, medium to small in
size (6-9 pounds), with a characteristic short pom-pom tail, who
combines the reflexes and intelligence of a breed which has survived
by its wits for centuries, with the elegance and grace so prized by
the culture in which it evolved. Bright colors, especially the calico
(called _mi-ke_, meaning "three-fur", by the Japanese) are most
preferred, but the Japanese Bobtail can come in any color. Japanese
Bobtails come in both shorthaired and semi-longhaired varieties. The
tail is naturally short, and never cut or docked.

 

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