This article is from the Japanese Bobtails Breed FAQ, by Jean Marie Diaz firstname.lastname@example.org.
The prototypical Japanese Bobtail temperament is strong-willed,
active, and energetic, but very affectionate to its family. They are
stable, not high-strung, and not easily intimidated; this makes them
an excellent cat for children (the kids and the cat will wear out at
about the same time), but can also make them difficult to train to
_not_ do something. (A Bobtail will, say, insist on licking the sink
clean of tuna juice, and will quickly become habituated to and blas‚
about the squirt bottle, or just about any other method of negative
reinforcement one can come up with. If you solve this particular
training problem, _please_ contact the author, who has given up. :-)
In contrast, the Bobtail can easily learn _to_ do something, such as
go for walks on a leash, as long as it is made a fun game for the cat.
The Japanese Bobtail is an active cat. Plan on regular games of
feather, pong, and chase-the-string. The Bobtail absolutely requires
companionship (human, feline, or other), as boredom can lead to
destructive behavior. We once placed a kitten with a couple (one grad
student, one professional) who were sure they would have enough time
to keep the kitten entertained. Three days later, we recieved an
emergency phone call -- We love her, we love her, we love her, she's
driving us crazy, we _have_ to have another. Three days later, new
kitten delivered, there was peace in the family once more.
In our experience, Japanese Bobtails get along well with other cats.
Occasionally, two female Bobtails will both decide that they _must_ be
the dominant cat, and squabbles will erupt until one or the other (or
the owner!) gives in. Others have reported that a group of Bobtails
can tend to be cliqueish among themselves and avoid other
(non-Bobtail) cats. Japanese Bobtails, being fearless, get along with
dogs just fine.