One theory of short-tailed cats in Japan indicates that they arrived from the Asian continent at least 1,000 years ago. In 1602, Japanese authorities decreed that all cats should be set free to help deal with rodents threatening the nation's silkworm population and associated industry. At that time, buying or selling cats was illegal, and from then on, bobtailed cats lived on farms and in the streets. Japanese Bobtails thus became the "street cats" of Japan.
They have an unusual "bobbed" tail more closely resembling the tail of a rabbit than that of other cats. The variety is native to Japan and Southeast Asia, though it is now found throughout the world. The breed has been known in Japan for centuries, and it frequently appears in traditional folklore and art.
9 - 15 years
Medium size cat weighing 3.5 to 5 kilo
This breed is good for families. Due to their affectionate nature they make very good pets for children. They like to communicate with people using soft chirpy noises. This breed is highly attracted to water. They are very smart. This breed is known for their playful behaviour, they are always full of energy and mischief.
Japanese Bobtails may have almost any colour or colors. Predominantly-white calicoes are especially favoured and are strongly represented in folklore, though other colourations are also accepted.