japanese bobtail breed information
common health issues
Although her ancestors were domestic cats that came from China or Korea around 1,000 years ago, the Japanese Bobtail did originate in Japan. A visiting German doctor, Englebert Kaempfer, published the first book written by a Westerner about Japan in 1701, and it in he notes the Bobtail’s presence as a cat who “has no mind to hunt for rats and mice but just wants to be carried and stroked by women”. The first three Japanese Bobtails were imported to the United States in 1968 by Elizabeth Freret, but they remain rare in North America today.
The Bobtail’s short coat is usually white with patches of orange, black or red, but any color except the Siamese pattern or Abyssinian-type agouti can be seen. The “bobtail” that the breed is named for is unique not only to the breed, but to each individual cat. Each tail varies in length and can include long tufts of fur.
An active and intelligent cat, the Japanese Bobtail is also quite talkative! She loves to be with her family, especially children, and will often “talk” back to her owners in a wide range of tones. She can also learn to perform tricks a bit easier than most breeds, and is more likely to enjoy learning to walk on a leash and playing fetch.
Ancient heritage aside, the Japanese Bobtail is nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bobtails are prone to include immune-mediated diseases such as neonatal isoerythrolysis; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye problems such as glaucoma; metabolic diseases such as diabetes; thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism; and kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Japanese Bobtail inherits anything more than a taste for talking, you’re covered.