Japanese Bobtail

Health

A short note about health. Japanese Bobtail breeders say that this cat does not have the same issues of potential ill-heath due to the tailless gene that are encountered with the Manx, another bobtailed cat. This is because the mutant gene is, it seems, different and recessive. There are no health issues, it seems with this breed, that are linked to the mutated gene. However, this may not be the complete picture. The gene may cause the spine to become shortened. For me the jury is out on health issues. Read about Manx cat health issues on the Manx cat page. Grooming requirements are low both for longhaired and shorthaired Japanese Bobtails. This is because there is no undercoat. It is the undercoat that catches combs. This also precludes matting. The long haired cats have semi-long hair.

Breeders

2008: I will stick to my simple test. If the breeder is in the first three pages of a Google search it indicates that they are established and organized – a fair test but only an indicator – please ask questions and visit the cattery.

Janipurr Japanese Bobtails [link] Located in the San Francisco Bay area, California, USA.

Cat-Chi Cats Located in the Washington DC area, Virginia, USA. These are the only two catteries with their own website in the first three pages as at 2008 – things change.

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1. Cat Fancy magazine August 2010 – Elisa Jordan. Forgive me for quoting verbatim sometimes but it is for the sake of accuracy and I have promoted the magazine!
2. The Encyclopedia of the Cat by Dr Bruce Fogle page 164.

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