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Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail

Known in the East since the 11th century, the Japanese Bobtail is a highly honored, venerated cat and symbol of luck and happiness in Japan. These cats are depicted with their front paw raised and have been portrayed by artists many times over the centuries. The Japanese bobtail should present the overall impression of a medium-sized cat with long clean lines and bone structure, well-muscled, but straight and slender rather than massive in build. Its short tail should resemble a bunny tail with the hair fanning out to create a pom-pom appearance, which effectively disguises the underlying bone structure of the tail. The cat can be shorthair or longhair.