Cat Breed

Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail

Country of Origin: China, Japan A pompom tail and a tricolor coat These worshipped cats might have originated in China, then Japan, as they appear on many artifacts and prints from as early as the 11th century from several far eastern countries. In that long-ago era, only the royal family and the aristocracy owned cats of this breed. Highly honored and even venerated (especially the tricolor or “Mi-ke” variety), a symbol of luck and happiness, these cats are depicted with the front right paw raised (Maneki-neko means “waving cat”) in art found in Japanese homes and temples. The breed’s bobbed tail is a characteristics determined by a recessive autosomal gene. In 1968, the first Japanese Bobtails were imported to the United States by the breeder E. Freret, who started a breeding program. The C.F.A. published a standard in 1971. The F.I.Fe. recognized the breed in 1990. In 1981, the female Sirikit and the male Aikido b... 

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