The Japanese Bobtail Cat: Everything You Need to Know Before Adoption

If you’re on the hunt for a unique, people-loving, and energetic breed of cat, the Japanese bobtail cat might be the perfect match for you! This special little kitty has quite a special history behind them, as well as an equally special appearance and personality.

In addition to all of that, they are also virtually hypoallergenic. Meaning, if you weren’t already sold on the idea of adopting a Japanese bobtail cat you might just be now. 

Background Story of the Japanese Bobtail Cat

Sometimes it’s just easier to start at the beginning when learning about a cat breed that you are considering adopting into your family. Especially when that breed has an exceptionally fascinating background. 

This particular fluffy cat breed dates back as far as the 6th century in Japan, where it is said to be a naturally occurring breed of cat. In this time period, Japan was still under imperial rule. Everyone had a lot of love for these beautiful cats but the imperial family loved them so much they allowed them to receive the royal treatment. Some of the Japanese emperors of the time would even decree that these special cats could only be owned by the royal family. 

When the Japanese bobtail wasn’t busy being pampered at the royal palace, they had another role to play in this time period. Some Japanese individuals of the time who owned silkworm barns would employ Japanese bobtail cats to guard them against rodents. The silkworms and their products were very valuable at the time and needed protection from rodents. A job that this breed was very good at performing. 

The Japanese Bobtail’s Typical Appearance

Their name says a lot about their appearance if you’ve never seen a Japanese bobtail cat in person. You can already expect to find them having a short bobbed tail that closely resembles that of a bunny rabbit. This is their trademark feature. 

Their fur is also known to be soft and silky. The Japanese shorthair bobtail cat is just as soft and silky as their longhaired cousin. This cat breed is known also for its hypoallergenic tendencies, as it lacks the undercoat of fur that’s usually responsible for someone’s allergies to cats. 

Japanese bobtail colors are also unique and can vary. They can be all white, all black, black and white, or white with distinct spot patterns. The ones with spots tend to be white with black or tan spots. Although, they will have a calico pattern at times. The calico colors are also known as “mi-ke” which is the Japanese word for “three-color”.  

Because of these unique and beautiful features, the Japanese bobtail price to adopt can run a little on the high side. An average cost for a Japanese bobtail kitten from a breed can range from $800-1500. They are considered to be a lucky breed of cat, so it might be well worth the investment if they can bring more luck and happiness into your life. 

The Personality of the Japanese Bobtail Cat

The Japanese bobtail cat has a big, lovable personality. They are “people cats” and love being around people and interacting with them. These friendly cats have even been known to try and converse with their owners. Meaning, if you talk to them or make noises with them it shouldn’t come as a surprise if they talk right back at you. 

This breed is also known for its a seemingly endless supply of energy. Which could be a lot more than you bargained for in some cases. What they provide in energy and rambunctiousness they make up for in interactions full of love and cuddling. 

Another interesting personality trait of these funny cats is that they have been known to sing at times. Using their special little meows and chirps, the Japanese bobtail cat has been witnesses making their own music on occasion. 

They are also known to be quite the intelligent breed of cat. Immediately you will notice their curiosity as they explore their new living space and paw at different objects to see what happens. Sometimes this smart little cat is even known to play fetch with their owners. 


The price tag on a purebred Japanese bobtail cat from a breeder might seem intimidating, but once you know the background story and about the lovable personality of these sweet cats, you might just be ready to whip out your wallet and adopt one. 

When it comes to cat care, their upkeep might not be any more special than your typical domesticated cat, but, what they lack in physical needs they sure do make up for in personality. Overall the Japanese bobtail cat is an easy-going breed that doesn’t need much if any, special upkeep. Just food, a comfy place to sleep, and lots of love and attention. This energetic, intelligent, and affectionate cat would make a great addition to any home. 

Are Japanese bobtail cats hypoallergenic?

The Japanese bobtail cat is a great cat for those who suffer from allergies to cats, as they have no undercoat. More often than not, a cat’s undercoat is the culprit behind a person’s cat allergies. Although no cat is 100% hypoallergenic, a Japanese bobtail cat is a great option for a pet cat for someone who is sensitive to cat fur and dander.

Are Japanese bobtail cats rare?

The Japanese Bobtail cat is actually a rather rare breed of cat. Between its unique looks and personality, in addition to its rareness, the Japanese consider this cat to be a lucky breed.

Do Japanese bobtail cats purr?

The Japanese bobtail cat does in fact purr. You should take it as a good sign if they immediately begin to purr when you pick them up. They are a social and people-loving breed, so it’s not abnormal for them to warm right up to you or a new friend in their lives and begin purring when being held.

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Written by Leo Roux


I have a calico pattern male Japanese Bobtail 🐈🐱.
He is the most amazing creature. He follows me everywhere I go to. From the time he wakes be a 7:30 am each and every day . I’ve not seen many of these animals except for on Chinese restaurant counters beckoning patrons to enter by waving their.

Congratulations to me

Gerry Smith on Apr 05, 2021

Can a calico Japanese bobtail be male? I know with American shorthair (the typical housecat), a male calico is extremely rare. I’ve been searching the internet for an answer to this question, without any results.

Marcia Gilbert on Feb 09, 2021

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