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Japanese Bobtail: colors, patterns and variations of the coat
Japanese Bobtail: colors, patterns and variations of the coat

The cat with the funny "bunny" tail from the East, the Japanese Bobtail, is available in numerous colors and beautiful variations.

The Japanese Bobtail is highly regarded for its very refined and elegant appearance, always keeping slim and in great shape!

A hitting of the cat with the unusual short tail it is also the affectionate and sweet character, sociable to the point of being a great egocentric.

As for the colors, you are spoiled for choice, the Japanese Bobtail is available in many coat combinations. Let's see which ones.

All the colors of the Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is a truly gorgeous cat and explains how it has always been one of the most loved cats in the Asian world.

Japanese bobtail specimen
Japanese bobtail specimen

Its exact origins are unclear, we only know that it is a feline breed rather ancient which over time has had many different destinies.

The specimens were first loaded on merchant ships to protect the cargo of valuable goods from rats.

Then he became the favorite cat of the imperial family, who kept many specimens in their large palaces.

At the same time he also became an inhabitant of the Buddhist temples, excellent company for the monks who began to raise it.

Eventually he returned to his old job as a rat and rodent hunter. The specimens were released on the street and since then have also spread among families.

All this information explains why the Japanese Bobtail can be found practically today in all colors possible, from the most common to the rarest.

It is a natural cat breed, not created by man and bred according to specific characteristics or needs.

The only certainty is that the Japanese Bobtail is never lacking typical very short tail, which can be both mobile and fixed.

Among the colors of the Japanese Bobtail we can mention white, black, red, brown, blue, cream and silver.

The color combinations

Beauty and the peculiarity of the coat of the Japanese Bobtail lies in the myriad of possible color combinations.

cat with a black spot on the muzzle
cat with a black spot on the muzzle

The specimens can be solid in any of the colors we listed above.

Often Japanese Bobtails of only one color they are supported by one or very few small spots in some parts of the body such as the head or legs.

But the color variations do not end there and the coat of the Japanese Bobtail can also be "tortoiseshell".

This particular color scheme is determined by a recessive gene inherited from females.

It's a blotchy coloring of variable size, much more visible in cats that have a white base coat.

The other coat variant of the Japanese Bobtail is the tabby, what we commonly refer to as a "brindle" coat.

In practice, the cat has the hair with a specific base color that is studded with more or less defined streaks and of different sizes.

To be clear, the variant of Tabby cloak it is what we generally associate with the typical European Cat.

The Japanese Bobtail, therefore, can ultimately be of many colors combined with each other in always different proportions and combinations.

Could be bicolor or tricolor the latter is the variant that is not only the most widespread but also the most appreciated and linked to the collective imagination of this feline breed.

Three-color Japanese Bobtail

You know the pretty ones figurines in the shape of a cat that greets with the paw typical of Japanese clubs or shops?

typical Japanese three-color bobtail
typical Japanese three-color bobtail

Well these kittens are inspired by the Japanese Bobtail, in particular the one with the white, black and brown tricolor coat.

This combination is not the most sought after only for its objective beauty, but also because of the stories and legends related to it.

In fact, in the Japanese tradition there is a character called Maneki Neko which is nothing more than a creature with the appearance of a cat.

The Japanese have always attributed a special power to Maneki Neko, considering it a good luck charm.

For this reason, keep a statue that represents him at home or in any place auspicious sign, prosperity and joy.

Technically this coat variety of the Japanese Bobtail is called Mi-Ke (translated "three furs") and is characterized by the colors red, black and white.

Different coat lengths

The Japanese Bobtail is generally a short-haired cat but recently some long-haired specimens have been born, rarer but still possible.

specimen of Japanese long-haired bobtail
specimen of Japanese long-haired bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail short-haired, the so-called Shortair, does not have a satin coat but of medium length, very soft and silky and without the undercoat.

The variant long-haired, or Longhair, has a coat with a consistency almost identical to that of the Shorthair only with much longer and thicker hair.

Even in these specimens the undercoat is missing and in addition the coat varies in length according to the areas of the body.

Starting from the head and neck, the hair gradually becomes longer and longer as it moves along the back, reaching its maximum length behind the hind legs and on the tail.