Top Japanese Cat Breeds In 2020 You Must Know

Japan is famous for many things, from electrics to camera. But many of us don’t have the proper idea when it comes to Japanese cat breeds. A small island called Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture in Japan known for its feline inhabitants.  You will find more cats there compare to humans.

Japanese known as pet-friendly nations. Most of the average Japanese live in a small apartment of the house yet they love to pet a cat at least. Japanese cats’ breeds (in general Asian cat breeds) have distinct characteristics compare to other cats found in the United States.

If you are a cat person, have an interest in Japanese cat breeds. Well, this article will help you to know 5 best cat breeds of Japan.

Japanese Cat Breeds In 2020

Japanese Bobtail Cat

Japanese Cat Breeds

The Japanese Bobtail Cat is known as a domestic cat. The distinctive coating of four makes it different from other cats. This cat looks more like a rabbit than a cat. Japanese bobtail cat native to Japan and East Asia.

Nowadays, you will find this breed all around the world. Bobtail cat has a special place in Japanese culture for centuries. Many Japanese artifacts indicate bobtail had a relation with Japanese people for so long.

Japanese bobtail cat is a family cat. It gets affection from the pet owner easily due to its extremely adorable behaviors. They get along with children quite well, known to be the most children-friendly cat.

They communicate with people with soft mew sound. Bobtail cat isn’t afraid to water, unlike many western cat breeds.

They are intelligent. It seems never to run out of energy for being playful. Due to playful nature, they create a solid bonding with the pet owner within a short time. They are loyal and can give a great companion.

Shedding of this breed range to a minimum to medium. It takes little effort to groom as this cat has short furs. In general, they born and raised as healthy cats. The lifespan of a Japanese bobtail cat range from 9 years to 15 years. 

Short-hair Japanese Bobtail

Short-hair Japanese Bobtail

The gene that is responsible for the main characteristics of this cat breed is in a recessive state, which means that it will not be able to appear when it is crossed with other breeds. Therefore, when buying such a kitten, special attention should be paid to his pedigree.


The body sizes of the Japanese Bobtail are average, the proportions are harmonious. It has a characteristic “samurai stand”, which is one of the notable features.

The head of the cat in the shape of an equilateral triangle has a graceful muzzle. Ears are vertical high landing. Oval large eyes have an attentive expression; ideally, their color should be in harmony with the color of the coat.

Color is not variegated and is usually limited to two colors. The coat is single-layer since the undercoat is absent due to the fact that the origin of the species began in a mild climate.

The cat does not fade intensively, so it does not cause severe allergies. The taillessness of the breed is somewhat exaggerated: in fact, the cat has a rudiment of a tail ranging in size from 2.5 to 7.5 cm. A thicker and longer coat grows on it, which forms a kind of pompom.


They have a livable character and have a reputation for affectionate cats. They are very active and love movement, but most of all give preference to those games that can be played together with the owner. The coat has good water resistance, which is why many cats of this breed like to swim in the bathtub or in open water.

Another feature is a wide range of sounds: these cats can play various sounds from meowing to the likeness of bird trills. The owner needs frequent attention, since such a cat, left alone for a long time, can protest in the form of dirty tricks: ragged wallpaper scratched furniture or upturned flower pots.


Long centuries of street life, during which these cats were forced to catch mice and independently obtain food, led to the fact that Japanese bobtail has excellent health and strong immunity. They rarely get the majority of feline diseases and recover quickly. Kittens of this breed begin to walk and become independent much earlier than other cats, and their life expectancy is about 15 years.

Long haired Japanese bobtail

Long haired Japanese bobtail

Long-haired Japanese bobtail has other names such as “bobby” and “cat-chrysanthemum. It recognized as a Japanese long-haired bobtail.


The average body size, weight does not exceed 4 kg in large males. The body is muscular (not lean). Due to the fact that the hind legs are longer than short ones, this species has a specific uneven gait, with peculiar “jumps” of the back.

Unlike the short-haired modification, the long-haired ones do not have a flattened muzzle, but they have a small indentation at the transition from the forehead to the nose. The ears are wide apart and may seem slightly inclined forward when the cat is in a calm state.

The coat has an undercoat, but severe molting occurs only in the spring and takes no more than 5-6 days. There may be a small “collar” of wool on the neck.


The cat is very mobile and active, but unlike the short hair, it is more jealous, therefore it is not worth keeping it in a family where there is already a dog or other pets, as this can cause a sharp deterioration in its character. If she gets enough attention, she becomes a very gentle animal that adores her masters.


Since this species is derived from the original species, it is less resistant to various diseases. These cats must be fed with high-quality compounds. If you follow this rule, then there will be no health problems.

Cats of these breeds are currently widespread only in Japan, and in the USA and Europe they remain quite rare and expensive, but their exotic appearance and beautiful character make them more and more popular.

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