The ideal Japanese Bobtail has large, oval, slanted eyes, high
cheekbones, and a noticeable whisker pad break. This break
creates a "pompom" not unlike the one at the other end (tail).
These pompoms at both ends create a nice balance. The head
should form an equilateral triangle not including the ears. The
ears should be large, and be placed forward on head. This gives
an alert look to the cat. The coat (on short hair cats) is
medium in length and single coated. It is flat lying, smooth and
silky to the touch. These cats love to be clean and require
minimal grooming. The body should be refined, athletic and solid
by feel. Japanese Bobtails should not be short in length/cobby
or thick boned.
The tails are all unique like our fingerprints. All tails should
have at least one kink, must extend from the body and not be
longer then three inches long. JBTs come in a variety of colors.
The most prized colors are Mi-Ke (tri-color/calico). These cats
are all female. Other colors of preference are black & white and
red & white vans (the color restricted to the head and the tail
with white body). Eye colors vary; gold, blue or odd-eye (one
blue, one gold). Cats with blue eyes are not deaf.