Japanese Bobtail Longhair - JBL
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
Japanese Bobtail is a medium-boned short-tailed cat originating in Japan and having a special Japanese cast provided by its face, eyes and ears.
Top of head
The head is not longer than it is broad. Viewed from the front it has the shape of an equilateral triangle (the triangle does not include the ears) with fine lines and gentle contours. Top of head is flat.
Muzzle and chin
The cheek bones are high; the small, slightly rounded muzzle has a distinct whisker break.
The profile is slightly curved at or slightly below eye level. The nose is long, of even width and well-defined by two parallel lines from tip to brow. Chin and lower jaws are firm.
The eyes are large, oval and set with rather pronounced slant.
Large, upright, set wide, but at right angles to the head, rather than flaring.
Size and boning
The body is medium sized, slender and elegant, yet muscular and not dainty.
Long, slender, not tubular, the back is level without any raise due to deep angulation of hind legs.
Legs and paws
The forelegs are straight set, long and slender, the hind legs are clearly longer but deeply angulated; the paws are oval.
The tail shall be kinked and/or curved and shall be optically shorter than 8 cm. The fur on the tail is longer than on the rest of the body (pom-pom effect).
Medium long to long.
Silky, soft but without noticeable undercoat. May have a ruff. The coat will lie fairly flat and flow into "pantaloons" on the hind legs.
All colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is permitted.
See General part
Special breed faults
Too long tail.
JBS. Any other cross-breeding is prohibited.
The colours chocolate and cinnamon, as well as their dilution (lilac and fawn) are not recognized in any combinations (bicolour, tricolour, tabby). The pointed pattern is also not recognized.