Japanese Bobtail - Mi-ke - Lucky cat


The Japanese Bobtail or mi-ke [三毛] is a breed of cat originating in Japan. Like all animals and their respective breeds, the mi-kê has its unique characteristics and behaviors.

Japanese Bobtail is believed to mi-kê bring luck, happiness and prosperity, having your greatest representation in Japanese temples and establishments, having the use of welcoming.

History of Japanese bobtail

Bobtail appeared in Japan in the 7th century. This breed variety probably came through China, because China has already shipped its cats to Japan for over 1000 years ago.

Although the breed has existed for years, Japan was only interested in popularizing Mi-kê from the late 1960s, where the United States had great influence on the culture and popularization of the breed.

The name mi-ke [三毛] highlights exactly one of its characteristics. The number 3 [三] represents the number of colors the cat has. [毛] already represents your fur. Thus indicating that mi-ke literally means 3-color hair.

Japanese Bobtail - mi-ke - lucky cat

Characteristics of the miike breed

The most notable feature of Mi-kê is its small tail, which measures between eight and 10 centimeters when stretched. The cat keeps it curved, which makes it look like a rabbit's tail.

The hair is medium and silky, with varied and distinct colors, the most appreciated are black, white and red, either in the bicolor or tricolor varieties, or as a single color.

  • Head: The head must form an equilateral triangle, (not including the ears);
  • Ears: Large, erect, well separated, but at right angles to the head and looking alert;
  • Muzzle: Quite wide, not brusque;
  • Eyes: large, round, oval-shaped;
  • Body: Medium in size, males larger than females. Long, lean and elegant torso, showing to be well developed in muscular strength. Balance is also very important;
  • Neck: Not too long and not too short, in proportion to the length of the body;
  • Legs: long, thin and high. The hind legs are longer than the forelegs;
  • Legs: oval;
  • Fingers: five in the front and four in the back;
  • Tail: The tail must be clearly visible and is composed of one or more curved joints;

A Japanese bobtail may have heterochromia, one eye different in color from the other. One eye is often blue (meaning silver) and the other yellow (gold).

Japanese Bobtail - mi-ke - lucky cat

Temperament of a Japanese bobtail

Quiet, faithful, friendly, curious, affectionate and sociable, adapts easily to different circumstances. They have a meowed song and likes to "talk" with the owner, so much so that Eastern legends say that the cat of this breed would be a man transformed into an animal that talks to people.

Most of the time, cats of this breed are active, very intelligent, with a nature oriented to understand humans. Felines are much easier to train to perform tricks than most breeds.

Japanese bobtail are more willing to enjoy learning to perform human activities. His soft voices are capable of practically offering an entire range of tones, which should lead to a popular belief that he can sing.

Japanese Bobtail cats are ideal for homes and apartments. It is a cat for the whole family, they get along very well with children and even with other animals. To finish we will leave some details below:

Original nameJapanese bobtail or mi-ke [三毛]
Size Medium
Physical characteristicsBody: slim and slender. Head: shape of equilateral triangle. Ears: large. Eyes: oval shape.
Average weightMale - 6 kg • Female - 6 kg
Life expectancy9 to 18 years
Coat ColorBicolor and tricolor. (Black, white and red)
Coat TypeSemi-long
Temperament Faithful, friendly, curious, sociable and affectionate.

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