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Articles about the Bobtail in Japan
Japanese Bobtail is the most beautiful of all! 12 plus years in the race; many victories and losses: never-ending attendance at clubs (foundation, editorship, etc.); many breeding products, exhibitions, publications; . and last but not least the unbelievable sorrow of having dropped many bobsleigh drinks in a terrible fire.
You could gather an apparently infinite number of words describing the race's character and look, yet not catch the full pleasure of the Japanese bobtail. It has a distinctive coat and coat, Asiatic look, charming nonsense and display - all part of the Japanese bobtail and much more.
It' always nice to see the craving and the crusades of a new bobtail-owners. Bobtail fans from Japan, who have the surprises and pleasure of opening presents, gaining in games or even savouring the concise, eloquent eloquence of haiku (Japanese poesy known for its profound significance in astonishingly few words), are likely to spread further and further through their attributions and escapades.
Some few, briefly divided would embrace the fact that some would like the waters, others would take back, all would speak (Japanese - of course!), most would leap and some, especially in numbers, would show a cliquen-like behaviour towards other races - even if seldom towards bitches or even avian! It is a winter hard fate, as one might expect from a race that has been banned from the roads and farmhouses of Japan for hundreds of years to hunt beetles.
Because of their healthy, solid and upright character they are perfect domestic animals and great showgirls. No wonder that the race attracted the attention of powerful feline lovers at the beginning of the 60s. Your place in the story of our race is assured. All of us who are now such great racial backers are bound to them forever.
Elizabeth Freret collected three Bobtail catkins from Dulles Airport in August 1968 (Judikos Madame Butterfly of Amulet, a Mi-ke; Judikos Richard San of Amulet, a red-white and a "cinnamon tabby"). The three kitties turned out to be the basic population. By the case, when Ms. Freret saw her point Bobtail, a flushed robinboard in a Maryland animal entertainment for a aid unit fitting position from Japan, by that day in 1968, it had appropriated her playing period a gathering to kind arrangement to get those feline.
After returning to Japan, Higuchi and Judy Crawford, an American woman from Yokohama, Japan, set up the arrangement to bring the cats to Freret. To ensure that the first Bobtails sent to "The New World" were of the best possible qualitiy, Mrs. Crawford raised about 36 Kitten from which she chose the first three.
In the same timeframe, Lynn Beck began to import Bobtails via an agents in Tokyo. Eight of Lynn's kittens were brought in - three male and five female. Lynn's charming Bobtail tales are as intriguing as the race itself. So Lynn often showed Bobtails before their appreciation - only to the show. You and Elizabeth Freret were the first to write the standards.
Mrs. Freret and her group had done their home work; they were provided with a brief account of the cats' backgrounds, a suggested default and a prestigious Fernand Mery illustrated cat with ten or so briefly curved in Japan, The Life, history and Magic of The Cat. As Japan had no register, there was fear that enough genuine Bobtail imported from Japan could be imported into the state.
For the benefit of the race was (and is) the fact that it was prohibited to cross out to another race. Mrs. Martinke even eloquent written about the race. Besides Judy Crawford, Dr. Masurori Kojuma, a vet from Tokyo, and Mrs Alan (Connie) Bath, then spouse of the deputy naval attaché of the Tokyo embassy, were exporting bobtails to Mrs Freret.
About the same period, Jean Kryszcuk from Buffalo, New York, obtained documents about a hangover returned from a Japanese waitress mate. This later importation provided a much needed larger genetic stock for breeding. The Bobtail growers Charlene Brake (Nekosong), Marianne Clark (Kurisumasu), Dee Hinkle (Choneko), Marilyn R. Knopp (MariCho), Barbara Romanos (Nekolady) and more recently Allen Scruggs and Douglas Myers (Nekomo) have all introduced all of the bobsleightails for the clear genetic variety benefit to the breed's heath.
She often took a Bobtail with her not only to give her a travel escort, but also to give her the chance to develop the race she had learned to like. Before a show she asked the show director to put a box near her ring at her disposal for her bobtail.
Mrs Wolfe's and Don and Joanne Thompson's, kittens came from Mrs Freret, as well as those of George Berkley, an early Miami fanatic. The May 1970 edition of Cat was a very powerful illustration of the race by Jane Martinkes. Allen and Ted and Creszentia Allen's beautiful photos of these early bobtails, which were also featured in a later edition of Cat Fancy as well as Cat Fancy magazines, contributed to the race's adoption and popularisation.
For a long time, the bobtail has been an inherent part of Japan's cultural and artistic heritage. The majority of growers gather them. Countless serigraphs, woodcuts and netsukes (small carvings that serve as gag for attaching a bag or wallet to the Kimonosash ) bear witness to the long life of the Bobtail-race.
The Lynn Beck compilation is particularly good. In her work, Chi Kanoliu (1874), Toyokuni (1786-1864) and the most renowned of them all, Hiroshige, used the Bobtail. At the beginning of this centuries Shosan and Hiromi created excellent woodcuts, including Bobtails. Irrespective of the Bobtail's presence in the visual arts, the race originates from road and court kittens, as well as those working to prevent pests in silks (worms), paddy and other agricultural plants.
It should be mentioned that in most areas of the Orient one sees dovetail-cat, which suggests that the incident probably took place in prehistoric time. It is possible that in the sixth century, under Emperor Idi-Jo (986-1011), Bobbytails were taken from Korea to Japan to save scripts from them. This Bobtail has a high degree of intellect.
Her streetwise character comes to the fore in today's outcasts. This race, which comes closest to the Bobtail in her character, is certainly the Abyssinian. It was Elizabeth Freret who cultivated Abyssinians and noticed the resemblance with many others in this race. The Manx grower Barbara St. Georges likes to point this out at the finale of a bobtail.
A lot of Japanese road and court kittens were and are very big and stocky. A few have thick fur - especially in the north of Japan. That guy was removed from the US herd. Today's Bobtail females should weight about six lbs, the male about eight lbs. These types of cat show a more sophisticated, racy look - so much so that many have the feeling that the breed's standards favour the females.
All Scruggs, Douglas Myers and Marilyn Knopp have recently grown their imports, GC Kaminari Rindau from Nekomo, from Mariko Kaminari and have recently shown interest in becoming growers, from Kenji and Yaeko Takano in this area. Imai Yoko is a long standing member of the breeding board and has even directed the Bobtail Fanciers' Show in Japan every year.
It has been said for years that the Japs themselves did not appreciate the Bobtail as much as we did - not unlike the US growers, the Maine Coon. But now there are a rising number of kitten lovers in Japan who focus on their local race; but then you see more and more interest in raising and showing Maine Coons here!
Bobtail is a mid-size female with long, clear outlines. This conformity makes clear the singular course of Bobtails. This is the perfect bobtail in the" look" of Japan - that is, it has large sloping ovals, high cheek bones and a perceptible comforter. One of the important things to consider when you learn the right Bobtail guy is that the broken whiskers create a pompous sound that is not dissimilar to that at the other end!
Bobtail's skull should build an equal -sided delta, without the ax. It was always interesting to me that two of the kennels, the Akita and the chin, also looked the same in Japan. Akita's ear base - large, high on the forehead and attentively tilted forward is much more than the Bobtail's ear.
In contrast to Manx, the short-haired versions of the breed's fur are of moderate length and simply covered. Longhaired monkeys need more work than all longhaired monkeys. Since some years longhair bobtails in short hair throws have occasionally emerged. They were usually "petted" by the growers, but over a certain amount of years, aware of the proof in old works of Japan that long-haired bobtails had been around for a very long while, the growers began to work towards full acceptance of the championship.
He later wrote the story of the breeding department when he won second place in the Premiership in 1996. To Marianne's merit belongs also the first Japanese Bobtail Longhair-Definguished Merit Cats - GC, RW Kurisumasu Kohana, DM (AKA "Poppy"). BOBTTAILS come in most classic feline colours and patterns: plain and two-tone; tabs, van and harlequin.
Most of them are two-coloured - van (mainly pure whites with colour only at the top and tails with sporadic stains on the feet and/or body) or harlequin (again mostly whites with large colour splashes). It is the first to identify the race that is as singular to the kitten as its number.
Although there are different types of cocks (shaving paintbrush, cork screw, clown pom-pom, fans, hooks, etc.), as long as the cocks are clearly recognizable and less than 3" away from the human organism, no cocks are favoured. It' nice to see that most bunnytails actually shake their little rabbit cocks (dare I say wag?), a ploy that always evokes a big grin.
It' important to remember that this guy is more important than the cock! At the moment there are discussions among the members of the breeding board to determine the Bobtail variety, which should be advantageous for both the breeder and the judge. Gene producing the characteristic cock is transgenic, which means that both of Bobtail's parent have to be the same.
In 1969 the race was admitted for registering, in 1971 the preliminary rank and in 1976 the full acknowledgment of the championship achieved, it enjoys in the USA on all planes, regional and national, growing acknowledgment. Over the past six years, the race has ranged between a high of 17 and a low of 23.
Since the number of growers working with the race has risen, the number and qualitiy have risen. GC, NW Nekomo Hirohito, DM, a monochrome dog, was the first Bobtail from Japan to be in the top 20 of the championships at that time. Especially three DM-Katzen come to my head, which deserves a particular name.
By far the dog that produced the most Bobtail wings was GC, RW Bassettis Saisho, DM, a red-white front-wheel. He had produced an astonishing 30 wings at the moment of his recent deaths! CH, GP Catastery Hachimitsu of Wyndchymes, DM, was the first individual roll of the cattery. This differentiation is indeed remarkable, especially since their owner were new to the race.
It' s been over seven years since I first written about the Bobtail for the almanac, and as they say, a great deal of money has gone under the bridge: for example the appreciation of the longhair bobtail and the exceptional performance of some top kittens, not to speak of the outstanding new catteries.
Obviously the Bobtail is a priviledged race - one that is appreciated - one that stays here!