Top 10 Unique Bobtail Cat Breeds

Japanese Bobtail

Sporting a bunny-like tail that's often called a "pom," the Japanese bobtail is a fairly small cat breed with a tail.

American Bobtail

The American bobtail breed was developed in the 1960s. A couple adopted a stray cat with a short tail.


With the appearance of a miniature bobcat, the pixie-bob is one of the most wild-looking bobtail cat breeds


Some Manx cats have no tails, while others have very short tails. A Manx with no tail is referred to as a grumpy.

Kurilian Bobtail

This bobtail cat breed lived for centuries on the Kuril Islands between Siberia and Japan. Its bobbed tail is a naturally occurring trait.


The Cymric is essentially a longhaired version of the Manx. Some—but not all—breed registries recognize it as a separate cat breed.


The highlander is a new type of cat, originating in 2004 from a cross between a desert lynx and jungle curl, two-hybrid cat breeds.

Mekong Bobtail

The Mekong bobtail originated in Thailand centuries ago. It has a naturally bobbed tail that can vary in length.

Karelian Bobtail

The Karelian bobtail hails from the Republic of Karelia, located between Finland and Russia. Its bobbed tail is a naturally recessive gene.

Desert Lynx

The desert lynx is said to have some bobcat DNA in it. But several domestic cat breeds also are in their genetic makeup.

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