Kurilian Bobtail Shorthair

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Breed of Russian origin, like several other breeds of cats, the Kurilian Bobtail exists in the Shorthair and Longhair version, but its most striking feature is its tail. The breed may also be called Kurilean Bobtail, but the use of this term is uncommon. This cat looks lighter than it actually is.

The most distinctive feature in Kurilian Bobtail Shorthair, as stated earlier, it is your pom-pom tail that should be no more than 15 centimeters. Its general appearance is of a wild cat, but its behavior is docile. The breed is suitable for families with children and families or people with other pets, being ideal for people who want a sociable lap cat that is at the same time independent.


Kurilian Bobtail emerged naturally in Russia during the 20th century. Its name comes from the region in which it arose, the Kuril Islands / Kuril Islands or Kuril Islands, which has been a territory belonging to Russia since the Second World War, but which is constantly claimed by Japan. It is believed that the breed, or at least pom-pom tailed cats, has existed for more than 200 years and was taken to the central region of Russia in the middle of the 20th century by military or scientists.

THE breed Kurilian Bobtail Shorthair is one of the cat breeds of natural origin recognized by TICA. Its standard has been accepted in the Championship status category since 2012. The Kurilian Bobtail is popular in Europe for its temperament and hunting instincts, but little known in North America.


Cats of this breed are known for their curiosity, intelligence and the fact that they are sociable and outgoing. The Kurilian Bobtail cat likes to lap or sleep next to his human, and despite his wild appearance he is quite gentle in his temper. As people usually trust, the ideal is for a cat of this breed to live indoors, thus avoiding problems. They are linked to their human family and love affection. He has a strong hunting instinct, a characteristic that made him famous in Russia.

Kurilian Bobtail Shorthair Cats they are active and live looking for the highest places in their home to observe everything that happens there. They like to play and can be trained thanks to their general docile and very intelligent temperament, usually learning at first that a place is forbidden. Without showing traces of aggressiveness this breed usually coexists well with other pets, whether the pet is another cat or dog, and with children. Despite all that caring and connected side with people, Kurilian Bobtail is an independent cat.


This breed is medium to large in size and can weigh up to 7 kilos. Its bone is substantial, its musculature well developed, being its body of the semi-cobby type, its general appearance must be of a healthy and robust feline. The head is wide, with rounded contours and a modified wedge shape. The ears are medium, wide at the base, triangular in shape with rounded tips, and a lynx type coat is allowed. The eyes are moderately large, walnut-shaped, that is, oval in shape at the top and rounded at the bottom, with the distance of one eye between them, their coloring has no relation to the color of the coat and must be shiny.

Cats of this breed may have short or semi-long coats. O Kurilian Bobtail Shorthair cat it has a substantial, dense coat with a soft texture, but little undercoat and should be the same size on the tail. A tabby pattern - known as brindle or tabby - and gray color is expected for the Kurilian Bobtail breed most often, but the cat can be almost any solid color or in a tabby pattern, with or without the presence of white. The colors not accepted are chocolate, lilac, fawn and cinnamon. The legs are medium in size, the rear slightly larger than the front and the feet round. The tail has the shape of a pom-pom or brush, balanced in size with that of the cat, it must have at least two vertebrae and a maximum of 10, have a twist or curve or both, be rigid or flexible or a combination of both. The tail can still point in any direction and should never be forced to stay straight, it cannot be more than 15 centimeters and it is difficult to look the same in different cats. The breed takes time to reach maturity.

Specific care

Cats of the Kurilian Bobtail breed require frequent brushing, regardless of the type of their coat, as it presents a constant and excessive coat change. Brushing is necessary not only to maintain a good appearance, but also to remove as much dead hair as possible.


O cat of breed Kurilian Bobtail Shorthair it is quite healthy, with no known genetic problems in the breed, and it lives peacefully for 15 years. Your health is reflected in your robust appearance.

Video: Kurilian bobtail first time outdoor

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