Kurilian Bobtail:Cat Breed Profile

Kurilian Bobtail

The Kurilian Bobtail is not a very old cat. It is above all a perfect life companion, intelligent, curious, stable, calm, gentle, and lively too. It loves water, loves swimming, and fishing.

It is ultra-resistant, just as it does not require any particular maintenance other than regular brushing. It’s an easy-going cat and even knows how to learn tricks or orders when it suits It.

History of the breed

The Kurilian Bobtail is a cat that comes from Russia, where it was first created by the former Soviet Cat Federation. It was only approved in Europe in 2003. It is therefore a very recent breed, discovered by the military and vulcanologists on a mission to the Kuril Islands.

Physical features

  • Its body: The Kurilian Bobtail is semi-cobby. Its body is rather compact and gives off an impression of power. We notice that his backline is arched, from the shoulder blades to the rump. The legs are of medium length and are also very muscular.
  • Its hair: The Kurilian Bobtail comes in 2 varieties: the short-haired and the long-haired. In both cases, the guard hair is quite important. It is of course shorter in the short-haired breed, and close to the body. The undercoat, in both cases, is also developed. Note that the fur is silky and fine in the long-haired variety. It also has a ruff on the belly and panties on the thighs.
  • Its color: The standard of the Kurilian Bobtail is not very difficult, because it accepts a wide range of colors. Only some are not tolerated: Siamese, the specific Abyssinian agouti, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn, and lilac.
  • Its head: It has the shape of a trapezoid, quite wide at the level of the cheekbones and protruding. The nose is broad and straight. The muzzle, powerful, is strongly marked.
  • Its eyes: They are round, large, nd slightly slanted. The colors are all accepted and are generally inadequacy with the dress.
  • Its ears: They are rather medium in size, spaced apart.
  • Its tail: It characterizes this breed with a short tail (no more than 8 cm), which is shaped like a pompom. It is made up of several irregular elbows.

Behavior With Others

The Kurilian Bobtail is a perfect cat, adorable, and attached to Its master and its adoptive family. It’s an intelligent feline, endowed with great curiosity, who knows how to be active as well as calm and gentleness.

It’s friendly and above all very sociable. It never shows aggression and is receptive in front of anyone, especially children, with whom It likes to play. Its favorite terrain remains water.

It loves to wade and is also an excellent fisherman. In addition, it tolerates the presence of congeners very well and other animals like dogs. Note also that it is perfect for learning tricks or some orders, which it will follow according to its mood of the day.

Living Conditions

This cat adapts to any type of environment. However, It will be more comfortable in a house with a garden than in an apartment.  The enclosure can help It grow and develop then It can go about Its business in a garden or outdoors.

Especially since its great resistance to cold makes it an ideal cat in winter, It can go out without becoming sick.

Health & Maintenance

The Kurilian Bobtail is an ideal cat in terms of veterinary care, namely one to 2 visits per year for control as well as vaccines against rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza and their recall.

It’s a very strong breed that never or very rarely gets sick.

Hypoallergenic Breed: No

The life expectancy of a Kurilian Bobtail is between 11 and 15 years

The Kurilian Bobtail does not require very extensive and difficult maintenance. On the contrary, weekly brushing is enough for its happiness.

The regular brushing of your Kurilian Bobtail does not have to be accompanied by something else. From time to time it may be necessary to check the eyes or ears. Baths can be given to It. It will never refuse to get soaked, It loves to play in the water.

The Kurilian Bobtail eats everything. Whether it’s industrial food made from mash or premium kibble or human food. It will never refuse meat, fish, starches, or fresh vegetables. Its diet should simply be in line with Its daily energy expenditure.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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