region Russia (Kuril Islands)
silhouette Semi-cobby type
weight 3 to 4.5 kg
hair Short or mid-length, very thick
head trapezium shaped
eyes round and tall
ear Medium, spaced apart
tail In the shape of a pompom
federation LOOF, TICA, FIFe, WCF
The Kurilian Bobtail is a cat breed originating from the Kuril Islands in Russia. This cat is characterized by its very short tail forming a pompom, resulting from a natural mutation. The breed exists in short-haired and long-haired.
This natural breed comes from the Kuril Islands, on the border between Russia and Japan. No human intervention has altered the breed and their distinctive tail is the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation similar to that of the Japanese bobtail. Existing at least since the 17th century, this breed remained unknown due to the political withdrawal of the Soviet Union and was only registered by the International Feline Federation in the early 1990s. recognized by feline federations because of its great similarity with the Japanese bobtail2. TICA listed both longhaired and shorthaired varieties in the Preliminary New Breed category in 2008.
The character traits are above all a function of the history of each cat and therefore perfectly individual. However, the Kurilian Bobtail is described as a sociable but independent cat. According to the LOOF, this is a cat that needs space. He would love water and would not hesitate to dive into his owner's bath.