Kurilian Bobtail Longhair

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The Kurilian Bobtail cat gets its name from its place of origin, the Kuril Islands (Kuril Islands), and because of the most striking characteristic of the breed, which is its short, fluffy tail, described as “pom-pom”. The breed can also be found as Kuril Bobtail or Kunashir Cat and in two variations: long and short.

The short tail of the Kurilian Bobtail Longair and the Shorthair variation is the result of a dominant genetic mutation. This cat is loving, companion and sociable, it is at the same time active and takes the position of lap cat. The breed is a good option for families with older children and people or families with other pets that will keep you company.


The breed originated in the Kuril Islands - a group of more than 50 volcanic islands that belong to Russia, but are disputed by Japan - and is, therefore, one of several cat breeds of Russian origin. Due to all this territorial dispute there is a theory that the Kurilian Bobtail is an ancestor of the Japanese Bobtail, which is not proven.

THE breed Kurilian Bobtail Longhair it originated in a natural way, with a long time spent by human intervention in its development. Cats with the appearance of the Kurilian Bobtail have been reported in the Kuril Islands for more than 200 years, but it was not until the 1950s that they were taken to mainland Russia by soldiers or scientists. They became popular in their country of origin thanks to their strong hunting instinct, while in the rest of Europe they attracted attention due to their temperament. Currently the breed is recognized by the World Cat Federation (WCF), FIFe and TICA, being uncommon outside of Russia.


Despite his wild appearance, the Kurilian Bobtail cat is gentle and very attached to the people in his family. Cats of this breed are good companions and live well with other pets and older children, who will be more careful with you. The Kurilian Bobtail is a cat that appreciates space and, therefore, prefers to live in places that allow him access to the outside - such as gardens and backyards that do not allow him to escape. Life at home is possible, but adapting to small apartments can be difficult.

Good-tempered and intelligent, Kurilian Bobtail Longhair cats they can be trained easily and have strong hunting instincts, being good predators. This feline is active and playful, at the same time it is gentle and non-aggressive, being very sociable and not very fond of being left alone. As he is a curious pussy, Kurilian Bobtail likes to watch everything from the highest spot he can find - it is great with jumps - and will follow his owner and try to get involved in as many activities as possible. Loving, cats of this breed appreciate affection and moments where they will curl up in their owner's lap.


The Kurilian Bobtail cat is medium to large, with a wild appearance, its muscles are firm and well developed and its bone structure is solid. Its body is of the semi-cobby type, compact, and this pussy weighs between 3.5 to 7 kilos. Its head is large, with rounded contours, the nose is broad and straight with a well developed and wide snout. His eyes are wide, walnut-shaped, that is, oval at the top and rounded at the bottom, the color is not related to the coloring of the coat, but it should always be clean and shiny. The ears are medium, triangular and are positioned erect, with rounded tips and slightly angled forward.

The Kurilian Bobtail appears in the Shorthair variation and the Longhair variation. THE cat of breed Kurilian Bobtail Longhair it has a semi-long coat, with little undercoat, being thin and silky to the touch, it is expected that this cat will have hair between its fingers and a characteristic “mane” around its neck. The coloring of the coat can be solid or in a tabby pattern, with any amount of white in its body. The tail of the pom-pom type must have at least two vertebrae in length - measuring from 1.5 cm to 8 cm without fur - and cats without tails are not accepted. Its tail can be flexible or rigid, however its base must always be flexible, presenting one or several knots / curves, being impossible to find two specimens with the same type of tail. The Kurilian Bobtail Longhair has fur in the form of plume and full on the tail. The breed takes time to reach maturity.

Specific care

The Kurilian Bobtail Longhair should be brushed twice a week to eliminate the dead and maintain the silky appearance of its coat. In general, this breed is low maintenance and quite simple to care for.


Resulting from natural selection, the Kurilian Bobtail Longhair cat it is considered robust and healthy, with no health problems related to its genetics. The breed has a long life expectancy and can easily live more than 15 years.

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