Kuril bobtail is a native breed of cats that have long lived on Sakhalin, the islands of Iturup and Shikotan. With a certain resemblance to the Japanese bobtail, the Kurilian bobtail cat breed is distinguished by a more “wild” appearance and a somewhat larger physique. The Japanese fellow is sleeker and lighter than the Kuril Bobtail, which weighs on average over four kilograms.
The first attempts to single out cute short-tailed cats into a separate breed were undertaken in the nineties of the twentieth century. Then a preliminary breed standard was formed, which then underwent some changes. Requirements for the exterior, have become more stringent. However, what exactly the Kurilian bobtail should be is what the standard defines now quite widely. This is a strong build cat, hind legs longer than the front. The head is large, the ears are set high and look somewhat forward. Eyes round, widely spaced.
The basic requirements, as for all bobtails, are made to the tail. The Kuril bottail tail must have a bizarre shape, twisted or twisted, its structure must be hidden by fluffy wool, and the length visible to the eye must be at least 3 and not more than 12 centimeters, the number of vertebrae must be from 2 to 10. At the same time the mobility of lovers of the breed does not care. Kuril bobtails can be both short-haired and long-haired, and for the long-haired, the presence of a “collar” is desirable. The coat is thick, shiny, without undercoat. Colors Kuril Bobtail allowed any, except for the weakened, such as cinnamon and fawn, Siamese and tabby. Crossing Kuril Bobtail with cats of other breeds is prohibited.
Care Kuril Bobtail is not difficult. Deprived undercoat wool does not require daily combing. We must not forget that touching the tail is unpleasant for a bobtail. The question of how to feed the Kuril bobtail, each owner decides individually. Like many other cats of aboriginal origin, the Kurilian bobtail has good health and is completely unpretentious in food. Of course, this does not relieve the owners of the need to monitor the balance of his diet.
Bobtail Kuril kittens are active and mobile. It is recommended to take them from their mother not earlier than in two and a half – three months.
In addition to the unusual appearance, the Kurilian bobtail character is not quite feline. By their dedication to the owner, these cats are much closer to dogs. In addition, they are easily trained and even walk on a leash. They have a peculiar pleasant voice that looks like a purr. The Kurilian bobtail cat will become not just a companion, but a true friend and family member. He will make friends with the dog, and if there is no other cat in the house, he will most likely not mark the territory. The owner, in turn, must take care that the cat has space where it will be possible to play, climb and jump.