Kurilian Bobtail Shorthair


The Kurilian Bobtail is a powerful and even-tempered cat, which came to existence on the Russian Island of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. Thanks to its hardy health and calm disposition it gained favour of numerous cat fanciers in its homeland although it can be relatively rarely found in European countries.

Photo: © cattery Pride Amour (pride-amour.ru)


The ancestors of the modern Kurilian Bobtail originated on the Kuril Islands, a volcanic chain of islands, which connects Russia and Japan. According to the written records these bobtailed cats have inhabited the islands for minimum 200 years. Russian military or scientists brought them back to continental Russia in the middle of XX century. As things turned out this breed combined an easy-going nature with superb killing prowess so it soon became a popular mouser and pet in its native land.

The Kurilian Bobtail is oftentimes confused with the Japanese Bobtail since they have almost identical appearance (except for the Kurilian Bobtail has solider physique). Actually it’s still debatable whether these two breeds have common forefathers or the short tail of the Japanese Bobtail was caused by completely different gene.

The Kurilian Bobtail was initially demonstrated to the public at the cat show in 1991. Because of the absence of a Russian cat registry it hasn’t been recognised as a pedigreed cat until 1995 when it was officially accepted by the World Cat Federation. The Fédération Internationale Féline granted its full recognition to the breed in 2004. The International Cat Association assigned it a Championship status in 2012. The Kurilian Bobtail is barely known in the North America, with less than 100 of its specimens in the United States.


The Kurilian Bobtail is a quick-witted, independent and naturally curious cat, which strives for the company of its master. This mild and even-tempered cat is completely deprived of aggressive tendencies and usually gets along with other household pets including a friendly dog. It is a very skilful jumper so get prepared to occasionally find your cat in the least expected places, for example, on the kitchen shelf or on the fridge. The breed is prone to show exceptional loyalty to its family and will be glad to play with children for hours on end.

Thanks to its sharp and inquisitive mind it’s fairly easy to teach the Kurilian Bobtail some basic commands. Make sure to reward its efforts with food incentives and verbal encouragement. The well-mannered specimen will also abide by the rules its master has established for it. This breed is also notable for its good adaptability so it will be equally glad to live in a small apartment and in a grand mansion.

The Kurilian Bobtail is an outstanding swimmer and likes playing with water, which is dripping from the kitchen tab. Moreover it’s an expert in extermination of any type of household pest especially rats and flies. This breed will become an excellent feline companion for active families and individuals, which are ready to surround it with enough affection and attention.

Health Problems

The most common problems for the breed include:

· feline lower urinary tract disease;

· eye problems;

· diarrhea.


The grooming of the Kurilian Bobtail is quite easy. Its short coat isn’t prone to matting and will look lustrous and neat with twice-weekly combing or brushing. More frequent and thorough brushing is recommended during the spring and fall when the cat sheds its seasonal coat.

The rest care includes such basic procedures as periodic nail trimming and ear cleaning if they look dirty. Its master should also brush the cat’s teeth with a vet-approved pet toothpaste on a weekly basis.

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