About breed


The Kurilian Bobtail is one of the most amazing cat breeds. Some people say it‘s half a cat and half a dog. It obeys its master‘s commands, yet it is not scared to meet any dog on its way. The Kurilian Bobtail reminds a lynx but still it‘s very intelligent, tender, gentle, charming and exceptionally friendly.

Dut to short tail, which is the distinguishing feature of the breed the Kurilian Bobtail looks in a very exotic way. The short tail is not a result of breeders' selections but of a natural mutation. The Kurilian is a very natural breed and posses an excellent health.

Usually the Kurilian Bobtails love water. They could jump into your tub while you are taking a bath for they especially enjoy human company. They can swim in a river or a lake. It is said the Kurilians can catch a fish as big as a salmon in a river.

How come it‘s a cat and not exactly a cat in a traditional way? The answer must be hidden in the wilderness and history of the Kuril islands.

The Kurilian Bobtail is rather a new and rare breed. It originates from Kuril islands in the Far East of Russia, very close to Japan. Only in the middle of the 20th century some Kurilian Bobtails were brought to mainland Russia by the members of the military or scientific missions. The Kurilians quickly gained popularity. The Kurilian Bobtal was first shown in 1991 and then the first breed standard was adopted by Soviet Felenology Federation. The breed was officially recognized by World Cat Federation (WCF) in 1995. Now the breed is recognized by the WCF, The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFE).

This cat has apparently evolved in isolation, with no interference of a man, on the Kurilian island chain in the Pacific over the past 100-150 years, it can be called a natural cat.

The climate in the Kurilian islands is severe with long cold winters and short summers. The climate has probably, to a degree, dictated this breeds' coat, which is short to medium long and described as a "warm woolly coat". All colors are encountered. The Kurilian Bobtail is a middle or large size muscular cat. The coat is of medium length, thick and silky, longer at cheeks and back with a distinct ruff.


It is not completely clear what the position was, in respect of the evolution of this breed, more than 150 years ago nor when or how the dominant genetic mutation came about to give this gorgeous looking cat her bobtail. However it would seem that the Kurilian Bobtail was a wild cat on the islands until domesticated.


Still, whatever is said about the breed, it does not reflect the whole picture of the Kurilian Bobtail cat and human relationships with it. You can only know it when you have a Kurilian Bobtail. I know, and I am happy.



Large or medium sized, well muscled. Compact powerful body with short, pompom shaped tail.


Shape - large, in shape trapezium, rounded in contours. Wide at the cheekbone level. Slightly rounded in profile.

Chin - well-developed wide chin.

Nose - a gentle dip from forehead to the broad, medium long straight nose, without a definite stop.



Form - medium sized, wide at the base, slightly procked forward. Rounded at the tips and open at the base. Only KBL: with lynx-like tufts and long hair out of the ears.

Placement - set wide apart and medium high. Distance between the ears is equal to the width of one ear.


Form - rounded. Set wide apart and slightly slanted.

Colour - Any colour from yellow to green. White cats and colour varities with white may have blue or odd eyes.


Compact, muscled, solid bone structure. The back shows a delicate curve from the shoulders to the rump which is higher.


Medium in length, strong, sturdy. Hind legs longer than forelegs. Paws rounded.


Composed of one or more angles or curves or any combination thereof. May be rigid or flexible. The direction of curves is not important. Visible length of the tail (without coat) from 3 to 8 cm. Size and shape of the tail should harmonize with the overall appearance of the cat.


Dense, rather fine in texture.

KBS - short with well-developed guard hair, firm awn hair and moderate undercoat.

KBL - medium long, with slight guard hair, well-developed awn hair and slight undercoat. A fully coated cat is desirable and has a shirtfront, a full frill and breeches.

Colour - all colour varieties with exception of colourpoints, chocolate, cinamon, fawn, lilac and the same combined with white. Any amount of white is allowed.


- slender type

- Japanese bobtail type

- extreme arch-like back not in harmony with the appearance of the cat

- tail length from 8 to 12 cm or less than 3 cm

- tail with only one vertebra

- delayed bobtail effect.


- deformities of the spinal vertebrae

- absence of the tail bone

- short straight tail without angles and curves

- tail longer than 12 cm.


Head - 20

Body - 30

Coat - 15

Tail - 30

Condition - 5



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