Kurilian Bobtail
Recognized by FIFe, TICA, WCF

Its affinity with water, which undoubtedly results from the nature of its natural habitat, it is a very special character trait, that distinguishes it from many other cat breeds.
Bobtail de las Islas Kuriles
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The Kurilian Bobtail is a breed of Russia. This Bobtail has not undergone genetic modification caused or calculated. No one has tried to change, is the nature which created the race. He lives in the Kuril Islands, in extreme climatic conditions of temperature and humidity.

These islands are located at the East end of Russia, in the North of the Pacific Ocean and extends over of 1200 km of the Kamchatka peninsula, on the border of North Japan. It's a chain of volcanoes – Hence the name – Kuril. All islands there are 40 active volcanoes. On the one hand, the Islands are bathed by the sea of Okhotsk, on the other side by the Pacific Ocean.

These short-tailed cats have been known to be found on the Kuril and Sakhalin Islands for at least two hundred years., Although they were discovered only at the end of the 20th century.

In the Centre of Russia, the Kurilian Bobtail began to appear only in the middle of the last century. The military and geologists, He returned from the long voyages to the Islands, they brought with them the special short-tailed cat. But not too taken into account, Since even did not exist any feline Federation in Russia at that time. In the years 80 Some fans, that already had these amazing cats, they turned their attention to the race.

Was in the year 1991, when the Soviet Federation accepted the first norm of the Kurilian Bobtail. In 1995, This Bobtail was accepted by WCF. In 2004, they were allowed to participate in the Championships of FIFe.

We can say that currently the cat Kurilian Bobtail It is one of the youngest breeds and is liked by many cat fans in Russia.. But even today, This bred animals are very rare.

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Kurilian Bobtail kitten with its mom – TRUE KURILIANS, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The history of the emergence of this breed is purely hypothetical.
It is possible that they participated in its creation on Siberian cat and the Longhair Japanese Bobtail, He lived for some time in the Islands with their Japanese Masters.

But in all likelihood, the mutation of the tail of the cats that inhabit the Kuril Islands was carried out in parallel to the observed in cats of the Japanese islands due to the influence of the mutation and similar climatic conditions. However, to date nobody has studied the exact origins of this mutation.

Even now, It is not uncommon to see cats with low and irregular tail in the islands of Malaysia, Thailand and Burma. In some countries in Southeast Asia, It is virtually impossible to find the animal without the tail malformations. In this way, It is possible to presume that all mutations associated with the change in the structure of the tail are a common cause.

Although the Kurilian Bobtail It, probably, his distant cousin Japanese Bobtail, the difference in the second race is impressive. There is a common feature in the two races, the short tail. Other parts of the body differ significantly and surprisingly.

Physical characteristics

Kurilian Bobtail
Kurilian Bobtail Cat Snow – Pixabay

The Kurilian Bobtail has a compact body, strong and muscular, the rump and slightly high curved upper line. The legs are strong and solid, the average length, the hind legs are longer than the Forelegs .. The feet are round and wide, lined with tufts of hair between the toes.

Some records divide Kurilian Bobtail in separate breeds of short hair and long hair.

  • They have a large head and trapezoid, with contours rounded in broad cheekbones.
  • The nose is wide, straight, average length, with a light stop.
  • Chin broadband with a slightly rounded profile.
  • Medium-sized ears, well assorted and often adorned with a crest of hair.
  • His eyes are slightly inclined, highly placed, rounded or shaped nut.
  • The queue is full of hair. The deformation of the tail is not no anomaly associated with a healthy cats.
  • The coat can be short and semi-long. The mantle is dense, very fine and silky.
  • In the semilargo hair group, This is considerably longer at the bottom of the body, the stomach and legs.
    Virtually all colors are permitted, except the Siamese pattern, the Abyssinian specific agouti, chocolate, cinnamon, Beige, Lilac and all their combinations with white.

The harsh climate of the Kuril Islands has endowed the Kurilian Bobtail thicker skin, adapting to the wildlife style – does not fall, almost no mess. On the Islands, the climate is very humid and the skin of animals has acquired an extraordinary property, It gets no wet.

The Kurilian Bobtail they are big enough. In general, Males weigh in 5 - 7 kg, but it is not extkgño to see larger individuals, reaching a weight of 9 kg. The females are naturally less powerful, and weigh 3,5-5 kg.

Character and skills

In the Kuril Islands the Bobtail they usually live at home, but there is also absolutely wild cats, the Kuril Islands are sparsely populated.

To the Kurilian Bobtail he likes to hunt everything that is in the forest.
On the streets of the villages of the Kuril Islands, It is not uncommon to see these cats to run behind the dogs who do not have any fear. However, This proximity explains, in part, by how many cats (native cats, imported directly from the Islands) they have scars and torn ears.

Kurilian Bobtail – Arabescka – Heikkisiltala, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This is a faithful animal, sociable, with the agility and developed intelligence. It adapts well to family life with children, with whom they share a multitude of games. They also adapt well to other animals and dogs.

At the same time, they are independent, and they are only suitable for those that can respect her strong personality and her need for independence. In addition, the Kurilian Bobtail show all your affection to a single person, a teacher who chooses his own Bobtail, relations with the rest of the family members can be complicated.

With the power and the length of its hind legs, the Kurilian Bobtail can easily jump great heights. In a House, a tree would be a great need for this cat.

Another feature of the breed is the attraction with water. Fresh under a faucet or picking up the drops of the same. It is the duty sacred of all the representatives of this glorious race.

The long struggle of this race due to the severe conditions of the Kuril Islands has been beneficial for the development of their intelligence. This is a very intelligent and thoughtful cat.

Only once will do need to show what can be done or not. They receive the voice and intonation, It is not difficult to teach them to understand the orders, They even obey them according to personal mood. It can be adapted to all lifestyles, domesticated sport and turn. It does not fear nor the cold and heat. Its balanced nature makes it a very quiet cat.


The Kurilian Bobtail comes from a very harsh climate and is extremely resistant to all temperature variations. Although they spend most of their time outside and not at home, they are very resistant to the outside environment and almost never get sick.

Their life expectancy is about 15 years. As in the case of any breed of cat, one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep a healthy Kurilian Bobtail is to ensure that you maintain an ideal weight throughout your life.

It is not known that this Bobtail are prone to genetic diseases. However, as the breed is rare, there is little data to draw conclusions on this point.

Life expectancy

15 years


Kurilian Bobtail
Kurilian Bobtail female, black smoke – Frida Nyberg, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The naturally silky and waterproof coat of the Kurilian Bobtail does not get tangled.

A weekly brushing of the cat's coat is enough to take care of it, whether it belongs to the short-haired or long-haired variety. In addition, when necessary, you should not hesitate to bathe your cat, since without a doubt he will appreciate this moment. However, your cat's bath should be an exception (a couple of times a year), as repeated use of cat shampoos can damage the cat's skin and coat.

The Kurilian Bobtail does not require much attention, but the cat's teeth should be brushed regularly with a special toothpaste for cats (ask the vet if in doubt) and the cat should be taken to the vet whenever the cat's teeth need to be cleaned. It is also important to monitor the condition of the cat's nails, that can be trimmed to prevent damage to the house.

As with all cat breeds, if you accustom your cat to this care from a young age, you will be more likely to accept them later.

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Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Kurilian Bobtail" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.


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Alternative names: Kuril Islands Bobtail / Kurilean Bobtail / Kuril Bobtail / Curilsk Bobtail

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