Karelian Bobtail
Federations: WCF



The Karelian Bobtail is a Russian cat breed originating from the Republic of Karelia, on the Finnish border. It appeared naturally at least 200 years on the islands of Lake Ladoga, and has not undergone many human modifications.

Es probable que la raza haya tenido un vínculo en su historia con el Norwegian Forest Cat , a Scandinavian breed that also has a natural origin. However, to date there are no DNA studies that demonstrate this relationship. Specialists have also long linked the Karelian Bobtail with the Kurilian Bobtail, a feline breed also Russian but originally from the Kuril Islands, located near the coast of Japan. However, science has since established that these natural races, both with short tail and, in fact, con muchas similitudes físicas y psicológicas, they are actually completely different.

The Karelian Bobtail He was highly appreciated by the inhabitants of his native region not only for his great ability to hunt vermin, but also because, según una antigua leyenda, poseer un gato sin cola o con una cola especialmente corta traía buena suerte a su dueño.

This morphological peculiarity is the result of a genetic mutation that occurred naturally in cats that live on the islands of Lake Ladoga.. It is transmitted spontaneously from generation to generation and is different from Kurilian Bobtail. In the Kurilian Bobtail, the gene is dominant: it is only necessary that one of the two parents transmit it for the kittens to be carriers. On the other hand, in the Karelian it is a recessive gene, lo que significa que ambos padres deben tener la cola corta para que el gatito herede esta característica.

It was in the years 80 when felinologists from present-day Saint Petersburg, members of the commission of the Kotofey KLK, a major Russian feline association, first became interested in the breed in detail and accurately described it.

The first standard was drawn up by them in 1987, based on the breeder's cats Liliya Dvoryaninovich. Tenía unos 15 short tailed cats, descendants of parents found on the north shore of Lake Ladoga.

The breed was first recognized in Russia in 1990 by the Sovetskaya Felinologicheskaya Federatsiya (SFF), a Russian organization that no longer exists. He made his first appearance at a feline show at 1993, specifically at the Eurasia Intercontinental Exhibition, in Yekaterinburg. The Kotofey KLK registered the first representatives in 1994.

Karelian Bobtail
Karelian Bobtail
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However, not much has changed since then in terms of breed recognition, que sigue limitado a su país de origen. For example, nor international organizations such as the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé) o The International Cat Association (TICA), nor national structures like the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), el British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), el Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF) inglés o the Canadian Cat Association (CCA) they recognize the breed. Todavía desconocido fuera de Rusia, the Karelian Bobtail is very underrepresented around the world.

Even in russia, su número es muy reducido. Los entusiastas han hecho varios intentos para desarrollar la raza y aumentar su número, but so far they have not been successful. The most important program was developed by the Kotofey KLK in 2012, pero rápidamente llegó a sus límites ya que la organización no permite ningún cruce con otras razas. Therefore, es difícil crear una población suficiente para garantizar un futuro brillante para los Karelian. Even if you go into the wild to find animals in your home region, is not enough. However, it must be taken into account that a large part of the population of the breed - in fact, la mayoría- live in nature and, Therefore, no está incluida en las estadísticas.

El número de explotaciones de Karelian Bobtail It is very small. La mayoría de ellas se encuentran en los territorios cercanos a San Petersburgo, but there are also a handful in other cities (Medvezhyegorsk, Kirov, Petrozavodsk…).

Physical characteristics

Karelian Bobtail

His admirers often compare him to Karelian Bobtail with a little lynx, for its lack of a tail and its large hind legs. Hind legs are much larger than front legs, but they are all strong and very powerful.

Although it is a fairly standard size, it is much more massive and heavier than it seems. Built around a medium, muscular chest, has a compact overall look, without looking too beefy.

The tail es una de las características más destacadas de la raza, and their exact appearance differs greatly from one individual to another. It is in all cases very short, measuring just over 4 a 13 cm.: a totally absent or longer tail than 13 cm is not accepted in the breed standard. Whatever its size, the fur is longer at this point, giving the appearance of a pompom. On the other hand, may be completely straight or have breaks.

This uniqueness in the size of the tail is the result of a genetic mutation, and the gene that causes it is recessive. This means that both parents must have a short tail for the kittens to be short..

The head of the Karelian Bobtail it is medium in size and triangular in shape. Its forecrown and their cheeks they are flat, and your nose it is rather long and straight. The ears are large and are located on the top of the head. Their tips are slightly rounded. Their eyes they are almond shaped, medium in size and its color generally corresponds to that of the coat. The most common colors are green and yellow.

The fur of the Karelian Bobtail it consists of a very thick double layer of hair, that protects you from inclement weather. It can be short or long, but in any case it must be dense, bright and smooth. All colors are accepted except tan, chocolate, leonado, lila y colourpoint. The most observed colors are white, the black, blue and blue-cream. The coat can be bicolor, tricolor or brindle, and in many individuals it has silver and gold reflections.

Last, this breed is marked by a certain sexual dimorphism, ya que las hembras son en su mayoría más pequeñas y ligeras que los machos. Regardless of your gender, las crías tardan mucho en crecer, ya que sólo alcanzan la plena madurez física en torno a los 5 years.

Size and weight

  • Size: 30 cm.
  • Weight: Of 3 a 5 kg

  • Variations

    The Karelian Bobtail it comes in two varieties: short-haired and long-haired individuals. Apart from the length of its fur, no hay ninguna diferencia física o psicológica entre ellos.

    Character and skills

    The Karelian Bobtail he is a smart cat, sociable and curious. They love spending time with their family members and enjoy being around them, proving that they fit well in any home. Often tends to favor a specific person to whom he is especially attached, but this does not mean that I turn my back on others.

    Its playful temperament and its marked taste for interaction make it a recommended breed of cat for a child.. As long as you know how to behave in a respectful way with the child, you both can spend hours having fun together. However, it is important to remember that, for the safety of both, a young child should never be left unattended with a cat. It is a matter of safety for both the animal and the child.
    This cat also gets along very well with older people.

    The Karelian Bobtail tampoco es tímido con las personas que no conoce, although it may take time to know them.

    Their sociability also applies to other animals: even if you have to share your home and the care of its owners with them, tends to get along perfectly with his companions and tends to make a good pair with dogs, especially those of cat-loving breeds.

    On the other hand, no hay esperanza de hacerle cohabitar en armonía con pequeños animales que podrían considerarse presas para él. In fact, su agudísimo instinto de caza hace que un roedor, a bird or fish is never safe around it, although they have lived together since childhood. It also, if you have access to the outside, his owner should expect to regularly receive gifts from his pet in the form of prey brought home.

    In any case, aunque sus orígenes lo hagan muy resistente al frío, Being able to evolve abroad is not necessarily essential for a Karelian Bobtail. Very adaptable, puede vivir tan bien en una casa con jardín al que tiene libre acceso como en un piso, as long as you have something to occupy yourself with and exercise. If you live inside, must have a cat tree, for example. Como a la mayoría de los gatos, they love to climb trees and furniture. However, just because they are very active does not mean that they do not also enjoy quiet time with their owners, and they are happy to share the sofa with them.

    In fact, the most important thing you need a Karelian to be happy is to be in contact with other living beings. Therefore, where you live is less important than the presence of your owners and their availability to pay attention to you. So, no es adecuado para personas que suelen estar fuera la mayor parte del día, que estarían mejor con una raza de gato independiente. Having said that, Sharing the home with one or more cats or dogs can be an interesting way to compensate for the absence of the owner.

    Knowing that, besides moving a lot, he also needs to be mentally stimulated and that he is very attentive to his owners, is a perfect student for those who want to teach tricks to their cat. For example, can learn to respond to his name, to lie down when ordered or to pick up objects.

    Not only can he learn what is expected of him, it can also understand behavior that is considered undesirable. If you are caught on the spot, for example, getting on the table during the meal, a simple reprimand is usually enough to prevent him from repeating the act.

    The Karelian Bobtail it also has the good taste of being a rather calm breed of cat: he is not one of those who use his voice, although it is very soft and melodic, to ask for favors. When they want to express a wish, they generally prefer to communicate by touching their owner with their paw. Having said that, in general, it is not demanding or invasive.

    Last, the male has the peculiarity of marking his territory very little.


    The Karelian Bobtail goza de buena salud en general y no se le conoce ningún problema genético particular, nor any disease to which you are especially prone. Having said that, is also related to the lack of hindsight, since cat specialists have been interested in your case for a short time and its distribution is still very limited.

    Accustomed to the harsh climate of his native Russia, it is in any case particularly resistant to low temperatures and has no problem spending most of the time outdoors, even in winter.

    Aunque esta raza no presenta ningún riesgo particular para la salud, it is important to choose a serious breeder of Karelian Bobtail. They must be able to present a certificate of good health from a trusted veterinarian, que demuestre que el pequeño felino no muestra signos de enfermedad ni ningún otro problema. También debería poder mostrar una prueba de las vacunas.

    Last, as prevention is better than cure, a routine visit to the vet at least once a year is strongly recommended to get a full check up and make sure everything is okay. It is also the opportunity to do any booster shots if necessary., and to review the antiparasitic treatments that the owner should take care of administering to his cat throughout the year.


    The coat of the Karelian Bobtail it is easy to care. For people with short hair, a weekly brushing is enough to remove dead hair. Long hairs should be brushed a little more often - at least twice a week- to prevent knots or hairballs from forming. In normal times, both shed very little hair. However, this is not the case during the shedding season in spring and fall, when daily shedding is usually necessary to prevent hair from being found throughout the house.

    Regardless of the length of its coat, it is rarely necessary to bathe him, unless, of course, that has gotten especially dirty. When i do, debe utilizar un champú especialmente diseñado para gatos.

    On the other hand, your eyes need to be checked at least once a week and cleaned if necessary. In addition to removing dirt from around you, this can detect any possible infection or small injury.

    Los oídos también deben examinarse y limpiarse semanalmente para evitar que se acumule en ellos la suciedad, que también podría ser la causa de infecciones (otitis, etc.).

    Brushing your teeth is also very important, as it helps limit plaque formation, which can cause a lot of problems. The ideal is a daily brushing, but once a week is enough. Whatever the frequency, a toothpaste specially formulated for small cats should always be used.

    You should also check your cat's nails at regular intervals., for example, each month. If they get too long, you have to trim them manually. Otherwise, podrían estorbar o incluso romperse, with the consequent risk of injury. In any case, if you live inside, a scratching post is an essential investment to keep you from satisfying your natural urge to scratch furniture or curtains.

    coat care, of the eyes, from the ears, teeth and claws are basic gestures that every owner must learn to perform correctly, at the risk of hurting or injuring your pet. So, it is advisable to ask a hairdresser or veterinarian for advice the first time, to learn the proper gestures to adopt to keep your Karelian Bobtail. On the other hand, do not hesitate to get started quickly, to teach your kitten to be handled as soon as possible: sessions will be more enjoyable for both him and his owner.


    The Karelian Bobtail no es difícil de alimentar y se contenta con una alimentación industrial de calidad y equilibrada. As in the case of any cat, the chosen products and the established rations must be adapted to age, the health and activity level of the cat.

    By being able to self-regulate, you can have food at all times without fear of becoming obese.

    However, it is important to monitor the weight of the cat, as you may gain weight for medical reasons (disease, reaction to a treatment, etc.). Weighing your cat once a month is an opportunity to make sure everything is going well or, on the other hand, para concertar una cita en caso de que se confirme o incluso se acentúe un deslizamiento posterior.

    It also, like any cat, a bowl of fresh, clean water should be available at all times.

    For sale "Karelian Bobtail"

    The Karelian Bobtail it is an extremely rare breed of cat. To adopt one, no hay más remedio que recurrir a su país de origen, Russia. even there, the offer is not much less abundant. La mayoría de los representantes y criadores de la raza se concentran en la ciudad de San Petersburgo y sus alrededores, but there are also some hatcheries in the cities of Medvezhyegorsk, Kirov y Petrozavodsk.

    The price of a kitten Karelian Bobtail varía mucho de un individuo a otro dependiendo del linaje del gato, de la reputación del criadero pero también y sobre todo de sus características físicas. Usually, you have to count between 30.000 and 70.000 rubles (that is to say, between 350 and 900 EUR) for such an adoption.

    A este importe hay que añadir los gastos relativos a la traída del gato desde Rusia: transportation expenses, administrative expenses, etc.

    Characteristics "Karelian Bobtail"

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


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