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Mekong Bobtail cat
Federations: WCF

The Mekong Bobtail cat still a rare breed of cat, since at the beginning of the decade of 2010 its population barely exceeded 600 registered copies.
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Characteristics "Mekong Bobtail cat"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Mekong Bobtail cat" 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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The Mekong Bobtail it is a natural breed originating from Thailand, for which it has long been known as Thai bobtail. It has been present in Southeast Asia for many centuries, and legend has it that his courage led the kings of Siam to use him as a guard to protect the treasure chamber from possible theft.

In the 19th century, these cats were considered symbols of loyalty. Royalty used to gift them to the nobility to reinforce their good relations. So it is not surprising that, at the end of the 19th century, el rey Somdetch Phra Paramindr Maha Chulalongkorn, better known as Rama V, give away 200 from them to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

Several of them were Mekong Bobtail, that sparked some interest in Russia, so more specimens were imported in the following years. These cats and their descendants are the origin of the breed we know today.. In other words, although it is basically a Thai cat breed, it was the Russians who allowed it to develop and flourish, without modifying it.

But, the breed could not develop under the communist regime, and it was not until the decade of 1980 when Olga Mironova, a renowned cat specialist, took an interest in her and decided that she should be recognized. With the help of Ludmila Esina, Russian breeder and cat specialist, drew up the first standard and adopted the name Mekong Bobtail, in tribute to the river that runs through Southeast Asia.

This cat was first presented at an international feline show in November 2003, during the «Royal Canine Grand Prix» held in Moscow. A few months later, in august 2004, received the recognition of the World Cat Federation (WCF). WCF has not been followed by other organizations since., so it remains the only major feline association that recognizes the breed.

In fact, the Mekong Bobtail cat still a rare breed of cat, since at the beginning of the decade of 2010 its population barely exceeded 600 registered copies. The vast majority are in the former Soviet countries, mainly in Russia and Ukraine. It is almost non-existent in Western Europe and North America.

Gato Bobtail Mekong
MEKONG BOBTAIL cat of rare lynx-point colour Dona Miya Ayutthaya. Cofein Pride cattery (WCF). – Alex opryatin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Physical characteristics

The body structure of the Mekong Bobtail is similar to that of Siamese cat. With its long, muscular body and its long, thin legs, has preserved the refined elegance of Thai cats. The strong stature in combination with the beautifully modeled head give the animal a noble appearance. The characteristic feature is the short tail. It is a quarter the length of the body and has different combinations of curves and folds. According to the international breed standard, its length is at least three vertebrae.

The coat color of the Mekong Bobtail reminds of the Siamese cat. Belonging to typical cats point, breed standard allows all colors point no target. Cats often appear with sandy to cinnamon colored fur. The coat is soft and silky to the touch. Hugs the body closely. The effect is produced because the purebred cat has hardly any undercoat.

If you look at the cat's face, you will notice the large ears with the rounded tips. They perch on top of the animal's head and give it an attentive impression. This is enhanced by the slightly outwardly curved ears.. Similar to the Siamese, the breed is characterized by its large, oval eyes. Its deep blue color contributes to the exotic beauty of this rare breed of cat..

Last, sexual dimorphism is well marked, being the males larger than the females.

Size and weight

  • Height: 30 cm.
  • Weight: Of 3 to 5 kg

  • Character and skills

    The Mekong Bobtail cat he is an affectionate cat who enjoys the company of humans. They are very faithful and devoted to their owner and constantly seek their company.. Demands a lot of attention, that returns multiplied by a hundred in affection.

    Sociable and curious by nature, this cat loves to hang out with new people, especially if they give you the attention you seek. Calm and balanced, it is an ideal cat breed for children, as long as, of course, have learned to behave with animals: his patience has limits and he runs the risk of biting, even more than scratching, to those who amuse themselves by pulling their tail or whiskers.

    The sociability of Mekong Bobtail spreads to other animals, and enjoy the company of other dogs, as well as other cats. The presence of other animals in the home is an option to be seriously considered by any owner who has to be away for long periods of time each day., since it is a breed of cat that does not tolerate loneliness. On the other hand, coexistence with small rodents or reptiles should be avoided, since his hunting instinct can overcome his good manners at any moment.

    On the other hand, the Mekong Bobtail easily adapts to a new environment, and traveling by car with your cat should not be a problem. So, they are an ideal option for those who move regularly or want to take their cat on vacation.

    Active and athletic, to the Mekong Bobtail he loves to run around the house, jump on the furniture and perch on the closet. With this energy level, ideally they should have access to the outdoors, where they can run and have fun before returning to their owner to rest quietly. But, can live in a flat, as long as his owner makes sure he gets enough exercise by playing with him often, or even taking him out on a leash.

    If you have free access to the outside, it is recommended to put a necklace with a locket in which your name and phone number appear, In addition, of course, of the essential identification of the cat by chip or tattoo. In effect, although he is very close to his master and wants nothing more than to return to his side, his curiosity and the fact that he likes the company of humans can take him away from home; the risk is that you realize too late that you don't know how to get home

    Last, it is a breed of cat that usually meows, either to let its owner know that it is time to eat or that it is time to open the door to go chase the birds.

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    Rare MEKONG BOBTAIL kittens, color tabby-point. Mekong bobtail hatchery Cofein Pride – Alex opryatin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


    The Mekong Bobtail it is a robust breed with no known genetic predisposition to disease.

    But, can be prone to several conditions common to all cats:

  • The feline idiopathic cystitis, a common bladder infection in cats that can have serious consequences if left untreated;
  • Various eye problems: secretion, redness or even a color change in the eyes;
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: vomiting, flatulence, diarrhea or constipation. These problems are usually due to diet and can pass within a few days or persist for several weeks..

  • It also, as with any breed, care must be taken to avoid being overweight or obese, that could cause serious health problems. Adequate nutrition and sufficient activity levels will normally avoid this problem..


    The Mekong Bobtail cat is a low maintenance cat breed. His short-haired coat only needs to be brushed once a week to remove dead hairs and keep it looking its best..

    It is advisable to prolong the grooming session a bit to take time to check the teeth, ears and, above all, the cat's eyes to make sure they are clean. They can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

    Last, depending on the activity level of the cat and the use of the scratching post, nails may need to be trimmed with nail clippers.

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    Rare MEKONG BOBTAIL chocolate tip color – Talestra of Cofein Pride – Alex opryatin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    For sale "Mekong Bobtail cat"

    The price of a Mekong Bobtail cat is of some 20.000 hryvnia in Ukraine or 50.000 rubles in Russia, what corresponds to some 700-800 EUR.

    As this breed is not yet common in Europe and America, it is usually necessary to import it. In this case, the cost of transport and possible customs duties must be added to the purchase price.

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