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Bengal cat
Recognized by the CFA, FIFe, TICA, WCF, ACF, ACFA/CAA, CCA-AFC, GCCF, NZCF

Despite his wild looks, the Bengal cat it's a domestic cat, affectionate and very attached to humans

Bengala

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History

The Bengal cat is a recent breed of cat that, despite its name, has nothing to do with the Bengal tiger. In 1963, Jean Sugden Mill, an American breeder, managed to cross a Leopard cat (or Felis Prionailurus Bengalensis, a Southeast Asian feline with the appearance of a leopard but the dimensions of a cat) with a domestic cat, who gave birth to two kittens, one of which was a female named Kin Kin. Against all odds, this female was not sterile and was able to interbreed with her father, giving birth to a litter of kittens, some of which were black, while others had a spotted brown fur.

It was this first crossing, in 1963, the one that marked the true beginning of Bengal cat, by developing a breeding program to create a new breed in its own right. In fact, if there were already in the past crossing experiments between a domestic cat and Leopard cat, following the example of those already documented in 1889 in the book Our Cats and Everything About Them of Harrison Weir, an English artist with a passion for cats, they did not intend to create a new breed of domestic cat.

For personal reasons, Jean Sugden Mill could not continue with this experiment, and nowadays none Bengal descend from this line. When he wanted to resume this project a decade later, the Endangered Species Ordinance had made it illegal to import the Leopard cat, so I could no longer acquire this animal to resume these crosses. But, in 1971, the Dr. Willard Centerwall, director of the genetics laboratory at Loma Linda University (California), had started a hybridization program between the domestic cat and the Leopard cat for scientific purposes, with the aim of testing the resistance of these hybrids to the virus of the feline leukosis, a disease that does not affect Asian leopards.

Bengal cat
Here’s our crazy little kitten at 5 months – Sean McGrath from Saint John, NB, Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

At the end of the year 70, Jean Sugden Mill acquired 8 first generation hybrids Dr. Centerwall and a Mau imported directly from India called Millwood Tory de Delhi. A long and difficult selection process began, during which other well-established breeds were used, as the Burmese cat, the Siamese cat, the American shorthair cat, the Abyssinian cat and the Egyptian Mau, to convert to Bengal cat in what is today: a domestic cat with the wild appearance of Felis Bengalensis, from which he inherited his name.

But, There is another theory that attributes the name of “Bengal” to William Engler, zoo keeper and active member of the Long Island Ocelot Club. Interested in these hybrids since the early years 70, it is said that he was the first to speak of Bengal, and the term comes from his own name: Bill Engler.

Jean Sugden Mill presented his Bengalis in various feline exhibitions in 1985, and the success was immediate. In 1986, the TICA (International Cat Association) officially recognized this new breed. The GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) British followed him in 1997, then the FiFe (International Feline Federation) did the same in 1999, while the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association) American waited until 2018 to do the same.

The Bengal cat had a quick success, especially in France. The first specimen was imported in 1989, and the breed was recognized that same year by the Association Nationale des Cercles Félins de France (ANCFF). Many breeders were quickly interested, to the point that today the breeding of Bengals is flourishing in France (and internationally recognized), with more than 1000 active creators, that is to say, that have registered at least one litter in the last two years.

Since 2016, in the framework of meteoric growth, the Bengal cat it has even placed itself on the podium of the most popular cat breeds in France, with more than 3.000 kittens registered every year in the LOOF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines), versus just over a hundred at the beginning of the years 2000.

This great popularity of Bengal it is rather a French specificity. In the United Kingdom, for example, where it suffered a legal restriction until 2007, it is rather between the 15th and the 20th position in the ranking of the most popular breeds, with an average of 300 specimens registered annually with the GCCF, that is to say, some 10 times less than in France.

In United States, the Bengali entered the Top 20 of America's most popular cat breeds when the CFA finally recognized it in 2018, despite its late recognition and the fact that it is prohibited in some places, like New York City or the State of Hawaii.

Physical characteristics

The Bengal cat it is a domestic cat that has retained the general appearance of a wild leopard. It is a fairly large cat with a long, muscular body, hind legs slightly larger than forelegs and a thick tail with a rounded tip, all of which gives it a classy look. As such, belongs to the long and powerful morphological type.

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Bengal cat – Flickrgailhampshire

The head is wide, with small rounded ears and large round or oval eyes that express curiosity and intelligence.

The fur is short, dense and silky to the touch. Emblematic of the breed, the fur is reminiscent of its wild ancestor, the Leopard cat, with random rosettes or horizontal scrolls. In both cases, these marks are bicolor and well marked.

Different standards accept many colors, the most common being brown-black, including all gold variations, bronze, copper and mahogany. But, there are also many specimens with an ivory or creamy white color, as well as some rarer ones with a beautiful silver gray.

Size and weight

  • Size: Of 30 – 35 cm.
  • Male weight: 4,5 – 7 kg
  • female weight: 3,5 – 5,5 kg

  • Varieties "Bengal cat"

    There are two varieties of Bengal: the stained and marbled.

    In the first, rosettes must be large, clear, bicoloured, different and randomly arranged throughout the body.

    The latter has elongated horizontal marks in the form of scrolls that are reminiscent of the veins of marble., bicolor and different.

    There are also specimens with long or semi-long hair, sometimes called Bengal Kashmir. For the moment, only the TICA has recognized this cat as an experimental breed.

    Character and skills

    Bengal cat
    Bengal cat

    Despite his wild looks, the Bengal cat it's a domestic cat, affectionate and very attached to humans, whose company constantly seeks. In fact, he is never far from where his master is, To make sure you don't miss anything that happens!!

    He is also very sociable with other cats and dogs, provided they are also used to cats. But, they may still have some wild reactions, especially towards small domestic rodents, those who can be mistaken for prey and chase.

    It is a very active and curious cat, who spends his time playing, chasing, fucking, exploring… before coming to rest near his master. He especially likes cat trees, that allow you to jump from one platform to another and settle in a high place to observe your environment from the highest. This energy expenditure is not unique to puppies: the Bengali is hyperactive and playful even as an adult, and is not the ideal companion for an older person who wants a quiet animal. Having said that, can be perfectly adapted to life in a flat, as long as you receive the necessary care… and that your family is not offended by the possible mischief you may cause.

    Lively, explorers and playful, they can also be occasionally destructive. This is especially true in the case of females., which tend to be more excessive than males, both in their games and in their displays of affection. To minimize this risk, it is advisable to ensure that the Bengali get all the care you need: if you are left alone too often without occupation throughout the day, it is likely that he will find a way to remind his master of his existence, and this will not necessarily be in a pleasant way for this one…

    The Bengal cat it is also a very intelligent breed, able to adapt and learn quickly. So, if a light turns on by itself at night or if a door that had been left closed is found to be open, there is no reason to believe that it is the work of a ghost: your partner has simply learned to press the switch or turn the handle. This makes him a good candidate for teaching your cat tricks and training.. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a Bengali who has learned to use the toilet or to take things to the owner. But, do not lose sight that it is still a cat, with his independent and stubborn character: although this may give results, training (for example with clicker, which is very suitable) requires a lot of patience.

    It also, it is a breed of cat that loves water. This characteristic has been inherited from its ancestor the Leopard cat, who is an excellent fisherman. Some individuals do not hesitate to follow their master even under the shower!! It is logical that aquarium enthusiasts know that the inhabitants of an open aquarium are likely to end up in the clutches of this experienced hunter.…

    Last, the Bengali It, in general, a pretty talkative cat, with a wide range of sounds, ranging from chirping to a low, hoarse noise reminiscent of certain big cats.

    Care "Bengal cat"

    Bengal cat
    Or is it a tiger? – ReflectedSerendipity from United Kingdom, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The BengalIt is an easy-care breed of cats, since it is only necessary to brush the cat's fur to remove dead hair and distribute the oil from the skin once a month. It also, it is seldom necessary to bathe your cat.

    As in the case of all cats, regular check-ups of teeth, the ears and eyes will help avoid the risk of infection.

    Last, its claws may be clipped from time to time, when necessary.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    The athletic Bengalis need a lot of exercise to feel comfortable. It is best to offer them a large house with a garden where they can roam.. If you decide to keep them inside, it should also provide them with enough space and opportunities to play and climb.

    These freedom-loving animals don't feel comfortable in small city flats. A sturdy cat tree or climbing track should fit the floor.

    The "Bengal cat" have great jumping ability and no lift is out of reach. Definitely, you should take this into account before bringing a Bengal cat to your house. Especially when they get bored, big cats tend to wreck the floor. In general, it is advisable to maintain a Bengal like a free animal and provide you with enough to do indoors. With outdoor cats, can you be prepared for these cats, otherwise so loving, go for a walk for two days in a row.

    How much activity does he need? "Bengal cat"?

    Due to their offspring from wild cats, the Bengal cats belong to the very active cat breeds. They are persistent climbers and need a lot of exercise. The best place for them to vent is the scratching post., during hunting games or, ideally, in the open air.

    Regular hunting games with a rod, hunting mice or balls along with your human are also a great activity. Mental stimulation with smart toys or learning little tricks is essential so that cats do not get bored.

    If you are often away from home, cats need company. They get along better with other cats. It is one of the few breeds of cats that loves water so it will easily be entertained by a leaky faucet.

    Health and nutrition

    The Bengali has a fairly robust health, having inherited from Leopard cat remarkable longevity for a domestic cat.

    But, have a predisposition to certain diseases:

  • The Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (MCH), a disease that makes it difficult for the heart to circulate blood;
  • The Chronic anemia, a genetic disease that can be detected by any decent Bengal breeder by a simple test;
  • The Progressive Retinal Atrophy (ARP), another genetic disease that can also be detected by a simple test, allowing carriers to be excluded from breeding;
  • The cataract, an opaque film on the cornea of ​​the eye that can cause blindness in the most severe cases.
  • It also, being quite large and very active, are prone to Hip Dysplasia.

    Last, it is important to know that, unlike his ancestor the Leopard cat, the Bengal not immune to feline leukosis.

    Life expectancy

    12 to 16 years

    Food

    The Bengal fits perfectly in commercial cat food, both croquettes and canned wet food. But, it is important to make sure your Bengal cat eat a quality food that contains all the essential nutrients necessary for their development.

    There should always be enough food and fresh water. But, no risk of obesity in cats; on the one hand, because they are quite active, and on the other, because they are able to regulate their own weight.

    For sale "Bengal cat"

    Bengal cat
    Bengal cat

    If you want to have a Bengal cat, you should know that this breed is one of the most expensive. For a healthy kitten you will pay between 1000 and 2000 EUR in a serious breeder. The price mainly depends on the type of leopard coat.

    The Bengal cats with pedigree and physical characteristics that make them suitable for breeding are priced between 2000 and 3000 EUR.

    Breeders also differentiate between the three categories of companion animals, breeding and exhibition. as creator, usually only kittens showing small deviations from breeding targets are obtained. In the purchase contract you have to agree not to use the cat for breeding.

    Criticism of breeding “Bengalis”

    Critics of breeding "Bengal cat" they believe that it is irresponsible to cross a wild animal with a domestic cat just to obtain a certain coat pattern. According to animal rights advocates, the first mating is even a torture brood, since complications often arise at birth. Many of these wild cat hybrids continue to display the character traits of a wild animal.. So, before acquiring a cat of this type, you must be very sure that, even though you have inherited the activity from your ancestors, will be able to lead a life appropriate to his species.

    Characteristics "Bengal cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Bengal 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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    Chausie cat
    Federations: TICA

    Despite its wild origins, the Chausie cat has all the features of a domestic cat. Very attached to its owner.
    Chausie
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    Characteristics "Chausie cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Chausie 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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    History

    According to legend, the Chausie cat it is a distant cousin of wild cats domesticated in honor of the goddess Bastet in ancient Egypt. In fact, the reality is quite different, despite the eerie similarities between the Chausie real and the artistic representations of some cats of the time.

    Born at the end of the years 60 or early 70 in United States, the Chausie would be the first hybrid breed resulting from the cross between a jungle cat (Felis chaus) who lived essentially in Egypt, India, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, and domestic short-haired cats of various breeds, having in common physical characteristics close to those of the Felis chaus.

    The idea behind the creation of this hybrid was to create a “domesticated jungle cat” that looks like a Felis chaus but that he was as tame as a domestic cat. The Chausie cat intended to appeal both to the daring who were trying to tame true wild cats and to cat lovers “exotic”. The bet paid off over the years 90: passionate breeders managed to stabilize the characteristic traits of the breed and consolidate the genetic stock to facilitate breeding.

    Thanks to the efforts of these breeders, the International Cat Association (the TICA, an organization that lists and registers all existing cat pedigrees in the world) recognized the breed in 1995. In 2003, gave the owners of the Chausie the opportunity to present your companion in the feline shows organized under your aegis, granting him the title of New Race. But, in the news, they cannot participate in the competitions by themselves.

    In France, el LEAF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines, an association with missions similar to the TICA) follow the position of the TICA and allow owners to participate in exhibitions, but not compete.
    As for the other feline associations in the world, and in particular the FIFE (Fédération Internationale Féline), they still don't recognize the breed.

    Today, the breeders of Chausie cat they keep working to get new generations closer and closer physically to their wild cousin, especially through crosses with the Abyssinian cat. The breed is found primarily in the United States and Europe, but it also has a following in South Asia and India, although its dissemination is more confidential.

    Physical characteristics

    Chausie
    Chausie – Wolfdogrew, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Chausie it's a big cat (especially the males) with a long powerful guy and a long rectangular body. Has a sleek appearance and powerful musculature, but it is not very showy. The rib cage is wide, the legs are of medium length with stronger hind legs than most other cat breeds. The tail is shorter than that of other breeds and reaches the hock.

    In the face, the Chausie has a broad, triangular head with prominent cheekbones, a rounded forehead and a long muzzle. The ears are wide at the base and wide open. Feathers are very popular with breeders of this breed. The eyes, oval in shape and slightly flattened on top, are generally golden yellow hazelnut in color. Light green tones are also accepted.

    This cat's coat has a dense coat of short to medium length. The fur is reminiscent of its wild ancestor, the jungle cat Felis chaus, especially for its ticking. The more ticking (several colored stripes on the same coat), more appreciated will be the cat in the feline exhibitions.

    Size and weight

    Size: Of 40 to 50 cm.
    Male weight: Of 6 to 11 kg
    female weight: 6-9 kg

    Varieties of "Chausie cat"

    Currently, the standards TICA y LOOF they only recognize three colors. There may be a Chausie cat with other colors, but they cannot be registered in the LOOF and / or TICA.

    Full black

    The kitties Chausie negros may show slight brindle markings that disappear as the kitten grows older. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause your black to turn brown.

    Gray-haired black tabby

    The black tabby pattern is a direct descendant of the wild cat Felis chaus and is exclusive to Chausie. In fact, no other domestic cat has this pattern, unless you have a wild ancestor in your family tree. So, it is easy to understand why this variety is the most sought after, since it is the most similar to the fur of the jungle cat.

    The kitties, originally black, show black brindle markings as they grow, while her fur becomes lighter. The coat of the black tabby has a ticking that changes depending on the part of the body, ranging from dark mouse gray with black tips to a three-striped ticking (mouse gray, black and white) in the finest specimens. This characteristic reaches its full and definitive expression when the cat has 3 years.

    Some Chausies gray-haired blacks can be mistaken for a Chausie negro when silver ticking is scarce.

    Brown tabby

    The brown tabby has a black tabby marking on a brown background, with stripes on the inside of the legs and on the tip of the tail. The shade of brown can vary from cat to cat, as long as it doesn't get too close to the Abyssinian. As with the first two colors, the final color of the Chausie brown ticked tabby not fixed until 3 years of age.

    Character and skills

    Chausie
    Chausie – Wolfdogrew, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Despite its wild origins, the Chausie cat has all the features of a domestic cat. Very attached to his master, even exclusive, it is a sociable cat that demands a lot of attention and barely supports loneliness. Very affectionate, You can enjoy both being indoors with their owners at home and playing with the other animals in the family. This cat also adapts very well to the presence of children, for whom it can be a good playmate, provided he is taught to control his claws from a young age.

    In effect, even if it is a good domestic cat, the Chausie also has a strong character, is often stubborn and may have aggressive reactions, inherited from its wild origins. Your fearlessness can also play tricks on you, especially when it goes outside. In any case, he needs a teacher capable of having authority and patience to reveal all his qualities and temper his predatory side.

    True athlete, has a reputation for being a tireless gamer and spending without sparing expense. In fact, they do better in a house with a garden or in a very large apartment, that provides them with enough space and plenty of opportunities to play and run around in the absence of their owner.

    Last, the Chausie cat distinguished by high intelligence and hunting instincts superior to those of other domestic breeds. It is one of those cats that likes to learn tricks, look for the ball, walk with harness… but also open taps and doors in the absence of supervision. Thus, it is recommended to use cat toys and stimulate their attention as much as possible, both for your well-being and for the living room furniture.

    Care and grooming of the "Chausie cat"

    The coat of the Chausie is slightly longer than that of normal domestic cats, but still easy to care. Regular brushing and removal of dead hairs ensure a shiny coat.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    Due to his offspring from a kind of wild cat, the Chausie cat he is very fond of freedom. This athletic cat also has a strong drive to move and can easily jump six feet from a standing position.. Thus, keeping them indoors is only possible under special conditions. If you cannot provide access to the outside, the cat must have a large outdoor enclosure. You must be able to live your natural instincts, ideally hunting mice and birds, to be happy. If you have your cat in an outdoor enclosure, you must be prepared to receive regularly “gifts” of your cat in the form of prey.

    How much activity does he need? "Chausie cat"?

    This affectionate cat likes to be around his owners and is reluctant to stay home alone. If you are a person who works, it is better to have two cats so that the animals do not get bored. A large, sturdy scratching post and several cat toys will keep them busy and provide variety around the home.. They love to play catch and chase mice and balls. You can also give your cat, water lover, a special treat with a soak in the tub or a bubbly drinking fountain. Some cats like water so much that they will even follow you into the shower.

    Health and nutrition

    Chausie
    Chausie – Wolfdogrew, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Chausie is a relatively recent hybrid. Thus, There is very little scientific literature on health problems specific to this breed..

    But, analyzes of animals born from two different species draw a picture of pathologies that Chausies, as hybrids, can present: male infertility prevalence, fluctuating physical development (very large or very small individuals), digestive problems, behavioral instability (this cat is still more aggressive than a real house cat) and, in rare cases, heart problems due to malformations of the heart muscle.

    Generations of Chausies are classified according to their “closeness” to its wild ancestor on a scale from F1 to F4 and above, F1 being the generation born directly from hybridization between a domestic cat (Felis sylvestris catus) and a wild cat (Felis chaus). Males of generations F1 to F3, or even F4, are generally sterile, which considerably complicates the work of breeders of Chausie to develop this breed.

    Last, due to its wild origins, this cat has inherited a shorter digestive tract than other breeds. This makes them more susceptible to certain intestinal problems., including inflammation from food allergies, and predisposes them to gluten intolerance.

    Life expectancy

    12 to 14 years

    Food

    As their direct ancestors are wild animals, a high-protein diet is even more important for the breed than for other cats. Ideally, feed them their own BARF food. In this way, your cat will have all the important components of a healthy diet that it would get in the wild.

    For sale "Chausie cat"

    Before buying a Chausie cat, you must be absolutely sure that the hybrid cat suits you. If you can't offer enough exercise, you don't even have to think about getting a cat that likes to move. In any case, in Europe it will be difficult for you to find a breeder. The breed is not very common outside its country of origin.. If you find a breeder, you must check first if he is responsible and takes care of the health of his breeding animals. Due to its rarity, the kitties Chausie they naturally have their price. Depending on the breeder, you can spend up to 10.000 euros for a purebred F1 kitten.

    Interesting Facts and Things to Know

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    jungle cat in Sofia Zoo – Bulgarian: Maria Teresa Cortes Garcia, Learning Center at Sofia ZooEnglish: Maria-Teresa Cortes Garcia, EERC Sofia Zoo, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    To understand the Chausie cat, it is also important to know the jungle cat (Felis chaus).

    The jungle cat found in nine subspecies in Asia, Middle East and Egypt.

    With his black plumes in his ears, resembles a lynx, which also earned him the name of “swamp fox”.

    In the wild, the jungle cats they are solitary animals and they hunt at sunset.

    Its habitat is mainly near water bodies or wetlands in inaccessible reed thickets or swampy riparian forests. So, they are not afraid of water and can swim excellently.
    In captivity, the jungle cats they become very tame and it is said that the ancient Egyptians even trained them to hunt.


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    Donskoy (Don Sphynx)
    Federations: LOOF, TICA, FIFé, WCF

    The Donskoy they are very loyal; in fact, their loyalty is often compared to that of dogs.

    Don Sphynx

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    Characteristics "Donskoy (Don Sphynx)"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Donskoy (Don Sphynx)" 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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    History

    Until the end of the years 80, the Canadian sphynx it was the only known hairless cat. The discovery of Donskoy in Russia this situation changed. This cat is also known as Don Sphynx or Don Hairless, in reference to the place where it first appeared and its resemblance to the Sphynx cat.

    The history of the appearance of Donskoy It is worthy of a children's story: in 1987, in the city of Rostov-on-Don, located in southwestern Russia, near the Sea of ​​Azov and the Black Sea, a teacher named Elena Kovaleva took in a kitten that had been mistreated by children who had used it as a soccer ball. Called her Varvara. As the kitten grew, he started to lose his hair, suggesting skin diseases or parasitic infections such as ringworm. Various treatments were administered to try to fix the problem, But it was in vain. When Varvara gave birth to her first litter of kittens a few years later, some were born with hair and others without hair.

    As the kittens grew, those born with hair also began to lose it, as his mother had done. This particularity caused a strong rejection by its owners, that most of them decided to abandon them because they considered that they were in poor health. It was then that a breeder named Irina Nemikina, seduced by these original looking cats, decided to recover one of them and start a breeding program to make it a breed in its own right. The cat in question and its descendants then interbred with the Persian cat, European shorthair cat and the Siberian cat to expand the range.

    The gene responsible for the hairlessness of Donskoy (Don Sphynx) is dominant, meaning both parents don't have to be hairless for their offspring to be. For this reason, the cats obtained from these crosses kept the particularity of their ancestor Varvara, although they also had the blood of long-haired cat breeds in their veins, like persian. This genetic characteristic distinguishes the Donskoy of the Sphynx, that it can only transmit its hairless appearance to its offspring if both parents have this characteristic: en el Donskoy, the gene that causes this morphological characteristic is recessive.

    The Donskoy also crossed with him Oriental shorthair cat to create a hairless oriental: that's how he was born Peterbald cat in 1994 in St. Petersburg, the city that gave it its name.

    The Don Hairless It was recognized in 1997 by the World Cat Federation (WCF), and then in 2005 by the The International Cat Association (TICA). But, was not up 2016 when the latter allowed him to participate in cat shows organized under its auspices. The International Feline Federation (FIFé) also recognized the breed in 2011. On the other hand, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) y el Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) they have not yet taken the step.

    Hereinafter, some organizations will not allow any crossing of the Donskoy with other breeds. This is the case of the WCF and the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) French. The TICA allows crossing with street cats.

    Despite its recognition by some leading organizations, the Don Sphynx still one of the rarest cat breeds. These may include, in France, only 126 cats have registered in the LOOF between 2003 and 2019. More broadly, worldwide, currently there are only about fifty breeders of Donskoy (Don Sphynx), while there are more than 1500 for him Sphynx.

    Donskoy
    Donskoy – Nickolas Titkov from Moscow, Russian Federation, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Physical characteristics

    The Donskoy (Don Sphynx) is a midline cat with a semi-foreal subtype. He has an unusual physique, compact, elegant and athletic. His muscular form, strong bone structure and relatively broad torso and rump give an impression of strength. Groin area and abdomen are well defined, so that the abdomen resembles a “stomach” where fat is stored during winter. In fact, despite the impression of vulnerability given by the absence of fur, the Don Sphynx is actually a robust breed.

    They have a skin dotted with “wrinkles”, but very pleasant to the touch, as it is warm and velvety. These numerous wrinkles are characteristic of the breed and are due to its great elasticity.. They are mostly seen on the head, cheeks, the double chin and under the chin, as well as on the top of the head, with vertical pleats on the forehead, that separate the ears and then spread out in horizontal folds around the eyes. In the body, hug the base of the neck, the chest, the base of the tail, the back and the side of the legs, and then they go from the flanks to the lower abdomen and groin.

    There are four varieties of Donskoys: one is born and remains hairless (the Rubber Bald), another is born with hair that is losing as it grows (the Flocked), a third keeps hair only in some places on the body (the Velour), and the latter retains much of its fine fur as an adult (the Brush).

    In all four cases, the lightest coat of the Donskoy (Don Sphynx) makes it a hypoallergenic cat breed, which means that the risk of cat allergy is much lower than with other breeds. But, you have to know that there is no zero risk and that all cats can cause an allergic reaction, even the ones who are completely naked.

    It also, it is the only breed that potentially acquires winter fur. During this time of year, a soft fur may appear on the chest, as well as hair on the tips of the legs. When the weather heats up, this fur disappears again, and the cat returns to its usual appearance.

    In addition to this feature, the skin of the Don Hairless has original similarities with that of humans: sweat in hot weather and can even tan in the sun.

    Their Paws they are shorter than the rear ones, but they are still well proportioned to the rest of the body. At the end of the Paws there are surprisingly long fingers separated by membranes, with large inward curved foot pads. The set does not differ from the fingers of a monkey. The tail is moderately long, fine and sharp from base to tip.

    The head is V-shaped and angular. The eyes are almond-shaped and the ears they are very big.

    Last, this breed is characterized by a certain sexual dimorphism. Males tend to be longer and more muscular than females. It also, have stronger cheeks and a neck, wider shoulders and head.

    Size and weight

    • Male size: 20-25 cm.
    • female size: 20-23 cm.
    • Male weight: 3-7 kg
    • female weight: 3-7 kg

    Varieties of "Donskoy (Don Sphynx)"

    Contrary to what his hairlessness as an adult might lead you to believe, actually exist 4 varieties of Donskoy (Don Sphynx), 3 of which have fur at birth, before it disappears totally or partially:

    • The Donskoy Rubber Bald completely hairless from birth and remain so throughout their lives;
    • The Donskoy Flocked is born with a light down that is similar to that of a Siamese cat touch. This may go away over time and the cat may bald.;
    • The Donskoy Velour is usually born bald on the top of the head and with a soft, wavy coat all over the body. During the first year of life, the hair becomes progressively stiffer and disappears, except for the hair on the head, legs and tail. Some individuals lose their hair completely and go hairless like the Donskoy Rubber Bald;
    • The Donskoy Brush retains part of its fur as an adult. The coat is usually smooth, but it can also be wavy. Baldness usually appears on the head, upper neck and back.
    Cat Sphynx
    Cat Sphynx – Dmitry Makeev, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Character and skills

    If the appearance of Don Sphynx can arouse surprise, and even some negative preconceptions for their originality, worth going further. In fact, this cat is not only distinguished by its appearance: he is also endowed with immense qualities that make him an especially appreciated life partner.

    The Don Sphynx not only is he a smart cat, but also has a temperate and affectionate character. The absence of fur does not prevent him from enjoying the caresses. It also, its soft and warm fur is very pleasant to the touch. It also, with his good character, grooming your cat will not become a test of strength, since it is easy to handle.

    Being active, especially curious and lively, explores its environment with enthusiasm and is very prone to inventing all kinds of games in search of new stimuli.

    The Donskoy it is also a very sociable breed of cat. Enjoy the company of its owners and the visitors that pass by, whose attention you would like to have.

    His sociability is not limited to humans, since he is also willing to share his space and time with other animals. It is, Therefore, of a breed of cat suitable to live with a dog or other pet, which may simply be one of your companions. It is even especially advisable to offer him a playmate in case of long and frequent absences, to avoid being isolated at home too often and for too long. In the end, he is in great need of company, whatever form it takes.

    It must be said that this cat has plenty of affection, and is particularly loyal to its owners. He deserves the nickname of “cat dog”, since it likes to follow its owners in all their daily activities. This closeness to its owner also means that it is possible to teach your cat commands or tricks., that you will probably gladly carry out.

    The other side of the coin of his kindness and his total lack of aggressiveness is that he is not very suspicious of the danger that possible attacks from other cats or other animals could represent.. For this reason, it is a recommended cat for life in a flat rather than for life outdoors.

    Care "Donskoy (Don Sphynx)"

    Due to the lack of hair, the care of Donskoy they are somewhat more complex. It is recommended to bathe the animals every fortnight approximately. There is no consensus on the exact procedure for bathing. The use of a mild body soap or mild facial soap is often recommended.. It is important to use a neutral pH soap. Too frequent baths should be avoided. If the correct pH is not respected, skin problems may occur.

    With the time, a thin film of sebum forms on the skin because there is no fur to absorb the oil produced. The film provides some protection, but it looks unsightly. It can be cleaned in the shower or with the help of a damp cloth.. If a cloth is used, cleaning is done quickly. But, the effect is less durable than in the shower. You can use a microfiber cloth and water to clean. Soap should not be used. How animals are used to bathing from an early age, showering is usually not a problem. The water should be lukewarm.

    You can place your Donskoy in the shower tray and have a towel spread out. Spread some washing lotion on the cat's back. Now you have to run a little water down your back and then you can massage the lotion. Avoid getting water into the nose, mouth, ears or eyes. Rinse the water well and place the cat on the prepared towel. It is important that you dry the cat well.

    It also, as with any other race, it is important to check the condition of your ears at least once a week. Dirt or excess earwax can accumulate in the cartilage folds and cause discomfort or even infection.. Cleaning your cat's ears whenever they look dirty will go a long way in preventing this from happening..

    Similarly, it is advisable to check your cat's eyes once a week to detect any abnormalities or infections, and clean them when necessary.

    donskoy
    Male donskoy/don sphynx – ooznu, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    Keep your Don Sphynx inside. These cats are not only susceptible to problems with extreme temperatures, but also, because they are rare, someone may be tempted to steal them.

    It also, Your cat's friendly nature means she may not assess dangers properly.

    How much activity does he need? "Donskoy (Don Sphynx)"?

    To the Donskoy they love to be manipulated by humans and will always want to be the center of attention when you are at home. It is vital to understand that the breed needs company, so this is not the best cat to adopt if you are away for long periods of the day due to work commitments or if you travel a lot.

    The Donskoy es an intelligent and inquisitive gato, so you'll also want to provide an environment where the breed can explore and seek new adventures on their own. The strategic use of smart and interactive toys can help keep your cat stimulated and satisfied..

    Health and nutrition

    The Donskoy have an elevated body temperature and, Therefore, is better protected against infection.

    The Donskoy adults are relatively immune to many diseases. But, make sure that the cat does not stay in a drafty place. They suffer much less from heart disease than their peers. The heart is healthy and strong in many representatives of the breed.

    People with allergies to cats or cat hair do not usually react allergic to it. Donskoy. But, it has been observed that people who did not previously have an allergy may have allergic reactions specifically to Don Sphynx.

    Since when buying a cat you commit to the animal, you must exclude the possibility that it is allergic. Maybe you know a cat of this breed in your circle of acquaintances and you can try to get in touch with him. Or you can ask a breeder or animal shelter to check the cat's reaction..

    The Donskoy they have no eyelashes, so dust can quickly build up around the eyes. It is usually discharged through tear fluid., which is present in large quantities. In cats of this breed, eye slits are narrower, which means that tear fluid can collect in the corners of the eyes.

    Donskoy Sphinx
    Kitty of the sort Donskoy Sphinx – Alex Rave, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

    Life expectancy

    Of 12 to 15 years

    Food

    The Donskoy has no particular sensitivity to food: is quite happy with industrial cat food.

    But, due to its lack of fur, has more difficulty than other breeds in regulating its body temperature and, Therefore, you should eat more at low temperatures to compensate. So, your diet should not only be of good quality, but also rich. Having said that, despite your greed, it is not a breed of cat with a pronounced risk of being overweight.

    For sale "Donskoy (Don Sphynx)"

    The price of a kitten Donskoy ranges between 1200 and 1500 EUR. This high price compared to most other breeds is largely due to their great rarity..

    There does not appear to be any significant price difference between the two breeds, nor between males and females. But, the number of representatives of the breed and transactions is reduced, so it remains uncertain to extract any general rule.

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    Himalayan cat
    Federations: ACFA, TICA, WCF

    The Himalayan cat it is an extremely sweet pet, playful and gentle that can be adapted to practically any type of home.

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    Characteristics "Himalayan cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Himalayan 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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    History

    Also know as Colourpoint Persian, the Himalayan cat It is a breed of cat that combines the colors of the Siamese cat with the Traditional Persian cat. It is a cross between semi-long-haired Siamese twins and blue and black persian cats.
    Some feline associations, as the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (ACFA), they consider it a separate breed, while others, as the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), they see it rather as a variety of Persian cat, from which it only differs in the color of the coat. Its name is due to the similarity of its coloration with that of a domestic rabbit also called Himalaya.

    Its origins date back almost a century., when breeders dreamed of combining the colors of the Siamese Cat with the Traditional Persian cat. At the beginning of the year 30, in United States, the Dr. Clyde Keeler, researcher at Harvard University School of Medicine, undertook a hybridization program for this purpose, in collaboration with a breeder, the Mrs. Virginia Cobb. The results were not entirely satisfactory and the experiment was interrupted by the Second World War.. After the war, another passionate breeder, the Mrs. Marguerita Goforth, took the torch and managed to create a “Colourpoint Persian cat” that was recognized in 1957 by the CFA and ACFA as a new breed called “Himalayan“. At that time, the breeder had to demonstrate the existence of three generations of “Colorpoint” pure so that this line was accredited as a new breed and could participate in contests and championships.

    In the meantime, in Britain, Brian Sterling-Webb, another enthusiastic breeder, worked for a decade on the development of a similar hybrid that, in 1955, was registered as a separate breed named “Colorpoint longhair cat” by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF).

    Over the next decade, the popularity of Himalayan cat grew significantly. But, breeders began to interbreed only with himalayan. As a result, the characteristics inherited from Persian cat they were lost in favor of individuals with a less flattened face. This led some breeders over the years 70 to use occasionally pure persian cats at the crosses, in order to increase again the characteristics of this breed in the Himalayan cat. This was so successful that the cats resulting from this selection ended up having all the characteristics to compete in competitions. Persian cat. Inevitably, the question arose: should he Himalayan cat still consider themselves a breed unto themselves?

    In response to this question, the CFA decided on 1984 consider the Himalayan as a subdivision of the Persian cat, keeping your name. It was followed by World Cat Federation (WCF). But the ACFA, as well as the International Cat Association (TICA), they kept it as a separate race.

    Today, the Himalayan cat still a very popular cat in North America, but less in Europe.

    Physical characteristics

    Himalayan cat
    Himalayan cat – Joseph Morris, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    The Himalayan cat, like the persian, it is a solid and round cat, with short legs, short tail and small, rounded ears. According to American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA), must have five fingers in front and four behind.

    As with the Persian, There are two types of himalayan: the classic “baby face” and the one with the flatter face “how to pekinés”, which gets its name from its similarity to the dog Pekingese.

    Most of the cat's coat is white or cream in color, but there are some varieties, according to the different shades of the tips of the coat and the extremities of the body.

    Size and weight

    • Size: 30 cm.
    • Weight: Of 3 to 6 kg

    Varieties of "Himalayan cat"

    Distinguished by the color of the extremities of the body and the tips of the coat, the main Himalayan varieties are

    Blue Point:
    • the tips of the fur are blue, like feet, the ears, tail and face. The rest of the body is slightly bluish white, and the eyes are bright blue.
    Lilac Point:
    • In this variety, the extremities of the body and the tips of the coat are paler and lilac than blue. The rest of the body is whiter and brighter than in the Blue Point.
    Seal Point:
    • The extremities of the body and the tips of much of the body are black or dark brown (similar to the color of the seal, that inspired his name). It is the variety whose color is most similar to that of the Siamese.
    Chocolate Point:
    • The tips of the body and the tips of the coat of this variety are chocolate brown, a shade lighter than Seal Point. The rest of the fur is also whiter and brighter than that of the Seal Point. The color of the foot pads is a characteristic that strongly distinguishes the two varieties.: those of the Chocolate Point they are pink, while his Seal Point are dark brown.
    Red Point o Flame Point:
    • The dominant color of the limbs and points of this cat is red, which can be orange. The rest of the body is white or cream.
    Cream Point:
    • This variety of Himalayan is a diluted version of Flame Point. The coloring of the mask and the extremities is reddish or pale orange, while the rest of the body is white or slightly cream.

    Character and skills

    Himalayan cat
    Himalayn cat named ‘Monte.’ Flickr
    The Himalayan cat it is a wonderful indoor cat. They are gentle, calm and sweet temperament, and they also have a playful side. Like him Siamese cat, to the himalayan he loves to play fetch, and a crumpled piece of paper or a cat toy will entertain them for hours, or until your next nap.

    The Himalayan cat They are devoted and depend on their humans to accompany and protect them. They crave affection and love to be petted and groomed., which is lucky, since all owners of this breed of cat spend part of the day doing just that.

    Like his Persian brethren, they are docile and will not harass you for attention like some breeds do. They have the same level of activity as the Persian cat and they are not noisy like the Siamese cat.

    Grooming and caring for the "Himalayan cat"

    If you are not willing to spend some time on daily grooming, the Himalayan cat probably not the right cat for you. Since they have long, silky hair that tangles and weighs down easily, the fur of the himalayan should be brushed with a sturdy, wide-toothed comb daily. This will remove and prevent tangles and mats, and will help remove dirt, dust and debris. It is also recommended that the Himalayan cat visit a professional groomer every few months to make sure his coat is healthy and clean. The good news is that himalayan they love to receive the attention of their owners, which makes grooming easy and is an excellent bonding experience for the owner and his feline companion.

    You can protect your legs and your furniture by trimming your nails Himalayan regularly. Examine your legs weekly and trim them if necessary to keep them healthy and injury free. Also spend time a week examining your cat's ears. The pointed ears of the Himalayan are susceptible to trapping dirt and debris, which can lead to infections and other ear problems in the future. If you find debris in your cat's ears, use a pet ear cleaner and a cotton pad to remove them carefully. Never use a cotton swab in your cat's ears, as it can severely damage the delicate structures of the inner ear. If the ears are very red or swollen, very dirty or smell funny, take him to the vet asap.

    The himalayan have low exercise needs, but they are extremely playful and will do mischief if they get bored. You can keep them entertained and engaged by providing plenty of cat toys and a few minutes of play each day.. Like the Himalayan they have such a playful personality, something as simple as a ball of paper will keep you entertained for hours.

    How much activity does he need? "Himalayan cat"?

    The himalayan you need to exercise to stay in top shape. Likes to play with their owners and will play with interactive toys, chase balls and attack mice with catnip, but you may have to chase him to get him exercising on a daily basis.

    Health and nutrition

    Himalayan
    Himalayan – Aaa803287, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    The Himalayan cat you are prone to certain skin diseases: seborrhea, cheyletiellosis and dermatophytosis (had).

    It also, like the persian, may have a tendency to be overweight. So, you need to pay attention to your diet, to avoid any risk of obesity in the cat.

    It also, due to his persian heritage, may be a carrier of the gene that causes renal polyquistosis. This inherited disease causes cysts to develop slowly and progressively in the kidneys.. But, the presence of the offending gene can be detected by genetic testing. So, before adopting a kitten of this breed, it is advisable to check with the breeder of himalayan that this genetic test has been performed and has given a negative result. If not done, it is a wise precaution to demand that it be done.

    It also, the flattened shape of the face may predispose to himalayan certain health problems. These may include, you may be prone to breathing problems due to narrow nostrils. They can also suffer malocclusion (misaligned teeth) or abnormal watering.

    The himalayan you can also suffer the feline hyperesthesia syndrome (a little-known disease that causes behavior problems).

    Last, the length of their coat can cause hair ingestion problems, what ends up creating hairballs in the stomach of the cat (tricobezoares), causing pain and / or digestive problems.

    Food

    As the Himalayan cat have a tendency to be overweight, special attention should be paid to your diet.

    Some companies have developed a range of foods specially adapted to the needs of the Persian cat (and therefore of himalayan). Available in the form of croquettes or cans, these foods offer a low-fat diet that contributes to the health of the cat, while helping to maintain a silky coat and limit hairball formation. Some of the kibbles available on the market are shaped to fit the brachycephalic jaw of the Persian and of the himalayan.

    The quality of the products in the market varies, so make sure that the ones you offer your dog are reliable. The ingredient list on the packaging can help you, but you can also ask the breeder for advice himalayan or your vet.

    For sale "Himalayan cat"

    The kitties himalayan (pet quality) cost between 700 and 1400 EUR, depending on coat colors and bloodline. the kitten's quest himalayan perfect begins with the search for a reputable breeder. One Himalayan cat known breeding sites, with good color and perfect proportion can cost between 1500 and 3000 EUR,

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    Moggy cat
    cat without pedigree

    For those of you that you are not familiar with the English language, “Moggy” It is an informal name for a cat – “Mog” or “Moggy” is the unique, “Moggies” is the plural.

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    Origins of the word “Moggy”

    The definition of a Moggy, It is a cat or a kitten, It does not belong to any recognized race. It is also an informal name at United Kingdom for a cat, If the cat is a breed recognized or not. It seems a bit confusing this from the English language!. The word was originally a nickname for a cow!! The origin of the word minino is not a corruption of the word “mestizo” , as many believe. Recognized the word for the first time in 1911, is possibly derived from Maggie, Margie or mog, all short of wife Margaret name forms. It is believed that this was first used to describe a clumsy, clumsy old cow, and even could have been a child of a farm which was called that way any cow, Since “Moggy” It was used during the 18th century in several dialects of English as a “affectionate name” cow.

    How farmers flocked to cities from rural areas during the latter part of the Industrial Revolution, it is likely that the cow became moggy maggie, implemented as an insult to a scruffy woman, old or prostitute.
    The origin is unclear, but as the 20th century, London streets were filled with a lot of little healthy Street cats, it would have been natural to apply the term Moggy to describe these unhappy. In some parts of Lancashire, England “moggy” means mouse. A cat was known as “the hunter of moggies. It has been suggested that this could be the etymology of the word meaning moggy “cat”.

    History

    There are more than 100 millions of cats in the world. Of these, the vast majority are cats without pedigree or mestizos, their filiation may be unknown, not even the parents have a registered pedigree.

    Until the end of the 19th century, people used cats to keep their houses and barns free of rodents. But, like any proud owner knows, a healthy and happy Moggy, in the fullness of his life, can be as magnificent in appearance and form as a pedigree cat. Given that the gene to determine the short hair is dominant, most mongrel cats are shorthaired, but there is no standard cross type, they come in all imaginable varieties of hair and color.

    Physical characteristics

    Many mestizos cats are atigrados, It is the variety closest to the ancestors of the cats, the African wild cats. The tabby pattern or scratched is the original, but the classic spotted tabby pattern is more common. More rare is the spotted striped, being selectively bred into new pedigree lines, these new lines aimed at achieving a wild look. The solid colors are also abundant: black, white, Ginger (Jam), and blue.

    The ginger colouration is linked to the sex, and the males outnumber the females jam by 2 to 1. On the other hand, the carey or the pattern of percale in Orange and black is only possible in females (with rare exceptions of sterile males). white is common, both by his own account, combination with other colors solid and atigrados. The Siamese style points are rarely mixed cats, but it can occur, without a doubt. Aside from color and coat, mongrel cats differ much less from each other than pure breeds.

    Most have a moderate physique, typical of British Shorthair cat and American, not being thin like him Siamese cat, neither big and heavy like the Persian cat or the Maine Coon. Circumstances have helped the cats of tropical climates tend to have a slightly more elegant way, and those from cold climates to have a more robust body.

    The head wedge-shaped and flattened face are unusual at a junction, but it can appear if the recent family tree of one of the parents includes a cat with genes Siamese and Persian.

    Character and skills

    The reproduction random means that the cat without a pedigree does not have a certain appearance or temperament.
    But, the character traits of short-haired domestic cats they make it universally loved and admired.

    Cats are wonderful companions and enjoy being part of a family, but still maintain their independence much more than domestic dogs. They can be adapted to an existence in a House, Although you will enjoy any freedom that is offered (deliberately or not), because it must be said that the Domestic cat it is a relentless predator of small rodents and birds. Even when well fed, most mongrel cats they will enjoy bringing home the hunting trophies, true to its thousands of years of history as experts in pest control. The mongrel cat has naturally thrived in the selection of the strongest and most successful animals.

    Health

    The cats mestizos natural have a much lower concentration of undesirable genes. With proper care, It is robust and will live a long life. the typical mongrel, If you choose with care, is a beautiful, Intelligent, playful, low-maintenance, and above all partner with independent trends. It will be a loving and devoted member of your household. who could ask for more?

    Advantages of a mongrel cat:

    • You will not have to contact a breeder, they can be obtained from shelters or private houses.
    • You will have to pay very little. Most of the mongrels are distributed free.
    • Mixed cats are robust and long-lived.
    • They suffer fewer health problems that cats of race.

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    Siberian cat
    Recognized by the CFA, CFA, TICA, WCF, FFE, AACE, ACF, ACFA/CAA

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    Characteristics "Siberian cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Siberian 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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    History

    The Siberian cat is a breed of cat native to Russia and has a natural origin: already roamed the Siberian forests more than 1000 years. Its exact origin is not known, but the fact that the mutation responsible for long hair in cats appeared almost simultaneously in regions as distant as Siberia, Asia minor (which corresponds to the eastern part of Turkey, and from which the Turkish Angora cat and the Turkish Van Cat) and persia (which became Iran, and from which the Persian cat) suggests that these different long-haired cat breeds share common origins.

    In fact, some specialists think that these cats appeared in Turkey and that human migrations to the Great North explain their appearance in Siberia. On the other hand, others believe that the first long-haired cats originated in Russia and spread to Asia Minor, giving rise to Turkish Van Cat, to the Turkish Angora cat and to the Persian cat, but also to Scandinavia, where would they be at the origin of Norwegian Forest Cat , and then to North America, where they would have evolved to Maine Coon cat.

    But, it is certain that they played an important role for the local populations who had to survive in the extreme conditions of Siberia, since they protected the provisions from rodents. Russian folklore tells that once they weighed more than twenty kilos and were true “guardian cats”, who protected their homes from wild animals and hunted other animals to feed their families. Still today, many stories tell of magical cats whose mission is to protect children.

    The Siberian cat It is known in Europe and North America since the 19th century. It was even one of the breeds exhibited in the first feline exhibition in modern history., held in 1871 at the Crystal Palace in London. It was also presented in the United States at 1884, at the exhibition held in the Madison Square Garden from New York. It is documented in the book Our Cats de Harrison Weir de 1889 and in the book Domestic & Fancy Cats the John Jennings the 1898. A photograph of a representative of the breed also appears on Concerning Cats, written by Helen Winslow and published in 1900.

    But, the Siberian cat disappeared from the international scene for much of the 20th century, since his country of origin was isolated from the rest of the world by the Soviet regime that came to power in 1917. It was not until the decade of 1980 when Russian cat lovers were once again free to own domestic cats and organize into associations to define the rules. He had a great success at the first Moscow cat show in 1988, and soon became the national cat of Russia.

    Siberian cat
    Female Adult Siberian Cat with Seal Lynx Point Coat Color – The voice, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    In 1990, Ophelia, Naina and Kalostro they became the first Siberians to set foot on American soil in almost 100 years, When Elizabeth Terrell, a creator, exchanged them with Nelli Sachuk for four gatos himalayos. A few weeks later, David Boehm, another american breeder, traveled to Russia to bring fifteen cats from the Siberian jungle. Thanks to these two enthusiasts, the breeding of this breed began in North America..

    Once the Iron Curtain fell, its international recognition was fast: the International Cat Association (TICA) was the first to do so in 1993, followed by Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé) in 1997 and then for the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 2000. Surprisingly, the first copies Siberians did not arrive in the UK until 2002. Two years later, in 2004, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the country's main body, granted the breed full recognition, including the right to compete in exhibitions organized under their auspices.

    Today, as well as remaining extremely popular in his home country, the Siberian has clearly found an audience beyond its borders, helped by his reputation, although unfounded, hypoallergenic cat.

    In United States, for example, the Siberian cat stands above the position 20 (of 45) in the classification of breeds according to the number of annual registrations in the CFA. Its success is also growing in Europe. In Great Britain, GCCF statistics show that births in the second decade of the 21st century have risen from about 100 per year to more than 300, which places it in the top ten of the favorite cat breeds of the British.

    There is also a blazing growth in France: the statistics of the Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF) show that if in the mid-1990s 2000 only thirty specimens were registered per year, this figure had already exceeded 200 in 2010, and then cross the barrier of 1000 in 2016 and overcome the 1500 at the end of the decade. Since 2015, is one of the 10 favorite breeds of cats of the French, representing more than 3,5% of registered births.

    Physical characteristics

    The Siberian has a semi-cobby midline morphology. Sometimes it is confused with the Maine Coon cat or the Norwegian Forest Cat , as it has a similar general appearance, but it differs by having a much more rounded head and body.

    Of average length, He is powerfully muscular and his back is slightly arched. The legs they are also very strong with a solid bone structure, the rear ones being somewhat longer than the front ones. The tail is slightly shorter than the body, very full and sharp.

    The head is wide and has a triangular shape with rounded sides when viewed from the front. Profile, the rounded forehead ends in a slope at the nose. The ears are size medium, wide at the base and ends in a rounded shape. The eyes they are big, almost round, slightly oblique, and they can be green, yellow, coppery or blue in some white-coated dogs.

    The fur of the Siberian it is medium to long, and consists of three parts: abundant down and undercoat, and a thick, shiny protection layer. It is much more abundant in winter than in summer and forms a mane around the neck.

    Except for chocolate and lilac, all the coat colors They're possible, but the brown tabby is the most common. All coat patterns are also accepted by the standard, but some organizations, like the FIFé (Fédération Internationale Féline), consider the Siberian colourpoint as a breed apart, call Neva Masquerade.

    In any case, this cat grows slowly, as it does not reach full maturity until it is about five years old. But, most of the growth occurs during the first 18 months.

    Last, the sexual dimorphism it is very marked: the male is much more imposing than the female.

    Size and weight

  • Male size: 30 – 38 cm.
  • female size: 28 – 35 cm.
  • Male weight: 7 – 11 kg
  • female weight: 5 – 9 kg

  • Varieties of "Siberian cat"

    The fur colourpoint (a light color on the body and darker on the tips of the legs, the tail, ears and face) is accepted by most associations, as the International Cat Association (TICA), the World Cat Federation (WCF) and the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF), the reference organization in France. But, some consider cats Siberian colourpoint like a different race.

    Is the case, in particular, of the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé), that since 2011 registers them with the name of Neva Masquerade cat. The LOOF also recognizes the term Neva Masquerade, but in conjunction with the name “Siberian“: in his eyes, is simply another way of designating siberianos colourpoint, but by no means a breed in its own right.

    Siberian cat
    A 3-year-old Calico Tabby Siberian Cat – Lilllio, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Character and skills

    The Siberian he is a loving and devoted cat who loves his family. He waits for his owner at the door when he comes home from work, and immediately begins to tell him about his day following him around the house. Loves to participate in various household activities, either helping in the kitchen, lying on the computer keyboard where his owner is working, or sitting in front of the TV that its owner is watching.

    Having said that, although he loves to receive attention from his owners, not overly intrusive or demanding, and he is perfectly capable of waiting patiently for his owners to have time for him. They can be left alone during the day without separation anxiety.

    They are also excellent hosts and, after observing the newcomer from a distance to meet him, they will not hesitate to come over to greet you and participate in the conversation. It is also an ideal cat breed with children who have learned to behave with a certain respect., since he likes to play with them and has enough patience to tolerate some oddities and clumsiness.

    His outgoing character also applies to his peers, but also the dogs: he is not afraid of anything and is aware of his respectable size, is not easily impressed and likes to resolve conflicts amicably.

    On the other hand, has retained a strong hunting instinct that makes it very difficult, yes not impossible, cohabitation with rodents and birds. The fish are not safe either, especially because they have a certain fascination for water. This can lead to, for example, to play with the water in your bowl or toilet, or even to spray his master when he is bathing.

    The Siberian cat he is extremely intelligent, able to learn to retrieve objects (activity that you especially enjoy) or to be walked on a leash, but also to solve complex problems, like opening the closet door or reaching for that toy that its owner thought was out of reach. Teaching your cat tricks is a great way to spend quality time with him., while giving you the opportunity to exercise both physically and intellectually.

    They are also very good at understanding human emotions and know when to go play with a cheerful owner., or comfort someone who has had a bad day by purring on their lap to show their affection. This makes them an excellent therapy cat..

    Although the Siberian cat has a rather calm and quiet character, he is also an active cat that retains a playful side throughout his life. They are surprisingly agile for their size, being able to climb almost anywhere and make dizzying jumps. Some owners still wonder how their dog got the spider in the living room.… And is that, like most of his peers, he likes to be in a high place from which he can admire his territory; if you think your cat tree is not tall enough, do not hesitate to find a closet more to your liking.

    Curious and without any notion of property rights, does not hesitate to steal any object to make a toy with which to play. Thus, it is strongly recommended to store jewelry and other valuables in a safe place.

    On the other hand, although they are delighted to have access to the outside and to be able to run and climb at their ease, they are still a breed of cats capable of living in a flat. In fact, for a Siberian, the company and affection of your family are even more important than physical exercise.

    Last, this cat has a wide vocal range of soft meows, trills and chirps, but also a powerful purr reminiscent of a boat engine. They are not as talkative as the eastern races, but they like to communicate and give their opinion.

    Siberian cat
    Siberian cat

    Grooming and caring for the "Siberian cat"

    The triple coat of the Siberian it is low maintenance, since it does not tend to knot. But, a thorough brushing is necessary every week to remove dead hairs and distribute sebum from the skin. During the moulting season, in autumn and spring, the dog loses a lot of hair, so it is recommended to brush it every day. This grooming session is also an opportunity to share a complicity moment with your pet., especially since he especially appreciates staying quietly on his owner's lap while he is being brushed.

    On the other hand, it should be noted that, against popular belief, the Siberian it can perfectly provoke allergic reactions in its master. The amount of Fel d1 (an enzyme that causes allergies in people sensitive to it) in the saliva of the Siberian cat is much lower than that of a cat without a pedigree, but the amount is not zero. Thus, it is simply a race of hypoallergenic cat, that is to say, that is less likely to cause an allergy.

    Unless you want to expose your cat in a feline exhibition, it is rarely necessary to bathe him. This is certainly a good thing, as it is very difficult to shampoo their thick, waterproof fur.

    But, the weekly grooming session is an opportunity to check your teeth, eyes and ears looking for dirt, and clean them with a damp cloth if necessary. This will reduce the risk of cavities and infections of all kinds.

    Last, if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, it may be that natural wear and tear is enough to file your nails. If not the case, it is advisable to trim them with a nail trimmer when they have become too long, so that they are not hindered in their movements.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    The Siberian cat it is a nature loving breed that spends a lot of time outdoors if allowed to roam freely. This independent cat loves to roam for hours in nature, hunt and explore the environment. Like a good hunter, Siberian he usually takes his prey home.

    That you Siberian gift you with dead birds and mice is not to everyone's liking and should be considered prior to purchase. If the cat stays indoors, a large floor with a sturdy scratching post is a minimum requirement. The ideal would be a safe garden, where the cat can live its desire to move. With the proper precautions, your cat will live happily.

    How much activity does he need? "Siberian cat"?

    As an active breed, the Siberian cat needs a lot of space to play and hunt. Independent cats prefer to occupy themselves and explore their environment. Of course, especially at a young age, they still like to be kept busy with a gaming rod or mice.

    Intelligence toys for cats also keep them busy and boost their intelligence. They also like to play with other cats, so they should not be alone. As one of the few cats, to the Siberian he likes to play with water and can also keep busy for a long time with a leaky faucet.

    Siberian cat
    Siberian cat Tofik – Mstachul, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Health and nutrition

    The Siberian it is very robust. Able to live in environments as difficult as the Siberian forests from which it originates, It is a breed of cat that does not fear the cold. But, not at its best when temperatures exceed 30 °C: to avoid any risk of heat stroke, it is then important to keep it in a shady area or even with air conditioning.

    It also, have a predisposition to certain genetic diseases. This is the case, in particular, of :

  • The feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a relatively common disease in domestic cats that causes abnormal development of heart tissue, with potentially serious heart problems. Screening of parents can minimize, but not delete, the risk of transmission to the kitten;
  • Deficiency of pyruvate kinase (PK-def), which causes a problem in red blood cell metabolism leading to anemia of varying severity in cats. There is a DNA test to identify the gene; a breeder's siberian cats responsible must exclude the carriers of the offspring.

  • It also, the fact that the Siberian forest cat being so large does not make you immune to one of the greatest health risks of a domestic cat: the Obesity. Responsible owners should ensure that their cats maintain an adequate weight and seek the advice of the veterinarian if they notice a tendency to be overweight.

    Life expectancy

    Of 12 to 15 years

    Food

    The Siberian forest cat he has no problems with his diet; can be fed commercially available industrial cat food without any problem. But, choosing a quality product that is suitable for your age and activity level is essential to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients and vitamins you need.

    By being able to self-regulate, can be left with food at all times.

    But, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the dog is not overweight and, Therefore, weigh him regularly to monitor his weight. In the event of deviations, consultation with a veterinarian will allow to establish a more adequate feeding program.

    For sale "Siberian cat"

    It is only possible to get a Siberian cat of breeders of this breed. It is preferable to resort to a family breeding, where the cat is born near its breeder. The small size of the structure and the proximity of the human being have allowed it to develop its familiar and endearing character.

    If raised in good conditions, the Siberian cat he will not be wild and he will be very close to his master. It can become the “dog Cat” what the owner expects, the one who will be curious about strangers, the one who will wait for his owner behind the door and the one who will follow him everywhere. Please note that if the cat you are purchasing does not have a pedigree, will not be considered a pedigree cat but a “street cat”.

    Having said that, the price of a Siberian cat ranges between 700 and 1.000 EUR. The price depends mainly on whether you buy a companion cat or a breeding cat.

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    Burmese cat
    Federations: LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, FIFé, WCF

    Today, you can still find cats similar to the current ones Burmese cats in the Buddhist temples of Southeast Asia
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    Burmese Cat “Gamse” – DPCS.ie, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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    History

    The first written records of the Burmese cat date back to the 14th century. El Tamra Maew, a manuscript of poems and illustrations found in Ayutthaya, the capital of the Kingdom of Siam (current Thailand), date of this period. This “treatise on cats” describe, among other things, to the Rajah, a round-headed cat, slightly chunky body and very silky chocolate coat: a description that corresponds in all respects to the Burmese what do we know today. According to legend, it was one of the 16 races that lived with Buddhist monks, who considered them sacred.

    For centuries confined to his homeland, the cat began to spread internationally when in 1930 a US Navy medic, Joseph Thompson, brought a chocolate coated female from Thailand, Wong Mau. As the fur of this one was almost black at the tips (ears, legs and tail) and chocolate-colored in the rest of the body, guessed it was a Siamese cat. But, genetic testing disproved this assumption and established that it was a different breed. Fascinated by the beauty of this animal, Joseph Thompson decided to start a breeding program with other enthusiasts. Thus was born the American Burmese cat, a round-headed cat with a slightly chunky body.

    The Burmeses did not arrive in Britain until later. It was not until the end of World War II that soldiers returning from Burma brought some brown cats.. Breeders who learned about the development of the American Burmese cat in the United States and Canada were interested in these cats and started a breeding program.

    They contacted the American breeders so that they could send them some specimens. Among 1949 and 1956 some imports were made that allowed to expand the gene pool, which otherwise risked being insufficient due to the small number of subjects.

    The program was a success: from the third generation, and more specifically in 1952, the breed was recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the british feline organization. It was distinguished from Burmese Raised in America for his more triangular head and less stocky body.

    The first standard only specified one layer color: chocolate. But, as time passed and more cats were raised, other colors appeared in the litters and lines. Like this, the first blue guy was born in 1952, and others with red fur followed in the following years, cream, tortoiseshell or even lilac in 1971. Breeders continued to develop the breed incorporating these additional colors, that were recognized in the successive updates of the breed standard.

    But, until the end of the decade 1960, the gene pool of European Burmes cat remained very small, what limited its development. In 1969 imports could be reorganized, this time from canada, that contributed greatly to the development of the breed.

    It also, the breed spread fairly quickly to most of western Europe. so it happened, for example, already in 1956 in France and in 1970 in Germany.

    Burmese
    Male Brown/Sable Australian Burmese Cat – Psypherium, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
    The controversy between the European Burmes cat and the American Burmese cat

    The breeding of Burmese has developed in parallel, but in a somewhat different way, in the United States and Great Britain, respectively. This explains a certain divergence between the North American and European lines..

    Like this, the American Burmese cat, also called Contemporary Burmese, has a rather round head, a rather short nose and a somewhat stocky body.

    The European Burmes cat, also known as Traditional Burmese, has a more triangular head, a longer nose and slimmer body.

    This heterogeneity divides breeders and institutions. These may include, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) has refused to register specimens from the United States since 1980, to preserve traditional English lines.

    The controversy is amplified by the existence of serious cranial deformities in some kittens from North American lines. These may include, some have two noses or just one cheek. Most affected kittens are stillborn., and those who are born are immediately euthanized. But, due to the limited size of the breed's gene pool, not even Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) not even Asociación Canadiense de Gatos (CCA) require routine sterilization of breeders with these defects. This decision is left to the discretion of each breeder..

    The English Burmese lines are not entirely free from these problems.. But, the prevalence of these problems is much lower than on the other side of the Atlantic.

    Physical characteristics

    Burmese cat
    Burmese – Flickr

    The Burmese it is a medium size cat, muscular and of strong stature, tending to weigh between 4 and 6 kg.

    The legs they are long and delicate, with delicate oval feet. Overhead wedge-shaped, with one forecrown wide, some settle ears wide and of medium size and a straight nose.

    The Greats eyes are golden yellow to amber in color and have an oriental curved upper eyelid. The fur of the Burmese, dense and silky, has a very fine undercoat, so it is attached to the body.

    Officially, ten different coat colors are recognized, no pattern allowed. The Burmese comes in ten generally recognized colors. As a common feature, they all have so-called spiky coloration, why the face, the ears, legs and tail are darker than the rest of the body. The most common coat color is nut brown..

    Varieties:

    As a result of separate breeding programs, the English Burmese are different from americans. European tends to be more eastern, with a more triangular face, while the American Burmese cat it is plump and rounded in the body, head, eyes and feet; with full cheeks and a short muzzle.

    Character and skills

    The Burmeses they are curious cats, energetic and loving. They especially like to play and are very people-oriented. You should not leave them alone for a long time, as they quickly feel lonely. Not in vain, these loving cats are called “people's cats”.

    They need close physical contact and cannot do without daily caresses. The friendly cats remain active and attentive until old age. They show no fear of strangers and are usually quite “talkers”.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    The "Burmese cat" it is an active animal that needs a lot of space. You are not comfortable in a narrow flat. So that they are happy, must have at least one secure balcony or, even better, a fenced garden. If the conditions are good, the Burmeses they can also go abroad. The only problem is that these friendly cats are not afraid of the neighbors or other strangers.. So, They can easily fall victim to “cat thieves”.

    How much activity does he need? "Burmese cat"?

    The Burmeses They are great cats for the whole family. They need a lot of activity and are reluctant to be alone. In fact, They consider themselves so affectionate that they would rather come on vacation with you than wait home alone. If you have to leave your loving cat alone more often, you should get a second cat to keep each other busy.

    Especially if cats can't go outside, you must provide them with a suitable substitute occupation. Even outdoor cats are not averse to playing regularly with their humans. With his attentive and curious character, to the Burmese loves to play and chase toys. It is best to provide this clever cat puzzle games or encourage him to seek and chase with hidden treats..

    Burmese cat
    Burmese cat

    Grooming and feeding

    The coat of the Burmese cat it is very easy to care for and does not need any special treatment. Just brush the silky fur from time to time to remove dirt. This will not only guarantee a well-groomed and silky appearance, it will also do your cat a favor with extra petting.

    A varied and healthy diet also contributes to the well-being of the cat.

    For sale "Burmese cat"

    Before buying a Burmese cat, you must be sure that you can dedicate the necessary time. The Burmeses they are considered one of the breeds with the longest life expectancy. You can't leave, often, to this cat only for the next 12 to 18 years and you will have to take care of it daily. If you have discovered this oriental cat for yourself, looking for a trusted breeder. There is currently no independent breeding club for the breed and you will have to turn to amateur breeders.. When you choose a kitten, make sure both the kittens and the parents appear healthy.

    The price of a "Burmese cat" ranges between 800 and 1300 EUR.

    European Burmes cat
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    Characteristics "Burmese cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Burmese 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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    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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    History

    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 on the Kuril Islands, in extreme climatic conditions of temperature and humidity.

    These islands are located at the East end of Russia, in the northern Pacific Ocean and extends to more than 1200 km from 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, who returned from long trips 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, who 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 has the sympathy of many cat fans in Russia. But even today, This bred animals are very rare.

    Kurilian Bobtail
    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, who lived for some time on 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. But, to date no one 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 Southeast Asian countries, It is virtually impossible to find the animal without the tail malformations. In this way, it is possible to assume that all mutations associated with the change in tail structure have 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 characteristic 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, with slightly raised croup and curved topline. 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. Tail deformity is not an abnormality associated with 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, agouti specific to Abyssinia, 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 the animals has acquired an extraordinary property, It gets no wet.

    The Kurilian Bobtail they are big enough. In general, Males weigh in 5 to 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 run after dogs they are not afraid of. But, This proximity explains, in part, by how many cats (native cats, imported directly from the Islands) they have scars and torn ears.

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    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 will share endless 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. It also, the Kurilian Bobtail he will show all his 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 necessity for this cat.

    Another characteristic of the breed is the attraction to 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 commands, They even obey them according to personal mood. It can be adapted to all lifestyles, domesticated sport and turn. It is not afraid of cold or heat. Its balanced nature makes it a very quiet cat.

    Health

    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. But, as the breed is rare, there is little data to draw conclusions on this point.

    Life expectancy

    15 years

    Grooming

    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. It also, when necessary, you should not hesitate to bathe your cat, since without a doubt he will appreciate this moment. But, 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.

    Characteristics "Kurilian Bobtail"

    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, their care and if you have small 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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