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Peterbald cat
Federations: LOOF, FIFé, WCF

Despite its recognition by several leading organizations and its presence around the world, the Peterbald sigue siendo una raza felina muy rara que todavía está en desarrollo.
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Characteristics "Peterbald cat"

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History

The Peterbald It is a recent Russian feline breed, originated in Saint Petersburg in the early 1990.

Olga S. Mironova, an expert on cats who conquered the style of the Donskoy (Don Sphynx), a breed of naked cats that appeared over the years 80 en Rostov del Don (also in russia), decided to cross them with him Oriental shorthair cat. Quería crear un gato de tipo oriental pero sin pelo, so that you could admire his fine and elegant musculature.

Así que en 1993 crossed to Afinguen Myth, A male Don Sphynx, con Radma from Jagerhov, a female Eastern que había ganado varias exposiciones felinas. The first two litters gave birth to four kittens: Mandarín iz Murino, Moscatel iz Murino, Nezhenka iz Murino y Nocturne iz Murino. They are the creators of the race Peterbald, and Nocturne iz Murino, that was used as a stallion, está hoy presente en la línea de todos los Peterbald con pedigrí.

In 1996, the Russian Federation of Selection Felines (SFF) developed the first standard for this breed. It was called Peterbald, in honor of the city of Saint Petersburg, where are they from?. Russian breeders quickly became interested in the breed and began to develop it.

Con el objetivo de preservar la morfología del Oriental, crossing with Donskoys, para evitar que se perdieran las características especiales de estos gatos. Since the hairless gene has already been introduced into the breed, Russian breeders decided to use only Oriental, Siamese and balinese for the crossing.

However, el funcionamiento de este gen es difícil de entender, y aún hoy la genética no puede explicar claramente su funcionamiento y transmisión, which leads some geneticists to think that several genes are responsible for the appearance of the Peterbald. Like this, these cats may be hairless, have an extremely short coat, have a long coat, or a combination of these different settings (for example, hairless on some parts of the body and hair on others).

The Peterbald cat soon attracted everyone's interest, and the first specimens were exported to Europe and North America in the late 1990s. 1990. The International Cat Association (TICA) granted to Peterbald el título de raza experimental en 1997, and was recognized by the World Cat Federation (WCF) in 2003. In 2006, obtained the full recognition of the TICA, which allowed him to participate in exhibitions organized under the auspices of the organization. The Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFé) also recognized him in 2012.

However, neither him Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) not even Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) have yet taken the step.

In fact, despite its recognition by several major organizations and its presence around the world, the Peterbald sigue siendo una raza felina muy rara que todavía está en desarrollo.

In France, the first Peterbalds they enrolled in the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines in 2006, and in 2008 some 30 copies per year. Este número se mantuvo estable hasta 2015, before descending to solo 6 copies in 2018. With a total population of just over 300 specimens, the Peterbald it is a rare cat in France.

Physical characteristics

"Peterbald cat"

Peterbald
Yanek of the Iris, Breed Peterbald and Sansha, a Cornish rex cat – Jiel Beaumadier, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Peterbald has a slim or oriental complexion. His long body is lean and muscular, which gives it an elegant look. The same slenderness is evident in the long legs and whip-shaped tail..

The head is triangular seen from the front and the huge ears, broad at the base, se sitúan en la continuación de este triángulo. Profile, la línea que va desde la parte superior del cráneo hasta la punta de la nariz es perfectamente recta. The eyes they are medium in size and almond shaped, and they can be blue, green or odd (one green eye and one blue).

The fur of the Peterbalds varía de un individuo a otro: según las normas, hay de tres a cinco categorías. Some cats are completely hairless and their skin is elastic and rubbery to the touch, while others have a soft and more or less long coat all over the body. Some have a short but hard and curly coat, which can also be unevenly distributed throughout the body. Others have fur that can be described as “normal”, similar to a shorthair cat.

It also, things are not fixed in time: if a kitten that is born without hair is left without it, another born with hair can keep it or lose it, partially or fully. Like this, some individuals who are born hairy end up naked as adults.

It also, all coat colors are accepted by the breed standard. Hairless individuals have different colors, ya que su piel es del mismo color que tendría el pelo si lo tuvieran.

Last, the sexual dimorphism it is well marked, being the male larger than the female.

Size and weight

  • Male size: 22 to 25 cm.
  • female size: 20-23 cm.
  • Male weight: 3,5-4,5 kg
  • female weight: 2,5-3,5 kg

Breed standard

The breed standards are documents issued by official bodies that list the conditions that a Peterbald must meet to be fully recognized as belonging to the breed:

Varieties

The Peterbald cat can have different types of fur, so it exists in several varieties:

  • Hairless

    These individuals do not have hair and the touch of their skin is reminiscent of rubber.. One Peterbald desnudo he does not usually have a mustache.

  • Chamois

    They are covered with a fine down, less than 1 mm, that feels like the famous suede leather. One Peterbald Chamois has short mustaches.

  • Velour

    They have a very short coat, of only 2 or 3 mm, soft to the touch and velvet texture. One Peterbald Velour he also has short mustaches.

  • brush

    They have short, hard hair, usually curly. One Peterbald type brush usually has curly whiskers.

  • Short-haired fur

    This variety includes all Peterbalds whose coat does not correspond to the previous varieties. Hair can be of different lengths on different parts of the body, from completely hairless to medium length. These cats are well registered as Peterbalds, but they are not allowed to compete in cat shows.

Character and skills

"Peterbald cat"

Peterbald
Peterbald famele Bonita DeMauntiful – Ivan Menshenin Cattery DeMauntiful, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Peterbald cat it is a very affectionate cat that is never far from its owner. Follows him around the house, sits on your lap or shoulder whenever possible, and sleep next to him. Accompanies him to the door, and it is behind this very door that his master finds him when he returns.

This affection can be overwhelming at times., especially for those who have never had a pet: have a Peterbald at home means having someone around all the time. And their presence is not always discreet, since he likes to start a conversation.

Like is logic, this attachment makes him not like being alone. Being alone while his owner is at work is not a problem for him, but you may suffer from separation anxiety and destructive behavior if you are left alone for a weekend. On the other hand, being much more attached to his master than to his house, the Peterbald travels with ease: therefore, you can perfectly plan to go on vacation with your cat without having to fear great difficulties.

It also, is sociable and gets along with everyone. Receive guests at the door and do not hesitate to chat with them. It is also a breed of cat suitable for children: as long as they know how to behave with a cat and respect it, you will enjoy playing with them for hours.

He also gets along well with other cats, but also with dogs that are used to cats. On the other hand, their sociability with small rodents or reptiles can be problematic: has no hunting instinct towards them, but what is just a game for him can cause them some stress.

Extremely active, the Peterbald run, jump, rasca y juega todo el día. Lo único que le gusta más que perseguir una pelota es jugar con su dueño. Loves varied cat games, including those that stimulate your intelligence.

Yes indeed, although he loves to play, it is not a cat made for the outdoors, so you have to keep it indoors: your skin is sensitive to the sun's rays, así como al mal tiempo y a la suciedad. It also, his sociable character - even naive- podría ponerlo en situaciones de peligro.

Health

"Peterbald cat"

Peterbald
White cat Peterbald type “brush” – Acracrabe, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Peterbald cat It is a breed of cats with few health problems and no known risk of genetic diseases. As the breed is new, aún es demasiado pronto para sacar conclusiones definitivas, but it is reasonable to assume that if a serious illness affected her, ya habrían aparecido casos.

On the other hand, the lack of fur makes their skin more sensitive than that of other cats. Like this:

  • It is a breed of cat sensible al frío, so you must live in a warm enough place;
  • There is also that protect them from the sun, utilizando crema solar específica para animales si tienen que salir de casa;
  • Sebum tends to accumulate in your body, creating an oily film that can quickly collect dirt.

Last, although the risk of obesity is low in this breed, remains one of the main health hazards of any indoor cat, so owners should weigh their cat regularly and ensure that it does not exceed its body weight.

Life expectancy

Of 12 to 15 years

Grooming

The Peterbald cat it is easy to care, but it requires more attention than you think. In effect, their lack of fur prevents brushing sessions, but her bare skin perspires, and the tallow retains the dust. To avoid the accumulation of dirt that can cause the appearance of bacteria, body odor and possibly skin problems, es necesario bañar a su gato cada semana con un champú especial.

However, este baño no debería suponer un problema, since at Peterbald he likes to be bathed in hot water, especially if you have gotten used to it since childhood.

To end this weekly grooming session, you have to inspect your teeth, eyes and ears to make sure they are clean, y posiblemente limpiarlos con un paño húmedo.

Last, if natural wear and tear is not enough, you need to trim your cat's nails.

Food

The Peterbald cat can be fed with industrial cat food available in specialized stores. Whether it's croquettes or food, it must be a good quality diet, adapted to your age and activity level. This ensures that your cat receives all the nutrients it needs and remains healthy..

The risk of obesity is low in this hyperactive cat, and can be left with food on hand at all times, since it is capable of self-regulation. However, care must be taken that the weight of the cat remains stable, y hay que consultar al veterinario para establecer una dieta adecuada si se desvía de su peso ideal.

For sale "Peterbald cat"

To adopt a kitten Peterbald, you will have to pay some 1250 euros if it is a male, and 1100 euros if it is a female.

Who wants to adopt a Peterbald by his character and not by his appearance “without hair” may turn to a straight-haired individual. Estos gatitos con pelaje más largo o más corto nacen de padres con pedigrí y, therefore, are recorded as Peterbalds, but they cannot be shown in cat shows. Thus, its price is usually much more affordable, since it is possible to find them around the 600 or 700 EUR.

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Neva Masquerade cat
Federations: FIFE

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History

The Neva Masquerade cat it's the traditional cat Colorpoint of the Siberian cat. The Neva Masquerade has its source along the Neva River in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). When were the other cats breeds imported to the area of Siberia, the place street cat, mixed with other races like the Balinese cat, the Siamese, Persians, himalayas, etc, the descendant States that it arose naturally.

Physical characteristics

Neva Masquerade
Neva Masquerade bruntabby – burger house, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The traditional ideal of Neva Masquerade is that of a medium-sized cat, robust, strong and long-haired. They are believed to be a mixed race based on the Siberian cat, the Persian and with bloodlines Siamese.

Mature cats are corpulent with a general appearance of strength and a pose of alert. Powerful hind legs that are slightly longer than the front. They have a natural expression of sweetness. Their fur is dense due to the weather and varies in length and coat density with different seasons.. The traditional Neva Masquerade originally withstood the rigors of the weather, the cold of his native Russia. Since then it has been adapted easily to different environments.

The color of your eyes it is deep blue. The ears are slightly inclined forward, a little convex. The tip of the ears should be rounded and generally with longer strands of hair at the ends.

Although the Neva Masquerade share most of the characteristics of a Siberian cat traditional (including his physique and personality), has some distinct attributes that make it special.

They lack the enzyme tyrosinase, responsible for the production of the pigment melanin, what gives rise to his white body.

While some have black legs, gray or brown as part of your colorpoint, others may have white legs despite their dark face and ears.

The color of these cats can be of the following types:

  • Seal point
  • Blue point
  • Chocolate point
  • Fawn point
  • Lila point
  • Cinnamon point
  • Crema point

Character and skills

Neva Masquerade
Blue tabby Neva Masquerade – burger house, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The character of the cat Neva Masquerade It is very similar to the Norwegian Forest Cat . Although it is often described as a silent force, it is a cat that shows great vitality, has a strong personality and a strong character. One of the peculiarities of Neva Masquerade is that it is hypoallergenic.

Although he is descended from the rustic mountain cats, the Neva Masquerade it is an easy-going animal that gets along well with children, with other cats and even with dogs. This sociable character explains his success. It is also a demonstrative feline, intelligent and very communicative. As he has highly developed hunter instincts, must be able to meet your needs, what comes with the desire for freedom and independence. It is highly recommended to put at your disposal a tree so that the cat can vent.

The Neva Masquerade he is no longer the rustic mountain cat he used to be. Now, he is a very sociable cat, able to get along with everyone (cats, dogs, children…) As long as you are not in a hurry and are nice to him. Very affectionate, demonstrative and communicative, it can even be exclusive with its master or a little tail.

lively and smart, has brilliant qualities as a hunter. Sometimes you may have a certain desire for independence and freedom, but that does not prevent him from living in an apartment as long as he can vent comfortably with games, a cat tree and other entertainment sources.

Health

The Neva Masquerade it is a model of robustness. No specific disease is attributed to him.

Curiosities

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev he owned a well-known cat Neva Masquerade call Dorofei, who was crowned with the title of “First pet” in 2008.

The Neva Masquerade they have even been diplomatic gifts from Russian officials. People say that Vladimir Putin gave one to a Japanese governor, and that Dmitri Medvédev gave one to the former Finnish president.

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Mekong Bobtail cat
Federations: WCF

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

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

Joy

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Activity level

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Friendliness to other pets

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Friendliness to children

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Grooming requirements

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Vocality

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Need for attention

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Affection towards its owners

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Docility

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Intelligence

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Independence

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History

The Mekong Bobtail it is a natural breed originating from Thailand, for which it has long been known as Thai bobtail. It has been present in Southeast Asia for many centuries, and legend has it that his courage led the kings of Siam to use him as a guard to protect the treasure chamber from possible theft.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physical characteristics

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

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

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

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

Size and weight

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

  • Character and skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Health

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

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

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

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

    Grooming

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

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

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

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

    For sale "Mekong Bobtail cat"

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

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

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    Karelian Bobtail
    Federations: WCF

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    History

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

    It is probable that the race had a link in its history with the Norwegian Forest Cat , a Scandinavian breed that also has a natural origin. However, to date there are no DNA studies that demonstrate this relationship. Specialists have also long linked the Karelian Bobtail with the Kurilian Bobtail, a feline breed also Russian but originally from the Kuril Islands, located near the coast of Japan. However, science has since established that these natural races, both with short tail and, in fact, with many physical and psychological similarities, they are actually completely different.

    The Karelian Bobtail He was highly appreciated by the inhabitants of his native region not only for his great ability to hunt vermin, but also because, according to an old legend, owning a cat without a tail or with an especially short tail brought good luck to its owner.

    This morphological peculiarity is the result of a genetic mutation that occurred naturally in cats that live on the islands of Lake Ladoga.. It is transmitted spontaneously from generation to generation and is different from Kurilian Bobtail. In the Kurilian Bobtail, the gene is dominant: it is only necessary that one of the two parents transmit it for the kittens to be carriers. On the other hand, in the Karelian it is a recessive gene, which means that both parents must have a short tail for the kitten to inherit this characteristic.

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

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

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

    Karelian Bobtail
    Karelian Bobtail
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    However, not much has changed since then in terms of breed recognition, which is still limited to its country of origin. For example, nor international organizations such as the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé) o The International Cat Association (TICA), nor national structures like the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), el British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), el Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF) inglés o the Canadian Cat Association (CCA) they recognize the breed. Still unknown outside of Russia, the Karelian Bobtail is very underrepresented around the world.

    Even in russia, their number is very small. Various attempts have been made by enthusiasts to develop the breed and increase its numbers., but so far they have not been successful. The most important program was developed by the Kotofey KLK in 2012, but it quickly reached its limits as the organization does not allow any crossbreeding with other breeds. Thus, it is difficult to create a sufficient population to guarantee a bright future for the Karelian. Even if you go into the wild to find animals in your home region, is not enough. However, it must be taken into account that a large part of the population of the breed - in fact, the majority- live in nature and, Therefore, is not included in the statistics.

    The number of farms Karelian Bobtail It is very small. Most of them are located in the territories near St. Petersburg, but there are also a handful in other cities (Medvezhyegorsk, Kirov, Petrozavodsk…).

    Physical characteristics

    Karelian Bobtail
    Karelian-Bobtail

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Last, this breed is marked by a certain sexual dimorphism, since females are mostly smaller and lighter than males. Regardless of your gender, pups take a long time to grow, since they only reach full physical maturity around the 5 years.

    Size and weight

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

  • Variations

    The Karelian Bobtail it comes in two varieties: short-haired and long-haired individuals. Apart from the length of its fur, there is no physical or psychological difference between them.

    Character and skills

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

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

    The Karelian Bobtail he's also not shy around people he doesn't know, although it may take time to know them.

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

    On the other hand, there is no hope of making him cohabit harmoniously with small animals that could be considered prey for him. In fact, its acute hunting instinct makes a rodent, a bird or fish is never safe around it, although they have lived together since childhood. It also, if you have access to the outside, his owner should expect to regularly receive gifts from his pet in the form of prey brought home.

    In any case, although its origins make it very resistant to cold, Being able to evolve abroad is not necessarily essential for a Karelian Bobtail. Very adaptable, you can live just as well in a house with a garden to which you have free access as in an apartment, as long as you have something to occupy yourself with and exercise. If you live inside, must have a cat tree, for example. like most cats, they love to climb trees and furniture. However, just because they are very active does not mean that they do not also enjoy quiet time with their owners, and they are happy to share the sofa with them.

    In fact, the most important thing you need a Karelian to be happy is to be in contact with other living beings. So, where you live is less important than the presence of your owners and their availability to pay attention to you. Therefore, not suitable for people who are usually out most of the day, that they would be better off with an independent breed of cat. Having said that, Sharing the home with one or more cats or dogs can be an interesting way to compensate for the absence of the owner.

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

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

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

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

    Health

    The Karelian Bobtail is in good general health and is not known to have any particular genetic problem, nor any disease to which you are especially prone. Having said that, is also related to the lack of hindsight, since cat specialists have been interested in your case for a short time and its distribution is still very limited.

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

    Although this breed does not present any particular health risk, it is important to choose a serious breeder of Karelian Bobtail. They must be able to present a certificate of good health from a trusted veterinarian, showing that the little cat shows no signs of illness or any other problem. You should also be able to show proof of vaccinations.

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

    Grooming

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

    Regardless of the length of its coat, it is rarely necessary to bathe him, unless, of course, that has gotten especially dirty. When i do, you must use a shampoo specially designed for cats.

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

    The ears should also be examined and cleaned weekly to prevent dirt from building up in them., which could also be the cause of infections (otitis, etc.).

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

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

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

    Food

    The Karelian Bobtail it is not difficult to feed and is content with a quality and balanced industrial feed. As in the case of any cat, the chosen products and the established rations must be adapted to age, the health and activity level of the cat.

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

    However, it is important to monitor the weight of the cat, as you may gain weight for medical reasons (disease, reaction to a treatment, etc.). Weighing your cat once a month is an opportunity to make sure everything is going well or, on the other hand, to make an appointment in case a later slip is confirmed or even accentuated.

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

    For sale "Karelian Bobtail"

    The Karelian Bobtail it is an extremely rare breed of cat. To adopt one, you have no choice but to turn to your country of origin, Russia. even there, the offer is not much less abundant. Most of the representatives and breeders of the breed are concentrated in the city of St. Petersburg and its surroundings., but there are also some hatcheries in the cities of Medvezhyegorsk, Kirov y Petrozavodsk.

    The price of a kitten Karelian Bobtail varies greatly from individual to individual depending on the lineage of the cat, of the reputation of the hatchery but also and above all of its physical characteristics. Usually, you have to count between 30.000 and 70.000 rubles (that is to say, between 350 and 900 EUR) for such an adoption.

    To this amount must be added the expenses related to bringing the cat from Russia: transportation expenses, administrative expenses, etc.

    Characteristics "Karelian Bobtail"

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

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    Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka
    Rusia FCI 328 Molossoid . Mountain

    The Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka It is a strong dog, quiet, balanced but extremely reactive.

    The Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka (Caucasian Shepherd Dog) It is a very popular breed of dog in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, and other countries where herders need a lot of protection for their herds and properties.

    A dog Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka well bred should be a healthy animal, for strong bones, muscular build and stable temperament.

    The very calm and very aggressive temperaments, they are considered to be serious flaws in a dog of this breed.

    Otros nombres: Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka / Circassian sheep dog / Caucasian Ovcharka / Armenian Khobun / Georgia Nagazi / Sage Ghafghazi / Kars Çoban Köpeği / კავკასიური ნაგაზი / Kavkasiuri nagazi / Caucasian Ovcharka / Caucasian Mountain Dog / Kars Çoban Köpeği / Kavkazty Uasahichala / Circassian Sheep dog / Адыгэ Мэлыхъуахь (Adyghe melekhuah).

    Group 2 / Section 2 – Molosoides and mountain dogs.

    Dogs breeds: Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka

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    Black Russian Terrier
    Rusia FCI 327

    Black Russian Terrier

    The Black Russian Terrier, need plenty of exercise, and it can be hyperactive and destructive

    History

    The Black Russian Terrier, in Spanish Terrier Ruso Negro (in Russian: Чёрный терьер), abbreviated as BRT, known, also as dog of Stalin (Sobaka Stalina), It is a breed of dog developed to serve as a guard dog and police dog..

    The breed was recognized as such in July of 2004, by the American Kennel Club.

    despite its name, el Black Russian Terrier, is not a pure Terrier: It is believed that they were used around twenty races in its development, including (among others) to the Airedale Terrier, the Giant Schnauzer, the Rottweiler, the Newfoundland, the Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka and the Moscow Water Dog, now extinct.



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    Russian Hunting Sighthound
    Rusia FCI 193 . Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds.

    Galgo Ruso

    The Russian Hunting Sighthound or Borzoi, It is a breed of dog developed in Russia.
    It descends from the Arabian greyhound being similar to a Russian sheepdog. Formerly known as the Russian Greyhound, It was originally bred to hunt wolves and hares. It is graceful, strong and fast, reaching a height of between 66 and 79 cm and a weight from 25 until 48 kg.

    It has a long and narrow head, small ears. Its tail is long and stooped and his coat is silky and it can be smooth or slightly curly. It is almost always white with dark spots. It is notorious for its elegant appearance. The Russian Greyhound or Borzoi had its moment of greatest glory in the Court of the Tsars where it was bred with great mastery to be used in hunting the Siberian wolf..

    It is a good Hunter of small animals, It is an affectionate and obedient dog with the master but, very distrustful with strangers, to the extent of showing aggression and even bite.

    As all greyhounds, It also adapts to live in the House on condition of having large spaces where to move with great freedom.

    Among all the Greyhound, the Borzoi is certainly the most “noble” both for its characteristics and for its gait.

    It presumably descended from the Egyptian hound and there are no accurate data on its occurrence in Russia.

    But he knows, by writings dated to the year 1200, It was already used for hunting Hare and other larger animals.

    For centuries it has been the dog of the families of the nobility and of the tsars. You can say without a doubt, that the Grand Duke Nicholas he was the largest breeder of this breed and used to kennel around a hundred of these magnificent dogs.

    The fall of the Tsars and the Russian nobility, was the cause of the almost total disappearance of this breed from its country of origin, However, It is quite widespread in Europe and America.

    His first appearance in England took place about a century ago, when Tsar Alexander II gave him a pair of Borzoi to Queen Victoria.

    Exists in all colors but the most appreciated are the white uniform, White with grey spots, Red and atigradas. Unlike other races, the white spots should not have very defined limits, but window gradually with the other colors. The hair is long, with silky reflections, corrugated and big curls. Smooth on the head, in the ears and in front of the extremities. You can be absolutely white, or white with yellow spots, Orange, red, atigradas, grey.

    The appeal of the males is of 70 to 82 cm., in females it decreases approximately 5 cm..

    • Alternative names: Borzoi / Russian Wolfhound / Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya / Psovoi / Russischer wondhund
    • Group 10 / Section 1 – Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds

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