Kurilian Bobtail

The Kurilian Bobtail cat is one of only thirteen natural breeds of cat that The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes and they were only recognized by TICA as an official breed in 2012. Originating from the Russian Island of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands, the cats were brought back to Central Russia by scientists or military personnel in the mid-twentieth century. They had been estimated to be living on the islands for at least 200 years before they were discovered. They quickly became popular in Russia for because they were excellent at catching mice! They are still popular in Europe but have not been as widely popular in North America. Currently there are less than 100 of the breeds residing in the United States. They have a relaxed and loyal personality which would make them a great addition to a family. The most distinct trait of the Kurilian Bobtail cat is their short, fluffy tail. Their tails are unique to each individual cat, so no two tails look alike! The tail may have as few as two vertebrae and as many as ten vertebrae and can take the appearance of a variety of shapes. The cats are usually medium to large with a matching large head with eyes shaped like walnuts. These cats may look light and compact but they can be surprisingly heavy. Full grown males have been known to weigh up to 15 pounds while females weigh in slightly smaller at an average of 8 to 11 pounds. These cats can have short haired coats or semi-long haired. They have an easy coat to care for because it is short, soft and not prone to matting. They come in a wide variety of colors from tabby to solid and can have any amount of white on their body. In addition, these cats are known to stay in excellent health throughout their lifetime. The Kurilian Bobtail cat would make an excellent family pet since they have the patience to deal with children and other animals. They are known to be highly intelligent and will catch on quick to the rules of the house. Although these cats are also known to be independent, so they may only follow the rules when they are in the mood to follow the rules. Kurilian Bobtail cats are also highly loyal and sociable. If you allow them to they will spend most of the day curled up next to you because they love attention! They are well adapted to jumping and will sometimes search out the highest spot in the house to survey their surroundings.
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