Indisputably, Toybob kittens are irresistible and adorable. With their playfulness and small size, these kittens capture our hearts, and most cat lovers and owners wish their feline companions would remain kittens all their lives. Toybob is a small and lovable cat that seemingly remains a kitten all their lives. This cat breed originated in Russia in 1983 and is recognized among the smallest of cat breeds. However, they are not a mini version of a larger cat breed but a naturally diminutive cat.
As its namesake implies, the Toybob cat is a small-sized cat with a kinked bobbed tail. Luckily, the bobbed tail does not affect the cat’s agility or health. Toybob cats can be found in all colours and have either a short or semi-long coat.
Because of their personality and small size, Toybobs became one of the most popular breeds as a feline companion. They are charming, playful, perky, and very loving. They are not very vocal too. Toybobs have an appreciation for comfort as they enjoy snuggling into soft pillows, sofas and their human companion’s lap. While they are docile, this cat breed enjoys perching high atop furniture as they are agile climbers and graceful on their feet.
Toybobs are frequently seen following their human companion around the house. They are very intelligent and generous in giving back the love and attention you give them. This gentle cat breed can make an excellent family pet because of its playful and very loving nature. They love attention and interaction, which makes them wonderful pets for the elderly as well. And because there are social, they can live in peace with other pets in the same household.
- Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
- Shedding: Low 2/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Activity Level: High 10/10
- Playfulness: High 10/10
- Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
- Friendliness to children: High 10/10
- Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
- Vocality: Low 2/10
- Intelligence: High 10/10
- Independence: Medium 6/10
In 1983, the Toybob was first documented in Russia when Ms. Elena Krasnichenko adopted a stray seal-point cat from outside her home. According to her, this particular cat looked very much like the traditional Siamese, except for their kinked, shortened tail.
This cat was later bred to another bobtailed seal-point Domestic Shorthair female cat. In 1988, these two cats' breeding produced an oddly small bobbed tail kitten named “Kutciy,” It became one of the foundation cats for the breed Krasnichenko called “Skif-Thai-Don”, also known in the longer form, Skif-Thai-Toy-Don.
Unfortunately, by the late 1990s, the Toybob became rare, and Alexis Abramchuk of Si-Savat cattery, a cat breeder from the Ural Region of Russia, had started to widen the cat breed’s limited gene pool by adding Domestic cats. When Si-Savat cattery discontinued their Toybob cat breeding program, Natalya Fedyaeva of Little Angel cattery, a local Ural breeder, developed from Abramchuk a small male “Gavrila,” and two females. All three are from the Skif-Thai-Don line and started the restoration of the cat breed.
Natalya Fedyaeva had observed that cats of very similar phenotype to the Toybobs were spotted living locally around the barns and streets in that particular region. Some of these native cats were also miniature with kinked tails or kinked bobbed tails but in different colours and patterns other than the usual seal-point. Miss Fedyaeva, together with other local cat breeders, continued to increase the Toybob cat’s initially tiny genetic pool by adding those found domestic cats and other similar phenotyped cat breeds.
Toybob cat breed expanded internationally in 2004, when it was imported to the United States by a Burmese cat breeder. Four years later, the cat breed entered the Experimental stated within TICA or The International Cat Association.
Today, the Toybob cat breed has achieved full Championship status in its native country, Russia, World Cat Federation (WCF), the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA), and the Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF).
These cats are thought to be the smallest cat of all breeds. Adult Toybobs only grow to the size of a cuddly kitten. Aside from their size, another striking physical trait of a Toybob is their short, bobbed kinked tail. It results from a spontaneous, natural mutation from the feral cats in Russia, which they have in their ancestry.
Toybobs have a small body that is well-muscled. They have a solid chest, broad rib cage with a little depth to their flanks that adds to their balanced appearance. Toybobs have almost straight backs when they are seen from the side when walking. Their legs are strong, moderately proportioned with their compact bodies. Their back legs are just a bit longer than the front ones. Their feet are round with elongated toes on their back legs.
Their head is a medium-sized wedge with rounded contours and a flat plane just above their eyebrows. Their heads are a bit longer than they are broad, with nice round cheekbones that curve towards the inside of their faces. This gives the impression of having a slight or no whisker pinch.
When it comes to their beautiful coat, Toybobs can be shorthair or longhair. Shorthair cats have soft, luxurious, dense coats that are not close lying to their body, with undercoats being as long as their outer coats. Kittens frequently have coats that are somewhat woolly.
Toybob’s small, cuddly size and cute personality makes this cat breed a popular feline companion. They are cheerful, amiable, and playful. However, Toybobs are less active than some of the high energy cat breeds. They enjoy being a lap cat, as they are a lover of comfort. This cat enjoys snuggling into soft pillows. However don’t be surprised to discover your Toybob perched high on top of your furniture. They are athletic climbers, and, like most cat breeds, they are light and agile on their feet.
Because of their intelligence and affection, Toybobs will follow from room to room with a gentle touch of supervising interest. Toybobs make an excellent family pet with their soft, playful and very loving nature. This gentle cat breed enjoys interaction and attention, making it a great feline companion for senior citizens and children. Toybob is very friendly and peaceful with other pets. They love being in the company of another cat when left alone at home for extended hours.
Toybobs are intelligent and love human interaction. They are easily trained and would love to engage in an interactive training session. Start them young, and they will thrive into a well-rounded and well-mannered feline companion.
You can keep Toybobs busy with interactive and puzzle toys. Sit with them and teach them a new trick or two, or maybe a game of fetch, which will keep them mentally stimulated. Don’t forget to reward them with small treats and kibbles every training session, especially if they behave well.
Short-haired Toybob cats need less grooming than their longer coated counterparts. Weekly combing or brushing and wipe over using chamois leather is all you need to keep their coats in excellent condition. Like other cat breeds, they tend to shed the most during spring and autumn when more regular brushing or combing is needed.
Daily brushing is best for their dental health; but, if it is a challenge to brush their teeth, weekly is already sufficient to help avoid tooth and gum diseases to occur. Keep their nails clean by trimming them twice a month or when needed. To keep their eyes clean and healthy, you can wipe the corners of their eyes with a clean, soft, moistened cloth to eliminate any dirt or discharge. Just make sure to use a separate part of the clean cloth to prevent the spread of any eye infection, if there’s any.
Every week, check their ears for dirt and wax to ensure that their ears won’t develop any infection. Using a cotton ball or a soft, damp cloth and a vet-approved ear cleaner, you can clean it.
Like many other cat breeds, Toybobs are very specific about their bathroom hygiene, making time to keep their litter boxes clean.
It is sensible to keep your Toybob an indoor-only cat because of its size. Should you allow them to wander the outdoors, always supervise their outdoor adventures. It will protect them from acquiring diseases or illnesses from stray cats or other free-roaming animals in the area. It will also keep them from being attacked by dogs or other wild animals and other dangers they may encounter when you permit them to wander unsupervised.
Toybob’s general health is relatively strong because of the harsh environment from where the cat breed originated. Also, the constant use of native Russian Domestic cats in the breeding development preserves the cat breed's excellent genetic diversity and good health. Toybobs have no known health or genetic problems, and they are known to have a life expectancy of fifteen years and plus.
Because of their docile, easy-going, gentle, and very affectionate nature, Toybobs are excellent pet companions for families with children and the elderly. They are a match for children as they are playful and can play fetch and follow commands. But as always, supervise any interaction and playdates of your Toybob and a child to avoid any mishaps that may occur. For the elderly, they can be lap cats and can be wonderful feline companions.
Toybobs are known to get along well as a single pet or part of a pack. They can live enjoyably with other cat-friendly dogs, other cats, especially their kind, and other pets in the same household. Just be mindful of letting them meet for the first time. Make sure to gradually introduce them in controlled environments to guarantee that they will get along well.