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The Kurilian Bobtail Longhair cat has a rugged appearance but a mild disposition and stands apart from other felines because of its long silky coat and fluffy bobtail. Aside from being extremely friendly and gentle, the Kurilian Bobtail Longhair is highly intelligent and a very trainable breed.
The natural breed originates from Russia, where they lived on the Kuril Islands for over 200 years. However, they were unknown in the rest of the world until the 2000s, when they gained registration status from international pedigree associations. They have now spread throughout Europe and become a favourable bobtail cat breed.
Meet the Kurilian Bobtail Longhair
The Kurilian Bobtail Longhair is a medium to large breed, weighing between 8 to 15 pounds and measuring 14 to 18 inches in length. This breed develops slowly, though, and may not reach its full size until five years old.
They have a semi-cobby body type with solid bones and a robust build. In addition, they have long hind legs that give them excellent jumping skills. Then, their broad faces will be either a round or rectangular shape. Their eyes will typically be some shade of yellow or green.
The most distinctive appearance trait is their shortened tail, with two to 10 vertebrae instead of the standard 30. What’s more, despite their name, not all Kurilians have bobtails, as they can be anywhere from half an inch to 5 inches long. Moreover, their tails can have kinks or curves and give a spiral look rather than the classical bobtail.
The Kurilian Bobtail Longhair has long silky fur that lies flat and is soft to the touch. Their double coat features a moderate undercoat, giving their hair a sense of thickness. What makes them stand out from their short-haired siblings is their full, plumed tail that is visibly much fluffier. Their fur can be one of many solid colours. Alternatively, they can have tabby or tortoiseshell patterns, including white or silver markings.
Kurilian Bobtail cats developed naturally with no human intervention. Furthermore, their reduced number of vertebrae does not put them at risk of any skeletal disorders. Thus, they are a very healthy breed that can live to be 15 to 20 years old.
The temperament of a Kurilian Bobtail Longhair
The Kurilian Bobtail Longhair is most known for its intelligence, playfulness and gentle nature. They are curious and easy to train, which means they will understand what is okay to scratch and what is not. They also love challenging toys and puzzle games that work their brains and keep boredom at bay. The Kurilian is also terrific at jumping and hunting and loves to spend time outside to make use of their skills.
If they have access to the outdoors, they will likely bring you back several “gifts” and act as excellent pest control. However, they are not the best feline if you have hamsters, rabbits, or birds at home because of their strong desire to hunt! Fish may not be safe either with this breed. As they developed around water, they usually do not show fear of the liquid and quite enjoy playing in it.
The Kurilian Bobtail Longhair is both independent yet sociable, meaning they are affectionate but do not need constant attention. They are typically pretty active, but when they are sleepy, they will seek out their owner to snuggle with and sleep next to their favourite human at night.
10 reasons to add a Kurilian Bobtail Longhair to your family
- They have super fluffy bunny tails - Although the Kurilian is similar to other bobtail breeds, like the Japanese, their bunny tails are much fuzzier!
- Their tails are all unique - As they can be anywhere from half an inch to five inches in length, every Kurilian’s Bobtail looks slightly different.
- They have luscious locks - Their long silky fur is thick yet soft, giving them a glamorous appearance and a teddy-bear feeling.
- They will keep any pests away - Whether you worry about rats, mice or cockroaches infesting your home, your Kurilian will keep you safe!
- They are playful and curious - They have high energy levels and love to play, run, jump, and climb. Their curiosity will make you laugh whenever you bring anything new into the home, too.
- You can train them easily - Kurilian Bobtail cats are intelligent and can understand commands quickly. This means you can easily correct any undesired behaviour like scratching the sofa.
- They are highly sociable - They love to be involved in family life and are super friendly towards everyone they meet.
- They love to cuddle - Despite their activeness, they make lovely lapcats and snuggle buddies, and they often choose to share the bed with their owners.
- Grooming them is easy - Although their long double coat is thick, it is smooth and soft, so it does not mat. Thus, you’ll only need to brush them once a week.
- They are all-natural - The Kurilian Bobtail was not created via selective breeding, and they have no genetic health concerns.
Best homes for a Kurilian Bobtail Longhair
Kurilian Bobtail cats are laid-back and easy-going, so they get on well with pretty much anyone, including children, other cats and dogs. They also adapt well to the introduction of new pets. What’s more, because they are so friendly, they are a cat that will be the centrepiece of the family, rather than sitting on the sidelines.
The Kurilian Bobtail Longhair enjoys the company of children and acts gentle yet playful; thus, they will quickly become a new playmate for a young kid. They generally make a fantastic all-rounder family pet and will be happy as an indoor or indoor/outdoor cat.