Kurilian Bobtail - The Kurilian Bobtail is a breed originating from the Kuril Islands, Sakhalin Island and the Kamchatka peninsula of Russia. Short- or long-haired, it has a semi-cobby body type and a distinct short, fluffy tail. The original short-haired variant is a natural breed, known on the islands for over 200 years. They have been popular in Russia and parts of Europe, especially for their rodent-hunting abilities, since the middle of the 20th century, but remain rare in North America.
Kurilian Bobtail - The signature element of the Kurilian Bobtail is its unique pom-pom tail, unique from cat to cat. This native Russian breed also features wild looks that are popular with cat lovers. The intelligent, independent Kurilian Bobtail forms strong bonds with its owner and adapts easily to most households.
The Kurilian Bobtail cat is a rare cat breed beyond Russia. It is a natural breed, meaning that humans played no part in their development. The Kurilian's short tail is as a result of a genetic mutation. The wild Kurilian Bobtail cat roamed these islands for decades prior to becoming domesticated. They were first identified in the 1950's and then found their way to the Russian mainland in the 1980's - it is believed that scientists or military personnel brought them to Russia.