Dos of Kuril Ridge
Olesya Soltanovich, Kuril Ridge cattery, Mosow, Russia
Owner: Eveline Preiss,
The Kurilian Bobtail exists in many colors, except
chocolate-lilac, cinnamon-fawn and pointed:
- black, blue, red, cream, tortie and
- All these colors also come with silver or
golden, in smoke, shaded and chinchilla, for example: blue smoke,
tortie smoke, blue-cream smoke, golden shaded, blue golden
mackerel, red silver tabby, tortie silver spotted, cream silver
Hitraya of Kuril Ridge
Breeder and owner:
Nataly and Olesya Soltanovich, Kuril Ridge cattery, Moscow,
- All these colors may also have a tabby-pattern,
classic tabby, mackerel and spotted, they may also be silver
- All the colors also come with white, as Van
and Bicolour. For example: smoke bicolour, blue tabby Van, chinchilla
Ustina Kubri of Kuril Ridge
Valentine Abram, Kubri cattery
Nataly und Olesya Soltanovich, Kuril Ridge cattery,
|The Kurilian Bobtail Longhair is medium to
large in size.
The head is large, trapezium-shaped with rounded contours (not
square) and broad at the level of the cheekbones.
The ears are medium in size, broad and open at the base, and
slightly tilted forward. The tips are rounded. The ears are set
medium high and erect.
The distance between the ears is as broad as one ear width.
The eyes are rounded, set wide apart and slightly slanted. The eye
color is from yellow to green. Bicolor may also have blue or odd
The nose is broad and medium in length, it has a slight indentation
at the base, but no pronounced stop.
The body is compact and muscular, the bones are solid. Females may
be less solid and smaller.
The back shows an arc from to shoulders to the rump, which appears
higher. The legs are medium in length, strong and solid. The hind
legs are longer than the front legs and have prominent thighs. The
paws are rounded.
The tail has one or more kinks and curves, or a combination of both.
These kinks (angles) may be stiff or flexible. The base of the tail
is flexible and movable. How the tail is kinked or curved, is not
important. Visible length of the tail is (without coat) between 3
and 8 cm.
The coat is medium long, it is not very long, it has a few awn
hairs, but well developed guard hairs. The cats have a skirt-front,
a frill and breeches. The coat is dense and rather fine, it has
rather little undercoat, which is quite interesting, because the
climate at the Kurilian Islands is rather rough.
Kurilian Bobtails come from the Kurilian islands, where they
live as free roaming domestic cats. The Kuriles are located between the Russian
semi-island Camchatca (in the far east of Russia) and Japan in the Sea of
Okhotsk (North Pacific).
Kurilian Bobtail were shown in a Russian show the first time in 1990.
The first breeders were Lilia Ivanova (Kunashir Cattery, Longhair) and Tatiana Botcharova (Renessance Cattery,
mostly Shorthair). In 1997 Elena Ponomareva
joined (Alexander-Fred Cattery, Longhair and Shorthair).
1995 the Kurilian Bobtail was recognized by WCF.
2003 it was recognized by FIFe.
The Kurilian Bobtail is a natural mutation, which developed
completely isolated on the Kurilian Islands. The Bobtail-tail is inherited
incompletely dominant, i.e. it is variable inherited.
That means: If a Kurilian Bobtail is mated with a cat with a normally long and
straight tail, all kittens will have a shortened, angulated tail, where the
pom-pom effect will be variable (=different), some will have a short angulated
tail, some will have the typical pom-pom tail.
That is different from the Karelian Bobtail, which inherits the tail
recessively. That means, both parents must have a Bobtail-tail that the kittens
will also have a Bobtail-tail.
As there are many Kurilian Bobtail on the Kurilian islands, it is not necessary
and also not permitted to do mating with other breeds.
The Kurilian Bobtail is extremely friendly, also these Bobtails
directly imported from the Kurilian Islands are like domestic cats. They have a
very robust health, as they have to survive in the rough climate of the Kuriles.
The cats are lovely and make friends fast with other cats. They want to know
about everything. They will follow you like a dog, as they do not want to miss
anything. The like to sit on the lap and to cuddle.
The breed is easy going and may be kept and bred without any problems.
Although the coat is fine, the cats need
relatively little grooming. The coat is shiny and glossy and feels
like natural silk. Also the longhaired cats do shed very little. You
should brush them, when they change their coat, to remove dead