Karelian Bobtail Longhair - KAL
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
Karelian Bobtail is a cat with a short kinked tail occurring naturally in the North-West of Russia.
Top of head
Wedge-shaped; viewed from the front, forms an equilateral triangle. The top of the head is flat.
Muzzle and chin
The forehead and the cheeks are flat. The muzzle is narrow, with slightly pronounced whisker pads. The chin is narrow, but firm.
The profile line is long, almost straight.
The eyes are oval and set at a slight slant. The colour is from gold to green, also blue and odd in white and white spotted cats. The eye colour shall be even.
The ears are large and slightly tilted forward. They are set high on the head at a small angle so that the outer line of the ears runs along the cheeks. The tips are slightly rounded.
Size and boning
The body is medium sized, neither stocky nor elongated. The boning is sturdy but not heavy.
Medium wide, the rump is not long, slightly raised.
Legs and paws
The legs are of medium length and solid, the hind legs are clearly longer than the front legs, the paws are round.
The tail is kinked and/or bent and between 4 and at most 13 cm long. The fur on the tail is longer than on the rest of the body (pom-pom effect).
The top coat is firm and glossy, the soft undercoat well developed.
The colours not belonging to the original gene pool (chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, caramel, sepia, mink and all pointed colours as well as their combinations with white) are not recognized. All other colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is permitted.
See General part
Special breed faults
Tail shorter than 4 cm.
„Delayed bobtail“ effect.
Total absence of tail vertebrae.
KAS. Cross-breeding with any other breed is prohibited.