Kurilian Bobtail Longhair - KBL
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Kurilian Bobtail is a robust cat with a short kinked tail, naturally occurring in the Kuril Islands.
Top of head
The head is large, in the shape of a moderate modified wedge, with gently rounded contours. The top of the head is flat.
Muzzle and chin
The cheekbones are high and medium broad; the muzzle is medium in length and rather broad, with gently rounded contours and well-developed whisker pads. The chin is strong.
The nose is medium in length and broad. The profile is slightly curved, the indentation being at the level of the inner corners of the eyes.
The eyes are medium to large in size, oval in shape, set wide apart and at a slight angle.
The ears are rather large, broad and open at the base, with slightly rounded tips. They are set relatively high, at a very small angle and tilted slightly forward. The distance between the ears is not more than one ear width. Furnishings are desirable.
Size and boning
Medium to large in size. The body is sturdy, compact and muscular.
Medium broad chest and rib cage. The spine is straight but the back may look slightly arched because of the raised rump.
Short and muscular.
Legs and paws
The legs are solid in boning, medium in length, the hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs, the paws are rounded.
The tail is kinked and/or curved, with one or more kinks in any combination.
The coat has slightly developed guard hairs, well-developed awn hair and light undercoat.
The colours not belonging to the original gene pool (chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, caramel, colourpointed, sepia and mink 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
Rounded or triangular head.
Tail of 8 to 12 cm length or shorter than 3 cm.
Total absence of tail vertebra.
Novices are only recognized as documented import from the Kuril Islands.
KBS. Cross-breeding with any other breed is not permitted.