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The Kurilian Bobtail is a natural breed of cat tracing its origins to the Russian Island of Sakhalin and to the Kuril Islands, an archipelago of approximately 56 volcanic islands, stretching 700 miles between the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka and the Japanese island Hokkaido, separating the Sea of Okhotsk from the Pacific Ocean. It is documented in Russia that cats with short tails have been on the islands for at least 200 years and were brought back to central Russia in the middle of the 20th century by members of the military or scientists. Because of their natural instinct for hunting they are popular as a domesticated feline in Russia for their mousing abilities.   The Kurilian Bobtail was accepted to Championship status by TICA in 2012.
As you can see, these cats have survived in their natural environment and have actually thrived.  They hunt in groups and are very comfortable in their natural environment.  Many visitors to the Islands fell in love with these outgoing, friendly cats.
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Pictured in their natural habitat - they are ever watchful and alert.