by Lynda Wagner
(Pensacola, FL USA)
My first encounter with the Kurilian Bobtail was as a child living in Northern Japan. An
elderly couple who had left Sakhalin Island had brought their Kurilian with them.
I loved that cat and he was my constant companion for the time we lived there. Their son, who spoke English, finally told us the story of this cat.
For many years I looked to find this breed and finally in 2009 I found a breeder here in the USA and then finally went to Czech Republic to
bring back my first Kurilian.
I have since gone back to get two more. They are the sweetest, most affectionate cats I have ever known despite their sometimes wild look.
I now am a TICA registered breeder – SunnyKurilians.
They are a joy to raise, and remain kitten like
for longer than the average kitten because they mature more slowly.
Here is a video of a Kurilian Bobtail on a farm at Sakhalin, Russia. This is the area where the Kurilian Bobtail comes from.
This map shows where the island is: