It’s a rabbit! It’s a lynx! It’s a munchkin! Wrong, wrong and wrong. The cat you’re about to see is actually a toy bob – a seemingly enduring kitten with a kink in its tail, an owl-like look, and a small build.
A breed of its own
His kinked, arched tail, tiny size, and nickname Toybob might make you think he’s a baby bobcat, but in fact he’s a breed all of its own – and a domesticated one at that! Its tail mutation is different from that of the Manx or American Bobtail, and it has no association with any other breed of cats.
The Toybob was founded in Russia in 1983 and discovered by Elena Krasnichenko. She reportedly took in a stray dog that looked very much like a Siamese cat, except for one thing … a kinked tail. In 1988 this cat was bred with a Bobtailed Seal Point. Both cats were of average size, but the kitten with the bobtail they produced (called Kutciy) was tiny. Kutciy became the basis for the Ski-Thai-Toy-Don breed; However, by the late 1990s, the toy bob had become scarce, so Natalya Fedyaeva, a breeder in the Urals region of Russia, took on the task of restoring the toy bob breed under the name Scyth-Toy-Bob and the rest, as they say, is history
You probably won’t believe this, but adult toy bobs weigh between 3 and 5 pounds and have legs that are proportional to their bodies. Do you need a picture? In their full size, Toybobs are comparable to a 3 to 4 month old kitten! Their small size doesn’t cause any health problems – they were bred to be sturdy, healthy, strong cats and have an average lifespan of 15 years.
Like many other breeds, the Toybob comes in both short-haired and semi-long-haired varieties. Shorthair has a restrained plush fur that needs to be brushed once or twice a week, while semi-longhair has an easy-care coat that stays free of tangles and tangles with weekly brushing. Both varieties are subject to seasonal changes and lose very little.
The Toybob tail is 1 to 3 inches overall in length and is made up of three or more vertebrae. But not all tails are created equal – some present themselves in the shape of a bob or a brush, while others appear as a miniature spiral or pompom. In terms of Toybob standards, these are all A-OK. However, the lack of vertebrae or tail, or the presence of a long tail is considered a defect in the toybob world.
Toybobs have agility and are remarkable climbers. So don’t be surprised if it sits silently over your head and watches your movements. They are also light on the feet and incredibly graceful. Their overwhelmingly charming personality makes playing with them even more of a pleasure. Bonus: They never really outgrow the kitten phase, so their energy levels stay high as they age!
Best of both worlds
While toy bobs love playtime, they laze around just as comfortably as a spoiled lap cat. In fact, one of her favorite places to rest is a comfortable pile of pillows!
Toybobs are devoted creatures who love their families dearly. They get along seamlessly with other pets in the house. In fact, when you are away they prefer to stay at home with another cat, and their loving, gentle manner makes them the perfect choice for kids, seniors, and everyone in between.
They may be petite, but toybobs have a guardian spirit and act as bodyguards for their preferred person. You even rush in to split fights and disputes like a furry cop! Be on your best behavior or you could be placed under civil arrest!