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A ToyBob sitting down, looking at the camera.

The Toybob Is a small-sized cat with a kinked-bobbed tail, and it originated in Russia in 1983, and they even weigh 4-7 Ib. They can be found in almost any color.

By the late 1990s, the Toybob became scarce, and a breeder from the Ural Region of Russia, Alexis Abramchuk of Si-Savat cattery had begun to broaden the breed’s limited gene pool by adding Domestic cats. When Si-Savat discontinued their Toybob breeding program, local Ural breeder, Natalya Fedyaeva of Little Angel cattery, acquired from Abramchuk, a small male “Gavrila,” elsewhere, two females, all three from the Skif-Thai-Don line and began her restoration of the breed. Fedyaeva had observed that cats of very similar phenotype to the Toybob were spotted living locally around barns and streets in that region. Some of these native cats were also of small size with kinked tails or kinked bobbed tails but seen in colors and patterns other than seal-point.

Fedyaeva, along with other local breeders, continued to expand the Toybob cat’s initially small genetic pool by adding those found in domestic cats as well as other similarly phenotyped breeds. Fedyaeva began to refer to her cats as “Scyth-Toy-Bob” to differentiate them from the Skif-Thai-Don and exhibited them in the World Cat Federation (WCF) in their “Unrecognized Breed” category.

In the past 30 years of the breed’s development, the Toybob has gone through much rope untangling to finally get it under one general breed name. The breed has been known under several different names and is a significant component of its history. It was in 1994 when the Toybob breed name was suggested by Russian feline book author and WCF judge Dr. Olga Mironova to be given to all the cats in development.

The breed expanded internationally when 2004 Toybobs were imported to the United States by a Burmese cat breeder, and four years later, Toybob entered Experimental status within The International Cat Association (TICA).

In 2014, the majority of TICA registered Toybob breeders under the direction of Dr. Anna Gromova, DVM began to work in close cooperation, focusing on advancing the breed’s recognition. A year later the “International Toybob Cat Club” (ITCC) was formed; with the dedication to promote the breed worldwide, mentor new breeders and unify the Toybob standards across all Cat Fancy associations.

Due to the ITCC’s efforts, the cat is now advanced within TICA (Preliminary New Breed) and is quickly gaining popularity across the world. Today, the Toybob has achieved full Championship status in its native Russia, WCF, Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF), and the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA). Leading to much speculation as to it having possible relations to other known bobtail breeds. In 2016, the ITCC under the new direction of current President, Mrs. Margo Hill decided to perform preliminary testing with the geneticist and renowned feline expert Dr. Leslie A. Lyons to find any connection to other bobbed tail breeds; results demonstrating the Toybob has a tail mutation and unrelated to any bobtail breed (e.g., Japanese Bobtail, Kurilian Bobtail) nor Manx. They will be content to quietly follow you around and then sit in your lap for petting whenever you give it a chance. The Toybob is a happy cat who gets along with everyone and is a playful, cuddly companion. Toybobs are very loving and devoted to their family, but they can have a natural shyness around new people.

It’s not unusual for them to be a little shy with strangers for the first few minutes until they warm up to them. The Toybob’s smaller size and gentle demeanor make them also great company for children, although supervised playtime is recommended for homes with very young children who might accidentally injure them.

Toybobs are also seen to have very protective personalities, applying it either to their human family members or other pets at home. They often rush into split-up fights or if someone needs help. Overall loving, charming, and playful, the Toybob can be quite addictive.

People who love the cat can’t imagine life without one, and many can’t imagine life without two or three. Their diminutive size makes a Toybob (or a few) great in an apartment setting. Toybobs long for companionship, so it is not recommended to have only one if left home alone for extended periods.

Toybob overall health is rather robust due to the harsh environment from where the breed originated. Also, the continued use of native Russian Domestic cats in the breed development maintains excellent genetic diversity and good health. The breed has no known health or genetic problems and is known to be long-lived even past 15 years. Although a petite cat, the Toybob might surprise some as it carries a nice sturdy weight to it for its overall small body. The short coat of the Toybob Shorthair is plush but easy to care for, brush it once or twice a week to maintain its coat beautifully.

Toybob Longhair has a semi-long coat and does not mat or tangle and is easy to groom. As with the Shorthair, comb its coat once or twice a week to keep it in optimal condition. Both varieties are low shed, but the coat does change seasonally.

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