The International Toybob Cat Club is a collective of breeders dedicated to the preservation and promotion of this unique Russian breed of naturally small cat.

Adult Toybob cats, Wonderlandkitty Piper and Posy. Photography by Cindy.


  • Unquestionably, kittens are adorable. Playful and small, kittens capture our hearts. Since the beginning of the cat's domestication, cat lovers have wished for their pet cats to remain kittens just a little longer. Today, we have the Toybob, a "small cuddly kitty cat" which remains a perpetual kitten! Interestingly enough, Toybob cats are among the smallest of cat breeds, but they aren’t a miniature version of a specific breed —they’re just naturally diminutive cats. As its namesake suggests, the Toybob is a small-sized cat with a kinked bobbed tail, which doesn’t affect its agility or its health. Toybobs can be found in all colors and have either a short or semi-long coat. 


  • The Toybob personality and small cuddly size make this breed popular as a companion cat. Perky, charming, and playful, the Toybob is less hyperactive than some other breeds, and seldom meows. Loving, social, active, playful...yet content to be a lap cat. A lover of comfort, the Toybob enjoys cuddling on laps and snuggling into soft pillows, its large soulful eyes inviting pampering, which it accepts graciously. However, you're just as apt to find it perched high on top of furniture, for it is an agile climber, light and graceful on his feet, much like any other cat. Intelligent and generous with their affection, the Toybob will follow you anywhere you go with a gentle touch of supervising curiosity. Toybobs make a great family pet, their nature, docile playful and very affectionate. This gentle yet merry breed enjoys attention and interaction, making it a terrific pet for senior citizens and children. Toybob kittens are great fun, and even the adults tend to remain playful throughout their entire lives. The Toybob is a very social cat and is peaceful with other pets. Two Toybobs will keep each other company as they don't do well when left alone at home for extended long hours. Toybobs are always polite to strangers, though some can be shy or timid around new people, so socialization is essential. At the other end of the spectrum, because of its docile nature, it can be overwhelmed by small children and cannot take rough handling or mischief. Essentially, the Toybob is the paragon of cats, embodying traits that cat lovers adore: Like kittens - small, playful, and affectionate.


  • Caring for a Toybob cat or kitten is relatively easy. The Toybob does not require any special diet, as with any other domestic cat breed, a high-quality cat food keeps it happy and healthy. The short coat of the Toybob Shorthair is plush but simple to care for, brush it once or twice a week to maintain its coat beautiful. Toybob Longhair has a semi-long coat that 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. 




Originating from Russia, the Toybob has a long, interesting history. 

  • 1983: Ms. Elena Krasnichenko adopted a stray from outside of her home in the Rostov Region of Russia. By her accounts, the cat looked like an old-style Siamese, except for its shorter kinked tail. 
  • 1985: On her way back from work, Krasnichenko's mother picks up another stray and brings it home. This time a seal-point female kitten with an unusual curled bobbed tail.  
  • 1988: The breeding of Krasnichenko's two adopted seal-point cats produced a small bobbed tail male kitten, which she named "Kutciy" and became the progenitor of the Toybob breed as well as the namesake for her "Kuts" cattery.
  • 1989: Krasnichenko attends her first cat exhibition in Rostov, Russia, with a fully mature Kutciy, where he is mistaken for a kitten.
  • Early 1990s: The breed was registered with a couple of Russian associations and known as "Skif-Thai-Don" (also known in the more extended form, Skif-Thai-Toy-Don).
  • 1994: Russian feline book author and WCF judge Dr. Olga S. Mironova dubbed the cat with the new name, “Toybob.”
  • 1994-95: The first documented Toybob cats arrive in the United States, a pair, a male named, "Zhora" and a half-sister. However, their owners, Igor, and Larissa (surname unavailable) did not pursue their recognition due to a lack of resources and experience.
  • Late 1990s: Ural, Russia based breeder Alexis Abramchuk of Si-Savat cattery (inactive) contributed to the breed development by adding domestic cats to the lineage, extending the breed.
  • Early to late 2000s: The breed became extremely scarce, Ural-based Natalia Fedyaeva of Little Angel cattery (inactive) revived the breed and introduces new colors, patterns, and hair lengths by adding both domestics cats of similar phenotype found locally in her region and other similarly phenotyped breeds. Fedyaeva begins to exhibit her cats in the World Cat Federation (WCF) in their “Unrecognized Breed” category. 
  • 2004: New Toybob cats from Ural-based catteries were imported to the United States by a European Burmese breeder.
  • 2008: The breed entered "Experimental" status within The International Cat Association (TICA) under the general name Toybob, following the Ural breeding programs; the breed permissible in all colors and patterns. 
  • 2014: A majority of TICA registered Toybob catteries led by Dr. Anna Gromova, DVM began working cohesively together, forming the "International Toybob Cat Club” (ITCC) with focus on breed promotion, mentoring new breeders, and advancing the breed’s recognition within TICA and throughout other Cat Fanciers associations worldwide.
  • Mid-2010s: The breed gains "Championship" status in several professional cat associations in its native country. 
  • 2016: The ITCC now under the direction of Mrs. Margo Hill, performed the breed's first-ever genetic testing with geneticist Dr. Leslie A. Lyons with results demonstrating the Toybob has its own tail mutation and unrelated to any other bobtail breed nor Manx.
  • 2017: At the beginning of the year, the Toybob gained its first Championship status outside of its native Russia within WCF and also advanced within TICA from Experimental to "Registration Only."
  • 2018: The Toybob gains its first Championship status within North America in the Cat Fanciers' Federation (CFF). Ironically, the North American cat association to have the first contact with the breed in 1995.
  • 2019: Early in the year, the Toybob is advanced from Registration Only to "Preliminary New Breed" within TICA.  In the Spring, the Toybob became The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) 45th recognized breed when accepted in their "Miscellaneous" Class. The Toybob achieves its second Championship status in North America within the American Cat Fanciers Asociation (ACFA).



The Toybob (TB/TBS) is a small cat with proportionally balanced features, medium muscularity, and bone structure. The cat's bobbed tail is owed to a natural mutation(s) found in feral cats from Russia. The Toybob temperament is very gentle and the cat amenable to handle. Toybob Longhair (TBL) is the semi-longhair version of the breed.



Shape 9

Eyes 10

Ears 5

Chin 3

Muzzle 3

Nose 1

Profile 7

Neck 2


Torso 10

Legs 4

Feet 2

Tail 10

Boning 7

Musculature 7


Length 5

Texture 10

Color/Pattern 5




PERMISSIBLE OUTCROSS: Russian Domestic Shorthair and Longhair with similar phenotype. (Currently imported from the Ural regions of Russia) The outcross policy is currently permitted during the breed development and recognition process to ensure the genetic soundness of the breed. 


Shape: Medium sized modified wedge with rounded contours and a flat plane above the eyebrows. Head is slightly longer than broader with rounded cheekbones curved inward from face to mid muzzle, to create a slight to no whisker pinch and ending in a round, modified square shaped muzzle. Jowls are prominent in adult males.

Ears: Medium tall, high on the head, one ear width apart and wide at the base. Ears must be as tall as wide in length, with rounded tips and slightly tilted forward.

Eyes: Eyes must be large, expressive, oval with a slight upward slant. The line across the corners of the eye leads to the outer base of the ear. When wide open, eyes can appear larger and round. The big-eyed expression is what gives the Toybob its sweet-faced look.  

Eye Color: Traditional eye color is related to coat color, pointed divisions are blue; sepia is gold/green, mink is blue/green eyes. 

Profile:  Distinctly curved profile with a dip from the forehead to the nose at the eye-middle level. Definite stop is not allowed  

Chin: Strong with moderate depth, so as to still be in line with nose tip.  Chin must be neither receding nor protruding.

Neck: Short and Thick. Allowances must be made for longer necks in kittens

Muzzle: Short, rounded, modified square shape in proportion to the face. Nose is Roman.


Torso: Small and compact with a solid chest. Broad rib cage and slight depth of flank add to the solidness of the overall body balance. Back is almost straight when viewed from the side when the cat is in natural walking position. 

Legs: Strong, medium in proportion to the body. Hind legs are slightly longer than front legs.  

Feet: Rounded with elongated toes on the hind legs.

Tail: Bobbed with kinks and curves in any combination, but also may be almost straight. The tail minimum length is 1 inch (minimum two vertebrae) to the maximum length (without stretching) down to the hock. The last bone may gently be felt to be pointed, not blunt.  

Musculature: Firm, solid and well developed with clean lines and no bulging appearance. 

Boning: Strong, moderately refined and proportional to the body. Neither heavy nor delicate.


Color/Pattern: All 


Texture/Length —

TB: Coat is short, soft and slightly plush to the touch, dense but not thick. The coat is rather resilient and not close lying to the body. The coat has developed undercoat where the topcoat is almost the same length as the undercoat. Stomach hair is shorter and softer, while fur texture on the spine area is slightly thicker and coarser. Kittens can have a somewhat woolly coat.  

TBL: Coat is semi-longhair in length and softer than the short-coated variety. Topcoat is slightly longer in length than the undercoat but also giving it a plushy but not too thick feel

through the entire body. The coat has very minimal ruff if any over the whole cat’s body with visible ears and feet furnishings. No ear tufts.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Toybob is a naturally small, bobtailed cat primarily developed in the Rostov and Ural Regions of Russia. The Toybob name is derived from two words, where “Toy” is meant to describe a playful small-sized cat breed, and “bob” refers to a bobbed tail. Toybobs have compact, muscular bodies with short

bobbed tails consisting of several kinked vertebrae. The Toybob body should not look nor feel refined or delicate. The cat’s bobbed tail is unique to the breed and due to a spontaneous mutation(s) that appeared in feral cats native to Russia. The Toybob has a pleasant temperament and is affectionate while also obedient to their human companions. Despite their small size, they are active, playful and agile. 

ALLOWANCES: Jowls in adult males, males smaller than females, longer necks in kittens, white spotting on feet in pointed coat divisions.


TB(S): Small eyes. Longer necks in adults. Too foreign body type. Oversized cat. Tail length past hock.

TBL:  Small eyes. Longer necks in adults. Too foreign body type. Oversized cat. Tail length past hock. Long “Persian” like coat. Tufts on ears.

WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS (WW): No flexibility to the tail. Crossed eyes.

DISQUALIFICATION (DQ): Any sign of the "Dominant Blue Eye" mutation (e.g. Ojos Azules, Russian Altai/Topaz). Short Munchkin-like legs. Docked tail. No tail. Undernourished or frail.