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Originating from Russia, the Toybob has a long, interesting history.
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.
HEAD 40 POINTS
BODY 40 POINTS
COAT 20 POINTS
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.
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.
Black mink male, "SECRET BOB NIKOLAEV'S PRIDE" being judged at a TICA show in St. Petersburg, Russia. (June 2017)