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The Toybob is the smallest breed among cats! It is a Russian breed, small in stature, with a bobbed tail and seal-point color, that is native to the Rostov region in Russia. The first cats were found in 1983 by Elena Krasnichenko, a Thai bobtail breeder in Rostov-on-Don. The first officially registered Toybob kitten, named Kutsiy, was born in Elenas cattery in 1988. Elena chose the name Kuts for her cattery because of Kutsiy. Since 1988 and to the present day, Elena has been actively breeding Toybob cats and has worked tirelessly to advance the breed. A full breed history written by the founder can be found here.
The breed is being successfully developed in Russia. At the present time, it is recognized by severale Russian feline registries and has received a championship status in the International WCF. The standard in these registries is the same small, short hair, seal-point color, short tails with few vertebrae. What is even more characteristic of the breed are the large, very expressive, surprised, blue eyes. Toybobs have PNB standard in TICA since January 2019, with all colors and hair length.
We brought a pair of Toybobs to the USA from Russia in 2004. Pashka America (pictured to the right) and Mikki (pictured below) were originally the only cats of this unique breed to come to the USA from Russia. Later we added Eremka and Kroha, and have since added some more. These lines are the foundation for development of the Rostov Toybob in the USA.
In appearance, this breed closely resembles the Thai Cat (or Traditional Siamese), but is distinguished by its smaller size and naturally bobbed tail.
An adult Toybob can weigh from 3 to 5 pounds. The body is compact and well muscled, with a short, strong neck. The head is short with a trapezium shape and the space between the forehead and muzzle is rounded with a slight break. The cheekbones are rounded and the muzzle is medium-short and broad. The eyes of the Toybob are large and slightly bulging, but the blue color (intense deep blue is preferred) makes them surprisingly beautiful and entrancing. Their legs are proportional in length to the body and the tail consists of three or more vertebrae with an overall length from 1 to 3 inches. It can be in the form of a bob, a miniature spiral, a brush or a pom-pom. A long tail, absence of a tail, or absence of vertebrae, is considered to be a defect.
The coat on a Toybob is of middle stiffness, short, and well expressed with a thick undercoat. The original Rostov Toybobs come in only one color, seal-point. Alters are permitted to have white coloring on the tips of their feet.
Despite its small size, the Toybob is practically fearless. They do not fear fire and are difficult to startle. You will always see them with their eyes opened in photographs since they do not dread the flash.
The smallest adult female in my cattery is 3.3 pounds and the largest is just 4 pounds. The smallest adult male is 3.5 pounds and the largest is 5 pounds. Some of our kittens have weighed 1.3 2 pounds when moving to their new homes at 4 months of age. Although the smallest kittens will usually go to catteries, many will not. People who want to take these small kittens into their homes should be prepared for an overdose of cute.
It is possible to speak for hours about the disposition of a Toybob because they are absolutely different from all other breeds of cat. It even takes a great effort to call them cats at all. It would be better to say that they are lemurs or small dogs. As its name implies, this cat is much like a toy. Once you take a Toybob into your lap, it will lay there quietly until you are ready to move. They are remarkably trusting of people and are only slightly aggressive to cats with whom they are not yet familiar. On seeing its human, a small Toybob will run up, flop over on its back, and wait there patiently until you rub its belly or take it into your arms.
It is worth noting other canine peculiarities of these small cats. The Toybob can easily be taught to perform simple commands, such as retrieving an item. The sound made by a kitten most closely resembles a bark. Adults are relatively quiet, but will usually announce to their humans that they are in the room. Most Toybobs jump well and are not afraid of heights. Another peculiarity that I find interesting, is that Toybobs like to roll in a freshly cleaned litter box, just like dogs do in the sand on a beach.
It is also worthy of note that the breed, because it originated in fairly severe climatic conditions, has an excellent immune system and is rarely ill. Potential breeders will want to know that the breeding male Toybob is completely free of musk. Neither males nor females are known to spray in order to mark their territory! And even more amazing is that adult breeding males can live together in the same room. Even more than that, they enjoy the company of other males, sharing meals, cuddling. In my personal experience, I have had as many as five intact Toybob males living together like lovebirds, all worrying when one was temporarily not there. Introducing a female into the mix of males does not cause any problems. Unfortunately, in a cattery, the females can not live together with the males. However, when the females are pregnant, they are allowed to share space with the boys. Toybob females are more dominant than males; and sometimes the girls can have conflicts with other girls, especially if they are pregnant or nursing. That is, of course, typical of most animals because the pregnant and nursing females are elevated to a higher status. But never are the fights bloody; they usually involve chasing and growling. In just a few days, all will again live like one big happy family.
The little kittens are so cute that it is just impossible not to hold them in ones hands all the time. At birth, they may weigh 1.5 2.5 oz; and, during the first month of life, they will gain weight as do kittens of other breeds. Their rate of growth will then begin to slow, so that a 1 year old Toybob may be no larger than a Burmese kitten that is just 3 - 4 months old. It is sometimes worrisome to move a Toybob kitten to new home. At 4 months of age, when they are old enough for adoption, a Toybob kitten may still look like he or she is no more than 1 2 months old when compared to kittens of other breeds! Small kittens do not need any training in how to use a litter box. When they are as young as 3 - 4 weeks old, they will find the box by themselves and use it as needed. However, they do not start to eat solid foods as early as kittens of other breeds. That is probably because litter sizes are small and mothers have more than enough milk.
Toybob females give birth easily. None of our females has ever had a C-section. And even more amazing, last year was the first birth that I was there to witness! My girls have always delivered quickly and easily. I could go away for no more than 15 minutes and return to find the clean babies already suckling! The gestation period is a little shorter than that of other breeds, usually 62 - 63 days. I have seen as many as five kittens in a litter, but the typical litter size is 1 3 kittens. Since the mothers may not have enough milk in the first days, I supplement them. But, after that, the kittens do not need any extra care, such as antibiotics and vitamins, in order to survive.
We are forever grateful to our Russian friends Toybob breeders E. Krasnichenko (shown here) and E. Lazhevskaya, President of ASC S. Krasnoselskaya for friendship, trust and wonderful cats, who are already stealing the hearts of judges at American cat shows! The Rostov Toybob is one of the most unique breeds of cat, and I believe it has a big future!

More photos of Toybobs from Rostov can be seen here.

I want to thank E. Krasnichenko and E. Lazhevskaya for kindly providing many of the photos on this page.

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