INITIAL RECORDS: The Toybob is often referred to as the smallest of all cat breeds. Mrs. E. Krasnichenko documented the first Toybob’s back in 1988 when two stray cats she found outside her home had a litter of kittens in the Rostov region of Russia. By her accounts, these two cats looked very much like seal-point Siamese cats, except both had kinked bobbed tails. The breeding of these two cats produced an unusually small cat she named “Kutciy,” which became the foundation cat to her line of Toybobs she first called “Skif-Thai-Don.”
To this very day, Krasnichenko’s cattery only breeds her Rostov Toybobs in the same seal-point color as the first two cats she found. However, there is a reasonable belief that the mutation first recorded with Kutciy does spontaneously appear in other colors (coat lengths) and is not necessarily associated only with the seal-point color pattern or only with cats of that specific region.
The Toybob is a breed of a small cat that is typically no bigger than a three - six-month-old kitten of a normally developed domestic cat. They have compact, strong, muscular bodies with short bobbed tails, consisting of several kinked vertebrae. Besides the Toybob's diminutive size, their most distinctive feature is their large expressive eyes. The cat’s small size and bobbed tails are due to spontaneous mutation in feral cats native to Russia. Toybobs have pleasant temperaments and are affectionate while also obedient to their human companions. Despite their small size, they are active, playful, and agile.
The Toybob personality and small, cuddly size make this breed popular as a companion cat. Perky, charming, and playful, the Toybob is less active than some of the high energy breeds, and is not very vocal. Loving, social, active, playful…yet content to be a lap cat. A lover of comfort, the Toybob enjoys snuggling into soft pillows, its large soulful eyes inviting pampering, which it accepts graciously. Don’t be surprised to find a Toybob perched high on top of furniture, for they are agile climbers and, like most cats, light and graceful on their feet.
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 with their docile, playful and very affectionate nature. This gentle breed enjoys attention and interaction, making it a terrific pet for senior citizens and children. The Toybob is very social and peaceful with other pets. They prefer being in the company of another cat when left alone at home for extended hours.
Caring for a Toybob is relatively easy. The Toybob does not require any special diet and as with most cat breeds, a high-quality cat food is essential for a happy and healthy cat. The coat of the shorthair version is plush but simple to care for by brushing it once or twice a week. The longhair version of the Toybob has a semi-long coat that does not mat or tangle and is easy to groom. As with the Shorthair, combing once or twice a week will keep a Toybob in optimal condition. Both varieties are low shed, but the coat does change seasonally.
Toybob kittens are normally ready for their new homes at around 12-16 weeks of age. It is important to choose a breeder who is careful to socialize their kittens as infants and throughout their developing first months in order to ensure a well-adjusted kitten and adult.