If you’ve been looking at rare cat breeds, Mekong Bobtails are gorgeous cats who seem similar to Siamese but are distinguished by their adorable pom-pom bobtail. The Mekong Bobtail, sometimes known as the Thai Bobtail, was regarded cat royalty in Russia. So, if you come across one of these cats, make sure to treat them properly!
Mekong Bobtails are full of personality. These feisty cats aren’t afraid to attract their owners’ attention with a loud meow and want to be played with or fed. They’re reported to have a dog-like attitude, so if you’re looking for an interesting and intellectual cat breed with a lot to say, the Mekong Bobtail might be the cat for you.
Historically known as the Thai Bobtail, the Mekong Bobtail was a native cat breed found in nations bordering the Mekong River. The breed was introduced to Russia in the nineteenth century, when the King of Siam, Chulalongkorn, presented the Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II, with roughly 200 cats. At this point, a more formal breeding effort was initiated.
Mekong Bobtails are considered to have been mixed with Siamese cats, as well as maybe other bobtail breeds, to produce the type of cat we see today. Their resemblance to Siamese cats is obvious, thanks to their pointed coats and piercing blue eyes. But there’s no mistaking them when they rise up and reveal that unique pom-pom tail!
While this breed is quite old, it was only lately that it was properly recognized. Their popularity began to rise throughout Europe and Asia in the 1980s. Despite this, a breed standard was not created until 1994. In 2004, the Mekong Bobtail was formally approved into the World Cat Federation’s (WFA) records. It was at this point that their name was also changed from “Thai Bobtail” to “Mekong Bobtail.”
The Mekong Bobtail has a medium-sized body that is beautiful and lean, with good muscle tone. The legs are slim as well, with the hind legs being slightly longer than the front legs. The paws are round in shape. The breed’s biggest distinguishing trait is its extremely short tail. Every tail, however, is unique due to the numerous combinations of curves and kinks that are available.
The length of the bobtail might vary, but it should have at least three vertebrae and should not be more than a quarter of the cat’s entire body length. The coat is shiny and short, with little undercoat, and it lies near to the skin. The head has a strong chin, and the ears are broad at the base and medium in size.
The Mekong Bobtail’s eyes are also exceptionally lovely, as they are blue like those of a Siamese. These eyes are also almond in form, with a slight slant. Because the fur on the Mekong Bobtail is short and there’s hardly any undercoat, grooming is really simple. A basic brushing every now and then will be enough.
- Weight: 4 to 5 kg
- Coat length: Short, glossy
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Seal point, blue point, tabby point, tortie point, chocolate point, lilac point, and red cream
- Pattern: Colorpoint
Mekong Bobtail cats are sociable, gregarious animals who enjoy showing attention to their owners. These cats are also normally calm, despite their curiosity. These cats are incredibly loyal and enjoy spending as much time as possible with their human lovers. In fact, because they are so devoted, trainable, and intelligent, they are frequently compared to dogs.
They get along with almost everyone, including youngsters and other pets. Despite their short bobbed tails, these cats are agile and athletic, and they love to climb, spring, and play, so make sure your pet has lots of space to run around in every day.
- Lifespan: 15 to 18 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: High
Responsible breeders thoroughly test their cats for any known or unknown health conditions associated with the breed. Many respectable breeders also provide some sort of health guarantee.
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