^..^ The Kurilian Bobtail is a cat breed originating from the Kuril Islands, claimed by both Russia and Japan. Short- or long-haired, it has a semi-cobby body type and a distinct short, fluffy tail. The back is slightly arched with hind legs longer than the front, similar to those of the Manx. The original short-haired variant is a natural breed, known on the islands for over 200 years. In the wild this cat is an excellent fisherman and hunter.