Mekong Bobtail cat in a dark background.

Mekong Bobtail Cat Breed

This little-known breed with an attractive Siamese-pointed coat is active and affectionate, and it makes a good pet.

Named after the great Mekong River that flows through China, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, this short-tailed cat occurs naturally over a wide area of Southeast Asia. The Mekong Bobtail was developed as an experimental breed in Russia and has been recognized by some authorities since 2004, although worldwide it is not particularly well-known.

It is a strongly built cat with the brilliant blue eyes and colorpointed coat of a Siamese. The Mekong Bobtail is active and agile, and is good at jumping and climbing. It is said to be a quiet breed with a friendly, well-balanced personality.

According to eastern legends, the Mekong bobtails were royal cats and the guardians of ancient temples.

Origin: Southeast Asia, pre-20th century

Breed registries: Other

Weight range: 8–13lb (3.5–6kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Colorpoints as Siamese.