Native Country United States Of America Other Names N/A Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance According to legend, it is a hybrid offspring
of a domestic cat and a bobcat, but DNA testing has failed to show
that Pixie-Bobs are directly related to bobcats. Directly related
would indicate identical Y-Chromosomes or limited Marker match
testing. Therefore, Pixie-Bob are legally designated as domestic
cats, even if they might have Bobcat heritage. The Pixie-Bob has a
large body with big feet, and usually a short, bobbed tail and a
gentle personality. Most Pixie-Bobs are short-haired. There is also
a less common long-hair Pixie-Bob. Often the long- haired Pixie-Bob
has a face that look more like a Bobcat's, but the long hair can
also obscure the cat's spots. A Pixie-Bob's markings should resemble
those of a bobcat, with spots, stripes and swirls. This breed is
currently the only one accepted by any major club to allow
polydactyls, cats having more than the usual number on toes on each
foot (five for the front paws, four for the back).
Breed Description Head: The head is usually-pear shaped.
Tipped ears, heavy ear hair, black lips, and . Their chins have
white fur, but often have black skin under the white fur. Some of
their whiskers change from Black (root - about 25%) to White (to the
tip - about 75% of the whisker). Eyes: White fur around the eyes but with black eye skin. Eyes
are blue when kittens, then change to green, and finally to gold
when several months old (some don't change completely to gold, but
have gold with a green tint). Eyes are almond shaped and tilted. Body: Pixie-Bobs are approximately 50% larger than most
domestic cats (which weigh 5.5-16 lb or 2.5-7 kg). Paw: Most Pixie-Bobs have black fur and skin on the bottom of
their paws Tail: Tails can be non-existent (rumpy), or 2-4 inches (desired
- TICA required), or long tails (Pixie was a long tail). Coat: Tiger-like fur pattern. Stomach is often reddish-gold in
color with some ticking (broken stripes). Most are short-haired, but
some are long-haired. They grow for 3 years instead of 1 year like
most domestic cats.
History In 1985, Carol Ann Brewer, a breeder in
Washington state, had a female cat named Pixie who was polydactyl
(with more toes than normal). After mating, possibly with a small
bobcat, Pixie produced a litter in which some kittens resembled the
father (spotted coat, broad ears, etc.). They were called Pixie
Bobs. The new breed was recognized by T.I.C.A., which published a
standard in 1998.
Behavior Intelligence, loyalty, affectionate,
companionable, loving, trustworthy, tractable, dog like devotion,
great companions, and strongly bonding with their human family are
depictions of their calm temperament.
Health The breed has no known health problems.
However, Pixie-Bobs are extremely sensitive to vaccines. It has been
recommend that feeding meat in addition to commercial foods provides
the nutrition these cats require to grow to their full size