The first specimen, Pixie, was the product of the mating of two “legend” cats, according to Carol Ann Brewer, the breed’s creator. A mythical cat is the offspring of a natural mating between an American bobcat and a domestic cat. Despite the fact that the International Cat Association standard mentions the resemblance to the American bobcat, the founding committee insists that no captive American bobcats be used in any breeding effort. The Pixie-bob has been designated as a “native new breed” by the International Cat Association, which indicates that it is a new breed that has been recognized as genetically identical individuals from a naturally occurring population local to a certain geographic location.
They have a strong, rangy physique with a woolly coat that stands up from the body, similar to bobcats. They have a distinctive spotting pattern in a light tan to reddish-brown or rusty. They have a medium-wide, inverted pear-shaped face with lynx-tipped ears in certain cases. Their tails are naturally bobbed, as the name indicates. According to the breed standard, their eyes might be golden brown or gooseberry green. The Pixie-bob is one of the rare breeds whose breed standard allows for polydactyl toes, with a maximum of seven toes per paw.
Brewer founded the For the Love of Pixie group, which demands breeders to meet specific criteria, including having a cat with clear ancestry to the original Pixie. In 1995, the International Cat Association approved the Pixie-bob breed as a native new breed, and in 1997, it was granted championship status. The American Cat Fanciers Association approved the breed in 2005.
|Weight (Pounds)||5-7 (Female) 7-10 (Male)|
|Body Color||Any Colors and Patterns|
Pixie Bobs are domesticated cats that look like North American Bobcats. A specimen must be able to trace their ancestry back to Stone Island Pixie to be designated a Pixie Bob. Individuals can be rather huge, but a Pixie Bob’s average weight is 11 pounds. They feature black hair on the soles of their feet, black pads, and tufted and pointed ears. They have black lips and eye skin, while white fur around the eyes and on the chin.
Their whiskers are frequently both black and white. Their fur pattern is similar to that of a Bobcat, but with more reddish tones. Most Pixie Bobs have short hair, while others have “shaggy” hair. Their eyes are trapezoidal in form and sit behind a thick, broad forehead. Their tails fluff in length from a non-existent “rumpy” to 2-4 inches. (Some have extremely lengthy tails.) Overall, the head, which is one of the breed’s most distinguishing features, is shaped like a pear. Many are polydactyl, with up to seven toes on one foot.
The Pixie Bob is an outgoing, sociable cat with a daring and lively personality. They like multi-animal households and express themselves through a variety of vocalizations ranging from chirps and chatters to make-believe growls. They seldom ever, if ever, meow. Pixie Bobs will follow their owners around and are renowned for headbutting in order to gain attention. They like fetch games and most are fine with going on a leash. They have a reputation for quickly collecting a vast vocabulary and for being extremely receptive to vocal directions, even rather complicated sentences.
Pixie-bobs do not have any specific dietary needs. It is entirely up to you whether you offer wet food, dry food, or a combination of the two. Some cats may not drink enough water and require wet food to stay hydrated. Crunchy dry food might be beneficial to your cat’s teeth. Obesity will shorten your cat’s life, so keep an eye on his or her weight.
Pixie-bobs can grow to be bigger cats, but they should be muscular rather than obese. Throughout its life, your cat’s metabolism and overall health will alter. At each appointment, discuss your cat’s nutritional needs with your veterinarian to receive suggestions for feeding schedules, food kinds, and amount to feed.
Health and Care
Pixie Bobs have a double coat that can be short or shaggy in length. It might be gritty or velvety to the touch. Brushing or combing twice a week is often recommended to keep dead hair out of the coat. Pixie Bobs are prone to matting because to their thick hair. Keep their nails clipped, ears cleaned, and teeth washed on a regular basis using a vet-approved pet toothpaste, and give a great tall scratching pole to aid their natural scratching inclination.
Pixie-bobs are routinely outcrossed to increase genetic variety, and they do not appear to have any health issues associated with inbreeding. They are vulnerable to the typical illnesses and diseases that affect any cats. Pixie-bobs have been seen in the following conditions:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle stiffening, is the most prevalent health problem among all cats.
- Cryptorchidism, often known as undescended testicles, is a condition in which the testicles do not descend.
- Dystocia is a problem in litter delivery.
- Cystic endometrial hyperplasia is a thickening of a uterine layer.