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The Pixie-Bob is a fascinating and vibrant cat. They’re best known for their exotic and wild-looking markings, and also for their loving and attentive personalities. Pixie-bobs are notoriously devoted to their owners and, as a result, make excellent family pets. Their affectionate natures also make them a top pick for therapy cats.
The Pixie-Bob originates from a litter of kittens that was born in 1985 to a barn cat and a bobcat. Upon discovering the litter, the farm owner picked out the only female in the bunch and called her Pixie. From then on, Pixie became the mother for this particular breed.
Pixie was outcrossed with suitable breeds to keep the Pixie-Bob lineage going. In 1994, the Pixie-Bob was officially recognized as a breed by The International Cat Association (TICA). In 2005, the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) followed suit. The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) is yet to recognize the Pixie-Bob as an independent breed.
The Pixie-Bob is a muscular cat. They typically have a fierce facial appearance with tufts of hair on the tips of their ears. They also famously have a short tail, often referred to as a “bobbed nub” which typically measures around 2 inches long. At first sight, it’s common for the the Pixie-Bob to be mistaken for a wild bobcat, especially since their paws are quite large. Interestingly, the Pixie-Bob is a polydactyl. This means they can be born with up to seven toes on each foot!
Their coats are soft and wooly with tufts around the jowls. The Pixie-Bob has a double coat which can be either long- or short-haired. Short hair Pixie-Bobs have a ruff of fur on their necks which gives them a lion-like appearance. Some Pixie-Bobs are known to have stripes on their coats, which results in an especially wildcat-like feel. Coat colors range from tawny to reddish, grey and silver. Their eyes also range in color from golden to green.
The Pixie-Bob has a wild appearance, but they are actually quite mellow. They love relaxing with their owner and will occasionally prompt a play session. The Pixie-Bob creates very strong bonds with their adoptive families — one of the reasons they make such great therapy pets. Pixie-Bobs also enjoy taking rides in the car or walks on the leash. They are also known to be patient and affectionate with children.
Pixie-Bobs thrive on attention and will develop separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. They are also vocal. By using a series of chitters and chirps, they can inform you of their emotional and physical needs.
Possible Health Concerns
The Pixie-Bob is generally a strong, healthy breed that has been outcrossed multiple times throughout their lineage. This helps to boost their immune systems and keeps genetic diseases and adverse conditions at bay. Despite this, the Pixie-Bob can experience difficulty when delivering kittens. Pixie-Bobs may also be born with missing testes or scrotums. This is a condition that is known as Cryptorchidism.
The Pixie-Bob often prefers to relax with family. Despite this, they will engage in lively activity before the day ends. This is usually a good time to encourage exercise. If leash-trained, the Pixie-Bob can be taken for a walk or a jog around the yard or the block. They also enjoy playing with puzzles and toys — they may even play fetch.
This cat has medium levels of activity. This means that their energy usage is not as high as other breeds, so you’ll need to pay attention to weight gain. A bowl of cool, clean water should always be available for them to sip on throughout the day.
The Pixie-Bob has a thick, double coat of fur. It requires brushing regularly so as to prevent matting or too much shedding. The texture of their coats is fairly wooly. This calls for a medium-strength brush when brushing. Ears should be cleaned with a soft cloth at least once a week. Teeth should also be brushed with a pet toothbrush and toothpaste. Eyes should also be cleaned every few days with a clean cloth and water.
The Pixie-Bob is a beautiful, low-maintenance, laid back breed.