Wild Looking Kitty

The Pixie Bob Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Large. Chubby body.

Weight:

Middleweight Tom. From 8-17 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Excellent. No health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 13-16 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Sheds a lot.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Large. Chubby body.

Weight:

Middleweight Tom. From 8-17 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Excellent. No health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 13-16 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Sheds a lot.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Large. Chubby body.

Weight:

Middleweight Tom. From 8-17 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Excellent. No health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 13-16 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Sheds a lot.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.

The Pixie Bob Cat is easily recognizable for its wild appearance and a short tail. This is a medium to large sized cat with a well-boned and sturdy body.

Tails may be non-existent, but some cats can have long tails. The head is pear-shaped, tipped ears with heavy hair and triangularly shaped eyes.

The coat can be short and long and has stripes and rosettes that give these cats a unique wild appearance.

Despite its wild look, the Pixie Bob is a social and mellow breed. These cats like to be near their owners and will follow them around everywhere.

Thanks to their loyal and friendly nature they get along with everyone and aren’t afraid of strangers. The clever Pixie Bob can learn tricks and is happy to walk on a leash in a dog like fashion.

Breed History

In 1986, Carol Ann Brewer from Washington State found and rescued an unusually large cat with a short tail.

This cat looked a lot like Coastal Red Bobcat. So, Brewer thought that it is a product of naturally occurring mating between wild and domestic cat.

Her male mated with the neighboring barn cat and they produced a litter. Brewer took the wildest looking female kitten and named it Pixie.

Brewer was fascinated with the wild look and relaxed nature of these cats and she wanted to make more. Hence, she started a breeding program in which Pixie was used as foundation stock.

She introduced 23 other cats that had the same wild appearance and were considered bobcat hybrids.

Even though these cats look a lot like wild bobcats, DNA testing didn’t show any bobcat markers. Brewer decided to name the breed after its founder Pixie.

The Pixie Bob was officially recognized by The International Cat Association in 1994. The American Cat Fanciers Association recognized the breed in 2005.

For all intents and purposes, the Pixie Bob is considered to be a completely domestic breed that can be imported and exported.

Size Standards

The Pixie Bob is a medium to large breed with a well-boned and sturdy body. These cats have muscular bodies, wide chests, and sturdy well-muscled legs. The pear-shaped head is topped with heavy furred tipped ears.

Eyes have a triangular shape and are gold or green in adult cats.

The Pixie Bob Cat is born polydactyl and is therefore unique compared to other cat breeds. Hence, these cats have more than the usual number of toes on their paws.

Furthermore, this is the only breed that is allowed to have polydactyly and the maximum number of toes allowed is seven. This breed can have a short and long coat. The tail can be non-existent, 2-4 inches, or be long.

The male Pixie Bob Cats usually weigh from 12-17 pounds. However, some can become quite large and weigh 25 pounds. Females are smaller and weigh from 8-12 pounds.

Despite being large, the Pixie Bob shouldn’t be overweight. These cats can easily pack on the pounds. For this reason, their nutrition has to be carefully monitored. Feed your cat with a high-protein cat food to keep her at the ideal weight.

Pixie Bob Cat Personality Traits

Despite its wild appearance, the Pixi Bob Cat has a friendly and mellow nature. These are highly social cats that like spending time with their owners.

The Pixie Bob will follow you around and be involved in your activities. However, they aren’t needy and will be content just observing your doings.

Thanks to their friendly nature, these cats get along with everyone and aren’t afraid of strangers. They like being with their family and relax on the sofa next to their owners in a dog-like fashion.

This is a smart and easily trainable breed that enjoys walking on a cat leash. They have a bold and playful temper and are usually found chasing after toys. The playful Pixie Bob loves playing with foam balls that it can retrieve and bring back to its owner.

The affectionate Pixie Bob Cat likes to communicate with its owner. Their vocabulary usually consists of chirps, chatters and growls. However, they are known to occasionally purr and meow.

They are highly intelligent and pick on things pretty quickly. Hence, you won’t have any trouble teaching your cat to use a scratching post instead of your sofa.

The Pixie Bob is an affectionate and easy-going breed that will show affection by head butting and rubbing against its owners legs.

When your cat isn’t playing or climbing up a cat tree, it will nap contently on the sofa. These are independent cats that don’t mind being alone while you are earning for food and toys.

However, give your cat something to do and invest in a puzzle toy that will keep her entertained until your return home.

Adaptability

The Pixie Bob is a highly adaptable breed. Thanks to their social nature these cats love meeting new people. Furthermore, they easily adjust to the change of surroundings, if provided with love and attention they deserve.

This is a moderately active cat that likes to nap in cave beds in between play sessions. These cats have to be properly exercised in order to keep them in good shape.

Thus, try to spend at least 20 minutes every day playing with your cat. Use feather teasers to get your cat moving and burning calories.

Health and Potential Health Problems

Thanks to its diverse gene pool, the Pixie Bob Cat has an excellent health. The few issues seen in this breed occur rarely.

Furthermore, the issues that are seen in these cats don’t cause any major health problems.

  • Dystocia: Occurs when a uterus is contracting normally but the kitten is unable to exit the pelvis. A very small number of cats are affected by this condition, and they are removed from breeding programs.
  • Cryptorchidism: This is characterized by the absence of one or both testes from the scrotum. Only a few cases of this condition have been reported in this breed. Thus, this condition isn’t considered a real breed-related problem.

Lifespan

The Pixie Bob has an average lifespan of 13-16 years. This is a healthy breed that doesn’t have any genetic health problems.

To prolong your cat’s life expectancy, take her to regular vet check-ups, keep her vaccinated and use dewormer tablets regularly.

Grooming Needs

The Pixie Bob can have a short or long coat.

Short-haired cats have a thick double layered woolly coat that gives them a fuller appearance. The coat of these cats has to be brushed twice a week with a slicker brush.

The long coat has a silky texture and is prone to mats and tangles. So, brush your cat with a stainless-steel comb to keep the coat mat-free.

Both short-hair and long-hair Pixie Bob Cats shed a lot. Hence, you will have to brush your cat regularly in order to control the amount of loose hair.

Pixie Bob Cat Coat Colors

The Pixie Bob’s coat is the feature that it gives it a distinctive wild appearance.

Generally, Pixie Bobs have striped or mackerel coat patterns. Sometimes these stripes are accompanied by rosettes that give this breed an authentic bobcat appearance.

The coat comes in a variety of colors but is in most cases tawny, light gray or reddish in appearance.

Compatibility with Children & Other Pets

The friendly and mellow Pixie Bob is a great choice for families with children. These cats love to play with kids and will happily retrieve a catnip mice toy for hours.

Thanks to their devoted nature these cats get along with children of any ages. Teach your child how to pet a cat properly and the Pixie Bob will return all the affection tenfold.

These cats also get along with other pets and will enjoy having someone to keep them company.

The energetic Pixie Bob likes to play. Therefore, get your cat a tunnel where she can play hide and seek and run through.

These cats love being close to their owners and will appreciate if you are involved in play. Hence, pique your cat’s interest with a variety of cat toys and play with her every day.