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Pixie Bob

Pixie Bob

At first glance of the Pixie Bob cat, you may think it looks a lot like its close cousin, the bobcat, but this breed has several features that make them unique. With an exotic appearance, and its distinct short tail, some may think this cat is a designer breed, but it's not.

This strong, intelligent cat was developed in the 1980s when two unique American cats were bred. The result was this unique legendary breed. Because of its friendly and playful nature, the Pixie Bob is one of the best breeds you could get for your family, especially if you have children!

Which Homes Are Best

The Pixie-Bob loves to be petted, and it is very loyal to its owners. It also has a very playful nature which is why it is best suitable for homes where people will pay for it, and give it ample attention. This breed is very social and intelligent, and it goes along very well with everyone, and other animals as well.

Because of its loyalty, and playful nature, we would say that it is best for homes that have children.

Lifespan

In general, the Pixie bob is a very healthy cat breed and lives a decently long life. The lifespan of the cat will depend greatly on its environment and maintenance, but it usually ranges from 13 to 17 years. On average, Pixie bobs live for around 15 years, which is just about the average for regular cats.

If you take very good care of your Pixie bob with frequent trips to the vet, then it has a possibility of living up to 17 years.

Average Size

While some people may say that the Pixie-Bob is a large cat breed, we say that they are mostly medium-sized cats.

Since its ancestors are wild, genetically, it is a very athletic cat with a muscular body. They aren't very heavy cats in most cases, weighing anywhere from 9 to 14 lbs. However, male cats of this breed tend to be a bit heavier.

In terms of height, we would also say it is slightly above average. The Pixie bob takes about 4 years to completely mature, which is longer than average domestic cats.

When it reaches adulthood, it can be anywhere from 9 to 13 inches in height. It doesn't even have a long tail that makes them look bigger, instead, it has an almost non-existent short tail that is about 2 to 4 inches long.

Breed Background

Breed Origin

The origin story of the Pixie Bobcat is said to be quite legendary because it was created almost by accident! This happened in 1985 when Carol Ann Brewer found a stray male cat that she called Keba. Keba was a very heavy cat, weighing about 17 lbs, although he wasn’t in a very healthy shape when Ann Brewer found him.

Keba went to Ann Brewer's neighbor's house and bred with a domestic shorthair cat, and they had a whole litter of kittens. There was a female kitten with spots and a bob-tail that Brewer kept for herself. This cat was named Pixie, and she marks the origin of the Pixie-Bob breed.

Original Gene Pool

Because of their appearance, Brewer thought that Keba and Pixie probably had mostly bobcat genes in them. However, with more scientific research on their DNA, it has been found that the Pixie bob is a completely different breed from the bobcat.

It has also been found that the genes in Pixie bobcats are very much distinct from other bob-tailed cat breeds.

An interesting thing about this breed’s gene pool is that it consists of a Polydactyl gene which gives a lot of Pixie bobs extra toes.

Breed Founder

As we have mentioned previously, the Pixie-Bob breed was founded by Carol Ann Brewer when she found Keba in the spring of 1986.

When Keba bred with her neighbor’s cat Maggie, Pixie was born. At that point, Brewer noticed that she had never seen another cat like Pixie before. So, she began an unofficial breeding program to produce more cats like Pixie.

Appearance

Pixie-bob cats look like they are wild cats, while they are much more suitable for houses. The appearance of the Pixie bob can be said to be exotic because of its wild cousins. However, they do have some distinct features in terms of their appearance as well.

Description

The Pixie Bobcats can have a range of colors, but a rich brown or burnt orange color is commonly seen with dark stripes and spots. These spots are just actually not on the fur coating, they run down to the skin of this cat.

At the bottom of this breed’s paws, you will notice black fur and skin. They also have black skin around their eyes, lips, and chins. On the contrary, the fur on their chin and around their eyes is white.

They have a pear-shaped head and have pointed ears that are covered with a thick coat of fur. The Pixie bob also has facial hair that grows downwards, which gives its face more of a pear shape.

Talking about their fur coat, it is very thick and is actually double-coated. This makes them very much resistant to rainy weather. The coat can either have short or even semi-long fur. When it is short, it will feel coarser, whereas the longer hair will feel silkier.

As previously said, Pixie bobs are polydactyl, meaning they may have extra toes. Sometimes, they have paws that can have up to 7 toes, and to accommodate for more toes they have larger paws.

This breed has a very serious face, this is because of its triangular eyes and furry brows. The eye color of the Pixie-bob cat can be anything from gooseberry green to gold to brown.

Personality

Although it seems like a wild and exotic cat with a strong build, the Pixie bob is a very affectionate and fun-loving cat. A lot of people may say that they tend to have a dog-like personality because of their intelligence, playfulness, and loyalty.

If you always wanted cats that could do tricks but thought that wasn't possible, then a Pixie-bob cat will be a great match for you. They can learn tricks fairly quickly and respond to a wide range of commands.

We must also mention that they also love to curl up with their owners and be petted. They are great family house cats because of their amiable persona with humans and other animals, including dogs!

Indoors or Outdoors

Pixie-bob cats don't have a very strong preference for staying indoors or outdoors. Most of them would love to play outdoors in your backyard, but if your Pixie bob has mostly stayed indoors, we wouldn't suggest you let it stay outdoors without supervision.

It is also worth mentioning that this cat is very sweet in nature, and loves to stay with its family, so it also loves to stay indoors. You just have to ensure your cat has enough room to play around in so it can stay happy and healthy!

Noisiness

You would think that because of its active nature and wild ancestors, the Pixie bob would be quite noisy. However, the matter is quite the opposite. They are very quiet cats and rarely use traditional meows to communicate.

Instead, they make these chirping sounds and pat their head against their owners whenever they need something.

This low noise characteristic of this breed is especially great for people who have neighbors in very close proximity. Rest assured, you won’t be receiving any noise complaints because of your cat.

Interaction

Pixie-bob cats are far from being shy and are very sociable. Since they love everyone's attention, they will even play around with guests. They are not aggressive in nature at all and will instead want your affection and would love to play with you.

Intelligence

The intelligence of the pixie-bob breed is something that sets them apart from other breeds the most. As we have before, they can learn tricks very quickly, a lot like dogs. You will also be able to teach them a lot of commands which include sitting, rolling, and of course calling them by their name.

Perhaps, the most dog-like thing you can do with your Pixie-bob cat is to take them on walks by putting them on a leash! These cats are also very well capable of taking care of themselves, and whenever they need something, they will try to communicate with you.

Playfulness

As you can tell by now, the Pixie Bob cat loves to play around and is quite active. They don't get easily bored when playing and can play in longer sessions, so your child is always entertained.

We would suggest you get plenty of toys such as automatic laser pointers if you end up with a Pixie-bob cat. It will play with the laser by chasing it with all its energy, which is fun, to say the least!

If you know anything about cats, you must know that they usually HATE touching water, but that's not the case for Pixie bobs. In fact, they enjoy playing with water quite often!

Friendliness

One of the primary reasons why a Pixie-bob cat would be such a great addition to your family is its ability to form deep connections.

Along with its playful nature, this cat is affectionate and extremely loyal to the members of its household, a trait commonly seen in dogs. While their serious expression might suggest that they're very moody, their actions say otherwise.

Children

If you have kids in your home and you get a Pixie-bob cat, you don't have to worry about them getting bored. The only thing that may annoy you is perhaps your children will be running around and playing with their cats all day.

These cats also love to cuddle with children and form very special strong bonds. You can say, that the Pixie bob is a type of 'watchdog' cat, that will always serve as your child's companion.

Other Animals

The Pixie-bob cats face no issues in getting along with other pets. It doesn't even matter if your other pet is a dog as long as it doesn't attack cats. If you have a dog, and a Pixie-bob, then you can take them out on walks together by putting them on their leashes.

Breed Predisposed Ailments

Despite their unique wild breed origin, Pixie-bob cats do not have any breed-specific health problems that you should be concerned about. The only thing that you should keep in check is if they're having problems with delivering litters. Some cats of this breed face this issue because of their short tail.

Otherwise, you should look out for common diseases that affect domestic cats, including heart and kidney problems.

  • Dystocia, which means having issues with delivering litters
  • Kidney issues
  • Heart issues

Grooming

Because Pixie bobs have a double-coated layer of fur, it is normal that they shed a good amount. So, be prepared to do some grooming to keep the cat's health and appearance well.

Brushing

You will have to brush your Pixie-bob cat a minimum of three times every week to get rid of the dead shed fur and give it back its shiny look. We know this may seem like a lot of work, but a 5 to 10-minute brush thrice a week isn’t much.

An advantage of this breed is that they don't hate water, which means you can give them a good bath from time to time without any fuss.

Ears

You don't need a very special care routine for the Pixie-Bob. Trim the nails once in a while, and make sure the cat has a scratching post.

If you see any pus or dirt in the ears of the cat, then clean it with cotton balls and an ear cleanser approved by your vet. If you notice any smell from the ears, then this could be a symptom of infection so take your Pixie bob to the vet.

Lastly, do not forget to brush your cat’s teeth with a toothpaste your vet has recommended, so you can prevent stinky breath and any oral infections.

Finances

Due to its resemblance with bobcats, some people may think the Pixie bob is a common breed. However, this breed is still considered to be rare, which is why they are not cheap.

Cost of Kittens

Along with its rarity, there is also a lot of demand for Pixie bobs which has driven up their price.

While the price depends on the breeder, and the quality of the kittens, you can expect to pay anything from $800 to $1500 for a Pixie bob kitten. If you want to get a top-class display quality kitten, the price can jump to a whopping $5000!

If you're lucky, you may find one in a cat shelter, and be able to adopt the kitten with only the adoption fees, which are about $100 to $150.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Active and playful, so it will keep your family entertained
  • Very loyal, making it a great companion
  • Amiable in nature and doesn't have any issues interacting with other people and animals.
  • Exotic thick fur coating
  • Muscular and very healthy in general

Cons

  • Rare breed, which means kittens aren’t cheap
  • Requires brushing thrice a week
Height: 9 to 13 inches
Weight: 9 to 14 lbs
Lifespan: 13 to 17 years
Colors: Gooseberry Green/Golden/Brown
Suitable For: Families, houses
Temperament: Active, playful, very loyal, affectionate, intelligent

Final Thoughts

The Pixie Bob cat is one of the best family cats out there. Their loyalty and affection will bring more love to your house, and their playful nature will turn your house livelier!

For those of you who like exotic-looking cats that are very intelligent, and will never leave your side till the end, the Pixie-bob cat is probably the one.