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How old is the breed?

The Pixiebob was created by Carol Ann Brewer. However the cats used to generate this NEW breed had roamed for centuries. Legends recorded in old books say that the North American bobcat began breeding with domestic cats that arrived with the first European immigrants, and it was believed by Carol that the barn cats obtained and used were ancestors from these scriptures, or even recent occurrences. Soon, interest gripped several breeders and they joined her endeavor to work with what occurred naturally; to capture, for all time, the wild look and to maintain the gentle nature for which they are known. The Breed was created in 1984, but was not officially recognised for some years after.

Where did the name come from?

The first kitten produced from the original breeding was named Pixie. It is her face and coat that we are attempting to copy over and over again.

Are Pixiebobs really part bobcat?

The Pixie-Bob is a new domestic breed. Originally it was believed to be possible bobcat ancestry. However genetic studies have found no bobcat or wild cat markers evident, and the true origins of the Pixiebob remains a mystery.

How large are they?

Male cats range in weight from 12 to 22 pounds. The females range between 8 to 15 pounds. The males are typically more heavily muscled than the females. Keep in mind that they continue to grow and fill out for the first four years of their life.

Do they look like bobcats?

Yes, but in varying degrees. Through careful selective breeding, the physical characteristics of the bobcat are brought to the surface. It is not unusual to see a wild appearance to the face, a light colored spotted and heavily ticked wooly coat, large boning and a short tail. They should remind one of a small bobcat.

What is the lifespan of the Pixie-Bob?

Under optimum conditions they live just as long as any other breed of cat. Since the breed is officially only 13 years old, it is difficult to say if they will live as long as the bobcat does.

Registering Pixiebobs with Associations?

Yes, in October 1994, they began to be registered by T.I.C.A. (The International Cat Association) as an experimental breed. In September 1995 they were accepted for NBC (New Breed Color) which allowed them to compete against each other in the ring. In August 1997, they were accepted for Championship status, making them a full-fledged breed which will compete with all other breeds in the ring. As of February 2008 they have been accepted for Championship status in ACFA and 3rd generation cats are eligible to compete.

How much does one cost?

Circumstance sometimes allow us to sell cats and kittens at a reduction. As a rule, Pets range from 750.00 to 1500.00. Show quality starts at 1500.00 to 1750.00 dependent upon how closely they resemble the T.I.C.A. standard. All pet and show kittens/cats will be altered before collection. If your cat or kitten is of breeder standard and you wish to purchase the right to do so, then this must be stated up front so your cat/kitten is not altered. Price of a Breeder with rights start at 1750.00 and the price rises depending on factors (these include if they are cat or kitten, proven, titled, titled offspring, and/or are of show quality, exclusive or contractual rights) so please contact us to discuss further.

What is their personality like?

We believe that the Pixie-Bob's temperament closely resembles the canine species. Being quite dog-like in devotion, intelligence and trainability. They are a unique cat, bonding strongly to a single individual and/or family for life.
How are they with children? The Pixie-Bob is more gentle and patient with children than anyone else! Incredibly, they seem to be able to distinguish between babies, children and adults and adjust their behavior appropriately. Pixie-Bobs have been known to allow "their own babies to maul them unmercifully, though their general temperament is to refuse to allow an adult stranger to even touch them. They make cognitive decisions all day long and it is fascinating to see the thought processes right in front of your eyes. So many times we have heard that owners couldn't believe what they were seeing.
They're bred to look like Bobcats and Lynx, do they behave like them? First of all, let's make it clear that from what we know about the bobcat and lynx, they have very shy dispositions, and are not aggressive whatsoever. Wildcat reputation for being aggressive, stems from the incredible ability to fight animals much larger than themselves, for defense purposes only. They are remarkably intelligent, yet, because of this, they are also intuitive and somewhat apprehensive in situations where they are not completely comfortable.
Likewise, the Pixie-Bob is extremely intelligent and intuitive, and not completely comfortable when strangers arrive in their home. Their usual habit is to retire to the bedroom furthest away from the excitement, and stay there until the coast is clear. Their natural tendency is to be sweet, affectionate and gentle with their own family. However, in the evenings, they often display that "wild" exuberance that is so entertaining. A life of Pixie-Bob ownership can never be dull!
Are they destructive, will a Pixie-bob destroy my house? No, the Pixie-Bob is a superb house cat and fares well even in the smallest apartment. They are very clean and are easily litter box trained. They prefer to scratch wood rather than furniture, carpet or traditional cat scratchers. We recommend that a new Pixie-Bob owner acquire an interesting piece of wood to place in a corner where the cats can freely access it. Regarding the litter box, keeping it continually clean will prevent any accidents from occurring but the Pixie-Bob is a model roommate.