Pixie Bob cats were created by Carol Ann Brewer, the breed founder. 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. Carol believed 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 later
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.
Pixie Bob cats are 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.
Male Pixie Bob cats range in weight from 12 to 22 pounds. The females range from 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.
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.
Under optimum conditions, they live just as long as any other breed of cat, between 12 – 18 years.
In October 1994, Pixie Bob cats 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 that 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.
Circumstance sometimes allows us to sell Pixie Bob cats and kittens at a reduction. However, our standard pricing structure is listed below:
We believe that the Pixie Bob cats’ 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.
Pixie Bob cats are more gentle and patient with children than anyone else! Incredibly, they seem to distinguish between babies, children, and adults and adjust their behavior appropriately. Pixie Bob cats have been known to allow “their own babies to maul them unmercifully, though their general temperament is to refuse to allow an adult stranger even to 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.
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’s reputation for being aggressive stems from the incredible ability to fight animals much larger than themselves, for defense purposes only. They are brilliant, yet they are also intuitive and somewhat apprehensive when they are not completely comfortable.
Likewise, the Pixie-Bob is knowledgeable and intuitive, and not completely comfortable when strangers arrive in their home. Their 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!
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, but the Pixie-Bob is a model roommate.
On the contrary, the Pixie-Bob is considered to be a very quiet breed. This is not to say that they do not talk, however. Most Pixie-Bobs have a series of chirps, chittering noises, and guttural sounds, as well as the very infrequent raspy or hoarse meow. These are all used in play and expressing affection as well as during “the hunt.”
It is not wise to leave your friend outside, where it is often helpless to protect itself from cars, dogs, disease, poisoning, catfights, theft, and getting lost. However, Pixie-Bobs are easily trained to walk on a harness and leash. They love to ride in the car, too!
It will take a short adjustment period. Once your other pets understand that the Pixie-Bob is happy to be their friend, there should be no more problems. They love dogs and own them, just like the rest of the family. Because they are territorial, all cats and dogs will need to obey them, but they are benevolent rulers.
We do not advise that anyone “try” breeding unless prepared to have a major life change. Breeding is a costly and serious hobby, and it takes a very dedicated person to do it properly. Kittens at a very young age are extremely susceptible to disease and death, so casually trying a hand at breeding could cost you more money and emotions than you had planned to expend.
However, if you are seriously interested in making this enormous life change, talk with an experienced breeder, and they can help you determine whether this is what you really want to do. A new breeder must have a mentor in the Pixie-Bob Association (based in the USA), so it is a good idea to work closely with the person who has sold you your first breeder quality kitten. It would be best if you looked to them for advice.
First, check with the person than you bought your kitten from. You might not show your kitten unless you purchased a “show quality cat.” Again, be aware that you could spend enormous amounts of money showing a kitten that might not be top show quality or too young. Rarely can a young kitten stand up against the “big boys” and take home a ribbon. However, an excellent quality kitten CAN get some attention.
So if you like the show hall’s action and confusion, then the showing may be for you. It takes the right kind of person to really have fun: not too competitive, yet, enough to take it seriously. If you really like showing, then you might find yourself traveling to shows all over the country, and eventually to other countries, as often as even once a month. So purchasing a show kitten often spells commitment for quite some time. It’s fun and challenging, but you can’t take things to heart, or it won’t be any fun at all. Check our Showing Cats link for more information on showing within the TICA.
Show or breeder quality is determined by how closely the kitten fits the Pixie-Bob standard; in type, coat quality, color, and pattern, and most of all, head and facial characteristics. To be a show quality kitten, it must fit the standard and be an SBT/SBV and fourth (or more)generation. A pet quality kitten can be any of the above and/or be a first or second-generation kitten not shown in the show ring as a Pixiebob. All pet quality kittens are altered before the sale.
We poor souls are breeding and showing these cats because we are addicted to being owned by one (or many more). We joke about the addiction, but soon enough, new owners discover that it’s really not a joke at all. We dearly love these cats and do not wish to see the world live without the Pixie-Bob, so we dedicate ourselves to promoting the breed with all that it entails. If you have never met a Pixie-Bob fanatic yet, take a good look at the person who gave you this information. Is it for you? Just pick up and hold a Pixie-Bob close, then look into those eyes and make your decision.