Legend has it that the Pixie-Bob is the result of a love affair between a domestic barn cat and an American Bobcat. DNA evidence has cast doubt on this story, but there’s no denying that the Pixie-Bob bears a certain amount of resemblance to its wild counterpart. Large and muscular with big feet, a bobbed tail, and with a thick, weather-resistant ticked tabby coat, the Pixie-Bob might make your neighbors wonder.
Though the Pixie-Bob’s appearance may seem fierce, the temperament is anything but. The Pixie-Bob is a natural to family life, enjoying the companionship of adults and children alike. Their dog-like personality has made them a favorite among those who believe other cats to be too aloof or reserved.
The Pixie-Bob is a relatively new breed having found its beginnings on a farm near Mount Baker, Washington. The woman who lived came upon and took in two different bobtailed cats, including a 17lb male who romanced the neighbors spotted tabby. From these kittens, a bobtail named Pixie was chosen to found the breed – leading to the name “Pixie-Bob”.
Appearance / health:
The Pixie-Bob is a medium to large cat with a naturally bobbed tail, similar in appearance to the North American Bobcat. Pixie-Bobs weight an average of 8 to 17 pounds, with female in the lower range and males at the top of the range. This is a substantially built cat with heavy boning and a muscular build. The long hind legs of the Pixie-Bob create an upward slope from shoulder to hips. At the ends of their muscular legs are large feet, both long and wide. The toes are fleshy, and all except the dew claws rest on the floor. They are frequently polydactyl. The Pixie-Bob is broad chested and deep flanked with a considerable primordial belly pouch, the loose skin that hangs from a cat’s belly. The Pixie-Bob’s short tail is a defining characteristic of the breed, though some have been born with long tails. Most tails will be fully articulated, with kinks and curls.
The head is medium to large and described as being an inverted pear shape. The muzzle is full and broad with fleshy whisker pads. The nose is wide with a slightly convex curve. The tip of the nose is large and generally brick colored. The chin is well-developed and covered in course fur. The ears are medium in size with a wide, deep base and rounded tips. Lynx tips may be present. Eyes are also medium-sized, hooded and somewhat almond or triangular-shaped, with a bushy brow. The eyes are deep set. Colors include gold, brown, and gooseberry green.
The Pixie-Bob may be either long or medium-long haired. The short coat stands away from the body, and has a soft and wooly texture. The belly hair may be longer. The medium-long coat is no more than 2 inches, with longer belly hair, and is close-lying to the body. The texture of the medium-long coat is soft and semi-dense. There may be heavy ear hair, and the presence of lynx tips. The Pixie-Bob comes in all shades of brown spotted tabby. The spots may be small to medium, and should be present on the belly. Hair is ticked with alternating bands of color, and may be “reverse ticked” with the lighter band at the tip. The underside of the Pixie-Bob will be lighter in color from throat to belly. The tip of the tail is dark brown or black. The eyes are surrounded by a band of cream fur, with mascara markings rom the outer corner of the eye down the cheek. A white patch may be present on the neck or belly.
This breed has been frequently outcrossed to maintain genetic diversity, and the result is a hardy breed with few genetic problems. Pixie-Bobs whose lines have been outcrossed to Bengals or Maine Coons may have a higher hereditary risk of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Behavior / temperament:
Pixie-Bob enthusiasts most often describe these cats as dog-like. They are active, social, bold, courageous, and devoted to their families. They are said to be easy to leash train, and enjoy games of fetch. As a sturdy, fun-loving, and laid-back cat, the Pixie-Bob makes a great companion for children. They’ll want to be a part of all your activities, and will be unhappy if left alone for long periods of time.
The Pixie-Bob is highly interactive and will be most happy if you make an effort to play with them a little while each day. The Pixie-Bob often enjoys the company of other pets, particularly if they’re up for a little playtime. They’re an intelligent cat who enjoys games and challenges and who may be particularly adept at manipulating puzzle toys that reward with treats. Though the Pixie-Bob is an active cat, they also have a calm and affectionate side, and they’ll happily spend some time curled up on the couch with you.
The Pixie-Bob is also known for their unique vocal sounds. You will rarely hear the Pixie-Bob meow but rather communicate through a repertoire of chirps, chatters, and growls.
great family pet, fun bundle, Beautiful cat, playful cat
rough playing play, larger claws
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 115 days ago