Fast Facts

  • Size: Large; 3.6 to 9kg
  • Colours: Brown, gold, russet, tan, grey, and black.
  • Grooming frequency: Medium; brush fur and trim nails weekly
  • Exercise: Medium energy levels; can be taken for walks

History

The Pixie Bob’s origins begin in the northwestern regions of the United States. While closely resembling the wild Coastal Red Bobcat that was native to the coastal mountains of the area, they are not the same. In 1986, Carol Ann Brewer rescued a feral male cat who mated with her neighbour’s brown spotted female. One of the kitten’s in the litter had a muted spotting on a reddish-fawn coat and had a wild look to it. Realising that this kitten had a unique appearance, Carol named the cat Pixie and began to breed cats to look like her.

The Pixie Bob has a stocky, muscular build with large bone structure and legs. Its back legs are longer than its front ones, which have large paws with long toes. Hence, when it walks, this breed appears to have a rolling gait, which is seen in wildcats. Pixie Bobs also have extra toes, making their paws unique. These cats can have up to seven toes on one paw that they use like fingers. Perhaps the most obvious feature of the Pixie Bob is its lack of a tail. Despite its appearance, this breed does not possess any wildcat DNA.

Personality & Temperament

Pixie Bobs are great for families with children as they are very loving and devoted to their families. They are responsive to vocal commands and will express themselves through a range of vocalisations that include chirps and chatters. They rarely meow. If you’ve got other pets at home, the Pixie Bob would most likely get along well with them because of how friendly and mellow it is. The breed is also highly adaptable and excellent for apartment living.

Often described as very “dog-like”, Pixie Bobs make fabulous adventure buddies. This feline can be walked on a leash, enjoys car rides and even plays in water. Though adventurous, this isn’t a cat that’s hyperactive. The Pixie Bob is actually quite a laidback cat that enjoys participating in family activities. Since these cats are very sociable and friendly, they are not ideal to be left alone. However, this does make them excellent cats to be around family and children and would do very well if they have people to interact with. They are very loyal and will even come to greet you at the door.

Grooming

While they do not need constant attention, Pixie Bobs do need to have activities to occupy their time. As these cats are intelligent, providing them with stimulating toys would be good. Pixie Bobs are generally healthy cats. The breed is available in both long- and short-haired coats. Its thick double coat needs to be brushed weekly to reduce shedding and prevent matting. Its claws need weekly trimming as well.

Adapted from Pets Magazine

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