The Pixie-Bob cat is a fairly recent cat, which is distinguished by its fur which makes it similar to a Lynx. With a unique but extraordinary character, this cat will delight Its adoptive family.
It is known in 2 varieties: long-haired and short-haired. It requires a little maintenance. It’s a cute, cuddly, tender, and active feline.
History of the breed
The Pixie-Bob Cat is originally from the United States. It owes its creation to Carol Ann Brewer, who in the late 20th century, found this feline, it had features of resemblance to the Lynx. Suddenly, the woman scoured the Washington State area in search of similar cats. She only found 2.
From the union of these 2 felines, named Keba and Maggie, was born a kitten named Pixie. Its passion for this new breed of cat was transposed to other breeders who, from then on, accompanied Carol Ann Brewer in her approach. In 1998, the breed was officially recognized by TICA.
- Its body: The Pixit-Bob is of medium to large size. It has fairly prominent shoulders. It has strong sides and a chest that is both broad and developed. Note a back that is not necessarily very straight, with a hollow behind the shoulders, as in tigers. Both males and females may have a ventral pouch. It is even desirable.
- Its hair: The Pixie-Bob comes in 2 varieties. It exists with short hair and with long hair. Each time, however, the fur on the face is quite thick. The eyebrows are thick. Depending on the season, the length of the coat and its color change. Thus, this cat presents a dress shorter in summer than in winter, with a visible spotted pattern. In the short-haired variety, the coat is soft, woolly, slightly longer on the belly. The long-haired variety has a hair closer to the body than the short one, and its length does not exceed 2 Inches.
- Its color: The Pixie-Bob standard only accepts the brown spotted tabby in competition. All its nuances are tolerated. This dress is similar to that of the Lynx.
- Its head: The Pixie-Bob has a head qualified as a large pear inverted by the standard. At least when you see it from the front. It is quite large and a little convex. It has a big nose and a brick red nose. The muzzle is broad and strong.
- Its eyes: They are medium in size, shaped like a triangle-rectangle. They mostly have thick eyebrows. Its eyes give him the impression of a sleeping animal, as they are weighed down by a large eyelid. Their color varies from golden to hazelnut through redcurrant green, admitted.
- Its ears: The Pixie-Bob’s ears are medium in size, wide at the base, and slightly rounded tip. Small plumes are desirable at their end.
- Its tail: In the Pixie-Bob, the tail is rather short. It is at least 2 inches long and never exceeds the hock. It is carried low.
Behavior and Characters
The Pixie-Bob is not descended from the Lynx at all. And yet, it is a true force of nature. It’s active, playful, and energetic. It’s a somewhat exuberant cat, but particularly fond of cuddles.
It loves being taken care of. In Its behavior, It acts a bit like a cat-dog. It can be walked on a leash if It got used to it. It also enjoys the company of children, with whom It will show enormous kindness.
It’s not necessarily hyperactive, but rather curious and with some strange behaviors. It also likes to play in the water.
This cat is above all an indoor cat, who will never be against a small daily outing in a garden if It has the possibility. It’s a feline who loves to run more than anything. It’s at ease in all environments. It will not hesitate to spend time on Its owner or next to him, to be pampered and massage Its head.
Health & Maintenance
A fairly recent breed, there is little information about genetic pathologies. On the other hand, It may have a malformation of the legs. It rarely falls ill. However, It’s not immune to being affected by common feline diseases, namely rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza. Therefore advisable to have It vaccinated against these pathologies.
Hypoallergenic Breed: No
The life expectancy of a Pixie-Bob is between 12 and 15 years.
Its woolly coat needs a little more maintenance than most cats. The long hair needs more attention than the short hair. Thus, brushing should be daily for long hair, while it may be less frequent for short hair.
Apart from regular and careful brushing, in order to preserve its coat, the Pixie-Bob can also take a bath from time to time. It appreciates the water, it is also advisable to regularly clean Its ears and Its eyes.
The diet of this tomcat must consist of meat and fish. It prefers dry food to those moistened. In addition, it can ingest industrial food, such as high-quality kibble. The key is that Its diet is adapted to Its daily energy expenditure and meets Its needs.