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What is a Pixie Bob?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated Jun 04, 2024
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A pixie bob is a breed of cat that is very rare and unique, as it is thought to have wild bobcat heritage. Carol Ann Brewer of Washington State is credited with developing the pixie bob breed through mating domestic cats with wild bobcats. In 1995, the pixie bob breed was accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA), the world's second largest cat registry, when it was registered by Brewer. In 1999, North America Cat Fancy magazine featured a pixie bob on its cover.

Today, the pixie bob is still considered a fairly rare cat breed. Most pixie bob breeders are still located in the Pacific Northwest although the breed is becoming more popular worldwide, such as in Sweden. Pixie bobs are large, muscular and usually have a face that looks very much like a bobcat. Many of them are also poly or polydactyl which means they have extra toes compared to a domestic cat. Regular domestic cats have four toes on each front foot and five toes on each back foot, while the pixie bob could have up to seven toes on each foot.

While pixie bobs participating in show circuits must have bobbed tails, a non-show pixie bob could have a longer tail. Coat colors for the pixie bob are in a wide range of browns from golden to reddish brown. Coat patterns may be spotted or striped. The coat is a double type with a thick undercoat and the pixie bob's coat may be either short haired or of medium length. Eye colors for the pixie bob include gold, green and golden brown.

Some pixie bobs have been known to be trained to walk on a leash and many are considered to have dog-like behavior such as enjoying travel with their owners. Generally, the pixie bob is said to be an intelligent, quiet breed that likes to be around their owner. It is important to note that pixie bobs are not pure bobcats and were bred to be indoor domestic cats.

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Discussion Comments
By StormyKnight — On Dec 11, 2010

@dill1971:

Pixie-bobs come in short and long haired coats. The shorthair is much more common. If you have a long tailed pixie-bob, their hair needs grooming at least once a week.

The Pixie-bob is the only breed which standards allow polydactyly (more than the usual five toes on the front paws and four on the back ones). In other breeds, it is considered a fault and cats are not qualified to be show cats. The Pixie-bob cat can have up to seven toes on each paw.

By calabama71 — On Dec 10, 2010

@dill1971: Pixie-bobs are beautiful cats. They vary in size from medium to large. They have a well-boned and well-muscled body with a broad chest. They tail can be anywhere from short (about 2 inches) to long. Males can weigh between 12 and 18 pounds and females can weigh between 8 and 15 pounds. The average domestic cat weighs about 10 pounds.

Pixie-bobs are very loving and trustworthy animals. They are known to be very social, intelligent and people-friendly. Some are often trained to know certain commands.

These cats usually get very attached to family members. They will likely follow you around the house like a dog. They play well with children.

By dill1971 — On Dec 07, 2010

Does anyone have any more detailed information about the Pixie bob cat?

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