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Norwich Bulletin - 12/2/2007

The Pixie Bob

If you ever want to feel like you have a wild animal in your home, the Pixie Bob has an almost uncanny resemblance to the Pacific Northwest coastal red bobcat.

Carol Ann Brewer is the breed founder and owner of Stone Island Cattery in Washington State. She believes that the first cats she aquired in the 1980ís were the result of unplanned matings between bobcats and barn cats. And one could almost believe it even though there was no solid proof. And because of that lack of proof, Carol Ann Brewer originally called her cats Legend cats. Two of them produced a kitten that she named Pixie.

Pixie had such a wild look and beauty that she did not want to see that look fade away once her cat was gone, and so she selected several out cross Legend cats from various sources, and began a program to create a breed based on Pixie as her standard.

She was successful and the Pixie Bob went from experimental status in 1994 in The International Cat Association to full Championship status in 1998! TICA is a genetic registry and DNA testing did not reveal any wildcat genetic markers so the Pixie Bob is classified as a domestic cat and not a hybrid.

Although their ancestry remains unproven, the breed standard calls for a distinct wild look. The cat has an inverted pear face with hooded, deep-set eyes and bushy brows. Prominent whisker pads, a full fleshy chin and broad nose all work together to create that explicit wild look.

Males can weigh up to 22 pounds! They have a well developed chest, a naturally short tail and they are allowed to be polydactyl, which further adds to their being different from any other breed in the cat fancy. They have light to medium shades of brown spotted tabby in a random pattern, with a base of mousy gray.

Besides their unique look, Pixie-Bobís are loving, playful and possess a devoted nature to their humans. They are very dog-like in their personality and many will play fetch with no training, walk on a leash, love to travel and ride in a car, play in water, and even get along well with children. They even wag their tails when they are playing!

They donít really meow, preferring to use sounds that are more of a chirping or chattering nature. Pixie-Bobs are capable of being trained, but due to their high intelligence, you probably will need to come up with a good reason for them to want to. They like to show off and are a good choice of cat if you have multiple pets, as they get along well with other animals.

Pixie-Bobs will develop strong bonds with their family and, being one of the more active, interactional breeds, require special time everyday in which they get the attention they need. They are open and warm with family members, but may behave shyly and cautiously around strangers.

This is a great cat if you donít have a lot of time for primping and grooming of your pets. There are long and shorthaired varieties and both require little, if any, grooming. The shorthairs have a more wooly coat that is resilient and waterproof, while the longhaired version tends to have a silky coat.

This cat is pretty much an all around cat for just about anyone as long as you are not looking for a couch potato cat. Owners must be people who enjoy daily interaction with cats and will not leave their cat home alone for long stretches of time. I find them totally delightful and I just love their look.

If you would like to find responsible breeders of the Pixie-Bob, please visit www.tica.org.

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