Active: Pixie-Bob cats are highly active and spirited. They enjoy playing games and should be kept company often. While they are fine to be left alone during the day while you are at work, they should be played with once you have returned. They would also do well with another pet to have as a companion as they are very friendly. While they can be quite active, they do know how to relax and spend quiet time with their companions as well.
Size: The Pixie-Bob is large in size, ranging from 8 to 17 pounds. The male Pixie-Bob is typically larger than the female.
Characteristics: Pixie-Bob cats are big cats that look somewhat like bobcats. They have lynx-tipped ears and a short bobbed tail. They have prominent chins and hooded eyes. One thing that certainly sets the Pixie-Bob apart from most other cats is that they can be polydactyl. The average cat has 5 toes on their front paws and 4 toes on their hind paws. Pixie-Bob cats can have 6 or sometimes 7 toes on their paws. They are the only polydactyl breed that is recognized by TICA.
Temperament: Pixie-Bob cats are full of personality. They are said to be some of the best cats for family because they are so lively and playful. They love to be where the commotion is, they crave companionship and will entertain the whole family. They can play fetch and even learn to walk on a leash, they enjoy challenging toys and games and are quite playful, making them perfect family pets. They may not be particularly chatty cats but they are highly intelligent and wonderful companions. Fiercely loyal, they will have you wrapped around their paw in no time!
Care: Whether your Pixie-Bob has long or short hair, they will need weekly brushing to maintain their beautiful coat. Other than regular brushing to prevent hairballs, they are relatively easy to care for. Trim their nails and clean their ears as needed to keep them looking nice and brush their teeth regularly to prevent periodontal problems.
Coat: The Pixie-Bob comes in both longhair and shorthair versions. The shorthair Pixie-Bob cats have a wooly, soft coat that has two layers and gives them a fluffy, padded feel. The longhair Pixie-Bob have gorgeous, silky long hair. They come in a variety of colors and patterns with streaks and spots of color. The preferred appearance of a Pixie-Bob cat is a spotted brown tabby.
Origin: The history of the Pixie-Bob cat begins with breeder Carol Ann Brewer. In 1985, Brewer purchased a polydactyl cat with a short bobbed tail. The following year, Brewer rescued another cat that was larger and was supposedly sired by a bobcat. Brewer's cat bred with the neighbor's cat and the litter produced a beautiful kitten that Brewer named Pixie. Pixie is the beginning of the Pixie-Bob cat breed. Brewer enjoyed the distinctive appearance of these cats and began a breeding program to produce more kittens. She developed the Pixie-Bob breed standard and in 1994 the Pixie-Bob was accepted by TICA for Exhibition Status and in 1997 was granted Championship Status. In 2005, the ACFA accepted the Pixie-Bob breed.