Let's talk Pixie-Bobs

If you can’t decide between a cat or a dog then the Pixie-Bob cat may be a good compromise. The Pixie-Bob is a large cat who enjoys playing fetch and walking on a leash. This thoroughly modern feline made its first appearance in 1985 in the US, and has two distinguishing physical traits: a stumpy tail and extra toes (sometimes, not always). Their chill temperament means the Pixie-Bob adapts well to family life, forming strong bonds with their humans, which includes children. 

Official name: Pixie-Bob

Origins: United States

Black and white portrait of a Pixiebob

 

Shedding level

Low

Warm weather? Very low
Energy level * High Family pet? * Very high
Compatibility with other pets
Very high


* We advise against leaving pets alone for long stretches. Companionship can prevent emotional distress and destructive behavior. Speak to your veterinarian for recommendations.

Every pet is different, even within a breed; this snapshot of this breed specifics should be taken as an indication.

For a happy healthy and well-behaved pet, we recommend educating and socializing your pet as well as covering their basic welfare needs (and their social and behavioral needs).

Pets should never be left unsupervised with a child.

Contact your breeder or veterinarian for further advice.

All domestic pets are sociable and prefer company. However, they can be taught to cope with solitude from an early age. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or trainer to help you do this.
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Illustration of a Pixiebob
Male
25 - 30 cm Height
4 - 8 kg Weight
Female
25 - 30 cm Height
3 - 7 kg Weight

 

 Baby age  Birth to 4 months
 Kitten age  4 to 12 months
 Adult age  1 to 7 years
 Mature age  7 to 12 years
 Senior age  From 12 years

Two Pixiebob kittens in a studio setting

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Get to know the Pixie-Bob

All you need to know about the breed

The Pixie-Bob is very new to the feline scene but there is much to love about them. They tend to be extroverts, welcoming anyone and everyone in a friendly manner. The Pixie-Bob also appreciates daily cuddles and chill-time with their family. They make a great playmate for young children, and also get on well with other cats and dogs that have been socialised. Unlike most cats, the Pixie-Bob prefers running around instead of climbing. With training, they can also learn to walk on a leash. Sounds a tad canine, right?

The Pixie-Bob has a few characteristics that make them stand out from the cat crowd. Their short tail, which is distinctive, though they’re not related to the Manx or the Lynx breeds. They also prefer to communicate with their humans via churrups or gentle head butts, as opposed to the traditional “meow”.

The Pixie-Bob gains weight easily. Stick to the recommended kibble portions, removing any motivational training treats from their daily food portion. If you have a secure back garden, encourage your Pixie-Bob to run around - it won’t take much to get this playful cat moving. When inside, they tend to stay close to their humans and are very open to receiving head massages. Let the purring begin!

Pixiebob walking across a wooden mantlepiece

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2 facts about Pixie-Bobs

1. Let’s do a recount 

The Pixie-Bob is not the only breed to be polydactyl, which means they sometimes have a few extra toes on one or more of their paws.  However, it is the only breed who has it as a physical characteristic in their standard.

2. Skin deep

One more special physical characteristic of the Pixie-Bob is their coat pattern, which actually goes all the way down to their skin. So if you ever shaved a Pixie-Bob - something we do not encourage - their body would show their coat markings. 

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History of the breed

The origin story of the Pixie-Bob is somewhat hazy but here’s what we do know: the breed comes from the United States and first made an appearance around 1985. Local Washington resident, Carol Ann Brewer, welcomed a large stray cat into her home, whom she named Keba. Keba had a spotted coat, extra toes and a short tail, which led Carol Ann to believe that he had some Bobcat blood in him. Keba went on to mate with a neighbour’s domestic cat. From the consequent litter of kittens, Carol Ann noticed a bob-tailed female, which she named Pixie and decided to keep, with the intention of starting a breeding programme. Thus the Pixie-Bob was born with the appearance of a wild cat, but the character of a domesticated feline.

DNA research has managed to confirm the Pixie-bob is a fully domestic cat breed, sharing no relation to the Bobcat, the Manx, or the American Bobtail. In 1998, the Pixie-Bob was officially recognised by The International Cat Association.

Black and white portrait of a Pixiebob

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From head to tail

Physical characteristics of Pixie-Bobs

1. Body

Body is medium to large-sized with a wide chest.

2. Tail

A short tail (2in/5cm min) that sits low, often with a knotted appearance.

3. Coat

Double coat can be short or long with a tabby pattern.

Pixiebob lying down in a studio setting

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Things to look out for

From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Pixie-Bobs
Pixiebob kitten walking along a wooden plank

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Caring for your Pixie-Bob

Grooming, training and exercise tips

Whether your Pixie-Bob has a long or short coat, it is simple to groom with one weekly brushing being enough to keep it clean and gleaming with health. During shedding season, you may have to increase brushing sessions. Keep their nails trim and regularly clean the ears to prevent wax build-ups. Daily teeth-brushing is a plus for your Pixie-Bob. When it comes to exercise, the medium to large-sized Pixie-Bob needs about 15-20 minutes of play-time per day. This breed can be trained to walk on leash and particularly enjoy fetch and run play sessions. They’re also happy to play by themselves or with children, though this time should be supervised when kids are little. Pixie-Bob’s easy-going temperament makes training sessions simple. At first, it will help to use treats as motivation, but remember to remove these from your Pixie-Bob’s daily kibble portion.

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All about Pixie-Bobs

Incredibly so. Their wild-like appearance is misleading as the Pixie-Bob is most content when being showered with attention from her humans (head massages get you extra points!) If you’re looking to welcome a cuddly cat into your life, one that also likes children, cats and dogs, then the Pixie-Bob is a great feline candidate for you.

The Pixie-Bob is a recent cat breed that experiences very few health issues, so you can expect them to be by your side for 13-15 years - and perhaps even longer. Keep your Pixie-Bob satisfied with your presence. Keep them healthy by respecting daily kibble portions and playing fetch or chase with them often. 

Other breeds that might interest you.

Sources

1 - Veterinary Centers of America https://vcahospitals.com/ 

2 - Royal Canin Cat Encyclopaedia. Ed 2010 and 2020

3 - Banfield Pet Hospital https://www.banfield.com/

4 - Royal Canin BHN Product Book