Pixiebob

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The Pixiebob is a purely domesticated cat breed that is supposed to resemble a bobcat. The Pixiebob body is medium to large, heavily-boned and well-muscled with a broad, well-developed chest. The back dips behind the shoulders. The hips are prominent, medium in width and are slightly higher than the shoulders.  The flanks are deep and powerful. Both males and females have a belly pouch. The legs are long with heavy boning and muscular. The feet are large, long and wide. They appear to be almost round, but must have big knuckles and fleshy toes. Polydactyly is allowed —
but they should have no more than seven toes per paw. When viewed from the front, his legs and wrists must be straight. All toes must point forward and rest on the floor. Makes weigh 12 to 18 pounds; females weigh 8 to 15 pounds.
The minimum length of the tail should be two inches, the maximum is the length of the hock when the hind leg is fully extended. The tail should be carried low when the cat is relaxed. The length of tails are not consistent, so tail length varies from extremely short to ordinary length. A Pixiebob with a docked tail is not allowed in championship shows.
The medium-to-large head is an inverted pear shape. The muzzle is broad with fleshy whisker pads. The area of the nose, muzzle and chin is described as a soft-sided diamond. The nose is wide and slightly convex with large nose leather. The medium-tall ears are wide and set as much on the side as the top of the head. They are rounded at the tips and should feature lynx tips (tufts). The deep-set medium-sized eyes should be one eye-width apart and heavily hooded with bushy brows. (Your Pixiebob should always look half-asleep and have partially closed eyes.) A band of cream or white should surround the eye and mascara lines should go from the corner of the eye down to the cheeks. Eye color should be gold to brown, gooseberry green is seen, but not preferred.
Pixiebobs come in both long- and short-haired varieties. The shorthaired Pixiebob is soft, woolly and his hair stands up off his body. The belly hair is denser and longer than the rest of his coat. The longhaired Pixiebob has a coat no more than two inches long. It is semi-dense and his belly hair is also longer than the rest of his coat. His coat is softer with closer lying hair to the body than the shorthaired. Both varieties have full facial hair that looks bushy and grows in a downward pattern with heavy fur above the eyes. The coats are weather-resistant. The ideal coat color is light to medium shades of brown spotted tabby. Warm, reddish tones are coveted. Small spots with or without rosettes are muted by heavy ticking. The belly is also spotted.
The exact origin of the Pixiebob is a conflicted affair. The most commonly accepted theory is Pixiebobs indeed were the spawn of bobcats with randomly bred domestic cats hybrids (called Legend Cats as none of these breedings were documented nor can they be proven). However, no scientific evidence exists to support that Pixiebobs have any wildcat blood. Domestic cats have mated with closely-related wildcats (the Bengal came to be from such roots), but most felines (wild or otherwise) tend to stick to their own species unless they are closely related or have limited mating possibilities. The other most accepted theory believes the Pixiebob is a domestic breed that developed a tail mutation.
What is universally accepted (and credited) is a cat fancier acquired a short-tailed spotted polydactyl male kitten from a couple who lived in the foothills of the Cascades in Washington State in 1985. (These owners claimed this kitten was the product of a bobcat/domestic cat mating session.) Early in 1986 she rescued a very short-tailed stray with a feral appearance. She named this cat Keba. Keba was so large that his back was level with the fancier’s knees. Keba mated with a domestic neighborhood cat. They had a litter in the spring of 1986. She adopted one of these kittens, a bobtailed spotted female. She named this kitten Pixie, who became the foundation female. She was also the inspiration for the breed’s name.
Pixiebobs are loving cats. Due to bloodlines and outcrosses, the Pixiebob personality may vary. For the most part, a Pixiebob is an intelligent, social, people-oriented, active cat. The Pixiebob become attached to their entire family and gets along well with everyone. It’s extremely rare to see a Pixiebob bond to just one person. Some Pixiebobs readily accept company, while others will hide under the bed until the coast is clear. They enjoy children that play gently and cat-friendly other animal companions.
Tail lengths do vary with this breed. Some may have a tail so short it appears tailless while others may have a full tail. These cats usually have their tail docked to make it easier to sell.
Most Pixiebobs are quiet, while others talk with quiet chirps. Pixiebobs are readily able to pick up the meaning of useful words like “treat” or “carrier.”
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