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.”

Peterbald

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The Peterbald may appear to be hairless; but not so, he is actually covered in short, fine down. Like the Sphynx, Peterbalds are more furless cats than actual baldies. The body of a Peterbald feels warm and soft to the touch. He feels like suede. His skin should not be nor feel oily.
Peterbalds vary in their degree of hairlessness. It’s not uncommon for kittens in the same litter to have a variety of hair types. Some may be ultra bald while others sport a full, straight coat. (It all depends on the parents’ genes.) The genes responsible seem to be more of a hair loss rather than hairless gene. Kittens can and do change coat types as they age. They will lose or gain hair coverage for up to two years. (So don’t fret if you come across a full-coated kitten.)
There are five distinct coat types: ultra bald, chamois, velour, brush and straight. Ultra bald Peterbalds are hairless; they have no whiskers or eyebrows and never grow any kind of coat. Their skin is warm and sticky to the touch. Chamois Peterbalds are 90% hairless. They have no visible hair and feel smooth to the touch (but not sticky). Their whiskers and eyebrows may be kinked, curled or broken. Velour Peterbalds are 70% hairless, their coat is up to a millimeter in length. The coat resists when stroked. As these Peterbalds age, they may change to a Chamois Peterbald. Brush Peterbalds have wiry hair up to 5 millimeters long. The coat may be wavy to almost curly and has an irregular texture. Whiskers are curled and kinked. Straight coated Peterbalds do not have the Peterbald gene and have short, close lying hair with straight whiskers. If that isn’t confusing enough, any Peterbald may have a combination of coat types. (These crazy cats tend to have longer, dense hair on their extremities.)
The Peterbald is a medium sized cat with visible wrinkles over most of his body (assuming he has a short enough coat to display his wrinkles). Wrinkles should appear on the head, at the base of the neck, the base of the tail, at the top of the legs and down both sides of their body to their underbelly. (Fun fact: All domestic cats are actually wrinkled, but most cats have fur to cover up their wrinkles.) The Peterbald body is long, sturdy and lean.Their muscles are firm. Legs are long. Feet are oval and medium in size with long, agile, prominent toes. Tails are long, straight and whippy. The neck is long and slender. The head is shaped like a long inverted triangle. Extra large, oversized, pointed ears are broad at the base. The forehead should sport several vertical wrinkles. The
chin is strong with the tip of the nose in line with the tip of the chin. Whiskers and eyebrows (for those who have them) are wavy or broken. Eyes are medium in size and almost almond-shaped. Males weigh 8 to 10 pounds,females weigh 6 to 8 pounds.
Peterbalds are also known as Petersburg Sphynx, though they have no connection to the North American Sphynx breed. The Peterbald is the newest recognized hairless breed, created by mating the Russian Don Sphynx (also known as the Donskoy or Don Hairless) with Siamese or Oriental Shorthairs to produce a hairless cat with a Siamese head and body shape. Until the 1980s, the Russian government discouraged citizens from owning household pets. After 1987, these restrictions were lifted and several clubs and organizations popped up and many cats were finally brought inside.
The Peterbald came into its name change thanks to a Saint Petersburg breeder who in 1993 proved that the hairlessness gene is dominant, unlike the Sphynx’s recessive gene. When the Peterbald began increasing in popularity, his name was changed to reflect his new city of origin. To increase the gene pool, Peterbalds were mixed with bloodlines from Don Sphynx, Siamese and Oriental Shorthairs.
Because the Peterbald is still under development, personalities vary depending on bloodlines. Generally, Peterbalds are trusting by nature and approach humans with curiosity and playfulness. They are an active, loving, friendly, frisky breed that gets along well with pretty much everyone. Any age of youngster needs a proper introduction. A Peterbald is an affectionate, outgoing cat. They crave human love and attention. They will wrap you up in their agile paws to lick you chin or give you a forehead press. Don’t be surprised if he follows you around the house, helps with your chores then hops into your lap when the work is done. After a day at work, he’ll most likely be waiting for you at the door, wag his tail and tell you all about his day.

Persian

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The Persian brings to mind a soft, fluff ball. Well, yes, but underneath all that hair is a muscular, sturdy, cobby bodied cat. Persians are heavy boned, medium to large cats with short, thick legs and look rounded. The neck is large and round set atop a short, thick neck. The ears are small and rounded, set far apart and low on the head. Large, round eyes are also set far apart. The nose is short and stubby. The Persian tail is thick and short. Males weigh 9 to 14 pounds, females tip the scales at 7 to 11 pounds.
There are two distinct head shapes: Extreme and Dollface. The Extreme tend to be show cats, Dollface is said to be the original shape before selective breeding changed the Persian’s look. The Dollface Persian has a round head, but the nose is placed lower on the face. Both head shapes have upturned mouths which add to the adorable appearance. (Breeders also claim that Dollface Persians lack a lot of the health problems that Extreme Persians tend to suffer from.)
Otherwise, both Persian types have a long, flowing, dense coat that comes in a multitude of colors and patterns. The patterns are separated into silver and golden, smoke and shaded, calico and bicolor, solid, tabby, particolor and Himalayan (pointed patterns). Eye color depends on the color of the coat.
The exact date of origin has been lost; the Persian has literally existed for hundreds of years. Persians were featured prominently in the first modern cat show, held at London’s Crystal Palace in 1871! Persians have remained an extremely popular breed ever since! Historical evidence of the Persian date back to 1626 when Italian writer and ethnographer Pietro della Valle (1586-1652) imported the first known Persian cat to Italy during his expeditions to Persia and Turkey. According to him, Persians originated in the province of Khorasan in Persia (now Iran). Persians crossed the oceans into the New World in the late 1800s. Their popularity caught on like wildfire. It wasn’t long at all before they outpaced the homegrown Maine Coon breed. Today, the Persian remains so popular that it accounts for almost 80% of the pedigreed cat population! It’s taken 100 years of breeding to get the look of today’s Persian.
What will first attract you to a Persian? That sweet little face! What will keep you in love with him? His sweet personality. A Persian is a delightful companion to share your life with indeed. Persians are loving, laidback and the perfect mix of devotion to you and being a pampered prince/princess. A Persian is not a partyer; no swinging from the chandelier for them! That doesn’t stop them from pouncing onto a catnip mouse on occasion though. When awake, they prefer to play, cuddle and to be pampered (they do have a lot of hair that needs attention…) You will rarely hear a Persian speak. This doesn’t mean they don’t crave your attention or affection, simply they aren’t demanding.
A Persian is a cat who is devoted, but discriminating in showing it. They will only display their full trust and loyalty to you if you give it back. You get what you give with these kitties! It is well worth it though; fanciers say bonding with a Persian is like living with a soul mate.
It’s best to keep your Persian indoors only. His temperament is too docile to survive in the wild and his hair will ensure burs, leaves or other debris will follow him around. He is also susceptible to getting caught or snagged in bushes, trees or fences.

Oriental Shorthair

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Oriental Shorthairs come in every color and pattern as evidenced by their nickname, “Ornamentals.” An Oriental Shorthair looks very much like their Siamese cousin, but are not restricted to the colorpoint pattern or limited color.
An Oriental Shorthair is a svelte cat with long, tapered lines, lithe and muscular, fine-boned, tubular and elongated. The head is a long, tapered wedge atop a slender neck. Males weigh 7 to 10 pounds, females weigh 5 to 8 pounds. The ears are large, pointed and wide at the base. Legs are long and thin. Hind legs are higher than the front, with dainty, small oval paws. The tail is long and tapered, but not kinked. Eyes are almond-shaped, medium in size and come in blue, green or odd — dependent on coat and pattern color.
An Oriental Shorthair has a fine coat of soft, short, satin-feeling hair that lays close to the body. The Oriental Shorthair is divided into classes of solid, shaded, smoke, parti-color, bicolor, pointed and tabby patterns. Solid ebony, pure white and tabby patterns are the most popular shades/patterns.
The Oriental Shorthair was developed in the 1950s. They aren’t a direct Thai (once Siam) import, they’re more a Siamese hybrid. Oriental Shorthairs were developed by British breeders that wanted a wider range of color for the Siamese breed. They took Siamese and crossed them with domestic shorthairs and Russian Blues. In the late 1960s, inspired by the British, American breeders took Siamese and crossed them with domestic shorthairs and Abyssinians. As with most change, some fanciers had a problem with yet another Siamese hybrid. But the Oriental Shorthair is not a cat to fade into the background and accept a dismal lot in life, their charm and striking looks won over even the most ardent opposition.
The Oriental Shorthair is an active, agile cat that enjoys a good game of fetch. Anything a Oriental Shorthair does, he does with wild abandon. He will keep you entertained for hours. You will definitely need to invest in a tall cat tree to keep him from high places where you’d rather he not be. Oriental Shorthairs remain playful for their entire lives. That high activity level, natural curiosity and mischievousness as well as a high dose of intelligence will ensure that when you’re not there to entertain (or distract as the case may be) him, he will find something on his own. Expect him to routinely inspect contents of cupboards, drawers, closets and any other place you don’t want his nose in. He’ll get in. At the end of a long day (for you both), an Oriental Shorthair loves nothing more than to curl up on your lap or by your side for some cuddles. An Oriental Shorthair is a people cat that develops a strong bond typically to just one person. Once the bond is established, he will be your completely devoted and trusting companion (read SHADOW). Unless you’re able to give him the attention he craves, you may need to consider another breed. Long hours alone will make him unhappy and depressed. These kitties are just too naturally devoted to their person to be left alone. They are also sensitive to their human’s tone and mannerisms. When you hurt, they hurt. When you yell, they’ll be hurt.Think of an Oriental Shorthair a bit like a dog. He will greet you at the door and follow you around just waiting for you to shower them with your attention.

Oriental Longhair

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The Oriental Longhair is a svelte cat. Fine-boned, elongated and lithe, Oriental Longhairs are a bag of muscles. The head is a long, tapered wedge. The ears are very large and pointed. The neck is slender. Legs are long and thin. The tail is also long and tapers to a point. Eyes are almond-shaped and blue, green or odd eyed. Eye color depends on the coat color and pattern. Males weigh 7 to 10 pounds, females are 5 to 8 pounds.
An Oriental Longhair coat is medium in length, silky to the touch and lays close to the body. The tail plumage is lush and feathery — much longer than the hair on the body. Colors and patterns are too numerous to name, so they are divided into classes of shaded, smoke, parti-color, tabby, pointed, bicolor and solid patterns. However, solid ebony, pure white and some tabby patterns are the most popular colors/patterns.
The Oriental Longhair is a rare breed. He’s a good fit for you if you’re looking for a svelte cat with the talkative temperament of the Siamese with the look of a Balinese. Oriental Longhairs are essentially a branch of the Siamese, but isn’t limited to the short hair, color point patterns and few choices of color. The breed was developed from their shorthaired counterparts. Fanciers wanted a long-haired version. In the late 1970s, Oriental Shorthairs were crossed with Balinese (another longhaired Siamese descendent) and the Oriental Longhair was achieved.
An Oriental Longhair will most likely be under your feet — all the time. You will definitely need a tall cat tree, unless you want your Oriental Longhair on high furniture. Their activity level, playfulness, curiosity and intelligence makes it hard for them to stay out of closed spaces. They abhor closed doors, especially when they know that you are on the other side of that door. Oriental Longhairs are extreme people cats with a wholly trusting nature and they tend to bond closely with one person. They will be friendly with their entire family, but you’ll know who his favorite person is. He will spend most of his time with that person and eagerly await the arrival home. Once his bond is formed, he will trust you completely. If he’s left alone too long or doesn’t receive enough attention, he will become unhappy and depressed. An Oriental Longhair is also a snuggler. If you want a lap cat, look no further. These guys are Velcro cats!
The Oriental Longhair has developed a reputation for being demanding, noisy and mischievous, which is all true and endears them to their fanciers. (While “noisy,” Oriental Longhairs have a softer, milder tone than their Siamese cousin.) They love nothing more than rehashing the day with their favorite person and are never at a loss for topics of conversation. They are also extremely sensitive to your tones; harsh words and mannerisms will hurt their feelings. Remember, this is such a trusting soul!

Ocicat


Looking for a cat that looks like it walked out of the jungle but behaves like a domestic? An Ocicat may be for you. Ocicats are medium to large cats that have substantial bone structure and is well-muscled. The powerful legs are muscular and medium-long. The feet are oval and compact. The torso is solid and hard. (Ocicats are surprisingly heavy; it’s all that muscle inside them.) The tail is long and slim. It slightly tapers and has a dark tip. The overall appearance of an Ocicat is lithe and athletic. Males weigh 10 to 15 pounds (really) while females weigh 7 to 12 pounds.
The muzzle of Ocicats are broad and square looking, with strong chins and firm jaws. The ears are alert and somewhat large. The eyes are wide-set, large and almond-shaped. All eye colors (except blue) occur but aren’t related to coat color. Lynx tips (ear tufts) occasionally occur and lend the Ocicat an even more exotic look.
The Ocicat coat is short and lays close to the body. Ticking bands give a lustrous, smooth, satiny feel. All Ocicat coats are spotted from the shoulders down through the legs. The belly is spotted. The tabby “M” is on the forehead. Broken bracelets are found on the lower legs and at the throat.
Ocicats come in tawny spotted, cinnamon spotted, chocolate spotted, blue spotted, fawn spotted, lavender spotted, ebony silver spotted, cinnamon silver spotted, chocolate silver spotted, blue silver spotted, fawn silver spotted or lavender silver spotted coats. The coat is lighter on the face around the eyes and on the chin and lower jaw. The coat is darkest on the tip of the tail.
The Ocicat breed was an accident. In the early 1960s, a Michigan breeder wanted to breed Siamese with Abyssinian-colored points. She chose a ruddy Abyssinian male and a large seal point Siamese female. The Abyssinian pattern and color is a dominant gene over the Siamese pattern’s gene so the kittens looked like Abyssinians that carried the recessive gene for the Siamese points. One of the female kittens was bred to a champion chocolate point Siamese male. This produced the breeder desired Aby-pointed Siamese kittens.
The next litter produced an ivory male with a golden spotted coat and copper eyes. This kitten was named Tonga. Poor Tonga was sold as a pet. A conversation with a geneticist who wanted to recreate the now extinct Eygptian spotted fishing cat required Tonga to be brought back into the mix as he was to be the new sire. Unfortunately, by this time Tonga had been neutered. Thankfully (for the future breed), Tonga’s parents created another “accident” named Dalai Dotson. Dalai indeed became the forefather of the Ocicat breed.
If the Ocicat breed didn’t descend from wild ocelots, how did they get their name? It was the breeder’s daughter that named the breed “Ocicat” because Tonga reminded her of a baby ocelot.
An Ocicat may not be 100% civilized, but they are as domesticated as any other cat. They are active, intelligent, talkative (!) cats. Loyal and loving, their love runs deep. They tend to bond to only one lucky family member and are completely enamored! They are fond of the rest of the family and their companion pets though.
Extremely confident, they are a rambunctious breed. You will have many hours of (free) entertainment with an Ocicat in the household. Outgoing and people-oriented, your Ocicat will not run from a doorbell. When an Ocicat isn’t getting enough attention, you will hear about it. (That’s the Siamese in them.) What they’ve (thankfully) lost from their Siamese ancestors is the raspy yowl. The more you talk to them, the more an Ocicat will reply back to you. (No one-sided conversations with these guys.)
Most Ocicats fetch and some will drop their toys on your face in the middle of the night, if they believe it’s play time. Ocicats quickly learn their name (though they still have the cat tendency to come when THEY are ready) and with your time (and some patience) can readily learn a variety of tricks. An Ocicat can rival the family dog with what they can be taught to do. Ocicats are able to learn “tricks” of their own, like how to open doors or containers that contain treats. They are acrobatic, curious and highly clever (too clever for their own good at times). If they really want something, an Ocicat will find a way to get it. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an enduring trait to humans who collect knickknacks or fragile valuables. Even more unfortunate is no shelf is inaccessible, no height
is too high (this includes ceiling fans).
Their ancestors — Siamese and Abyssinians — don’t do well when left to their own devices and neither do Ocicats. If you work 60-hour weeks and don’t provide your Ocicat with a companion (meaning an outlet for his curiosity and affection), your life will be miserable. Just ensure that when you get home, you give your Ocicat some quality time. When considering a companion for him, don’t feel like you need to provide another Ocicat. Two can cause double the trouble.

Norwegian Forest Cat


Norwegian Forest Cats have strong bodies, large eyes, a bottle brush tail and a luxurious mane. (They sound part lion.)
The thick double coat cannot hide the instantly recognizable body shape. A Norwegian Forest Cat body is solid, well-balanced muscle with a noticeable girth — but it’s not a fat cat. Males are extremely large (10 to 16 pounds) while females are more refined (8 to 12 pounds).
Norwegian Forest Cats are extremely slow to mature, taking five years! The legs are medium in length; the hind legs are longer than the front. (This makes their rump stand higher than their shoulders.) Thighs are heavily muscled and the lower legs are substantial. Paws are large, round and have heavy toe tufts. (The climate of Norway is not easy to endure.) The tail is long, bushy and broader at the base.
A Norwegian Forest Cat head is an equilateral triangle. The neck is short yet muscular. The forehead is flat. Chins are firm but gently rounded. Ears are medium-large and rounded at the tip. The ears can feature lynx tips (ear tufts), but it’s not a breed standard. The eyes are large, almond-shaped and expressive. Eye colors are shades of green, gold or copper. White Norwegian Forest Cats can be blue eyed.
The Norwegian Forest Cat’s coat features a three-sectioned bib. A short collar at the neck, side mutton chops and a ruff. The coat is fuller in the winter (obviously). All colors and patterns occur. The newest color (non-agouti amber) was accepted in 2013. This coat is a recessive yellow color that appears as a dark honey-chestnut color.
Referred to  as Wegre (pronounced Wee-jee) by fanciers, or Norsk Skogkatt if you’re Norwegian, this breed is growing in popularity and recognized almost everywhere. Norwegian Forest Cats were bred by Mother Nature yet no wild blood can be found in their veins; they are truly a domestic (Scandinavian) breed. Norwegian Forest Cats can be found as far back as Norse mythology — long before written history.
The 1930s saw the first effort to bring Norwegian Forest Cats to the cat fancy. In 1934, the first club devoted to the breed was formed and four years later, the first Norwegian Forest Cat was shown at an Oslo cat show. World War II almost obliterated the breed as did subsequent breeding with shorthaired domestic cats. It wasn’t until the 1970s that fanciers started a serious breeding program to save the (pure) breed. In 1975, the Norsk Skogkattring (Norwegian Forest Cat Club) was formed to protect and promote the breed. In November 1979 the first breeding pair arrived in the U.S. The first litter of (American) Norwegian Forest Cats was born in March 1981. The breed has slowly been increasing in popularity. In 2013, the breed ranked as the fourth most popular longhaired breed (the 11th overall).
Don’t let the Norwegian Forest Cat’s size fool you, these cats are mild-mannered, tolerant cats that seem to have muscles full of love. Gentle and friendly, the love for their family seems to ooze from their pores. They love to sit beside you, gaze at you lovingly and soothe you with their purr (best described as a motorboat). Their ancestors had to prowl the cold, harsh Norwegian forests, but thankfully, modern cats don’t. They are quite content to curl up by the fire and be adored.
Intelligent, courageous and playful (more so during their youth), Norwegian Forest Cats are pranksters. They carry that spirit through adulthood and remain prolific hunters that don’t know how to throw in the towel. (Give up? What does that mean?) Indulge your INDOOR Norwegian Forest Cat so he doesn’t turn mischievous with stuff he shouldn’t “hunt.” Catnip mice, soft balls, interactive toys — he’ll love them all. A whirling feather toy is even better. A tall cat tree will keep your Norwegian Forest Cat off bookcases, fridges, counters and window coverings (hopefully).
They are reserved around strangers until you earn their trust. Then they turn loyal and loving, able to bond to their entire family unit. They aren’t liable to be a lap cat, they prefer to be beside you. They don’t like to be held, cuddled, restrained nor kissed. Norwegian Forest Cats express love through petting, head bumps and prefer chin scratches. They love grooming time.
Their former home required adaptability. This is a trait the breed has never forgotten either.