Exotic Looking Breeds of Domestic Cats


Bengal Cats / Chausies / Pixie Bobs / Safari Cats / Savannahs / Serengetis

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Pixie Bob

The Pixie-Bob is thought to have originally developed from the naturally occurring crosses of barn cats to Bobcats in Washington state, where the Coastal Red Bobcat thrives. A number of these "natural hybrid" kittens were discovered and became the foundation for the Pixie-Bob breed. Pixie-Bobs going back to these original lines are called "Blue List." Selective breeding has produced a large boned and loving cat with the personality and devotion of a faithful dog. They bond very strongly to their family and get along well with other animals and children.

Pixie-Bobs have a thick double coat that stand up off the body having "loft". The texture is quite wooly reminiscent of a Bobcat and comes in both shorthair and longhair. The longhaired Pixie-Bobs have a softer texture to the coat, and the coat length is medium. Both long and shorthaired Pixie-Bobs should have substantial boning, a tall rangy body with incredible muscle tone and large thick toes. Polydactyl cats are allowed for showing with a maximum of 7 toes per foot. Males average 20 pounds with females averaging about 14. They keep growing for 2 to 3 years. The Pixie-Bobs' face counts for 50 out of 100 points in a cat show and gives the Pixie-Bob it's unusual Bobcat look. Small almond shaped eyes, a thick fleshy chin, puffy nose, leather, heavy brow, lynx tipped ears and an inverted pear shaped head are features sought after in a show cat. The natural bob-tail can vary in length with the ideal being 4 - 6" on an adult cat and its frequently kinked , but should have flexibility and natural movement.

The Pixie-Bob comes in various shades of spotted and mackerel tabby ranging from a dove gray, tawny, through to a reddish brown, with small spots or rosettes. Extreme ticking should obscure the markings for a true Bobcat look. Sometimes kittens are born with a "classic" tabby pattern and these are usually sold as pets. Only colors found naturally in Bobcats can be used in a breeding program.

These "dogs in disguise" are unusual in both looks and personality and are on of the largest breeds of registered show-able cats.

Article reprinted with permission from Tracey Semchison