FAQ's

Are they really part bobcat? The Pixie-Bob is a new domestic breed having what is believed to be possible bobcat ancestry.

Do they look like bobcats? Yes, but in varying degrees. Through careful selective breeding, the physical characteristics of the bobcat are brought to the surface. It is not unusual to see a wild appearance to the face, a light colored spotted and heavily ticked woolly coat, large boning and a short tail. They should remind one of a small bobcat.

How large are they? Male cats range in weight from 12 to 22 pounds. The females range between 8 to 15 pounds. The males are typically more heavily muscled than the females. Keep in mind that they continue to grow and fill out for the first four years of their life.

Where did the name come from? The first kitten produced from the original breeding was named Pixie. It is her face and coat that we are attempting to copy over and over again.

How old is the breed? This type of cat is literally centuries old, as legends recorded in old books say that the North American bobcat began breeding with domestic cats that arrived with the first European immigrants. More recently, in 1985, Carol Ann Brewer began working with cats believed to be of this heritage. Soon, several breeders joined in her endeavor to work with what occurred naturally; to capture, for all time, the wild look and to maintain the gentle nature for which they are known.

Is the Pixie-Bob accepted by a major registering association? Yes, in October 1994, they began to be registered by T.I.C.A. (The International Cat Association) as an experimental breed and in September 1995 they were accepted for NBC (New Breed Color) which allowed them to compete against each other in the ring. In August 1997, they were accepted for Championship status, making them a full-fledged breed which will compete with all other breeds in the ring. As of February 2008 they have been accepted for Championship status in ACFA and 3 rd generation cats are eligible to compete.

What is the lifespan of the Pixie-Bob? Under optimum conditions they live just as long as any other breed of cat. Since the breed is officially only 13 years old, it is difficult to say if they will live as long as the bobcat does.

How much does one cost? Pets range in price from $500.00 to $1500.00 with an occasional kitten priced lower. Breeders start at $1500.00 and rise in price dependent upon how closely they resemble the T.I.C.A. standard and whether they may be shown in the ring or not.

What is their personality like? We believe that the Pixie-Bob's temperament closely resembles the canine species. Being quite dog-like in devotion, intelligence and trainability. They are a unique cat, bonding strongly to a single individual and/or family for life.

Are they ever wild like the bobcat? First of all, let's make it clear that from what we know about the bobcat, it has a very shy disposition, and is not aggressive whatsoever. It's reputation for being wild stems from it's incredible ability to fight animals much larger than itself, for defense purposes only. They are remarkably intelligent, yet, because of this, they are also intuitive and somewhat apprehensive in situations where they are not completely comfortable. Likewise, the Pixie-Bob is extremely intelligent and intuitive, and not completely comfortable when strangers arrive in their home. Their usual habit is to retire to the bedroom furthest away from the excitement, and stay there until the coast is clear. Their natural tendency is to be sweet, affectionate and gentle with their own family. However, in the evenings, they often display that "wild" exuberance that is so entertaining. A life of Pixie-Bob ownership can never be dull!

How are they with children? The Pixie-Bob is more gentle and patient with children than anyone else! Incredibly, they seem to be able to distinguish between babies, children and adults and adjust their behavior appropriately. Pixie-Bobs have been known to allow "their own babies to maul them unmercifully, though their general temperament is to refuse to allow an adult stranger to even touch them. They make cognitive decisions all day long and it is fascinating to see the thought processes right in front of your eyes. So many times we have heard that owners couldn't believe what they were seeing.

I hear that bobcats are very destructive. Will a Pixie-Bob destroy my house? No, the Pixie-Bob is a superb house cat and fares well even in the smallest apartment. They are very clean and are easily litter box trained. They prefer to scratch wood rather than furniture, carpet or traditional cat scratchers. We recommend that a new Pixie-Bob owner acquire an interesting piece of wood to place in a corner where the cats can freely access it. Regarding the litter box, keeping it continually clean will prevent any accidents from occurring. As clean as they are naturally, the Pixie-Bob is a model roommate.

Are they noisy? On the contrary, the Pixie-Bob is considered to be a very quiet breed. This is not to say that they do not talk, however. Most Pixie-Bobs have a series of chirps, chittering noises and gutteral sounds as well as the very infrequent raspy or hoarse meow. These are all used in play and expressing affection as well as during "the hunt".

Can I let my Pixie-Bob outside? It is not wise to leave your friend outside where it is often helpless to protect itself from cars, dogs, coyotes, snakes, birds of prey, disease, poisoning, cat fights, theft and just plain getting lost. However, Pixie-Bobs are easily trained to walk on a harness and leash. They love to ride in the car, too!

Will a Pixie-Bob get along with my other pets? It will take a short adjustment period, but once the other pets understand that the Pixie-Bob is happy to be their friend there should be no more problems. They love dogs and own them, just like the rest of the family. Because they are territorial, all cats and dogs will need to obey them, but they are benevolent rulers.

My children want to have kittens in the house. Should I try breeding? No, we do not advise that anyone "try" breeding unless they are prepared to have a major life change. Breeding is a very expensive and serious hobby and it takes a very dedicated person to do it properly. Kittens at a very young age are extremely susceptible to disease and death so casually trying a hand at breeding could possibly cost you more money and emotions than you had planned to expend. However, if you are seriously interested in making this enormous life change, talk with an F.T.L.O.P. TM breeder and they can help you to determine whether this is what you really want to do. A new breeder must have a mentor in the Pixie-Bob Association, so it is a good idea to work closely with the person who has sold you your first breeder quality kitten. You should look to them for advice.

What if I decide that I want to show my kitten? First, check with the person than you bought your kitten from: you may not show your kitten unless you purchased a "show quality cat". Be aware that you could, again, spend enormous amounts of money showing a kitten that might not be top show quality or might just be too young. Rarely can a young kitten stand up against the "big boys" and take home a ribbon. However, an excellent quality kitten CAN get some attention so if you like the action and confusion of the show hall, then showing just may be for you. It takes the right kind of person to really have fun: not too competitive, yet, enough to take it seriously. If you really like showing, then you might find yourself traveling to shows all over the country, and eventually to other countries, as often as even once a month. So purchasing a show kitten often spells commitment for quite some time. It's fun and challenging, but you can't take things to heart or it won't be any fun at all.

Speaking of other countries, is the Pixie-Bob legal in every city, state, province and country? The Pixie-Bob is technically legal everywhere, since we are registered as a domestic breed and blood testing done on the cats to find bobcat DNA was unsuccessful at this stage. Therefore, it has been agreed that the cats must be registered as domestics. However, it is always unwise to speak "lightly" to officials whom you are unfamiliar with, relating that the cats are "part bobcat" or worse, to state that you have "a hybrid" (which most certainly isn't so). People who want attention have found themselves in the unique position of having more attention than they needed, having to defend the ownership of their cat and prove why they should be allowed to keep it in the area in which they live. The same with traveling: do not speak "lightly" of what you believe your cat to be...it only complicates matters if an official does not understand what the breed is all about. When you are getting on a plane is not the time you want to be educating someone. To prevent problems, you have a Pixie-Bob, or if they don't know what that is, a new domestic brown spotted tabby breed that resembles a bobcat, that's all. Another word of advice: before you talk about your rare, expensive and intelligent Pixie-Bob to strangers, please consider that theft is, to date, the biggest cause of loss to an owner in the breed.

There are some interesting aspects to consider in your quest to see if the Pixie-Bob is for you. We poor souls are breeding and showing these cats because we are addicted to being owned by one (or many more). We joke about the addiction, but soon enough, new owners discover that it's really not a joke at all. We dearly love these cats and do not wish to see the world live without the Pixie-Bob, so we dedicate ourselves to the promotion of the breed with all that it entails. If you have never met a Pixie-Bob fanatic yet, just take a good look at the person who gave you this information. He or she is happier than they have ever been. Is it for you? Just pick up and hold a Pixie-Bob close. Then look into those eyes.

What is the difference between a pet quality, a breeder quality and a show cat? Show or breeder quality is determined by how closely the kitten fits the Pixie-Bob standard; in type, coat quality, color and pattern, and most of all, head and facial characteristics. In order to be a show quality kitten, it must not only fit the standard, but must also be an SBT or third to fourth generation kitten. A pet quality kitten can be any of the above and/or be a first or second generation kitten not able to be shown in the show ring as a Pixiebob. All pet quality kittens are altered prior to sale.

What is their personality like? We believe that the Pixie-Bob's temperament closely resembles the canine species as they are quite dog-like in devotion, intelligence and trainability. They have been compared to a Golden Retriever in these aspects. They are a unique cat, bonding strongly to a single individual and/or family for life.

Are they ever wild like the bobcat? First of all, let's make it clear that from what we know about the bobcat, it has a very shy disposition, and is not aggressive whatsoever. Its reputation for being wild stems from its incredible ability to fight animals much larger than itself, for defense purposes only. They are remarkably intelligent, yet, because of this, they are also intuitive and somewhat apprehensive in situations where they are not completely comfortable. Likewise, the Pixie-Bob is extremely intelligent and intuitive, and not completely comfortable when strangers arrive in their home. Their natural tendency is to be sweet, affectionate and gentle with their own family. However, in the evenings, they often display that "wild" exuberance that is so entertaining. A life of Pixie-Bob ownership can never be dull!

How are they with children? The Pixie-Bob is more gentle and patient with children than anyone else! Incredibly, they seem to be able to distinguish between babies, children and adults and adjust their behavior appropriately. Pixie-Bobs have been known to allow "their own babies to maul them unmercifully, though their general temperament is to refuse to allow an adult stranger to even touch them. They make cognitive decisions all day long and it is fascinating to see the thought processes right in front of your eyes. So many times we have heard that owners couldn't believe what they were seeing.

I hear that bobcats are very destructive. Will a Pixie-Bob destroy my house? No, the Pixie-Bob is a superb house cat and fares well even in the smallest apartment. They are very clean and are easily litter box trained. They prefer to scratch wood rather than furniture, carpet or traditional cat scratchers. We recommend that a new Pixie-Bob owner acquire an interesting piece of wood to place in a corner where the cats can freely access it. Regarding the litter box, keeping it continually clean will prevent any accidents from occurring. As clean as they are naturally, the Pixie-Bob is a model roommate.

Are they noisy? On the contrary, the Pixie-Bob is considered to be a very quiet breed. This is not to say that they do not talk, however. Most Pixie-Bobs have a series of chirps, chittering noises and guttural sounds as well as the very infrequent raspy or hoarse meow. These are all used in play and expressing affection as well as during "the hunt".

Can I let my Pixie-Bob outside? It is not wise to leave your friend outside where it is often helpless to protect itself from cars, dogs, coyotes, snakes, birds of prey, disease, poisoning, cat fights, theft and just plain getting lost. However, Pixie-Bobs are easily trained to walk on a harness and leash. They love to ride in the car, too!

Will a Pixie-Bob get along with my other pets? It will take a short adjustment period, but once the other pets understand that the Pixie-Bob is happy to be their friend there should be no more problems. They love dogs and own them, just like the rest of the family. Because they are territorial, all cats and dogs will need to obey them, but they are benevolent rulers.

What if I decide that I want to show my kitten? First, check with the person than you bought your kitten from: you may not show your kitten unless you purchased a "show quality cat". Be aware that you could, again, spend enormous amounts of money showing a kitten that might not be top show quality or might just be too young. Rarely can a young kitten stand up against the "big boys" and take home a ribbon. However, an excellent quality kitten CAN get some attention so if you like the action and confusion of the show hall, then showing just may be for you. It takes the right kind of person to really have fun: not too competitive, yet, enough to take it seriously. If you really like showing, then you might find yourself traveling to shows all over the country, and eventually to other countries, as often as even once a month. So purchasing a show kitten often spells commitment for quite some time. It's fun and challenging, but you can't take things to heart or it won't be any fun at all.

Speaking of other countries, is the Pixie-Bob legal in every city, state, province and country? The Pixie-Bob is technically legal everywhere, since we are registered as a domestic breed and blood testing done on the cats to find bobcat DNA was unsuccessful at this stage. Therefore, it has been agreed that the cats must be registered as domestics. However, it is always unwise to speak "lightly" to officials whom you are unfamiliar with, relating that the cats are "part bobcat" or worse, to state that you have "a hybrid" (which most certainly isn't so). People who want attention have found themselves in the unique position of having more why they should be allowed to keep it in the area in which they live. The same with traveling: do not speak "lightly" of what you believe your cat to be...it only complicates matters if an official does not understand what the breed is all about. When you are getting on a plane is not the time you want to be educating someone. To prevent problems, you have a Pixie-Bob, or if they don't know what that is, a new domestic brown spotted tabby breed that resembles a bobcat, that's all. Another word of advice: before you talk about your rare, expensive and intelligent Pixie-Bob to strangers, please consider that theft is, to date, the biggest cause of loss to an owner in the breed.

Is the Pixie-bob for you? There are some interesting aspects to consider in your quest to see if the Pixie-Bob is for you. We poor souls are breeding and showing these cats because we are addicted to being owned by one (or many more). We joke about the addiction, but soon enough, new owners discover that it's really not a joke at all. We dearly love these cats and do not wish to see the world live without the Pixie-Bob, so we dedicate ourselves to the promotion of the breed with all that it entails. If you have never met a Pixie-Bob fanatic yet, just take a good look at the person who gave you this information. He or she is happier than they have ever been. Is it for you? Just pick up and hold a Pixie-Bob close. Then look into those eyes.

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