Pixiebob Cat Breed
Learn all about Pixiebob cats with photos and stories of this bobcat-like breed.
Sharleen Horne searched for the source of the eerie sound. A baby raccoon apparently had found its way inside, and now its distressed cry echoed through the house. Horne rounded a corner and came upon the true source of the noise: her Pixie-Bob, Curly. The 4-year-old cat stared at her and then, with golden eyes half shut, made the noise again.
"I'm always surprised at the sounds they'll make," says Horne, owner of ExpresivePixie Cattery, in Marysville, Wash., and breed chairperson for The International Cat Association. "They don't meow. Instead, they chirp and chatter; but mimicking a baby raccoon was a new sound even I hadn't heard."
Pixie-Bobs constantly surprise. The breed's wild bobcat looks belie a loving, playful, devoted nature. The heavy-hooded eyes, spotted coat and short tail draw attention-people sit up and take notice, but the incredibly dog-like personality keeps people hooked.
That combination attracted Tonya Butler, owner of WhistlinPixie Cattery in Phoenix, Ariz., and vice president of the International Pixie-Bob Society. "I love the wild look, but I had to have a breed that would work with my young children," Butler says. "As far as temperament, with kids this is the most phenomenal cat for a family."
The Pixie-Bob bears a remarkable resemblance to the Pacific Northwest coastal red bobcat. "At first when these cats came to me, I didn't believe the stories of matings between wild bobcats and barn cats," says Carol Ann Brewer, breed founder and owner of Stone Island cattery in Bellingham, Wash. "When I had babies, I had to accept it. Their appearance brought back to me that this was something people had been talking about for hundreds of years."
In the 1980s, Brewer acquired cats she believed resulted from unplanned matings of bobcats and barn cats. Because she had no proof of this, she called them Legend Cats. Two of them produced a kitten that Brewer named Pixie.
"She had such a wild beauty that I knew I couldn't stand not having her face around for the rest of my life," Brewer says. Brewer selected three other Legend Cats from local sources and set out to create a breed based on Pixie as its standard. TICA granted the Pixie-Bob experimental status in 1994. A founding board consisting of Brewer, Bernida Flynn, Gail Chaney and Pam Richcreek further developed and promoted the breed, leading to its acceptance into the New Breed and Color category in 1995 and Championship in May 1998. Because DNA testing has not revealed any wildcat genetic markers, TICA classifies the Pixie-Bob as a domestic cat, not a hybrid