Wild Love

The affectionate and social Pixiebob makes a loving family companion.

By Stacy N. Hackett

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Taking a stroll on a leash. Enjoying the water in a bath. Playing a game of fetch. These examples illustrate just a few of the dog-like behaviors Shari Fedewa notices daily in her Pixiebob cats.

"I've heard that a number of breeds are 'dog-like,'" explains the breeder from Winter Park, Fla. "Well, Pixiebobs like to ride in the car [and] are intelligent and obedient — which is a word not usually in the same sentence as 'cat.'"

Fedewa points to the breed's love of water as one of its more "dog-like" qualities. "They can be better at taking a bath than my Sheltie!" she says.

Patricia Peters also notes the Pixiebob's affection for getting wet. "Keeping a Pixiebob out of the shower is like trying to keep a child from splashing in a puddle," explains the breeder from Long Beach, Calif.

The Strong, Silent Type
Along with "dog-like," breeders use the words "mellow," "laid-back" and "amicable" to describe the Pixiebob's personality. These traits contribute to the cat's ability to get along with all members of the family, no matter the age or species.

**Get the October 2011 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**
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