Pixibob (English Pixiebob) is a breed of domestic cats that came from America and are large in size and appearance resembling a mini-lynx. These are kind, gentle friends, getting along with other cats and dogs.
Many conflicting stories exist about the origin of this breed. The most romantic and popular is that they come from the lynx and outbred hybrids of the domestic cat.
Unfortunately, the presence of wild cat genes in the pixibob genotype has not been confirmed by science, however, the study of genetic material still very often gives errors.
Although domestic cats can mate in small, wild cats (and a Bengal cat is evidence of this), a developing breed in itself is unlikely, since males of such hybrids in the first or second generation are most often sterile.
In addition, cats prefer animals of their own species, unless the choice is limited.
For example, a Bengal cat was born as a result of the fact that a domestic cat and a Far Eastern cat were together in the same cage.
It is generally considered to be a domestic cat, with a mutation that led to a shortened tail, although this does not explain the size of cats.
If we move away from theories, the creation of the pixibob breed is attributed to the breeder Carol Ann Brewer. In 1985, she acquired a kitten from a couple living at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, Washington.
This kitten was distinguished by polydactyly, and the owners claimed that it was born from a cat with a short tail and an ordinary cat. In January 1986, she rescued another cat, he was very large, with a short tail, and although he was starving, he weighed about 8 kg and reached Carol's knees in height.
Soon after he got to her house, a neighbor cat gave birth to kittens from him, this was in April 1986. Brever left for herself one kitten, a kitten that she named Pixie, which means “elf” in translation.
And the full name of the breed can ultimately be translated as a short-tailed elf, since it was Pixie who laid the foundation for the entire breed.
Over the next few years, Carol introduced about 23 different cats into the breeding program, which she collected along the foot of the Cascade Mountains, including the very first one.
She believed that they were born from a wild lynx and domestic cat, and even registered the term “Legend Cat”.
As a result, large cats were born that looked like a lynx. Carol developed the breed standard, and eventually successfully registered with the TICA (The International Cat Association) and ACFA (American Cat Fanciers Association).
However, some associations rejected the application, for example, in 2005 CFA. The reason was “the presence of wild ancestors”, and it is likely that in the future this breed will not be recognized as one of the largest organizations in North America.
However, this does not prevent her from being in 4 of the 7 largest organizations: ACFA, CCA, TICA, and UFO.
Pixibob is a large domestic cat that looks like a lynx, with a loving, obedient character. The body is medium or large, with a wide bone, a powerful chest. The shoulder blades are well defined, while walking give the impression of a smooth, powerful gait.
Cats of the breed can be huge, but usually weigh about 5 kg, which is comparable to large cats of other breeds, and only some nurseries are engaged in breeding truly large cats. Cats are usually smaller.
Due to their large size, they grow slowly, and become sexually mature by 4 years, while domestic cats by one and a half years.
Paws are long, wide and muscular with large, almost round pads and fleshy fingers.
Polydactyly is acceptable (the presence of extra fingers), but not more than 7 on one paw. Feet should be straight when looking at them from the front.
The ideal tail should be straight, but creases and knots are allowed. The minimum tail length is 5 cm, and the maximum to the joint of a fully extended hind leg.
Pixibobs can be both semi-long-haired and short-haired. Shorthair's coat is soft, furry, elastic to the touch, raised above the body. On the stomach it is denser and longer than throughout the body.
In longhair, it is less than 5 cm long, and also longer on the stomach.
Characteristic of the breed is the expression of the muzzle, which is pear-shaped, with a strong chin and black lips.
The wild appearance of the pixibob does not reflect the nature of the breed - loving, trusting, gentle. And although in many respects it depends on a specific animal, in general, these cats are smart, accommodating, love people and active.
In general, breeders say that pixibobes are attached to the whole family, and can find a common language with each member. Usually they do not choose one. Some cats find a good common ground even with strangers, although others can hide under the couch when they see strangers.
Most people like to spend time with family, follow the owners on the heels of it. They get along well with children and love to play with them, provided that they are careful in relation to them. However, they get along well with other cats and friendly dogs.
They understand words and phrases very well, and at the mention of a veterinarian you can look for your cat for a long time ...
Quite quiet, pixibobes communicate not meow (some do not meow at all), but make a variety of sounds.
According to fans, these cats have no hereditary genetic diseases, and nurseries continue to work in this direction. It is also forbidden to cross pixibobes with cats of other breeds, as some can transfer their genetic defects to them.
In particular, with the Manxes, since these cats have serious problems with the skeleton, a consequence of the gene transmitting taillessness. In any case, before buying, make sure that the cat is vaccinated, the documents are drawn up correctly, and the remaining animals in the cattery are healthy.
As already mentioned, polydactyly or the presence of extra fingers on the paws is permissible. There can be up to 7, and mainly on the front legs, although it happens on the hind legs. If a similar defect is found in other breeds, then the cat is definitely disqualified.