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Pixiebob Shorthair
CH LivingLegend's Birch
Breeder: Shari Fedewa, LivingLegend cattery, Florida, USA
LivingLegend's Birch
CH LivingLegend's Birch
Breeder: Shari Fedewa, LivingLegend cattery, Florida, USA
 

Color and pattern:

The color has all shades varying from light to dark brown, a red-brown color is preferred.
The pattern is a tabby-pattern, spotted tabby. The spots are rather small and may resemble also broken mackerel-stripes. The pattern is diffused due to the heavy ticking, but a clear pattern is not so important.
Longhair Shorthair
Various color shades of the coat with the reverse-ticking (note the pale yellow hair tips)
 
The coat is heavily ticked, the ticking is a so called reverse-ticking, as one may see in wild rabbits and mice. The hair tips have the pale agouti-band, they are golden-yellow, close to the skin the hair has a dark agouti-band, which gives a greyish base. This heavy agouti-banding can be seen very clearly.
Ticking is more important than the spotted pattern, as it shall resemble the look of wild animals.
Pixiebob Longhair
SMGC Natureworks Belvedere, NW
Breeder: Tracey Semchison, Natureworks cattery, Gananoque, Ontario, Canada
Photo: Blue Sky
Natureworks Belvedere: head and paws
SMGC Natureworks Belvedere, NW
Breeder: Tracey Semchison, Natureworks cattery, Gananoque, Ontario, Canada
Photo: Blue Sky
Pixiebob Shorthair
QGC LivingLegend's Geronimew, RW
Breeder: Shari Fedewa, LivingLegend cattery, Florida, USA
Pixiebob Longhair
SGC Kaperkats Almond Roca of LivingLegend
Breeder: Kay Doyle
Owner: Shari Fedewa, LivingLegend cattery, Florida, USA
 

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Breed profile

The Pixie-Bob (Pixiebob) is a very large cat with a rectangular body, a broad head and a bobtail-tail of varying length, as it can be seen in nature. It shall come close to the Coastal Red Bobcat, which lives in the North Western part of the US in the state of Washington (one of the 23 species of Bobtail cats).

The head looks like an inverted broad pear. The forehead is broad and rounded. The nose is broad and slightly downward curved, with a large nose leather. The base of the nose is clearly marked. The muzzle is broad and rounded, well defined with a visible whisker break and has prominent whisker pads.
The ears are medium in size and placed at the corners of the head. The rounded ear tips have lynx-tufts, on the back side are pale lynx markings (pale thumbprint).
The eyes are medium sized and very important in this breed, they have a very characteristic shape, as if the cat would look through its sleepy eye-lids. The shape resembles a triangle, the upper eye-lid is pronounced and hooded, the side toward the inner eye corner is straight, the side towards the outer eye corner is rounded and slanted toward the ears. The eye brows are strong and heavily furnished. The eyes are encircled with pale cream (almost white) color, the mascara markings are clearly to be seen. The eye color is golden to brown, a gooseberry-green color is tolerated.

The body is very large and noticeably strong, very muscular. The body is elongated and gives a long rectangle together with the long legs. The boning is very strong, shoulder blades are prominent, the chest is broad. The back rises toward the hind quarters, the flanks are deep. The hips are smaller than the shoulders.
The legs are long and very solid and muscular, the paws are large and rounded with strong, long toes. Polydactyl cats are tolerated (maximum 7 toes).

The tail is the typical bobtail-tail, which may vary in length. It consists of angles, curves and kinks, it is not straight, but not giving any pom-pom effect. it is carried low, when the cat is relaxed. The tail must be at least 5 cm and may reach to the hocks as a maximum.

The Pixie-Bob exists as longhair and as shorthair.
Longhair:
The coat is medium dense (not so dense as in the shorthair), it is soft and lying more close to the body when compared to the shorthaired variant. The coat is medium in length, the coat at the belly is always longer than the coat on the body.
Shorthair:
The coat is short, very dense, soft with wooly undercoat. It stands off from the body. The coat at the belly is always longer than the coat on the body.

The breed develops very slowly and needs four years to reach the type of an adult cat. The males are noticeably larger than the females.

 

Remarks to polydactyly

The German expertise to the Animal Protection Law § 11b has not made careful scientific researches concerning this subject. It ignores that there seem to be two types of polydactyly, where the type, as used in breeding Pixiebob, and also Maine Coon, does not harm the cats.
This expertise has also not studied polydactyly in wild cats, otherwise the Norwegian Fishing Cat would have been known, which is by nature polydactyl and needs its extra toes for survival.
Also the Norsk Lundehund, which is polydactyl by nature, seems to have not been studied thoroughly by this expertise:
Lundehund e.V.
Norsk Lundehund

Read more about this subject in the detailed and carefully researched articles at: messybeast.com
which also provides a list of scientific literature.

 

History

The origin of the breed is framed with legends that wild Bobtail cats mated several times with free roaming domestic cats.
In 1985 a litter of domestic cats was born Cascade Range (near the coasts of Puget Sound) having this legendary bobtail-tail, whose origin is obscure and not clear. Carol Ann Brewer bought one spotted polydactyl male from this litter, which had that bobtail-tail. In January 1986 Mrs. Brewer saved a large male from starvation, which had a classic tabby pattern and a bobtail-tail, called Keba. In April 1986 a litter from Keba and Maggie, a domestic cat, was born. Mrs. Brewer kept the legendary foundation female, called Pixie, which gave its name to this new breed, the Pixiebob. The first generation was called "Legend Cats". Thus Carol Ann Brewer started breeding this new breed in 1987, she is considered to be the founder of the Pixiebob breed. In 1989 she established a standard for the breed. In 1993 Mrs. Brewer approached TICA, which accepted the breed for exhibitions in 1994. In 1995 the Pixiebob was accepted by TICA in the NBC-class (New Breed Color). In 1998 the breed received championship status in TICA.
 

Temperament

The Pixiebob is very sociable, affectionate and quiet, it has a fine voice. It is also called as "dog in disguise". The cat is very intelligent and learns quite fast, it can easily be trained to walk on harness or to fetch little things. It is always busy and very interested in its surrounding.
 

Grooming

The breed is easy going, the coat sheds rather little and does not need excessive grooming. But the cats loves to be brushed.
 
 

 
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