Pixie bob: origins, physical characteristics and personality

The Pixie bob cat has the feral look of the wild bobtail and the loyal personality of the domestic cat. These cats are known as "dogs in disguise".

Pixie bob

The Pixie bob is more than meets the eye. He has this feral appearance but in the reality, they are sweet, affectionate, and loving pets.


It is thought that the Pixie bob started from the unwilling crossing between a bobcat and a barn cat in 1985. The barn cat belonged to Carol Anne Brewer. She named one of the female kittens from the litter Pixie. She became the foundation of the new cat breed.  Breeders believe and accept the fact that the Pixie’s father was a wildcat, but there is no evidence of that.

The International Cat Association (TICA) recognized the breed officially in 1994. The American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) followed suit but until 2005.

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Physical characteristics

Breeders developed this cat to resemble the North American Bobcat. One interesting fact about the Pixie bob is that it grows for a time of 4 years, unlike the rest of cats who grow for one year.

Their most striking characteristics are their tipped ears with heavy hair and white fur around the eyes with black eye skin. Some cats are long-haired but most of them are short-haired. Tails can be rumpy or 5-10 cm long.

The Pixie bob can be a large cat but on average they weigh around 11 lb, which is similar to a good domestic cat.  Only a few breeders produce larger cats.


Most of the time, Pixie bobs are a contrast to their wild origin. They love to be close to their owners and they are not known for being hyperactive. These cats are said to be highly intelligent, active, bold, social, and they actually enjoy playing with other animals.

These cats enjoy a walk on a leash and they are pretty playful. Some owners claim that they are even capable of understanding some human words and phrases. The Pixie bob has been described as “dog-like” in his personality.

Caring for a Pixie-bob

Pixie-bobs are usually low maintenance but he needs basic care. These cats tend to gain excess weight so make sure you feed him properly and not confuse his size with an overly-sized cat.

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