This unusual cat looks wild, but his behavior is mild. The Pixiebob is a medium-size to large cat. His coat may be short or long, usually in a brown spotted tabby pattern. He is unique among cat breeds because his breed standard permits polydactylism, meaning he can have more than the usual number of toes.
Big, lively and outgoing, the Pixiebob’s devotion to his people belies his somewhat wild look. He loves spending time with his family, and it’s not unusual for him to learn to walk on a leash or chase after a toy and bring it back. He likes to be in the center of family goings-on, but he has a calm, relaxed attitude, making him more restful to be around than some other cat breeds. The Pixiebob is talkative, chirping and chattering as he tells you about his day. He weighs between eight and 17 pounds and lives for 13 or more years.
Brush the Pixiebob once a week to remove dead hair and keep his coat shiny and healthy. The only other grooming he needs is regular nail trimming, tooth brushing, and ear cleaning.
The Pixiebob is well suited to any home with people who will love him and care for him. Keep him indoors to protect him from cars, diseases spread by other cats and attacks from other animals.
The Pixiebob's facial hair makes him look as if he has muttonchop sideburns. The Pixiebob has a soft, thick, weather-resistant coat that can be short or long. It can be all shades of brown spotted tabby with mascara markings from the outer corner of the eye down through the cheek and a spotted belly.
Pixiebobs are often described as doglike because they are so devoted to their people. They like kids and are sturdy and active enough to be good playmates. Just make sure children treat them with the gentle respect they deserve. It’s not unusual to see them playing fetch or learning to walk on leash. They tend to get along well with other cats and cat-friendly dogs.
Companionable and affectionate, the Pixiebob wants to be an integral part of the family. Expect him to get involved in everything from barbecues to birthday parties. He’s also fine with kicking back and watching a little TV with you or keeping you company while you work around the house. His vocabulary includes chirps, chitters and growls in addition to purrs and meows.
The Pixiebob is intelligent. Challenge his brain and keep him interested in life by teaching him tricks and providing him with puzzle toys that will reward him with kibble or treats when he learns how to manipulate them.
Always choose a kitten from a breeder who raises litters in the home and handles them from an early age. Meet at least one and ideally both of the parents to ensure that they have nice temperaments.
All cats have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run, don’t walk, from any breeder who does not offer a health guarantee on kittens or who tells you that her kittens are isolated from the main part of the household for health reasons.
The Pixiebob is generally healthy, but it is always wise to buy from a breeder who provides a written health guarantee. Pixiebobs may be sensitive to certain vaccinations, so be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your veterinarian.
Remember that after you’ve taken a new kitten into your home, you have the power to protect him from one of the most common health problems: obesity. Keeping a Pixiebob at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to protect his overall health. Make the most of your preventive abilities to help ensure a healthier cat for life.