By Mike Selvon
Choosing between cat breeds can be like trying to decide which snowflake is prettier. Each new kitten is cuter than the next. There are so many varieties to choose from, each with its own distinct look and personality. Do you want a cat breed that is sleek, like an Abyssinian or Siamese?
Alternatively, do you want a cat such as a Persian that gives an air of sophistication? Maybe you want something that resembles a cat’s wild cousins? Bengal cats have beautiful spotted coats reminiscent of leopards and ocelots, and the Pixie Bob looks like the bobcats of North America.
Pixie Bobs may have a wild look to them, but you couldn’t ask for a more charming, loving companion. This breed has a reputation for being the Golden Retrievers of the cat world. These cats, first bred in the Pacific Northwestern United States, were thought to be the product of a Bobcat and a feral cat.
DNA results have yet to prove any bloodline relation, though. The only “fierceness” this cat has is in its loyalty to its owner and family. Breeders have found that after a Pixie Bob reaches the age of one or two, they don’t adapt well to new owners.
The Pixie Bob is a medium to large cat that some have described as “big boned”. They have spotted markings and black tufts on their ears. Their tails are either short or full length. If you’re planning on showing your Pixie Bob, make sure that the breeder hasn’t had the tail docked (cut).
A docked tail is not acceptable in the show ring. Pixie Bobs also have huge paws that are “straight toed” or “poly toed”. A Pixie Bob with straight toes has paws with the usual number of toes on it (five in the front and four in the back).
A poly-toed Pixie Bob will have more than the usual number of toes, maybe six on the front paws instead of five. Unlike most cats, Pixie Bobs take three years to reach maturity as opposed to the usual one year. The males can reach 22 pounds and the females top out at 16 pounds.
If you are looking for a Pixie Bob, you can expect to sign a contract for the protection of the cattery, the kitten, and you. A contract outlines what the cattery will be responsible for (such as a 72-hour guarantee on the health of the kitten and what records the cattery’s veterinarian will provide), refunds, replacements, and expenses.
The contract will also inform you of the buyer’s responsibilities once the kitten leaves the possession of the cattery. Some other things you can expect to find on the contract are holding fees (if you request that a specific kitten be held for you), a promise from you to give the kitten a good home and reasonable care, and advertising rights (the cattery might want to use photos of your kitten for future promotions).
Now that you have decided that you would like to have a Pixie Bob of your own, where can you find one? It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to find one in a cat shelter, although there are Pixie Bob rescues out there.
While most of the Pixie Bob catteries are located in Washington State in the United States, you can find them all over the US and in the UK as well. The International Cat Association has listings for Pixie Bob catteries and practically every other breed of cat out there.
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