The origin story of the Pixiebob began in the Pacific Northwestern United States, where the bobcat also known as red coastal bobcat roams freely. The legend tells that an amorous local bobcat mated with domestic barn and farm cats who gave birth to kittens that had the characteristics of this dual heritage: the look of the bobcat and the character of the domestic cat. "It was in 1985, near the shores of Puget Sound, that a small Coastal Red Bobcat was seen fighting with a short-tailed polydactlyl barn cat. The owners ran to save their cat from possible harm, and later reaped a harvest of kittens born through suspicious circumstances. A male polydactyl kitten was purchased by Carol Ann Brewer, who was immediately intrigued with the kitten's appearance and behavior. She knew that she possessed a kitten with the blood of another world and so began a search for information to help her understand if such an unusual cat would have any special needs. What Carol Ann discovered was that there was, indeed, documentation by others who also believed that they had a cat with wild heritage. According to what she read, it seemed that what had occurred there, in the Pacific Northwest, was not that unusual." wrote Carol Ann Brewer on her website. Thus began Carol's love affair with the Pixiebob. Read some of Carol Brewers original newsletters here.
Since the legend begins with the mating between a bobcat and a domestic cat, there has always been a question of the hybrid genetic character of the pixiebob. Do they have in their genes a trace of their bobcat ancestors? Early blood tests on the pixiebob do not bring any proof of a hybrid character however DNA testing at that time was not reliable for wild markers and its possible the genetic footprint was too distant on the cats tested. We will never really know! There is still great debate to this day among breeders about the veracity of the bobcat legend - ask three people and you will get three very different opinions!
Tail length can range from one inch to full length with the most ideal and sought after being two inch to hock length. Polydactylism is another unique feature of Pixiebobs with some cats having all four paws polydactyl, others just two usually the front paws. Colors and coat patterns include reddish brown to brownish gray fur with small dark spots.
The Pixiebob Personality is pure delight! They are social, dog-like, can be harness trained (many are 'adventure cats' that will go hiking, camping and love car rides with their owners!). They love their humans and will follow you wherever you go. Pixies make great farm cats or spoiled pets.