Pixie-Bob

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HistoryLegend has it that for centuries, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, near Puget Sound, the smallest of bobcats, the Coastal Red Bobcat, periodically mated with domestic cats. Beliefs are that these couplings have occurred for centuries in North America - in the territories native to the Coastal Red Bobcat. With this belief, the Legend Cat? was born!In 1985, TICA accepted the Pixiebob breed for registry. One of the foundation females was a cat named Pixie. She was the offspring of two Legend Cats?. Pixie not only had the legendary heritage but also had a distinctively "wild look". She was covered with muted spotting on her reddish-fawn coat and had a very "wild face", reminiscent of a Bobcat. This look is what inspired the making of this breed.In August of 1997, TICA voted to accept the Pixiebob Shorthair and Pixiebob Longhair for Championship showing, which commenced with the following year's show season -- May 1998. Since then, the Pixiebob and has competed against the other well known championship breeds for international, regional and breed titles.DescriptionThe Pixiebob should have a ?wild look?, reminiscent of their legendary ancestors and are recognized and valued for this unique look.Their body has heavy bone structure,ÿ is muscular and rangy with very loose skin and large feet.ÿ Many are polydactyl (extra toes on each foot). ÿÿThe coat is short to medium length and should stand out.ÿÿ For both shorthair and longhair coats, facial hair is full and bushy in appearance, having a downward growth pattern. There should be an appearance of heavy fur above the eyes. The coat separates easily and is weather resistant.The tail should be a Minimum of 2 inches in length, (approximately thumb length). Maximum length should be to the hock, when hind leg is fully extended. Bone length determines the tail length, with occasional shorter or longer lengths produced.The Pixiebob is accepted by TICA for ring competition in one color category only - Brown Spotted Tabby. ÿColor variations of Brown Spotted Tabby and shades of Rufus (wild redness) include Fawn, Tan, Russet and Brown to Black markings with White ticking. Patterns vary, spotted preferred, broken bars and rosettes.Pixiebobs are medium to large in size.ÿ Males are approximately 12 ? 20 pounds and females are proportionately smaller.TemperamentThe Pixiebob is intelligent, inquisitive, is easily trained and has aÿ kind and gentle nature.ÿÿ It is a busy cat yet non-destructive so they make perfect indoor pets.ÿ They have an unusually strong bond with their family (especially the females) which makes them excellent companions for children and adults of all ages.ÿ They are also very quiet yet prone to expressing themselves with a chirp or chitter when happy and they socialize well with other animals.

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This breed information has been assembled from a number of area which include "The Legacy of the Cat" by Gloria Stephens, "Eyewitness Handbooks - Cats" by David Alderton and the "TICA Breed Standards".ÿ As well, much information was obtained on the Internet. It was submitted to us by Southern Alberta Calgary Cat Fanciers