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Pixiebob cat: characteristics and origins

Pixiebob cat: characteristics and origins


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The appearance of the Pixiebob cat it is easily recognizable, I assure you, because this breed has particular characteristics that make it famous even if not very widespread. It is a rather large feline in size but with a short tail, with big feet and a wild appearance but the character is domestic.

This cat did not have an easy life, initially even almost rejected in feline shows because it looked too much like the Wild Bobcat lynx and therefore not with the suitable appearance to participate in an exhibition of animals that are considered domestic. A big question arose and genetic studies were also made to understand the origins of the cat and the category in which to place it. His ancestry from wild cat was confirmed, at least partially, but the possibility of obtaining hybrids, including some perfectly domestic ones, was also revealed.

Pixiebob cat: description

Let's start to better tell what this cat looks like that we will all instinctively support the American wild cat, the Bobcat, because it actually looks like you. He has a robust and powerful body, muscular but harmonious, with strong bones and a well developed chest.

The head is proportionate to the body therefore not small, with a prominent forehead and, consequently, the eyes more sunken. He looks puzzled and thoughtful with one searching look a bit mysterious. The nose is broad and the nose is brick-colored; the cheeks protrude and the chin is evident. On the ears also sprout tufts of well-pointed hair, like that of lynxes.

There are varieties with short hair and others with long hair, in any case it is dense and raised from the body, in some areas it can be thicker and more voluminous, this happens for example on the chin and on the side of the head. This feature gives it a more wild look than ever, the coat can be in any shade of brown tabb. Another peculiarity of the Pixiebob cat it is the thing that is shorter than average, especially considering the size of the whole cat.

Pixiebob cat: character

Clever and cunning, the Pixiebob cat he has a lazy character and knows how to be spoiled by us humans, which is why he is happy to be a domestic cat and not a wild cat. In fact, he has no problem staying at home in the warmth and snoring, waiting for baby food. It is therefore a calm but at the same time pretentious cat. He wants to be at the center of attention and receive a lot of pampering, but in turn he knows how to be persuasive and affectionate, like a dog. While it may appear to be a forest cat rather than a home cat, this cat is a perfect domestic cat, tender and able to become attached to its family.

Pixiebob cat: origins

The time has come to find out how this breed was born, so beautiful and also full of contradictions. To begin the long selection process that then led to the definition of this breed was Carol Ann Brewer of Stone Island Cattery. In Washington state, in 1985, he began to identify some unique characteristics that have gradually become distinctive.

There are many peculiarities of this Pixiebob cat, first of all the coexistence between the wildness of the appearance and the mildness of the character. But there are also much more concrete aspects such as the polydactyl feet that it is the only one to have among all the existing breeds. If we look closely at its paws, we can count a number of toes higher than the norm and in feline exposures this aspect had made many wrinkle their noses, as a sign of wildness. Today the thing has been accepted and the fact that the PixieBob even having seven fingers is no longer seen as a problem.

Bobcat lynx

We dedicate the last lines to tell the characteristics of the bobcat lynx to which the Pixiebob has often been compared. This lynx has a particular coat that distinguishes it from the Canadian one, a more colorful coat, mottled with brown and gray. It also has a longer tail and shorter legs, and ears with tufts at the apex, just like ours Pixiebob.

In this breed of lynx there is a strong sexual dysmorphism: the females are much smaller than the males, which can reach significant dimensions and weights, 18 to 24 kilos.

We can find this wild animal in most of the United States, as well as in Northern and central Mexico, where it abounds on the central plateau and in the mountains, but never descends further south of the tropical forests. In Mexico we find it in the volcanic mountain range of Mexico and reaches Lake Superior. Finally, we find it in the Canadian provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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