Kim Campbell Thornton
has been writing about
cats and dogs for 31 years.
She is the award-winning
author of more than two
dozen books and hundreds of articles on
pet care, health and behavior. Her muses
are two Cavaliers and a Pomihuahua.
in blue, black or pointed colors aren’t
suited for the show ring, but as pets
they are just as much fun to live with
and may cost less because of their
This breed’s distinctive appearance
includes white markings around the
eyes that resemble spectacles; facial
fur that gives the cat the appearance
of sporting “mutton chops;” gold,
brown or gooseberry green eyes; a
rolling gait when he walks; and a primordial belly pouch. Most Pixiebobs
have some variation on a short tail,
which can have kinks, knots, curlicues
or simply be straight.
It can take four years for a Pixiebob
to achieve full physical maturity.
The Pixiebob is generally healthy.
Currently, the breed is not known to
have any heritable diseases or drug
sensitivities. Like any cat, though, an
individual Pixiebob may develop diseases seen in cats, such as pancreatitis
Tales behind the founding of the
Pixiebob purporting that he’s the
result of matings between wild bobcats and farmhouse mousers are just
that: tales. DNA tests show no sign of
wild cat ancestry. The breed’s history
began in 1985 when Carol Ann Brewer
purchased a short-tailed male kitten
with a spotted coat and extra toes.
in water and
don’t even mind
getting a bath.
It’s not unusual
to find them
hanging out with
everyone on the
A few months later, she got a male
cat named Keba who was so tall he
reached her knees. Keba hooked up
with a neighboring female named
Maggie, and Brewer took home a
kitten with a reddish-fawn coat and
a wild appearance. She named her
Pixie. Those three cats, all of which
had a similar distinctive appearance,
inspired Brewer to standardize them
as a breed.
Brewer called the cats Pixiebobs
referencing not only that first female
kitten but also the cats’ short tails.
The International Cat Association gave
the Pixiebob full breed recognition
in 1998, making it just shy of 20
years old. The American Cat Fanciers
Association also recognizes the breed.
The outgoing Pixiebob is the host
with the most. Expect him to greet
your guests, love kids and get along
with other pets, including dogs.
In fact, he’s one of the cat breeds
often described as “doglike” and
can be trained to walk on a leash.
Think friendly, not fierce.
Pixiebobs are smart and highly
trainable. They have even been
described as — gasp! — obedient.
Obviously, we’re dealing with
cats here, so that’s not something
you should count on, but it could
Approximately 25 percent of
Pixiebobs are polydactyl, meaning
they have extra toes. They can have
as many as seven toes on each foot.