In English, pixie-bob means “short-tailed elf” (pixie is an elf, and bob is interpreted as a “short tail,” in the name of a forest cat from a legend). The first mention of the mysterious American cat-lynx are found in the works of Hemingway.
The pixie bob breed appeared naturally. The progenitors of the modern cat-elf still live in North American forests. There is a beautiful legend about the appearance of this breed.
Once the domestic cat Pixie was walking in the forest. There she met a wild forest cat (red North American lynx) named Bobcat, and fell in love with him. As a result of this meeting, kittens were born – the first pixie-bobs. They took the coloring and short trot tails from the father, and inherited the sizes and polydactyly (mnogopalost ‘) from the mother. So in the North American forests a new breed of wild forest cats appeared.
Cultivation of pixie-bob as a breed was first practiced by American feline-enthusiasts in 1985. Wild specimens were caught in the forest, and diligent selection work began to consolidate the characteristic features and restore the livestock of cats that looked like a lynx.
The breed was named pixie bob, in honor of the legend cat. Breed author is Carol Ann Brewer felinologist (website – www.pixit-bob.org). Lynx cats are slowly spreading around the countries of the world, as they do not tolerate long journeys. In addition, in the United States they are considered a national treasure, therefore they are prohibited from taking out of the country.
Pixie bob cat maintenance
If you have the good fortune to become the owner of this rare breed of cat, be sure that your cat will give you love and devotion comparable to dog loyalty. Keeping cats pixie-bob in the home is pleasant and easy.
The character of pixie beans resemble dogs: they are calm, intelligent, obedient. Cats of this breed have a gentle low voice. But usually they are silent, even the heat is silently. If there are other cats in the house, pixie beans will immediately put them “in place”, declaring themselves the owner of the territory. Although pixie bob cats are not aggressive at all. They very rarely release claws, never scratch and do not bite painfully.
A lynx cat is characterized by caution and distrust – traits of character that distinguished its wild ancestors. Like other forest animals, these animals grow up late. The kittens in the litter are relatively small – usually two or three, in rare cases – four.
From the wild ancestors cat-lynx inherited good health. They love water and are not afraid of the cold. These animals are unpretentious in food, can eat a long time one type of cat food. In the apartment, pixie beans do not climb on the tops. Those lucky enough to keep a pixie bob will remain true to this breed for life.
Externally, the pixie-bob looks like a small lynx with a short tail, a powerful torso, strong legs and a wild look. Multi-pitches (polydactyly) are not found in all individuals, since they are not a characteristic feature. Although multi-fingered animals look very attractive. Males weigh from 6 to 10 kg, females – 4-6 kg.
In a lynx cat, external severity, a formidable wild look, soft calm character and incredible tenderness are wonderfully combined. These are tender and cute animals, they love to play with babies.
As a breed, the pixie bob was first recognized in 1995. Tica. In the standard we find the following description: pixie-bob – cats with sizes from medium to large, substantial light heavy elongated type. Possess heavy limbs with dimensional paws. Polydactyly is allowed. The tail length varies in the range of 2.5-15 cm or 1-6 inches. Preference is given to individuals with a straight tail, although curvatures and creases are allowed. Short tail is not the main sign of the breed. The main species is considered to be a wild species, which is created by projecting brow brows, a deep landing of medium sized eyes, a unique pattern in the cheek area, trotting tassels on the ears, and a strong, strong body ending in a straight short tail.
There are relatively few nurseries in which pixie beans are bred. There are about twenty of them in Canada and the USA. Several nurseries located in France and the UK. In Russia, there are only three. I really want to see in our country the pixie-bob breed get a decent attention and popularization, because it is worth it.