Even for cat lovers, it is difficult to know every single cat breed as The International Cat Association, the world’s largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, recognizes seventy-three different kinds. Sometimes, it always feels like we are learning about yet another cat breed.
Today is no exception. Last week on Thursday, August 10, TikTok user @cascadepixiebobs shared a video about Pixie-Bobs, a rare cat breed that looks like a bobcat. While this is the first we are hearing of the breed, we are totally in love!
Wow, this is so interesting! This woman has been breeding Pixie-Bobs since 2016, so she is quite familiar with the breed. These cats, despite having very similar facial structure to their wild brethren, are actually quite similar to dogs in behavior and temperament. Not only do they eagerly await their humans to arrive home with wagging tails, but they also often comply with leash training and enjoy going for a swim. They’re practically man’s best friend!
The Pixie-Bob cat breed originated in the United States in the 1980s. The breed’s history is somewhat shrouded in mystery and controversy. Legend has it that the Pixie-Bob’s beginnings are linked to a naturally occurring mating between a domestic cat and a wild bobcat, which resulted in the breed’s distinctive appearance.
However, DNA testing has not confirmed any direct bobcat lineage in Pixie-Bob cats. Regardless of their origins, breeders focused on selecting for traits that mimicked the appearance of the American Bobcat, which led to the development of the Pixie-Bob breed.
People who have had the pleasure of knowing the breed have nothing but wonderful things to say about them. “My family has had two! They’re the best cats. The best temperament, so cuddly, so sweet. We loved them so much!” said TikTok user @kengland_.
Pixie-Bobs are truly amazing cats, and we are so lucky to have this inside look at the rare breed. We hope we have the chance to meet one in person one day!