Colors & Patterns

In the delightful world of Pixie Bob cats, the standard color and pattern are the charming brown spotted tabby.

Yet, in the early days of this breed, our feline friends with unknown heritage added a sprinkle of surprise. So, don’t be surprised if you come across offbeat colors and patterns—those kittens/cats are still every bit a Pixie-Bob, just with a dash of non-standard flair. But what does non-standard really mean? Let’s dive into the cozy details!

Patterns

Welcome to the world of Pixie Bob patterns, where the adorable lineup includes the spotted/broken mackerel and classic patterns. It’s like having a wardrobe of stylish options for our feline friends – each one adding a touch of unique charm to these delightful cats!

Here in Pixie Bobcat land, you’ll notice that most of our furry friends sport either the charming spotted pattern or a delightful broken mackerel design. Picture broken mackerel as a pattern that’s all about spots with a sprinkle of stripes known as rib bars. These lovely rib bars grace both sides of the rib cage, adding a touch of whimsy to our feline companions

Colors

Let the fun begin!

Embracing the classic charm, all Pixie Bob cats don the traditional black/brown hue. Yet, every now and then, you might catch a glimpse of an off-color adventurer. These off-color variants add a touch of unpredictability and flair, bringing a delightful array of hues to the Pixie Bob palette.:

  • Dilute
  • Pointed
  • Melanistic

Let’s take a closer look at each of these colors.

Dilute

Let’s explore the enchanting world of dilute Pixie Bob cats! ‘Dilute’ is like the softer, pastel version of the classic black/brown tabby. Imagine the diluted black transforming into a lovely shade of grey, also known as ‘blue’ in cat fancy language.

So, a standard dilute Pixie Bob kitten boasts a charming blue/brown tabby ensemble. And here’s the delightful twist—the brown color takes on a gentle, almost creamy lightness, creating a palette of subtle elegance.

Dilute Female Pixie Bob Cat

Pointed

In the captivating tale of Pixie-Bob origins, some purist breeders might insist only ‘bobcat hybrids’ played a role – but that’s not entirely accurate.

Early on, Bengal cats joined the mix, contributing their striking spotted patterns. Bengals often boast brown spotted tabby coats, and, interestingly, the use of Siamese cats in early Bengal development introduced the recessive pointed gene.

As a result, a few Pixie Bobs inherited this recessive gene. If both parents carry for points, the enchanting possibility of seal lynx-pointed kittens may come to life in the Pixie-Bob world.

Pointed Pixie Bob Cat

Melanistic

Let’s unravel the mystery of melanistic – a term meaning ‘having very dark skin or hair’ due to an elevated level of pigment. It’s like nature’s way of painting our Pixie Bob cats with a deeper, richer hue, creating a striking contrast that adds to their unique allure.

Meet the mesmerizing melanistic cats, dressed in the elegance of almost complete blackness. This captivating appearance is a result of a genetic mutation leading to an overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for color. The manifestation of this genetic dance renders the cat’s coat a stunning and solid shade of black, creating a truly enchanting sight.

Melanistic Pixie Bob Cat


While dilute, pointed, and melanistic may not be standard Pixie Bob colors, we consider them fascinating and valuable in their own right. The absence of a brown spotted tabby coat in a Pixie Bob kitten doesn’t diminish its purebred status—each unique hue adds to the charm and diversity within this captivating feline breed.

Choosing a Purebred Cat

Perhaps you strolled into a cat show and had the joy of meeting your first Pixie Bob. Or maybe a friend welcomed one into their home, and after that adorable encounter, you thought, ‘This is definitely the breed for me!

No matter what led you to choose the Pixie Bob as your ideal breed, your decision marked the beginning of a journey to find a breeder who aligns with your preferences. So, how exactly do you embark on this exciting quest?

Consider hopping online to search for a local Pixie Bob breeder—it’s a great start. Visiting the cattery in person allows you to check things out and meet the breeder, giving you a feel for whether this is the right person to embark on your Pixie Bob journey with.

Regrettably, Pixie Bob breeders are quite rare, both in the U.S. and abroad. This scarcity often leads to the possibility of purchasing sight unseen, which can be a bit daunting, don’t you think

Maybe not as intimidating if you follow a few simple guidelines. Let’s dive right into them:

  • Here’s a key consideration: Does the breeder offer shipping? If not, you might need to pick up your kitten in person. If that’s not feasible, your options are narrowed down to breeders who provide shipping services.
  • If you opt to fly and visit the breeder, ensure they welcome you into their home. If not, it’s a red flag. Any reputable breeder should invite you in. While you might not see every corner of their cattery, you should at least get to see the mom with the kitten(s), unless the kitten is over 4 months old.
  • Reach out to as many breeders as possible. Even if your preferred one doesn’t have available kittens now, patience pays off. Approach getting a purebred Pixie Bob kitten as you would any significant purchase. Kittens come at a cost, and it’s essential to ensure you get the full value for your investment.
  • Before sealing the deal, clarify contract terms and what’s covered in the price. It’s a good idea to request a copy in advance for review. This way, you can ask questions, address concerns, and compare offerings from different breeders. Ensuring you’re comparing apples to apples, not oranges
  • Examine the guarantee terms carefully. Initial guarantees can vary from 72 hours to 14 days. Ensure there’s at least a one-year guarantee for genetic issues like HCM, FIP, and PKD. While not Pixie Bob-specific, these ailments are linked to defective genetics, with PKD having historical ties to the use of Exotic Shorthair in the breed’s early stages
  • Explore breed-specific Facebook groups catering to connoisseurs, pet lovers, and owners. Enjoy a visual treat with numerous pictures of delightful Pixie Bob cats. Don’t hesitate to ask posters about their cat’s origin. Some breeders may not have a website, and you might discover a hidden gem closer to home. After all, a content pet buyer offers the most valuable recommendation.

As you embark on the exciting journey of bringing a Pixie Bob cat into your life, remember that thorough research and thoughtful consideration are your greatest allies. Whether you’re exploring breed-specific groups, visiting catteries, or scrutinizing contracts and guarantees, the goal is to ensure a harmonious and fulfilling companionship.

Pixie Bob cats bring unique joy and charm, and with the right breeder, your feline adventure is bound to be filled with love, laughter, and delightful moments. Wishing you the very best as you welcome your new furry friend into your heart and home!