In 1985, Carol Ann Brewer (breed founder) purchased a male cat with a spotted coat, a short tail, and polydactyl paws. Its looks reminded her of a bobcat.
A year later, she obtained another male cat, which she named Keba. This cat reportedly was huge, had a bobbed tail, and most importantly – allegedly was sired by a bobcat. This male mated with the neighbor’s female – a brown spotted tabby cat of domestic origin. Two months later, the litter arrived. Brewer kept a female kitten she named “Pixie” – the namesake and foundation cat of this breed.
Over the next several years, 23 found cats around the foothills of the Cascade Mountains were introduced into her program. Brewer believed that these cats were born from naturally occurring matings between domestic cats and bobcats. She started referring to them as “Legend Cat” and even trademarked the term. “Legend Cat” is still used by some Pixie Bob breeders to this day to describe permitted outcrosses used in breeding programs.
More and more breeders in the U.S. joined Brewer, establishing the distinct look the Pixie Bob is famous for. They registered the new breed with TICA and eventually also with ACFA. In 1998, TICA was the first registry to allow Pixie Bobs to be shown in the championship class. ACFA followed suit just a few years later.
We want to be clear that the Pixie Bob does not have an ounce of bobcat blood in it. Albeit alluring and captivating, the origination story of this breed remains just that – a story.