Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.|
Keeley Morris, 4, corrals one of the Pixie-Bob kittens that is attempting to make a run for it at her home in Lawrence County.
What is a Pixie-Bob?
By Patrice Stewart
Bobcats breeding with domestic type cats is a legend that’s probably been going on for hundreds of years, “but nobody can prove it,” Carol Ann Brewer said.
The cat-loving Seattle area woman went to The International Cat Association in 1993 and eventually got standards for Pixie-Bobs accepted in 1998. The breed founder plans to buy 13 Lawrence County cats from Mitchell Morris that she and friends will incorporate into their breeding lines.
She has seven Pixie-Bob cats of her own now, but still misses her original “Legend cat,” Pixie. She got Pixie in 1986 when she was doing cat rescues and taking overflow animals from an alternate humane society. Some Pixie-Bobs have a sweet, dog-type nature.
Characteristics can vary, and the value depends on “how many traits I can pull up,” she said in a phone interview.
Long legs, fat paws, spots on the body and stripes on the legs, tail and face are some markings to watch for, she said. Big, cupped ears, a wild face, hip bones that stick out and a sloping body with the tail carried low are other characteristics.
Tail lengths can vary, too. Morris has three kittens with tails, while the other seven are bob-tailed or have no apparent tails. The tip of the tail may be black.
“Pixie-Bobs are very different from a Manx cat, which has another kind of face,” she said.
Brewer said first-generation Pixie-Bobs are worth about $300 each, and the value increases to $500 to $1,500 with the third and fourth generations. After making about a $5,000 investment shared with other breeders, she will take them to cat judges and try to get their papers, and then their offspring will be worth more. She plans to keep two, with friends around the country taking the others.
Brewer said books such as “Gray Shadow” and “The Crossbreed” tell the story of bobcats and domestics breeding.
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