Friday, 9 August 2013

Mayem .... they've worked out how to climb up the ladder of the bunk bed

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Thursday, 1 August 2013

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Jungle Cats and the hybrid history of the Pixie Bob breed

When the Pixie Bob breed was first started, almost 30 years ago now, a number of enthusiasts worked towards establishing that wild look. They used stray cats, individuals from other breeds (Maine Coone, Manx, Bengal, Ocicat, even Persians and more) as well as wild cats (ie not feral, but cats of a different species). Some claimed that they had had success with crossing their domestic foundation cats with Bobcats (Lynx Rufus) but we know that others used the Jungle Cats ( Felis Chaus), and indirectly, through the crossing in of Bengals, also the Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis).

These hybrid outcrosses happened many generations ago. A few years back, Pixie Bob breeders tried to establish which ancestors carried wild blood by using DNA testing.  The limitation of this testing is that after 3 generations, the genetic markers for the wild blood can no longer be detected. And by that definition, those are then fully domestic cats.

Jungle Cats (Felis Chaus)
Jungle Cat (Felis Chaus)
But, as a professor of genetics once explained to me, genetic markers (in other words, characteristics) are also visible to the eye: So you don't need a DNA test for example, to detect that the ears, or the nose in some Savannahs are very clear signs of Serval blood in the cat. And these characteristics can surface many generations down, in genetically fully domestic cats.

Today I want to talk a little about the Jungle Cat in the Pixie Bob.  Although few breeders admit to having Jungle Cat DNA in their blood lines, it is general knowledge among  experienced breeders that a number of the best representatives of the breed have Jungle Cat in their background.

This is not really a bad thing, indeed, I find it an excellent thing. The Jungle Cat is an impressive species, who is easily tamed and brings a unique wild look. 

Jungle Cats stand up to 25 cm (14 inches) to the shoulder, and weigh up to 16 kg (35 lbs). Your average domestic cat is less than half that size.  Jungle Cats range from North Africa to India.

Jungle Cats do not meow, they bark.
Jungle Cat
Jungle Cat

Here are some more photos of Jungle Cats:

Jungle Cat

Jungle Cat / Domestic Cat hybrids are usually referred to as Chausie.  As a recognised breed of cat with champion ship status now, the Chausie has a specific look and is quite a slender elegant cat, whereas what I love about the Jungle Cat is the powerful and wild look.

Having been breeding Pixie Bobs for a number of years, using only fully registered Pixie Bobs, this is what surfaced (listen to the barking sound, very characteristic of the Jungle Cat). This is Rasberi, calling:

Here are some photos of Pixie Bobs from my breeding program:

AnsonRoad Rasberi
AnsonRoad Mada Bear
AnsonRoad Ninety Nine
AnsonRoad Dean

Now these are all fully registered pedigree Pixie Bobs from some of the top champion lines in the breed. And I, of course, think they look absolutely fantastic. And they certainly do not look like a Chausie.  But they definitely are reminiscent of the Jungle Cat.  I am grateful for that wild comportment and high intelligence that has been passed down, I have little doubt, from Jungle Cat ancestors a long way back in our Pixie Bob breed.  

The Jungle Cat, as well as the Bobcat, remain an inspiration for my breeding program.

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Monday, 22 July 2013

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Friday, 19 July 2013

The mysterious workings of a cats emotional life

My gorgeous Wonder Rama, 11 weeks old, has been shy and aloof even with me. She would vanish without trace when a stranger comes into our home, and all her affection was taken from her siblings. Although she's perfectly happy to hang around me, she never come voluntarily for a cuddle, and when I did manage to pick her up, she would struggles to get down immediately.

Last night, a lovely couple came to pick a kitten and they had expressed a like for Rama.  When they arrived, Rama refused to come out.  I could have explained away the behaviour and retrieved Rama for them, but I decided that I would allow Rama her own decision and said to the couple that Rama had clearly decided that she was not going to move anywhere at this point.  The couple chose another kitten.

This morning, Rama is a changed kitten. She comes to me, purrs, loves being stroked, allows me to pick her up and cuddles into my arms.  Still not happy with strangers, but for the first time, she is showing me fully who she is.  I swear, she appreciated not being forced last night into a situation she didn't like.

I know cats are not supposed to be people, but something is definitely going on.

Here, a lovely photo of Wonder Rama - you can definitely see the sweetness in her.  I'm convinced she is a very sensitive soul.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Scrumpteous Ayla Dot, out of our Makena and Rocky.

More photos of pixie bob kitten Ayla Dot.

Monday, 3 June 2013

We have Pixie Bob kittens availalbe

We have Pixie Bob kittens with thumber legs and feet, gorgeous colouring and wild faces available to good homes. Please enquire.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Hurrah! More kittens: from Montana and Dexter

The wild looking Montana has had kittens by the super athletic Dexter. 2 girls and a boy. Please enquire for availability (pet only).

Friday, 17 May 2013

Hurrah! More kittens - Nena x Dexter

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Fabulous Five now just under 3 weeks old

The boys are over 1lb in weight already, and the girls not far behind!

Rocky and Makena's kittens growing like mad!

We have some glorious faces in there. And just check out those black
bobcat spots on Ayla Dot's lips!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Kittens now 6 days old

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Nappy Change

Friday, 26 April 2013

Rocky babies have arrived by Makena

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Update from Sherman in Crooshon

Dermot, aka Sherman, still living it large in London's Crouch End.  Thanks for the update, Christina!