With a wild-look and distinctly backward coiling ears, you’ve probably never seen a cat quite like the Highland Lynx. They have the build of a bobcat, with long back legs that sit the rump higher than the shoulders, and a short nub of a tail. Though the Highland Lynx may look a bit like a domestic cat had a love affair with a bobcat the breed is far removed from any wild roots - which may be most obvious in their affectionate and gentle disposition. Fun-loving and loyal, the Highland Lynx has sometimes been described as “dog-like”, including having an eagerness to learn tricks, walk on leash, and fetch.
The Highland Lynx is a new breed, developed in 1995 by crossing the Desert Lynx with the Jungle Curl – which sounds a tad more exotic than it is. Both the Desert Lynx and Jungle Curl are fully domestic, though they can trace their roots to wild jungle cat ancestry. Though some Desert Lynx and Highland Lynx breeders are in disagreement, the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry considers the Highland Lynx a Desert Lynx with curled ears, and through that registry straight-eared kittens born to a Highland Lynx can be registered as Desert Lynx. The International Progressive Cat Breeders Alliance disagrees, and registers the breeds separately. If you’re a purist, you should enquire as to which breed registry the cat or kitten is registered with.
Appearance / health:
The Highland Lynx is a cat with a muscular build, and males can grow to be as large as 20lbs! They have powerful and long hind legs that boost the cat’s hind end slightly higher than the shoulders, which gives them a stature similar to that of a bobcat. They are bobtailed, with tail length ranging from half-length to none at all. The head is large and squarish with a well-developed muzzle and prominent whisker pads. The eyes are wide side and angled, and come in a variety of colors from gold to green. Highland Lynx of the “snow” coat may have blue eyes.
Of course, the ears are the Highland Lynx’s defining feature. They’re smaller than average in size, set wide apart, and the tips curl backwards. The degree of curling can vary from very slight, to a tip the curls all the way around to touch the back of the ear. The cartilage in the Highland Lynx’s ears is harder than normal.
The Highland Lynx comes in three official patterns: tawny (ticked), leopard (spotted), and clouded leopard. Rarely, a solid or mackerel tabby coat pattern may occur. They may come in colors of ebony, blue, sorrel, fawn, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream. The coat may be long or short haired
Behavior / temperament:
The Highland Lynx is a loyal and affectionate cat, and is known for forming strong bonds with its owner. They’re sometimes described as being dog-like, following their owner around, playing fetch and even coming when called. They are very social, and get along well with other cats and dogs, and their patience and tolerance makes them good with children. The Highland Lynx is a playful and energetic breed, and will enjoy running and climbing. They’re also intelligent and can get bored easily. The Highland Lynx should be provided with plenty of opportunities to exercise, lots of interaction, and fun, challenging toys.
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From Megan S 52 days ago