The very first Highland Lynx litter was born a the Timberline Cattery on July 1, 1995. Joe Childers developed the breed by crossing the two existing breeds, Desert Lynx and Jungle Curls. The primary foundation breed for Highland Lynx is the Desert Lynx. Outcrosses to the Jungle Curls were made specifically to add the unique curled ears to the cats. Essentially, Highland Lynx are Desert Lynx with curled ears. Today, twelve years later, there are breeders throughout the U.S. with with many being registered with the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry.
Highland Lynx and Desert Lynx do get along with children as well as other breeds of cats and dogs. Do not expect Highland and Desert Lynx to just sit around the house all day. They are active cats, but they are not curtain climbers, as are some of the more active breeds. Highland and Desert Lynx are not very vocal cats. We advise all prospective buyers of Lynx cubs to give a couple weeks for them to adjust to their new environment. Once adjusted, they are an absolute delight and will be a cherished family member and companion.
Breed History and Information
Colors and Patterns
The Highland Lynx and Desert Lynx come in three coat patterns with colors of ebony, blue, sorrel, fawn, chocolate, lilac, silvers, sepias, minks, snows, red, and cream. The coat patterns are tawny (ticked), leopard (spotted), and clouded leopard.
The leopard pattern is a spotted tabby pattern. It is marked by spots of the darker color that are more prominent on the sides of the body and belly. The spots may vary in size and shape, but should be evenly distributed. Preference is given to rosette spots which are formed by a part-circle of spots around a distinctly lighter center. Contrast with ground color may not be as distinctive as in some spotted breeds. A dorsal stripe runs the length of he body to the tip of the tail. the stripe is ideally composed of spots. the markings on the face and forehead are typical tabby markings, with the underside of the body having distinct spots. Legs and tail are barred. In the sepia, mink and snow colorings, it is desirable for ghost leopard spots to appear on the bodies.
The tawny pattern is a ticked tabby pattern marked by ticking on the body hair with various shades of the marking color and ground color. The outer tipping being the darkest and the undercoat being the ground color. The body ma exhibit a barely perceptible spotted pattern.
The tail, legs, and face will have tabby penciling. Necklace tracings will also frequently be seen.
The clouded leopard pattern, while derived from modifications to the classic tabby gene, is different from the classic tabby pattern. With as little bull's eye similarities as possible. The pattern gives the impression of marble, preferably with a horizontal flow. Vertical stripes are undesirable. Contrast should be good, with distinctive shapes and sharp edges. The belly must also be spotted.
Highland and Desert Lynx do not require a specialized diet. They thrive on a high quality cat food. Our cats' diet consists primarily of dry food, but we also give the kittens a good quality canned food mixed with dry. Dietary supplements or vitamins used for other domestic cats may also be used for Highland and Desert Lynx.
Highland Lynx and Desert Lynx males typically will weigh in at about seventeen pounds. Females are generally smaller, averaging ten to eleven pounds.
Highland Lynx and Desert Lynx are part of the same breed group in the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry. In other words, Desert Lynx and Highland Lynx may be bred together. The curled eared kittens may be registered as Highland Lynx, and the straight eared kittens may be registered as Desert Lynx. The breeds are identical except for the ears. The curled ears of the Highland Lynx are caused by a dominant gene which both curls the ears and somewhat reduces the size of the ears. When the two breeds are bred together, the straight eared kittens resulting from the breeding do not carry any genes for curled ears. Therefore, breeders wishing to work with Desert Lynx would not have to worry about getting curled eared recessive genes in Desert Lynx who have Highland Lynx in their ancestory.
Breed information courtesy of Joe Childers, Timberline Cattery.