The Highland Lynx is now purely a domestic cat. The first generations of wild cat have long since been breed out. The very first Highland Lynx litter was born on July 1, 1995, at Timberline Cattery. Highland Lynx is the only cat breed specifically developed from two existing breeds. Timberline Cattery pioneered the development of the Highland Lynx by crossing Desert Lynx cats with Jungle Curls. The Jungle Curl cat is a curled eared wild cat hybrid – a cross between the African Jungle cat and the Hemingway Curl. The Desert Lynx most likely derived from the breeding of a two of the following: Maine Coon, American Bobtail, Pixie-Bob or Manx. Desert Lynx and Highland Lynx are essentially the same cats with different ears. The Rare & Exotic Feline Registry considers the two breeds to be of the same breed group and are born in the same litter. Kittens with straight ears may be registered as Desert Lynx while the kittens with curled ears may be registered as Highland Lynx. 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 genes for curled ears. The Highland Lynx have small curled ears that are set wide apart, usually with feathering and tufts on the tip. Ears curl backward at the tips. The degree of the curl may be slight or extreme, with the tip of the ear actually curling back and touching the back side of the ear. The gene which causes the ear to curl actually hardens the cartilage in the ear and dwarfs the ear size.
These cats are strong, muscular cats which are medium in length with longer hind legs, and toes may be tufted. The polydactyl gene (which produces extra toes) is a dominant gene which is considered a desirable trait in these cats. Some cats are polydactyl while others are not. When two polydactyl cats are bred together, some of the kittens will be polydactyl and some will have regular feet. Cats with regular feet will never throw polydactyl kittens. The males are larger than females and slower to mature. These cats come in both long and short hair. The head is large but not round, with a full, well-developed muzzle that is almost square in appearance, with prominent whisker pads. The wide set eyes are large and expressive, set at an angle, with colors ranging from gold to green, with blue eyes in the snows. The tail may come halfway to the ground, or it may be lacking entirely, as in the Manx, or it may be any length in between. The average size for males can get up to 30 pounds and females around 25 pounds.
These cats are more like dogs. Yes, dogs. They play fetch, walk on leash, love water and all around have great personalities. They are also known to be hypoallergenic, so those with pet allergies your in luck. They are also considered domestic so no imports or licenses are needed to own one.