Highland Lynx:Cat Breed Profile

Highland Lynx

The  Highland Lynx has a reputation for being a strong and gentle cat. Indeed, of a muscular and massive temperament, this feline has a child’s soul. It’s often even compared to a do.

Its curved ears and the variety of colors of its coat are witnesses of its wild heritage. It has all the qualities to be an excellent companion for the whole family.

History of the breed

The appearance of the Highland Lynx breed is very recent since it dates from the mid-90s. It was, in fact, during the summer of 1995 that its first representatives were born in the breeding of Joe and Samra Childers, in North Carolina.

The breed was obtained through the cross between the Desert Lynx and the Jungle Curl. Thanks to the Jungle Curl, that the Highland Lynx inherited its characteristic curved ears. The TICA (The International Cat Association) recognized this feline breed in May 2008.

Physical features

Massively built and with rather developed musculature, the Highland Lynx has retained a wild appearance in many ways. It thus has a fairly large muzzle and chest, as well as curved ears.

It underwent a significant evolution over the different stages of its life: around the age of 10 or 12 weeks, they tend to stretch before curling up permanently. Besides the ears, the short tail and polydactyl legs are the main “signatures” of the Highland Lynx.

Behavior With Others

As playful as a dog, It loves to retrieve the ball and is happy to engage in any fun activity. It also knows how to be very affectionate and endearing towards Its master and Its family.

We recognize It as a sociable character, as well as a remarkable intelligence and capacity for learning. In short, the Highland Lynx is a cat that gets along with almost everyone and that any family would benefit from adopting.

Living Conditions

The Highland Lynx is a cat that adapts to just about any lifestyle. It enjoys spending time inside the house, in the comfort of Its own, as much as enjoying the freedom outside.

It enjoys exploring Its environment and meeting people. It is therefore important to give It the opportunity.

Health & Maintenance

Considering the youth of the breed, we have not yet been able to observe any particular predisposition to any disease in the Highland Lynx.

Hypoallergenic Breed: No

The life expectancy of a Highland Lynx is between 14 and 16 years.

The maintenance of the Highland Lynx does not present any specific constraint. It is simply recommended to give special care to Its ears, due to their shape, cleaning them on a weekly basis.

It is advisable to brush the Highland Lynx cat once a week using a comb with fine metal teeth, working in the direction of the hair. Brushing will also be used to remove dead hair.

A balanced diet, ensuring the cat all the nutritional contributions it needs, is necessary for the good health and well-being of the Highland Lynx. It should also be ensured that there is sufficient fresh water available.


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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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