In 1995 at Timberline Cattery in North Carolina, the first Highland Lynx made it's appearance, bringing two hybrid breeds together, the Jungle Curl and the Desert Lynx.  They can be registered through the REFR ~ Rare and Exotic Feline Registry.

What makes a Highland Lynx so unique?  There are three distinctive traits that are often sought after in this breed ~ the ears, the toes and the tails.  Many Highland Lynx have those signature curled ears, often having the hair tufts as well.  Tails can be long, but they can also be a natural bob tail, which really adds to the wildcat look.  Then there are the toes, polydactyl feet, or 'extra toes', is a common feature in these wonderful cats. 

Males are generally larger than the females, weighing anywhere between 10-25 pounds at maturity.  Females are smaller, weighing between 8-15 pounds.  These cats have an average lifespan of a cat, ranging between 12-16 years.


Typically the Highland Lynx is mild-mannered and playful, making them great pets that will get along well with other cats, dogs and children. They are extremely intelligent, making them easy to train.

This is a very affectionate breed. They form a strong bond with their owners, often much like the personality of dogs.


Cats are known as obligate carnivores, which means that they must have meat protein in their diets. Additionally, since felines do not drink a lot of water, it is best to feed them a well-balanced raw food diet, or at the least a high quality wet food.  Cats would not have access to kibble in their natural diet and therefore, this should not be the sole source of food provided for them.

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