The Highlander or Highland Lynx is a growingly popular huge, curly-eared, stubby-tailed cat breed. It’s not surprising given that they possess all of the characteristics that make a housecat so wonderful. The Highlander’s cheerful spirit and modest vocalizations captivate many owners. Because they are often quiet, they are ideal choices for apartment life.
However, they perform equally well in a safe indoor/outdoor setting—weather allowing. So, what can you expect if you get your hands on one of these adorable kitties? Let’s take a look at what the Highlander breed has to offer.
The breed’s development began in 2004 with the goal of generating a domestic cat with a robust “big cat” appearance. The name Highlander was chosen in 2005, and breeders concentrated on defining the breed and its features as they worked for championship status in TICA, one of the world’s largest registries. The cats used to develop the breed were carefully selected from the domestic gene pool rather than from any previously recognized breed. The Highlander’s ears are a distinguishing trait. Beginning May 1st, 2008, TICA recognized the Highlander for competition in the Preliminary New Breed class.
The Highlander’s most distinguishing and unmistakable trait is its lovely loosely curled ears. Because the ears can curve back a lot or a little, this trait differs from person to person. Kittens are born with straight ears that curl over the period of around two weeks as they develop, rather than curled ears.
Another distinguishing characteristic of the Highlander is its polydactyl paws. This implies they have more toes than normal cats, which means they may be able to get into more mischief. Highlander cats have a very short tail. Because it is natural, kittens are born with a bobbed tail that can range in length from 2 to 6 inches. Some kittens are born with bobtails or extra toes, while others have straight ears. The tails are sometimes docked or left long by breeders.
Their coats can be long or short. It is very simple to maintain the skin and fur of short coat Highlanders healthy. Unlike other breeds that require more maintenance, these cats do well with a simple brushing session every now and then to remove loose fur, avoid hairballs, and reduce shedding. However, certain Highlander cats may have longer fur that need frequent brushing.
- Weight: 5 to 10 kg
- Coat length: Short / long
- Amount of shedding: Low / medium
- Color: Variety
- Pattern: Solid point and lynx pints
Despite their wild appearance, these cats make excellent pets with friendly, gentle nature. The Highlander is an excellent breed for cat-loving families looking for a social, energetic, fun cat that is also confident and loving. They certainly have a lot of energy, so providing better opportunities for them to release that energy through play is essential.
Every day, give them toys and spend time interacting with them. Their love for water is one of its most distinguishing characteristics. They are captivated by the sound of running water and do not mind getting wet at all. These cats are also intelligent and easily trainable. And they enjoy being the center of attention by displaying their acrobatic abilities.
- Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: High
Responsible breeders thoroughly test their cats for any known or unknown health conditions associated with the breed. Highlander cats are known to have polydactyl paws and others, include:
- Obesity: Frequent wet food can lead to weight gain and other major issues
- Vomiting: May have chewed on some plants that are not suitable for them
- Urinary tract infections
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