Desert Lynx For Sale: Desert Lynx kittens. Desert Lynx facts & information available. Exotic intelligent acrobatic playful affectionate sociable cat. Large cat grows 12-25 pounds! Easily litter box trained.
There are currently no breeders for this breed.
1st Breeder to represent this breed will receive 50% Off any Ad price.
Please contact Pets4You.
Pet Finder: If there are no breeders currently listed, this is likely a difficult breed to find or a rare dog breed. In addition, those breeders who rely on word-of-mouth advertising are not aware of your interest. However, Pets4You.com knows all breeders who have puppies available now or those that will soon be available. Locate the puppy you want using Pets4You Pet Finder.
The Desert Lynx today is a completely domesticated cat breed which has been intentionally bred to resemble the wild bobcat. Feral bobcats inhabit most of North America, from as far south as the Florida Everglades and northern Mexico, to as far north as Canada. The bobcat is somewhat larger than most domestic cats. It is a powerful animal with long legs and a muscular body, and is noted for its short tail.Through generations of selective breeding with different breeds of domestic cats, the Desert Lynx has incorporated many of the characteristics of the bobcat. Desert Lynx are medium in length with hind legs longer than the front legs, and toes that may be tufted. They are very alert, intelligent cats. Males are larger than females and slower to mature. There are both long and short-haired versions of the Desert Lynx, and both are very clean cats.
The bobcat was the foundation cat for the Desert Lynx breed. The first and subsequent generations derived from the breeding of a bobcat to an IDLCA-acceptable domestic cat is recognized as a domestic Desert Lynx cat. The International Desert Lynx Cat Association recognizes the following breeds as acceptable outcrosses to the bobcat: the Maine Coon , Manx , American Bobtail , American Lynx, or Pixie-Bob . Third, fourth and subsequent generations can only be bred to other registered Desert Lynx.
When purchasing a Desert Lynx cat for a pet, especially for a family with children and other pets, it is wise to inspect the pedigrees to make sure the cat is a minimum of three generations removed from the bobcat. The feral nature of the bobcat will be totally bred-out by then.
The International Progressive Cat Breeders Alliance (IPCBA) was the first international all-breed organization to recognize the Desert Lynx for registration. The IPCBA was also the first registry to accept the Desert Lynx as an established domestic breed, making the breed eligible for Championship competition. The International Desert Lynx Cat Association (IDLCA) now has total control of the Desert Lynx breed, under the umbrella of the IPCBA.
The Desert Lynx head is large but not round, with a full, well-developed muzzle that is almost square in appearance, with prominent whisker pads. The ears are large and set wide apart, usually with feathering and tufts on the tips. The wide-set eyes are large, very expressive, and set at an angle, with colors ranging from gold to green, with blue eyes appearing only in those cats with the coat color called “snow.”
The tail may be the length of the bobcat tail, which reaches halfway to the ground, or it may be lacking entirely, as with the Manx, or it may be any length in between. Desert Lynx come in three coat patterns and many colors--ebony, blue, sorrel, fawn, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream--as well as silver, cameo, sepia, mink, and snow. The coat patterns are tawny (ticked), leopard (spotted), and clouded leopard. Solid-colored cats, as well as cats in classic and mackerel tabby patterns, also sometimes appear.
Dramatic dark lines around the eyes give the Desert Lynx a wonderfully exotic look. They all have belly spots, with bar stripes around the legs, and sometimes down the back and tail. These are large cats: females range between twelve and eighteen pounds, with some achieving a weight of twenty pounds, while males range from sixteen to twenty pounds-- or even twenty-five!
The Desert Lynx has a very people-loving, friendly temperament, and has been kept as a domestic pet for many years. Their popularity as pets in the United States and overseas has been on the rise, as more cat fanciers have become aware of this uniquely intriguing breed. Kittens resulting from the mating of a bobcat to an acceptable domestic cat have a very mild temperament. The Desert Lynx combines the beautiful "wild" look of the bobcat with, often, the laid-back, playful, loyal, and affectionate personality of a dog.
Don’t expect Desert Lynx cats to just sit around your house all day. These are active cats, but fortunately, they are not curtain-climbers, as are a few of the other more athletic breeds. When company arrives, do not expect your Desert Lynx to greet them at the door. Typically, when the doorbell rings the cat will head for cover. Only after people have been in the house for fifteen to twenty minutes will the cat begin to venture out. Each Desert Lynx, of course, will have its own unique personality—for example, some of these cats will allow strangers to pet them, and some will not.
No license is required to own a Desert Lynx. Their diet, as for all cats, purebred or not, should be a high-quality cat food. The Desert Lynx is easily litterbox trained, and they do not require a special health or vaccination regime.
Desert Lynx are loyal, extremely intelligent, stunningly exotic, and tend to have have outgoing personalities. They make excellent companions for families with children, as well as other cats and dogs. The Desert Lynx’s main requirement is for tons of love, attention, hugs, and kisses, which they will happily give back in return!
Nora Scholin, owner of the Mokave Cats cattery, and breeder of exotic cats for many years now, kindly agreed to chat with me about her experiences in raising Desert Lynx cats. Nora is no longer breeding pure Desert Lynx, and is focusing now on raising Jag Cats , but her knowledge of the Desert Lynx is extensive.
Nora commenced by saying that the Desert Lynx is a very social animal, and that she has “never met a bad-tempered Desert Lynx.” In the course of her many years of breeding cats, Nora has also raised Bengals , and she drew some comparisons to the Bengal as we spoke. For example, she said that while the Desert Lynx and the Bengal are similar in many ways, the Desert Lynx has a gentler personality, and is calmer, less high-strung, and more sociable than the typical Bengal cat. They are also far less vocal than Bengals tend to be, and when they do speak, their voices may produce a wide range of “not kittycat-like” sounds. Chirps, twitters, whistles and such are part of their vocabulary.
Nora observed that Desert Lynx are great jumpers and are very acrobatic. She then added that, “Bengals edge the Desert Lynx out in the activity department by only a whisker or two.” This would suggest to me that Desert Lynx are extremely lively animals, since I am a Bengal owner myself, and I do understand the comparison! It seems that all of the exotic “jungle” cat breeds tend to be very playful, athletic, and full of beans.
Nora also places great emphasis on the importance of the selection process in the outcome of breeding. Some breeders, she has observed, breed their Desert Lynx and other exotics mainly for “flash,” meaning that they emphasize a desirable and saleable appearance far above the other traits of their cats. Some breed mainly for size. Nora herself breeds, first and foremost, for a pleasing personality in her cats. It is more important to her that her cats exhibit friendly, gentle, humorous, and adventurous qualities than that they “look decorative” lolling around on someone’s living room sofa. Please visit Mokave Cats for more information about Nora's Desert Lynx cats.
With Thanks To: