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Development of the Highlander cat breed began in 2004. The early name for the breed was the Highland Lynx, but, unlike with the Desert Lynx, no wild cat genes were present in the cats used to develop the breed. Instead, the name reflected the intention of creating a domestic cat with a powerful "big cat" look. In 2005, breeders settled on the name Highlander and set about defining the breed and its characteristics as they worked toward championship status in The Internation Cat Association (TICA)--one of the largest cat registries in the world. Selective breeding has contributed to protecting the Highlander’s unique features and enhancing the bloodlines.
The cats used to develop the breed were carefully chosen from the general domestic gene pool and not from any existing recognized breed. The ears are the most striking feature of the Highlander. The loose curl is the result of a single dominant gene for relaxed curl in the ears. Not the same gene that causes the curl in the American Curl, this relaxed gene is thought to have come from breeders in Canada who were working on developing a breed called the Hemingway Curl. TICA recognized the Highlander for competition in the Preliminary New Breed class starting May 1st, 2008.
The Highlander has a long sloping forehead and blunt muzzle with an extremely wide nose. The eyes are wide-set and the ears are upright with a slight curl and turn in the backward direction, and some have polydactyl (more than five) claws. The body is stocky and very muscular. Most Highlanders have a naturally short tail, approximately hock-length. Despite the "big-cat look,” the Highlander is a human-oriented, friendly, and playful cat, that often loves water.
The striking look of the Highlander immediately draws attention to this cat of substance. This cat loves to be the center of attention and its big cat look also helps to keep it prominent in the household. It is its fun-loving nature that steals your heart as it entertains you with its silly, crazy antics. Reflecting its domestic feline heritage, the Highlander comes in both short and long haired versions. The coat may be spotted, have lynx points, or solid points. Cat fanciers liken the short-haired Highlander to a small cougar, and the long-haired Highlander to a little lynx.
Highlanders are the clowns of the cat world; they love to play and chase things, even something as simple as a wadded-up piece of paper. They also love human company and will be there to greet you at the door and show off for your visitors. They are relatively quiet cats but they are very high energy. All this energetic activity helps build the powerful musculature that is so characteristic of this breed. The Highlander thrives in a home where it can interact regularly with its people, whom it adores, and does not do well when left alone for long periods of time, so a companion animal of similar energy-level should be provided to keep a Highlander happy.
The large, flattened, oval wide-set eyes look out at you with great intensity. The nose is wide and the large nose leather gives a unique look to the cat. The nose, muzzle and chin create a boxy look. The chin is deep and strong. These features make the head appear longer than it is wide. The ears are quite unique: just the top third has a loose curl. They are set as much on the top of the head as on the side and stand very tall. Care should always be taken not to damage the delicate cartilage that supports this curl, and children should be apprised of this hazard.
The powerful, muscular body enchants you with the beauty of its movement. Flexible long hind legs combine with the rippling muscles that develop in the torso from its active play. The feet are large with prominent knuckles. These are big powerful cats and their average weight ranges from twelve pounds for a “small” female, to over twenty pounds in a large male—pounds of solid muscle!
The tail ranges in length from two inches to hock length. It is thick and ideally straight although sometimes slight twists and kinks may be discerned. It also has a fat pad at the end of the tail. The unusual tail leads this breed to express itself by wagging its tail like a dog from sheer joy, to signal its happiness just like a dog. Highlanders can fetch, beg, roll over, and even like to be walked on a leash like a dog, as do many other cat breeds.
Highlanders adjust well to other household pets. They get along well with dogs and cats and they have been known to cope well with households with ferrets, birds, rabbits, and assorted reptiles. They also get along fine with children. And while they are very active cats, they are not curtain climbers.
The fur has a ticked tabby pattern with various shades of marking color and ground color. The outer tipping is the darkest and the undercoat is the ground color. The so-called “leopard pattern” is a spotted tabby pattern, with a dorsal stripe running the length of the body to the tip of the tail. The stripe is often composed of spots. The markings on the face and forehead are typical tabby markings. The underside of the body has distinct spots, and the legs and tail have a bar pattern. In the sepia, mink, and snow subdivisions, it is desirable for showing for “ghost” leopard spots to appear on the bodies. Highlanders may also be born with a tawny or tortie pattern. Colors may be Sepia, Mink, Snow, Blue, Orange, Cream, Fawn, Silver, Ebony, Bronze or Chocolate—a great range of lovely colors.
The Highlander is still a rare breed, but with careful research, you can find a reputable breeder with kittens for sale . This is a very active breed for active people. The Highlander is not a couch potato, so would not be the right choice for you if you lead a very sedentary life. However, if you are willing to play actively with your cat and receive a lot of love in return, the Highlander would be uniquely ideal.
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