Cat Breeds

American lynx cat

The American lynx is a domestic cat with the appearance of a miniature lynx. A rare breed originating in North America.

Nature

The American lynx is gentle and sociable with a balanced character. Active. He loves being outdoors. Very huntable and lively. Despite the strong hunting instincts, he needs close contact with people – playing together, walking but also lazing around. He is sensitive and emotional. It needs a lot of space, therefore it will be better at home with a garden.

American lynx cat. Advantages and disadvantages

Disadvantages

  • badly endures long loneliness
  • needs more space
  • outgoing house indicated, preferably outside the city
  • he doesn’t like change or travel
  • rare breed

Advantages

  • easy to care for
  • comb his thick fur once a week
  • very huntable
  • balanced character
  • the breed generally healthy and long-lived

American lynx cat. Health

The breed is healthy and long-lived. The shortening of the tail does not carry back problems and does not impede the movement of cats, because this feature the American lynx inherited from the Japanese bobtail.

Care

Easy. Just combing once a week to get rid of dead hair.

American lynx cat

History

In the 1980s, American breeders Joe Childers from North Carolina and Robert Mock from Seatle decided to breed a cat-like cat breed. They founded a society under the name American Lynx Corporation and developed a scientific breeding program based on non-blood matings. Their goal was to breed a cat with brushes on its ears and a stump tail. The result of the breeding was an American lynx cat, breeds that have these features in the genotype. Brushes on the ears could be introduced by crossing with Norwegian forest cats or Maine Coon cats. There is no certainty as to the breed, because the breeding books were kept not very diligently. By the way, the tendency for long hair and tabby color was introduced along with the desired features. The feature of the short tail comes from Japanese bobtails – they were more suited to Manxes, because shortening the tail of Japanese bobtails does not carry back problems and does not impair the movement of cats. To improve the health condition and consolidate the desired inherited traits, several American short-haired cats were introduced to the program that had the greatest impact on the body structure of the new race. In the first generations, there were cats with normal tails and without the desired brushes on their ears. Even today litters of American lynx are not even in terms of phenotype and further consistent selection is needed. In order to improve the health condition and consolidate the desired inherited traits, several American Shorthair cats were also introduced into the program, which had the greatest impact on the body structure of the new breed. In the first generations, there were cats with normal tails and without the desired brushes on their ears. Even today litters of American lynx are not even in terms of phenotype and further consistent selection is needed. In order to improve the health condition and consolidate the desired inherited traits, several American Shorthair cats were also introduced into the program, which had the greatest impact on the body structure of the new breed. In the first generations, there were cats with normal tails and without the desired brushes on their ears. Even today litters of American lynx are not even in terms of phenotype and further consistent selection is needed.

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American Lynx – a breed not recognized by FIFe
  • Origin: United States
  • Character: balanced, active, friendly, closely connected with the guardian
  • Size: large
  • Weight: 6-10 kg
  • General appearance: muscular and massive with a rectangular body shape
  • Head: Medium to large, should be clearly wedge-shaped; broad, almost square mouth and high placed prominent cheeks; strong chin
  • Ears: large and broad at the base, should also be wide apart, brushes on the ears affect the cat’s exhibition quality; on the back of the auricle have a “thumbprint”
  • Nose: Medium length, wide, hollows at the cushions with a mustache
  • Torso: Long and muscular limbs, hindleg longer than the forelegs. Large, round paws.
  • Tail: black and short, cannot reach beyond the knee of the hind legs and must be insensitive to pain
  • Coat: short-haired was seen as an ideal variety, because a short tabby or spotted figure is better seen on a short fur coat, but also an American lynx with a longer fur is included in the breed standard
  • Color: two patterns of fur drawing are allowed: leopard and tawny, in all tabby varieties up to silver. Both designs are known in Oriental Shorthair cats, leopards are the equivalent of a spotted tabby, tawny has classic tabby signs with stripes on the hair. These signs must clearly stand out from the lighter undercoat, as well as the more intense and irregular spots of the lynx with a leopard pattern
  • Activity: high, outgoing house preferred
  • Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: very resistant; perfectly tolerates low temperatures
  • Possibility to buy a kitten: a few kennels in the USA and Canada

Interesting facts

According to legend, the American lynx was created as a result of a random cross between a domestic female cat with wild lynx. There are several similar breeds: American Bobtail, Pixie-bob, Desert Lynx and American Lynx. Similar to wild lynx, but bred at different times and differing in detail in appearance. Rare breed. There are no representatives in Poland today. Note: The pictures show a very similar breed – pixie-bob.

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