History The Highlander first began development in 2004 with it roots tracing back to The Highland Lynx. A east coast breeder named Joe Childress at The Timberline Cattery developed the highland Lynx in 1993. In late 2004 The Highlander became the name to identify our cats as a breed of their own. In 2005 we took the name Highlander to further identify our cats as a breed of their own merit The International Cat Association TICA became the registry for The Highlander Cat. For the last ten years the Highlander Breeders have continued to work diligently to educate the public in order to bring about an awareness of how truly unique these cats are. But mostly to earn respectability for our new breed.
This breed of cat is so much fun ! Highlanders are a fun-loving, good-nature cat that constantly entertains its humans with zany antics and enjoys being the center of attention! Highlanders like to walk on a leash and plays fetch like a dog. The Highlander has a very loving personality they are good with other pets and children. It would not be a surprise to see a Highlander sleeping and playing with children and have even been known to take baths with kids. Most Highlanders do not like to be alone they are a people cat and have been used as therapy cats
The look of this cat will be the first thing that gets your attention. The Highlander is a bit larger then your average house cat. It has a muscular body and slightly curled ears and a short tail. Some have poly-dactyl feet meaning it can have more toes. Please note: The TICA standards calls for a regular foot, a tail no shorter then 1 inch and no longer than a hawk, kinks and curls are allow. The ears must be curled but not folded. The Highlander can come in many colors. Patterns Coats: the Highlander can come in many patterns, however a few are not accepted. The Rosette Spots the Tuxedo or Curly hair as the Rex or the Mohave bob. is not part of the breed standards. It is important to note that Highlanders have never used any other recognized breed as an outcross.
The Highlander has no known health problems at this time. Normal flea & tick program along with reg. worming is pretty much all they need to stay healthy. Highlander cats have a natural waxy build up in there ears it is not ear mites. Their ears can be cleaned easily by carefully using a q-tip or cotton balls and removing the wax, even a small amount of mineral oil on the q-tip will help remove the build up in the ear.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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