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ABOUT THE BREED

When purchasing your Highlander from breeders not listed on the Highlander Breeder's on the TICA website, ask for proof of TICA registration before you buy.  If they  cannot provide proof of TICA registration it is not a HIGHLANDER! 

The Origin of Highlander Breed:

The Highlander breed first began development in 2004 with its roots tracing back to the  Highland Lynx,.  An east coast breeder developed the Highland Lynx in 1993 and although given the name that included “lynx”, these  domestic cats were not of any lynx ancestry.  These cats immediately attracted interest and a devoted following rapidly developed due to their unique looks, size, and playful, clown like personalities.  Upon welcoming the Highland Lynx into our homes and families we immediately realized that these cats were special, both in personality and looks.   Uniting together we worked together to set up our breeding programs and develop a standard that we all agreed to adhere to and began working to develop a cat with a “big cat look” in a purely domestic breed.

 In late 2005 we took the name Highlander to further identify our cats as a breed of their own merit.  We worked  diligently to educate the public; to bring about an awareness of how special these cats are, both in personality and looks; and mostly to earn respectability for this breed and eventual championship status as a member of the cat fancy in one of the largest cat registers in the world, TICA

 Our foundation cats were carefully hand picked for the qualities important to our development in producing the Highlander’s “big cat look“, with domestic short hair and domestic long hair being allowed as acceptable out crosses when needed. It is important to note that Highlanders have never used any other recognized breed as an outcross.

 We have carefully selected each and every Highlander foundation cat by a combination of the unique Highlander profile that immediately draws attention to the long-sloping forehead, intense wide set eyes are separated by a wide nose with substantial nose leather to give Highlander a look of its own.  The nose, muzzle, and chin form a blunt look to give an overall boxiness in profile.  The Highlander has also maintained the loose curl that affects the top 1/3rd of the ear.  It is not a tight curl like the American Curl and we believe it came from a Canadian breed called the Hemingway Curl through the Highland Lynx.  These incredible features all ties together to visualize the unique “big cat” look of the Highlander breed in a domestic cat.  

 Highlander breeding programs continue to selectively breed to protect and enhance this distinctive look as well as to enhance the bloodlines to keep them genetically different and pure from other breeds.

 Although their look is one of power and fierceness, Highlanders are a fun-loving, good natured cat that constantly entertains its humans with zany antics and enjoys being the center of attention.

 

Breed Traits/Physical Features

What first draws your attention to a Highlander is its incredible head. A Highlander's profile shows a long sloping forehead with the nose, muzzle and chin forming a blunt look. The eyes are set far apart and are a slightly flattened oval in shape, set on a slight bias, and separated by a very wide nose with substantial nose leather. This breed's chin is strong and deep with the muzzle being full and wide. The muzzle length makes the head appear longer than it is wide. The ears are set as much on top as on the sides of the head and stand tall, open, and carry a dominant single and relaxed curl gene. This loose and relaxed curl gene keep the ears standing tall and the base of the ear wide open. In profile a Highlander has minimal curl with only the slightest turn in the backward direction. The ears will be more of a vertical crimp than a horizontal one.


What most people like about this breed is the substantial body structure. Watching a Highlander move is pure beauty as their long hind legs flex and the heavy, pronounced muscles ripple between their shoulder blades. A Highlander’s feet are large with prominent knuckles, built for the stamina for which they are known.


Anchored on the muscular hips of the Highlander is a natural short tail. Ranging in length from 1 inch to hock length, it should be thick and preferably articulated. Though a straight tail is preferred, sometimes slight twists and kinks may be detected. Many times there will also be a noticeable fat pad at the end of the tail.


A Highlander brings you the "Big Cat look" in a domestic cat. As incredible as their looks are a Highlander is a playful, happy-go-lucky cat that likes nothing better than to have an audience and all eyes on it as it thinks of new zany antics with which to entertain it humans.

 

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 and removing the wax, even a small amount of mineral oil on the q-tip will help remove the build up in the ear.

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