IS THAT A BOBCAT? That is a question you will have to answer quite often if you are a proud owner of The Desert Lynx cat!
And yes, there is bobcat in the blood of every Desert Lynx, but they are considered today as domesticated cats and the breed is now mainly controlled and recorded by International Desert Lynx Cat Association (IDLCA).
According to IDLCA website acceptable outcross breeds to bobcat are Maine Coon, Manx, American Bobtail, American Lynx and Pixie-Bob.
The Desert Lynx can be registered by the International Progressive Cat Breeders Alliance (IPCBA) which allows the breed now to be eligible for Championship showing. Desert Lynx IS NOT the same breed as the Highland Lynx and should not have any Bengal cat, Jungle Curl or other curled ear cat on its pedigree to be able to be registered by IPCBA.
The Desert Lynx is still very rare as a breed, I found links for only four breeders In US from IDLCA website (www.idlca.com). Founding and active breeder and the President of IDLCA today is Arlene Magrino who runs her Lovespots Cattery located in Selma, Orlando. Her website address is www.desertlynx.net.
As one can expect these cats are huge, females are from 12 lb up to even 20 lb and males are from 16 lb all the way to 25 lb! That is double the size of a “normal” domesticated cat.
According to idlca.com these cats are very people loving and have a mild temperament and actually act more like a dog than a cat! They can fetch, walk on a leash and even enjoy water.
There is no known hereditary problems in the breed and this is domesticated animal, not wild one so there is no license requirements. These beautiful cats only look exotic, they do not act wild! They should be easy to get litter box rained because they are highly intelligent animals.
You can feed them like normal cats, always demand high quality food for your cats. Vaccinations are the same as a regular cat.
These cats have usually short tails or no tail at all, 3/4 length (to hock) is acceptable. Natural bobtails are preferred but they can docked.
There is many colors, leopards, marbles and clouded leopards with various shades. All must have belly spots, eye stripping and horizontal leg and tail stripes. These cats have huge paws and they are sometimes polydoctal. Polydoctal means an extra toe making the paw even bigger, toes also will have toe tufts like their wild ancestor.
It is very important for the breeders to keep these cats sweet natured and today the Desert Lynx is three or more generations away from wild bobcat and are bred to only resemble a bobcat.
According to Arlene Magrino from Lovespot Cattery The Desert Lynx breed is gaining popularity in big leaps as people get to know these gentle exotic looking giants better and better. Truly a new cat breed for the Millennium!