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Review by: KiMbErLy729 (9) Posted
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Owned cats before:
If yes how long:
14 years
Based on experience with: 5 cats of this breed
My pet
Cat's name:
Cat's gender:
Age when acquired:
1 month
Acquired from:
Other (stray, given pet by friend etc.)
(0 = low; 5 = high)
Overall satisfaction
I am incredibly happy with my cat
My cat is exactly the right cat for me
I love my cat
I am very attached to my cat
Friendly with owners
Good with dogs
Activity level
Appropriate vocalization
Need for attention
Easy to groom
Domestic Shorthair/Lynx Cats

When a lynx and a domestic cat have kittens, the outcome is amazing. The kittens have bobbed tails or no tails (no tail can cause spinal issues). They are graceful, playful, loving and very exotic looking. They are very loud cats, and if they aren't given proper attention (or if they're kittens), they can be destructive. They are easy to care for, having medium coats so only needing a brushing every so often and a bath every once in awhile. They are cheap to keep. Very friendly with all other animals and people. Very active cats, even at very old ages. Also pretty large. Eyes are beautiful and range yellow, brown, grey, green, blue and pale mixes. Fur colors are unpredictable. No common health issues.


Thanks for the info on these amazing cats!

Photos that I found online of the Desert Lynx cats are quite beautiful! The contrast of colors of the black and silver/white is similar to the American Shorthair breed; very striking! The little fluffy tails on some of them look like the tail on my little Manx cat we named Bunny. Just a little fluff of fur instead of a tail...so cute!

These cats sound amazing, but unless a cat has a flea problem, has gotten sprayed by a skunk, or some other nasty thing has happened to it, I think they clean themselves very nicely and don't need to have a bath. Most cats HATE baths, so I leave them to do their own thing. Spot cleaning works wonders for stubborn stains!  LOL.

By WysWoman (22) Posted April 28, 2009 22:45
Thanks. Can you explain this combination a little more? This is a mating of a domestic cat and the wild Lynx cat, such as the Canadian Lynx? This is being done in an attempt to create a new domestic cat breed maybe? No judgments here, I'm just curious

Aren't these cats quite large. Reading about the Canadian Lynx - it is more than twice as big as the domestic cat....unless it's the Newfoundland Lynx, which according to Wikipedia, "is a subspecies of the Canadian lynx. It is larger than the mainland subspecies. This animal is known to have killed caribou calves when snowshoe hares were not available."

Mixing wild and domestic cats sounds interesting - I guess that's what the Desert Lynx Cat is - a combination of Bobcat and domestic cat.
By earthling (115) Posted April 28, 2009 22:00
Updated April 29, 2009 12:09
Well I didn't breed him, nobdy did. My Uncle's domestic shorthair stayed outside and wasn't spayed. There was a lynx in the woods (I'm not sure exactly which type) and he got ahold of her. We have one kitten, our vet has another and one of my other uncles took the last. They are all three about 8 months but when they stand up they can reach higher than my bellybutton (I'm 5'8"). They are like the lynx, but have different mizes of colors. One is calico, one is tabby grey and brown and ours is a grey tabby with alot of white.
By KiMbErLy729 (9) April 29, 2009 10:53
Interesting...thanks. Depending on where you live, I'd bet it was a Bobcat (which is a member of the Lynx genus) and not one of the bigger and more uncommon wild cats known by the common name of Lynx. Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are present all throughout North America.

There seems to be a lot of skepticism about these hybrids though. According to Wikipedia, those much publicized hybrid breeds don't actually have any Bobcat in them after all, "The Desert Lynx and American Lynx breeds were originally claimed as bobcat hybrids with around 12.5% wild genes. In spite of their bobcatty appearance, DNA testing failed to detect Bobcat marker genes and these cats are now considered wholly domestic for the purposes of ownership, cat fancy registration, import and export. This parallels the case of the PixeBob in that foundation cats in the breed were speculated to be bobcat-domestic cat hybrids."

And this extensive article "Domestic Hybrids with Bobcats and Lynx" seems to support the idea that cross-breeding is a very rare event.
By earthling (115) April 29, 2009 12:12
Updated April 29, 2009 12:13

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