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.
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.
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.