Windswept is the founder of the Mohave Bobs. The Mohave Bob was a conception that came to me in the Spring of 2004. Windswept's goal is to produce a cat that is large boned, stocky yet cobby bodied, with a broad pronounced muzzle, chin that is inline with the nose leather, nose leather being wide and inline with inside corners of the eyes, yet having a broad spacing between the eyes, with eyes being triangular in shape and holding the wild look to them, pronounced by heavy brows that give the profile of the head as having parallel planes for the muzzle and forehead, which is a broad head with ears setting low, having a nice rounded rump, with a natural short to hock length bobtail being preferred, and a curly coat being short to medium length. -Stacy Adams
Bobs cats were developed by existing breeds which have their
heritage or foundation in feral/domestic crosses, crossing
four different mutations in the ideal cat, having curled
hair, curled ears extra toes on the feet (polydactyl), and has a natural
short tail.. They are large boned, strong, muscular cats
which are stocky yet cobby to medium in length
with longer hind legs, ears and toes may be tufted. They are
very alert, intelligent cats. Males are larger than females
and slower to mature. They may come in either short or long
hair, have either a short or long tail, have straight or
curled ears, and may be polydactyl.
Like it's name suggests, the Desert Lynx Cat is the exotic result of pairing the wild, feral blood of the bobcat with the affectionate, loving temperament of the domestic cat. Three or more generations removed from their wild ancestors, Desert Lynx cats are bred to resemble their wild cousins as closely as possible, with ear tufts, ruff, coat pattern and size very much like the wild bobcat. These gorgeous creatures have slightly slanted, almond-shaped eyes and often have polydactyl (six) toes with toe tufts. The head is large but not round, with a full, well-developed muzzle that is almost square in appearance, with prominent whisker pads. The ears are large and set wide apart, usually with feathering and tufts on the tip. The wide set eyes are large and expressive, set at an angle, with colors ranging from gold to green, with blue eyes in the snows. Desert Lynx cats can have either a short or longer coat, and have very large, muscular bodies with powerful hindquarters. The tail may be the length of the bobcat tail, which may come half way to the ground, or it may be lacking entirely, as in the Manx, or it may be any length in between. They look and move very much like their wild counterparts.
In contrast with it's wild looks, the Desert Lynx gets it's sweet, laid back personality from it's domestic heritage, and is selectively bred to maintain and continually improve this gentle disposition. Males are larger than females and slower to mature. They are very alert, intelligent and almost dog-like in personality, and although they can be reserved around strangers, they are very friendly and outgoing with people they love.
The above was first written to match information I had found on the internet about Desert Lynx when I first started this website...the fact is after owning this breed that I have not found a single cat to be anywhere near the sizes quoted on the internet. While they can still be a big cat they are in reality not much bigger that any run of the mill cat, while some do get good sized in weight and muscles. I have come to realize a lot about this breed; they are not Bobcat sized, and there is no way to prove if Bobcats were ever really bred to cats to make this breed. While I still like to think that there is a chance that some could truly have Bobcats in the bloodlines I think that most breed to resemble the Bobcat as much as possible. Fact is Bobcat or no Bobcat in the lines I still love the wild looks and wonderful dog like personalities which set them apart from other cats.
NOTE: DNA testing has not confirmed Bobcat ancestry and this breed is considered wholly domestic by registry.
All snow cats are actually derivations of the very same albino gene often found in Nature, which shows up in many wild species. In its full expression, the albino gene will cause the individual to be white-haired and have pink eyes. Probably the best known snow color is the seal lynx point a gene often found in the Siamese gene pool….Later, introducing the Burmese cat gene pool, the colors seal mink snows and seal sepia snows became well known. Sepias and Minks are considered genetically different from each other. A seal mink snow is usually a green-eyed cat, born light beige in color…with the making developing to be a medium brown color. A seal sepia is usually gold to green eyed and born medium to dark brown in color…Snow cats can be both spotted or marbled in color. When breeding lynx point to sepias or minks, a litter of both colors will result. To get scientific, lynx point, mink, and sepia are the result of a mutation of the C gene series for full pigment…there fore, they are really not "colors" but varying "dilutions" of color. Distribution of color density gives us these amazing varying colors and patterns. Breeding to get snow kittens can be a bit of a challenge. Of course, when breeding a snow to a snow, you will have snow kittens, but, when one parent or both only "carry" the recessive snow gene, there will be a variety of colors possible. Difficulty arises when guessing whether or not, a brown spotted cat carries the recessive gene. There are those who feel they can tell just by looking…but in fact, the only way to know for sure is to breed and hope for a snow baby. If the litter contains at least one snow, you know that both parents carry the snow gene…it MUST BE PRESENT on both sides. -Written by Pam Vandell
Most people believe that the Snowbob is a breed of it's own...and this is not the case. The Snowbob is the only color registry. This means that the bobtail breeds that produce kittens in the snow color range can duel register the kitten in their main existing breed and again as a Snowbob. That is why you will see Snowbob's in a litter with non-snow colored kittens. This also gives the Snowbob's a lot of diversity when wanting to breed for a all Snowbob litter.
As the registry grows so does the snow mutation gene, giving us more snow colors than there was in the past. What the future holds for this color breed is always exciting, never knowing what shades of snows will be possible. In the future the Snowbob may become a breed of it own, as more and more breeders breed for all Snowbob litters, or it just may stay a color breed.
Highland Lynx cats were developed by crossing two existing breeds--Desert Lynx cats and Jungle Curls. The primary foundation breed for Highland Lynx is the Desert Lynx*. Outcrosses to the Jungle Curls were made specifically to add the unique curled ears to the cats. Essentially, Highland Lynx are Desert Lynx with curled ears. They are strong, muscular cats which are medium in length with longer hind legs, and toes may be tufted. They are very alert, intelligent cats. Males are larger than females and slower to mature. These cats come in both long and short hair.