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  1. Hello, My son loves the Highlander and would very much like to own one. But I have a few concerns/questions that I am hoping someone can answer for me. My son has muscular dystrophy and can no longer move his arms or legs.My concern would be that a cat of this size could potentially hurt him by jumping on him and not getting off of him when my son told him to. I have been told that the Highlander is intelligent, does this mean that the kitten could be trained to stay off of my son. My second concern would be my young grand children, are these cats gentle with children? And we own a large dog, how well do these cats do with dogs. I am hoping that I can get some answers. We have fostered many cats in the past and my daughter has a Maincoon, but this is the first time I have encountered a Highlander. Are they as good with people as I have read.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Pauline, thanks for visiting and asking. Sorry to hear about your son. I wish him well.

      The Highlander is a rare cat breed and like all cat breeds the main factor as to whether the cat is friendly with dogs is how the cat was raised – socialised. All cats of any breed should be fine with dogs and children but you should check with the breeder. Also it depends in the individual cat to a large extent whether they get along with any individual dog. There is a chemistry thing going just the same as for humans.

      As to being gentle with children, once again the answer is yes they can and should be gentle with children but it does depend on how gentle the child is with the cat.

      The only slight concern I have is that there is some wild blood in this cat which normally makes domestic cats slightly less domesticated. If you want a placid, docile cat then another breed might be preferable (e.g. Ragdoll or traditional Persian). You son likes some wild cat in the cat it seems or a cat that looks more wild. The Ocicat is pure domestic cat but looks like a wild cat and is also rare. He might consider this breed as well.

      Here is a link to the breed:

      https://pictures-of-cats.org/ocicat.html

      When you buy from a breeder you should meet the breeder and her facilities and reassure yourself they are good and the cats superbly socialised. The better socialised the cat the better he/she will be in terms of behavior towards your son.

      This may be a problem as there are not many breeders of this cat.

      Certainly the Highlander can be trained to get off or stay off your son or anything you desire. It might take a bit of patience and thought but it can be done.

      Here is a page on clicker training:

      http://cat-chitchat.pictures-of-cats.org/2008/12/cat-clicker-training.html

      There are many other pages on PoC on cat training an aspects of it.

  2. i have a beautiful highlander kitten from lisa at rottins.com.she is a awesome breeder and person. if you are looking for a beautiful cat check out her web site

  3. I unfortunately found out some things about my cats breeder. Either way, he is my beautiful boy and I love him so so much. <3

    • Hi Jessica. Great photo. It is nice to see your boy. He is gorgeous. Stunning appearance. Thanks for uploading the photo. Highlanders are rare so pictures of them are rare too. Nice to see a new face on this page.

    • Jessica I am really sorry that you had a tough time with The person you got your Highlander From.:(
      But we are very happy to have you in our Highlander group on FaceBook now. Where we get to share Funny photos Of all our Highlanders and have a lot of fun too.

  4. Hi, I am looking to adopt a Highlander. I saw them on Cats 101 with a family that had them. But can’t seam to fine a listing for the family. They lived in N.C. I live in Florida. I am disabled and want one for myself. Can you help me locate a breeder on or near Fla?

    Thank you ever so much.

    Margaret.

  5. I am a foundation Highlander cattery,Wild at Heart Highlanders http://www.wildathearthighlanders.com I have been breeding since the breed first registered with TICA. 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.
    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.

    • Thanks, Donna, for adding useful information to the page and sharing some photos. Very impressive cats. They are substantial and strong looking. I hadn’t realised that.

  6. 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.

    The photo that you see is a photo of my Sheetah Wood She Has 16 best-of-breed awards so far. Please feel free to go to my website and look at the photos if you see any photos there that might Be better Please just let me know I would Am glad to help With any question you may have I have been breeding This breed for 12 years And I am a foundation cattery For the Highlander.

    Thank you for your time

    Sue

    • Hi Jessica. Fantastic. Highlanders are rare. If you’d like to, you can upload a picture of your seal point Highlander to a fresh comment and add a further link. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

  7. Hello Michael,
    Our family is looking to adopt one or two highlanders. We live in California. Do you know of any breeders ? Thank you!!

    • Hi Vernon, I would be surprised if you could find a Highlander breeder in South Africa. They are American basically and rare, very rare. I don’t know, but there are probably no more than a handful of breeders in America. Good luck though.

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