What is a lynx?
The Lynx is classified as a type of wild cats that is distributed in several places other than The United States, and recently people keep some types as pets.
The Lynx is usually a medium-sized cat with large paws, thick fur and bobtail. The coat color is more relevant to brown, gold and hazel or beige, with a mix of color gradients that give a nice appearance with the black swirling all over the coat. Some Lynx types have different coat patterns like swirls & spots, or they are perfectly oceloid to look like Bengal cats.
This wild cat is characterized by the black tufts on its ears and the tiger-like face with whiskers below the face. The hair on the neck is much longer and all species have white fur on their chests, extending to the belly and between the thighs. The paws of lynx are large and padded with fur, to enable them walking on the snow and provide warmth. The tail is very short, and its end is always black. The tail length and shape differs according to the species.
One amazing fact about lynx is that their fur length and paw size vary according to the environment they live in, and their dark/black fur swirling/spots is shorter than the light fur.
There are many species of lynx cats such as the desert lynx, the African lynx, the Persian lynx, the Canadian lynx, the Iberian lynx and the bobcat. Their weight varies between 7KG and 30KG. The domestic lynx breed is, of course, lighter in weight than the wild ones.
The lynx is originally a wild creature, and rarely can we find an original domestic or tame lynx that humans can easily stay with and keep at home. So, where did the nowadays lynx breeds come from? And how do people keep lynx as pets?
The story lays behind the crossbreeding that started in 1980s between bobcats and wild Canadian lynx, then with the domestic cats. The crossbreeding should result in a tame, wild-like cat that almost has the same size of domestic cats, or a bit larger. Therefore, a domestic lynx appearance, temperament and behavior depend basically on the level of crossbreeding.
The domestic lynx is a dominant cat, mostly with other cat breeds, but it goes very well with dogs and they both enjoy playing and living together. They are also social and affectionate, and they make good mothers, but mostly independent in character as the cobs will spend some time with mommy and then tend to be solitary.
They have a perfect night vision that is exactly like those of wild cats. They like hunting, jumping and outdoors, so it is better to ensure a daily tours outside, if your lynx has a more wild instinct.