Breed Information

Mohave Bob

Mohave Bob is a new breed created from crossing the Desert Lynx, Highland Lynx and Selkirk Rex.  The cross can produce up to 4 different mutation in one cat, these include the natural bob tail, polydactyl feet, curl back ears, and curled coats.    NOTE MOHAVE BOB SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY WHITE ON THEM, the snow colors are not white!

Highland Lynx

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.


Desert Lynx

Desert Lynx today is a completely domstic cat, it is bred to resemble the bobcat.  Through generations of selective breeding with different breeds of domestic cats, the breed has incorporated many characteristics similar to those of the bobcat. Desert Lynx 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.

Color Resistery

Snow Bob

Snow-Bobs are cats which exhibit the Snow or Colorpoint gene in it's several forms.  The colors may be modifications of any color in the Snow (or Colorpoint) color spectrum, in the Sepia color spectrum, or the Mink color spectrum.   The Snow or Colorpoint color is most well known in Siamese and Himalayan cats.  The Mink color is the popular color of Tonkinese cats, and the Sepia color is most commonly displayed in Burmese cats.  Snow Bob is a color only registration from which many bobtail breeds can be registered, including the Mohave Bob, Highland Lynx and Desert Lynx.

The Mutations

Bobtail

The natural bob tail, although I believe does not contain the Manx tailless gene but more of the Pixie Bob tail gene (This is not the tail gene found in the Manx, nor the Japanese Bobtail, nor any other breed.), there could be risks when breeding two natural short tails.  This mainly would be if breeding stock has the gene for the Manx tailless in their lines.  The Manx tailless gene is dominant; kittens from Manx parents are generally born without any tail. Having two copies of the gene is lethal and kittens are usually spontaneously aborted before birth. This means that tailless cats can carry only one copy of the gene. Because of the danger of having two copies of the tailless gene, breeders have to be careful about breeding two tailless Manxes together. Problems can be avoided by breeding tailless cats with tailed ones and this breeding practice is responsible for the decreasing occurrence of spinal problems in recent years. (wikipedia)  In my personal breeding program I usually breed natural short tails to docked tails although my lines do not carry the Manx genes in the lines.

Polydactal

The polydactyl feet too can have risks of extra claws between the thumb and forefingers that have a tendency to curl in the wrong direction.  Breeders and owners need to watch for this in individuals in the breed with the polydactyl feet.  Polydactyl (extra-toed) cats. There are probably many genes, both dominant and recessive, that cause polydactyl in cats. Most cases of polydactyl in cats are perfectly harmless. (http://www.messybeast.com/poly-cats.html)


Curled Ears

This mutation is a dominant gene so litters will often contain a mix of curl-eared and prick-eared cats. It is impossible to tell which kittens will develop a good curl - they are all born prick eared. The ears curl up tightly over the next few days. During the next four months, the tight curl starts to relax until the final semi-curled state is reached. As far as is known, the gene does not cause detrimental side-effects.

Curled Coats

The curled coat (rex gene) mutation is a dominant spontaneous gene which causes each hair (guard, down and awn) to have a gentle wave or curl giving the coat a soft feel, from the Selkirk Rex, so litter will often contain a mix of curled coats and straight coats.  The soft, plushy, curly coat should feel with loose, individual curls.  The entire coat should show the effect of the rex gene although curliness may be evident more around the neck, tail and belly areas.  The coat requires proper attention and can feel greasy on some individuals due to the oily skin. This is something found in most of the rex breeds and sometimes carries over to the production of a great deal of dark earwax that must be cleaned constantly.  Some individual kittens may have tearing eyes that will require washing due to the Selkirk outcross breedings.

Cat Color Genetics

Dominant

Dominant genes are black and red.  Note the red gene is a sex linked gene, to produce red one parent has to be red.

Recessive - Dilutes

The recessive color are also know as dilutes.  The dilution of black is blue, the dilution of red is cream.

Recessives further diluted

These recessive colors are dilutions from the recessive colors.  So the dilution from Black is chocolate, the dilution from blue is lilac.  The dilution from chocolate is cinnamon, the dilution from lilac is fawn.

Dominant - Black

Solid Black

Black is a dominate base color, it ranges from solid black cats, brown (bronze, charcoal) tabbies, 

Solid Black

Black is a dominate base color, it ranges from solid black cats, brown (bronze, charcoal) tabbies, 

Brown Tabbies

Brown (Tabby, Spotted, Classic) are all genetically black.  The pattern (Tabby, Spotted, Classic) is what gives what is called a brown, bronze or charcoal.

Brown Tabbies

Brown (Tabby, Spotted, Classic) are all genetically black.  The pattern (Tabby, Spotted, Classic) is what gives what is called a brown, bronze or charcoal.

Seal Lynx/Point

Seal is genetic expression of black in snow lynx or color points, sable minks, seal minks, seal sepia.

Seal Lynx/Point

Seal is genetic expression of black in snow lynx or color points, sable minks, seal minks, seal sepia.

Dominant - Red

Red Male

The red gene in males come in solid, tabby, spotted or classic, color point, lynx point, mink or sepia.

Red Male

The red gene in males come in solid, tabby, spotted or classic, color point, lynx point, mink or sepia.

Red Female

Most females that have red genetic are tortieshell (Calico, Torbie) in the different patterns.

Red Female

Most females that have red genetic are tortieshell (Calico, Torbie) in the different patterns.

Red Lynx/Point

Red genetics in colorpoint or lynx point snows.

Red Lynx/Point

Red genetics in colorpoint or lynx point snows.

Recessives

Recessive Black

The dilution of black is blue.  Blue colors can be in any pattern; solid, tabby, spotted, classic, color point, lynx point, mink and sepia.

Recessive Black

The dilution of black is blue.  Blue colors can be in any pattern; solid, tabby, spotted, classic, color point, lynx point, mink and sepia.

Recessive Red

The dilution of red is cream.  Creams is a sex linked gene and one parent must be red or cream.  They can be solid, tabby, spotted, classic, color point, lynx point, mink or sepia.

Recessive Red

The dilution of red is cream.  Creams is a sex linked gene and one parent must be red or cream.  They can be solid, tabby, spotted, classic, color point, lynx point, mink or sepia.

Recessive Lynx/Point

The dilution in seal color lynx point torbie form.

Recessive Lynx/Point

The dilution in seal color lynx point torbie form.

Recessive Further Diluted

Chocolate/Cinnamon Color Gene

Mutations of the gene for Black give rise to Chocolate and Cinnamon.  The Chocolate color is a medium to dark brown color. Cinnamon is a terra-cotta or burnt sienna color. These are alleles at the (B) locus; Chocolate is recessive to Black, and Cinnamon is recessive to Chocolate. Black, chocolate and cinnamon are all versions of the same gene. With the exception of "red" which is a special case, genes are inherited in pairs - one from each parent. Some genes are dominant over others and only the dominant one will be expressed (show up). The other gene (the recessive) will still be lurking in the background and can be passed on to offspring. Depending on which pairing a cat inherits, it will be one of those basic colours. The fact that at it may look different depends on many other genes which alter the way in which these three basic colours are expressed.