I discovered the breed 'highlander' in 2010 whilst researching all different breeds on the internet. I was imediatley in love, but the thought of importing scared me as I had heard so many bad stories lol.
I decided to start working on a breed of my own here instead,which would resemble a canada snow lynx(my all time favourite Felidae). It got the better of me, and I decided to take the leap and bring in some highlanders from the USA.
I contacted a-lot of breeders, who put me onto other breeders, and this went on for quiet a while, until I found someone who was happy to hold the cats for me for 9-12 months, and who also reconmended other breeders for different lines.
Finally I had 3 highlanders safe and sound at home with me.
I had been breeding Maine Coons for the past several years, and I opened my lines up
here by crossing my own Maine Coons, as well as bengal and manx into my breeding program.I have specifically chosen my kittens for breeding, aiming to produce very healthy, large 'snow lynx' looking pet cats, with good thick bone,masculine broad heads,tall
in the shoulders, strong bob tails and polydactyl feet( extra toes).
It has taken 10 years to produce my 'tundras', and in December 2017 my breed became a 'recognised breed' with the rare and exotic feline registry,
with which I was on the experimental register with.
Tundras will ultimately come in short hair.
The short coats are thick and soft and darker in winter, and silky
smooth in summer. The long haired tundras are easy to maintain with regular brushing.
This breed have a slight 'curl' in their ear making them unique.
I am very passionate
about breeding these stunning cats and the most important thing I look for is their temperement and health.
ALL my breeding Tundras have OUTSTANDING temperements which they pass down to their offspring.
I have DNA tested breeding stock along the way and recently doing again - maintaining excellent health in this breed.
TUNDRA BREED STANDARD
Recognised December 2017 – The rare and exotic feline registry Founder – Julie Tonning
The head is large and long with a big prominent muzzle, and with very long sometimes extreme whiskers.
NOSE – The nose is broad with prominent leather.
Profile – The curve of the forehead
should flow into the nose with only a slight break – The bridge of the nose to tip has a very slight concave curve.
MUZZLE – The muzzle is large and square in shape.
The chin is strong, finishing off the square muzzle into a broad triangle.
EARS – The ears are set wide apart with a loose curl being preferred over a tight curl. Ear tufts and ear furnishings should be present on both short
and long coat tundra’s. The curl gene is dominant. Curl to curl mating is allowable and safe.
EYES – Eyes are oval shaped on a gentle slant set wide. Colours accepted – green (preferred) gold, orange and blue
(in snows only).
NECK – The neck is strong, short and muscular.
SHOULDER – The shoulder is big and forward moving and taller than the rump.
BODY – The
body is thick set, triangular in shape and very solid and muscular. Tundra are a tall breed.
LEGS – The legs are long and the bone is very thick.
FEET – Feet are polydactyl with any number
of toes allowed and in types –
~ mitten foot
~ Patty foot (preferred)
The polydactyl gene is dominant. POLYDACTYL TO POLYDACTYL mating’s allowed and
TAIL – The tail can be long or short. The bob tail gene is dominant. Only long tail to short tail mating’s allowed.
COAT – The coat can be long or short haired with
a soft, silky texture, a ruff around the neck during winter.
COLOURS – Colour must cover the whole body, no bi-colour/parti -colour allowed, except for SOLID white. Allowable colours are black, blue, chocolate, lilac, silver
, bronze, red, cream, tortie, torbie, snow, mink, charcoal and smokes(ghost markings preferred). The wild agouti gene is present in the tundra breed and presents itself as orange(super strong tarnish) and is present with most colours Eg- snow, silver, bronze
ect will have orange/cream lynx markings and underbelly.
PATTERNS – Leopard (spotted), marble (classic), ticked, ghost markings.
HEIGHT – At the shoulder – Males- 31 – 33 cm
WEIGHT – males at 4 years – 6-10kg
females – 5-7kg