Lynx Point Siamese cats, also known as Tabby Point Siamese in some countries, are named for their beautiful markings which look like those of the wild lynx. As far as I know, though, Lynx Points aren't in any way related to the wild lynx!
Lynx Siamese cats came about from the accidental mating of a purebred Seal Point with a tabby. A kitten from this mating was then crossed with another purebred Seal Point, resulting in the first Seal Tabby Point.
The combination of a Siamese coat and point pattern with tabby markings gives you beautiful, pale-bodied, pointed cats with tabby-striped points in any one of the breed's main point colors.
Young Lynx Point showing stripy markings and forehead 'M'
photo: © iStockphoto | thepropshoppe
Tabby cats get their markings from the presence of the agouti gene, in conjunction with other genes that give a tabby either a striped, spotted or mottled pattern.
The particular gene responsible for producing the striped coat pattern is called the 'mackerel' gene, presumably because it gives a cat mackerel-like stripes.
It also gives the striped tabby a distinctive 'M'-shaped marking on his forehead.
The Lynx Point's namesake, a wild European Lynx. Note the 'tabby' markings -
a spotted muzzle, eye stripes and the 'M' on the forehead
photo: © iStockphoto | Neven Bijelic
Technically, there's really no such thing as a 'Lynx Point Siamese' cat.
This is because the American Cat Fanciers' Association refers to a Siamese-type cat with lynx markings as a Lynx ColorPoint Shorthair.
Confusingly, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in the UK calls the same kind of cat a Tabby Point Siamese.
So a Lynx ColorPoint Shorthair is, in fact, the same as a Tabby Point Siamese? Yes - it's a question of same cat, different words!
The CFA list six different kinds of Lynx ColorPoint Shorthair – Seal, Chocolate, Blue, Lilac, Red and Cream.
The GCCF lists ten types of Tabby Point – the six listed above, plus Cinnamon, Caramel, Fawn and Apricot.
But whatever they're called and wherever they're called it, there's no denying that Lynx Point Siamese cats are astonishingly beautiful.
Lynx Points are friendly, active and vocal (although some breeders say they're not quite as vocal as their solid point cousins). They enjoy playing games and get along well with people and other pets.
They also seem to have inherited the Siamese trait for longevity, with a reported average lifespan of 15-20 years.
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