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Wild Cat breed in Indiana

post #1 of 11
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I grew up in rural central Indiana. On the farm in the 80's we had a very special breed of feral cats. They had very short tails. The main tomcat was huge, big boned, and muscular. His neck was bigger than a grown mans hands could reach around. He was black with faint striping seen in the sunlight. He was very agressive and dangerous, would come back to the barn with wounds from fighting. He would attack strangers. We were sure this was a hybrid bobcat but a professor of biology when I was in college told me that a domestic cat can't breed with a bobcat. Its always been a mystery to me. Possibly the bloodline was the result of a few centuries going feral.

We bred this huge feral cat with a more domesticated cat and one of the kittens was one of the best pets I ever had, it looked just like a bobcat with more orange in color. This male was very dog-like with loyalty and personality I haven't seen in other cats. Unfortunately the bloodline was eventualy lost/watered down with strays.

I would like to find a breeder that sells cats of this sort of bloodline but not sure where to look? I now live in SE PA.
post #2 of 11
Bobcats have been known to breed to domestic cats.

They have hybrids from serval cats and asian leopard cats.
post #3 of 11
Bobcats CAN breed with domestic cats. Its not common, but it happens. The only thing is that the first cross - males are sterile but the females can breed.

I'm sure your cats were part bobcat from the sound of it. I think there are people that do breed them (as a breed) but not sure what they are called.
post #4 of 11
I am guessing you are referring to the American Bobtail

http://www.cfa.org/breeds/profiles/a...n-bobtail.html

You can look for breeders on this site

http://www.breedlist.com/breed.html
post #5 of 11
If the CFA doesn't accept Bengals they wouldn't accept a cat from a Bobcat breeding. The american bobtail isn't from a bobcat breeding.

The American Bobtail is a very stunning cat
post #6 of 11
I think the Chausie was using the bobcat as a cross.

Nope they used the Jungle Cat. Will see if I can find which one was using them. the Causies get 25 lbs or more so maybe that's the kind you might want to find.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chausie
post #7 of 11
Here's a good read on the Bobcat myth.

http://www.exoticcatz.com/sphybridsbobcat.html
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by abbycats View Post
If the CFA doesn't accept Bengals they wouldn't accept a cat from a Bobcat breeding. The american bobtail isn't from a bobcat breeding.

The American Bobtail is a very stunning cat
The reason I suggested the American Bobtail is because the chances of those cats the op is referring to is much greater in being a natural mutation like the American Bobtails rather than an actual mating with a wild bobcat.
post #9 of 11
Welcome to TCS! I would have to agree with the American Bobtail theory especially since Bobcats in Central Indiana are extremely rare even more so 20 years ago.
post #10 of 11
Maybe it was a pixie Bob???www.tabaxipixiebob.com/pixiebob.php5
post #11 of 11
I didn't realize bobcats were rare in Indiana. They certainly have them here in Nebraska, I saw my first sighting of one last week. If you listen to these old farmers where I live Bobcats have been known to mate with domestic cats. I don't think it's a myth if they got a Bengal cat from an Asian leopard cat.
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