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Common Nicknames

Tundra cat, Arctic Circle's cat, Highlander Tundra

Cat (Felis catus)
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The Tundra is an experimental, partially-wild cat breed which was bred in Australia.


[1]The Tundra was developed in Australia by Julie Tonning with the influence of USA imported Highlanders, Maine Coons, Manx and Bengal genes. They are purely domestic but developed due to Australian legislation.

The aim was to produce a very healthy large breed of cat, that would resemble the look of the Canada lynx, with health and temperament being priority.

Tundras have came in a variety of colors during development,  but are now in the color of blue in patterns of leopard spotted, classic tabby, smoke, snow, solid, silver and charcoal.(no white markings) - All Tundra kittens ears are tightly curled a few days after birth. Their ears will then un-curl to a loose curl up to 12 weeks of age. They will mature into very large cats with a prominent big square muzzle, Polydactyl feet, very open (loose) curl in the ear with ear tarnish and ear tufts, and both long and short tail.


The head the head is large and long, with a prominent muzzle, and whiskers. It is in proportion with the body. The ears are curled slightly with ear tufts and set wide apart. The muzzle is square and the chin is prominent. The body is strong, powerful, muscular, slight triangular shape, and large in size. Males are larger  than females. Legs are long and thick-boned. Long tails or bob tails are permitted.

Feet are polydactyl, with  both mitten and snowshoe acceptable. Feet are large in proportion to the body. Any number of toes are allowed, including uneven amounts on each foot. Preference is given to all four feet having extra toes. The polydactyl gene is a dominant gene. The short-tailed gene is a dominant gene, and the curled ear gene is a dominant gene in this breed. They also have dog-like personalities. They are easy to train, intelligent, and playful gentle giants.