What first draws your attention to the Highlander is its incredible ears. Standing tall, open, and with a slight backwards flare, they bring to mind the large tufted ears of the Canadian Lynx. The dominant curl gene in the Highlander breed makes the ears more noticeable and exotic in appearance. The Highlander's ears have more of a vertical crimp than a horizontal one. Having this vertical crimp makes the ears stand tall and open. The ears should not fold back into a tight curl. This breed's chin and muzzle are also very noticeable. The muzzle, long and squared-off with large whisker pads and resting on top of a well-defined deep chin, evokes the image of a wild cat.
This breed has substantial body structure and is a large cat. Watching a Highlander move is pure beauty as their long hind legs flex and the heavy, pronounced muscles ripple between their shoulder blades, reminiscent of the wild cat. The Highlander's feet are most impressive; they are large with prominent knuckles, built for the stamina for which the Highlander is known, and some have extra toes (polydactyl) that make the feet appear even larger as well as tufts of fur between the toes.
Highlanders should have a natural short or docked tail. Their coats can be found in long or short hair in many colors and with various pattern markings. Females can weigh on average 10-17 pounds and males 20-25 pounds.
Highlanders have more of a dog type personality than other cats. They can be trained to walk on a leash, play fetch, enjoy baths/showers and will greet visitors at the door. They are known to be playful, inquisitive, intelligent and have deep bonds with their families.
Highlanders require the same vet and dietary care as other domestic cats, although I recommend a good quality food with less fillers.
A good brushing of their coat every other week should keep them in good shape and gives extra bonding time for both owner and cat.
The ears of the Highlander tend to have a heavier wax build - up and can be confused with ear mites.(ear mites would also have a strong odor and the ears would appear dirty all over) Your Highlander will not care for this grooming but you can clean the ears with q-tips as far as your eye can see.
As far as claws if you start at an early age trimming their nails and do so regularly this not only protects your skin, furniture but as possible loss of a toenail being snagged on carpet.....