Hi Munki, and welcome to TCS!I have no clue why people state that UC Davis has yet to prove the existence of a bobcat hybridization. They breed to all kinds of exotic breeds - and I own a known offspring, DNA proven parentage through UC Davis clear back in 2000, of her grand-parents, and great grandmother (who was a bobcat). You can see her lines at f1bobcat.com and I'd share photos and DNA papers if anyone is interested. This falacy that bobcats do not breed with domestics has been going around the internet long enough. I have gone through un-surmountable abuse by people in cat sites and groups (not here yet...I'm new as of today, but let's see how this goes over) and I have always told them the truth. And I recently got given proof by the breeder. Munki, my kitty who is 16 months old, is indeed one quarter Bobcat, and I have DNA proof of her relatives. Parentage testing is available through UC Davis, but DNA breed proof of bobcat heritage is not. So what they did was to send in her great great grandmother's DNA and the father and the child, Cholla and Katie (2 daughters from the first litter who are my cat's grandmother), and had the parentage proven. Once bobcat parentage is proven by DNA, it's indisputable proof. Here is my cat's heritage. But to do this test, you must have the parent available to test. We were lucky that the originating breeders did own the mother. Clearly, the parentage markers are visible in the test. This is my girl. She was due for babies 2 days ago. She's at day 67 gestation right now. She is also dual F3 Jungle Bob as well as being the F4 Bobcat.View attachment 188393 View attachment 188394
I don't know much about genetics, but I'm trying to comprehend this and I'm having a hard time understanding the statement. Junglebobs are Felis catus (domestic cats) bred with Felis chaus (African Jungle Cats); they are, by necessity of identification, F² hybrids (solely). As regards the Bobcat (Lynx rufus) - while they share family and subfamily (Felinæ in both cases) - the cross would be interspecific (Felis x Lynx or Lynx x Felis). Both species have nineteen chromosomal pairs, but the Bobcat's distribution is thirty-four metacentrics and four acrocentrics, while the domestic cat has only two acrocentric chromosomes. Absent Lattice Engineering, or nanotechnological intervention using artificial nucleic acid structures, how is the disparity of genomic identity overcome? This is about more than simple chromosomal shape - it's about rather broadly varying loci and unshared alleles between the genii of Felis and Lynx.She is also dual F3 Jungle Bob as well as being the F4 Bobcat.