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Breed Info

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"What you have created is truly the perfect cat for a person like me who loves the wild blood and it's personality traits but for whom none of the usual hybrid breeds quite satisfy. But your Jag Cats... somehow all that genetic mixing has created an animal of such beauty -- it's amazing to me.

I have yet to see a really pretty foundation Bengal or Chausie. They're funny looking until F4 (fourth generation from the wild) but then their genes are so diluted, what is the point? I've had everything from Persians to Bengals to a Serval, and now these Mokaves... they are the ultimate cat!"

Former Cat Breeder

Mokave Jag Cats

Mokave Jag Cats are really smart, super fast, agile as monkeys, and irresistibly affectionate! They have a wild "jungle" look yet make wonderful family companions. Jag Cats are selectively bred to resemble miniature Jaguars and have many exotic features such as larger, heavier bodies; slanted profiles with strong jaws; broad noses and muzzles; huge paws; and thick tails. Most Jag Cats have golden-brown coats with dark spots, two-toned rosettes, or a tri-colored marbled pattern. Jag Cats also can have black spots on a black coat. Snow Jags are white with spots or rosettes.

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Mokave Jag Cats originated from a blend of bobcat, Jungle Cat and Asian Leopard Cat genes. Each hybrid generation was carefully bred to ensure a pet-like temperament while retaining as much of the wild look, size, and intelligence as possible. For more than a decade I observed and selected one or two kittens out of each litter that best represented the gene type necessary to enhance this extremely rare Jag Cat breed.

It takes a long time to evolve a completely new breed, but each generation I produce reflect more of these exotic yet gentle qualities. I have used a lot of genetic material from a wide variety of felines to produce the Jag Cats you see today on my website. My breeding program is still a work-in-progress and will continue to be so until I feel I have captured the essence of a true Mokave Jag Cat.

Shown below are photos of two of the wild cats whose offspring helped to create my Mokave Jag Cats.

Asian Leopard Cat Jungle Cat

Asian Leopard Cat

One of the ancestors of my Mokave Jag Cats

African Jungle Cat

Another ancestor of my Mokave Jag Cats

In 2006 I had planned to develop a second new breed called Mokave Lynx Cats, modeled after the beautiful and endangered Red Iberian Lynx. After much deliberation, however, I decided to merge the lynx-like features I had developed in some of my cats into my Jag Cat line to produce one truly unique cat look... basically, the head of a lynx on the body of a jaguar!

Please note that it is genetically impossible to breed a domestic or small-wildcat hybrid into the size and weight of an actual jaguar or leopard because smaller felines do not carry the gene for gigantism. However, it is possible to emulate the features of these magnificent animals. Shown below are photos of Mokave Jag Cats compared to photos of jaguars, lynx, and bobcats.

Jaguar To Jag Cat Comparison #1

Jaguar Profile & Jawline
Jag Cat Profile & Jawline
Mokave Jag Cat
Jaguar Nose & Muzzle
Jag Cat Nose & Muzzle
Mokave Jag Cat

Jaguar To Jag Cat Comparison #2

Jaguar Ringed Tail
Jag Cat Ringed Tail
Mokave Jag Cat
Jaguar Rosettes
Jag Cat Rosettes
Mokave Jag Cat

Iberian Lynx To Jag Cat Comparison #1

Iberian Lynx
Jag Cat
Mokave Jag Cat
Lynx Ear Tufts
Mokave Twist Tufts
Mokave Jag Cat

Bobcat/Lynx To Jag Cat Comparison #2

Bobcat Paw
Jag Cat Paw
Mokave Jag Cat
Lynx Bobtail
Mokave Bobtail
Mokave Jag Cat

Email Inquiry

"I love your website and am interested in purchasing a kitten from you. Originally, I wanted to get an Ocelot, but after a lot of research, I realized that it was not such a great idea. But I love the leopard-style markings... Your Jag Cat seems to be just the answer."

Brent S.

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Jag Cat Coat Colors

Mokave Jag Cats come in a range of colors: golden brown, chocoloate, cinnamon, black, blue (rare) and snow (rare). In addition, a Jag Cat's coat color can change over time as it grows.

Color Example #1

3 Weeks Old Mokave Kitten 5 Months Old

Color Example #2

9 Weeks Old 12 Weeks Old 1 Year Old

Color Example #3

1 Week Old Mokave Kitten 6 Months Old

Color Example #4

1 Month Old 2 Months 6 Months

Mokave Snow Jags

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Mokave Snow Jags are a rare white color, just as snow leopards are more rare than regular leopards. I produce two types of snow cats: Snow Mink and Seal Lynx Point. These terms refer to the color of the kitten's coat - not the breed.

NOTE: Mokave Snows are not albinos and have none of the hearing problems often associated with domestic white cats.

Mokave Snow Jag
Snow Mink Infant

Seal Mink
Creamy white coat. Pattern visible at birth and darkens over time. Gold, green or aqua eyes.

Mokave Snow Jag
Snow Mink Kitten
Mokave Snow Jag
Seal Lynx Point Infant

Seal Lynx Point
Solid white coat. Can take 12 months for pattern to emerge and darken. Blue eyes.

Mokave Snow Jag
Seal Lynx Point Adult
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Jag Cat Eye Colors

All kittens are born with blue eyes. The eyes of domestic kittens change to their permanent color after a couple of months. Mokave cats are unusual in that their eye color can continue to change as they become adults. Typically, Jag Cat have bright gold or emerald green eyes. Snow Jags can have blue, gold or aqua eyes.

Eye Color Examples

Mokave Queen Gia

Green Eyes

Mokave Queen Kalihari

Gold Eyes

Mokave Queen Sierra

Blue Eyes

Eye Color Development in a Mokave Cat

Mokave Kitten

Typical Blue-Eyed Kitten

Mokave Kitten

Brown-Eyed Young "Kyra"

Mokave Cat

Gold-Eyed Adult "Kyra"

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Jag Cat Spot Patterns

Mokave Jag Cats come in a variety of coat patterns, ranging from a slightly ticked and muted forest pattern to highly contrasted jungle rosettes! Sometimes the coat pattern of a Mokave cat will alter as it matures. It's common for the spots to grow larger and often develop rosettes (two-toned spots). However, with Mokave cats the spots can also get darker or almost disappear, according to the changing seasons.

Pattern Examples

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Jag Cat Size

Mokave cats are some of the largest felines available as family pets. Compare Mokave kittens to domestic kittens and you'll see some major differences. For example, my kittens don't even really start to grow until they are five months old. Then they have growth spurts every month or so for the first year, every three or four months in their second year, and every six months or so in their third year. Mokave cats are solid muscle - not fat - and usually look much heavier than they actually are.


Here are some AVERAGE ranges for both housecats and Mokave Jag Cats:
Jag Cat     
 8–10 weeks    
12–16 weeks    
12–18 mos   
  3.5–4 years    
 5–17 lbs.   
 12–28 lbs.    
26–29 inches   
 27–38 inches    
12–17 years     
 17–20 years      

Mokave Jag Cats are considered a new cat breed (first registered in 2005) whose size and features are not yet predictable from litter to litter. As shown below, some of my largest adults looked tiny when they were kittens.

Size Example #1

5 Weeks

5 Weeks

5 Months

5 Months

10 Months

10 Months

Size Example #2

3 Weeks Old

3 Weeks

6 Months Old

6 Months

F2 Savannah -- Mokave's Phoenix

Size Example #3

Kitten Yuma

Kitten Yuma

8 Months

8 Months

15 Months

15 Months

Size Example #4

5 Months Old

5 Months

30 Months Old

30 Months

3 Years Old

36 Months

Size Example #5

Kitten Dakari

Kitten Dakarai

22 Pounds

22 Pounds

28 Pounds

28 Pounds

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