Have you ever wanted a cat which looks like its just walked out of some wild life TV program, but is not huge, actually not much bigger, if at all than your average larger domestic cat. A little leopard which snuggles in your lap, which shines in the sun, has a pelt as soft as velvet and will keep you entertained for as long as you need, or for as long as they want to entertain you.
Bengals come in various colours. Browns, in various shades, Silver in various shades and Sepia, Mink and Lynx snows which are also various shades., No Bengal is ever the same, their markings make them unique from Spotted rosetted to open rosetted to broken rosetted, marble and sparble and just some amazing unique patterns. Also colours can be influenced by the apb and A2 genetics. So that makes Bengals one of the coolest cat as the genes for colour from the ALC and Domestic mix in a unique way. But enough of colour genetics.
A Bengal has distinctive markings which are rosettes ,spots or both. Bengals get their name from the Asian leopard cat’s who's scientific name is Felis bengalensis. Absolutely nothing to do with the Bengal TigerThey were created by crossing the ALC with Domestic Short Hair cats. Dr Willard Centerwall was crossing Asian leopard cats with domestic cats at Loyola University. The leopard cats were resistant to the feline leukemia virus, so researchers were interested in finding out if the trait could be passed on to hybrid offspring. In the 1980s various breeders became interested in developing the cats as a breed in its own entitiy. The first cat association to recognize the Bengal as far as I know was The International Cat Association, which granted the breed experimental status in 1983, followed by full recognition in 1991. The breed is also recognised by many cat fancier associations and clubs across the world.
The Bengal is at least 4 generations bred from the Asian Leopard Cat. There are also Early Generation Hybrid bengals which are 1, 2 and 3 generations from an ALC. Commonly called F1, F2 and F3.
The personality of a Bengal is unlike anything else. They inject themselves into your life, they are high energy and seek play and attention at will. If reared correctly by the breeder they can be very affectionate with a family, they can be very child orientated and gentle. A Bengal has a very active mind and they are very very intelligent and good problem solvers. Many of our Bengals here at Truebengals which we have bred and reared are lap cats and bed sharers. Bengals bond deeply with their humans and families so a lot of thought consideration and time needs to be done before dedicating your life to a Bengal. As we have our bengals as family with our dogs, some of our girls think they are a dog, run to the door and growl with the dogs. So guard cat is possible. Have I mentioned Bengals never mentally grow up? Yes they are a kitten forever in their minds, they forget that they are getting old. A very good ethos to have in life, I still feel 21 dont you?
Coming soon --- The benefits of harness training your bengal
Coming soon -- Different colour genetics
Coming soon -- Progression of the bengal colour from young to mature. (2 years)