The Bengal cat is an exotic and unique animal. Though the name implies a relation to the Bengal Tiger; the feline is derived from the Latin name of the Asian Leopard Cat, Feline Bengal catensis. The desire for an exotic domestic cat motivated the development of breeding domestic shorthairs such as American Shorthair, Burmese Abyssinian, or Egyptian Mau with an Asian Leopard Cat (ALC); a small wild cat found in Southeast and Central Asia. Credit for the breed is given to Jean Mill (Sudgen at the time) who first bred a black shorthaired domestic feline to a female ALC in 1963. However, it wasn’t until 1984 that the breed known today as the Bengal Cat was recognized by the International Cat Association.
The spots of the Bengal vary in color from chocolate brown, rust, charcoal, black, rust or cocoa. The patterns are the coat can be spots
The first three generations of these felnes are called the “filial” generations. A Bengal with an ALC parent is an F1 Bengal. When F1’s are bred with domestic males, the kittens are F2. An F2 bred to a domestic male produces F3 kittens. Kittens produced from an F3 bred to a domestic male are F4’s. F4’s and later generations are considered domestic cats. They are designated as Stud Book Tradition Bengals. Most Bengal Cat breeders no longer use the ALC in their breeding programs; the few that do only sell the kittens to knowledgeable and experienced people.
There are Bengal Cat breeders in Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe and the United States. Some breeders ship int
Bengal Cats make excellent companions and are a delightful addition to the family. Whether purchasing to show or simply as a companion; the intelligent, unique and exotic Bengal Cat is a good choice.
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