The Bengal cat is a hybrid between the Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic cat. Asian Leopard Cats are wildcats which resemble the leopard when it comes to its markings. In 1963, Bengals are bred for the first time in the USA by Jean S. Mill. The first generations of hybrids (F1) are born, then followed by the second generation (F2) which are semi-wild cats.
Starting from the fourth generation, the Bengal is now considered a domestic cat, but are still not recognized by the International Cat Association (TICA) until the year 1985. Most of the offspring proved to be sterile so it took a while before the breed to get a good foothold. Bengals gained championship status in 1991.
Generally, these cats have a short, but thick coat imitating their ancestor’s beautiful physique giving them a wild and exotic appearance. A Bengal kitten, who reaches the age of around 3 to 4 weeks, will go through a fuzzy stage. This stage makes the kitten’s fur less contrasted and could last up until 5 months.
Interesting fact: this phase is actually used by the Asian leopard to hide young ones from predators. These mini-leopards come in various colours.
Bengals are supposed to have a wild head, a strong muscular body, small ears, a thick tail, etc.
As a Bengal breeder, we do our best to try and produce kittens that not only have all these points but with an amazing and loving personality also.
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