The Bengal cat is a man-make cat. It does not exist in nature, it is a designer cat. Bengals have been bred to look like a miniature leopards. This should not come as a shock to people, as we humans have "made" lots of animals and and vegetation that we now see them as the norm. Just think of all the the different breeds of dogs, horses, rabbits, cats, apples, roses, carrots, corns, chickens, cattle, goldfish, koi...etc. Just to name a few.
Bengal Cats are originated by breeding the Asian Leopard Cat with domesticated short-hair back in the 1980's. Through proper breeding programs, today's Bengal Cats are recognized by The International Cat Association and The Cat Fanciers' Association as a domesticated breed of cats. Today's Bengal Cats retain the wild and exotic looks of their ancestors, but their temperaments are very much domesticated and none aggressive, not wild. Despite false believes, Bengals are NOT wild cats, they only "look" wild. Adult males are about 8-12 lbs. and adult females are about 7-10 lbs. They are no larger than typical house cats.
There are basically two types of markings on Bengals. They are the spotted/rosetted and marbled Bengals. Both markings appears in, brown, snow/white, gray/silver, blue, and charcoal. At our cattery, we mainly breed Brown, Silver, Charcoal, and Snow Rosetted Bengals (Seal Lynx and Seal Mink). Brown Bengals generally have green or yellow eyes and Snow Bengals have blue or aqua eyes.
The first 3 generations (F1,F2,F3) from the wild are considered hybrid and it's not recognized by The International Association (TICA) and The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) as a domesticated breed of cat. Make no mistake, there is no such thing as F4,F5...etc. If you see those, they are false advertising, and it's not recognized by TICA and CFA. Starting the 4th generations, they are considered as a domesticated breed, an official breed. And it's called SBT (Stud Book Tradition). All our Bengals have 5 generations of pedigrees of SBT Bengals, which means they have been bred for at least 8 generations away from their wild ancestors.
Bengals are a healthy breed. Unlike some breeds of cats, Bengals in general do not have any genetic or birth defects. It is also rare for Bengals to have feline leukemia. But as a standard practice and pre-caution, all our cats have been screened and tested by registered Veterinarians and all are in perfect health before we breed them.
The word "Hypo-Allergenic" has been used a lot when describing Bengals. People who might be allergic to cats in general might be surprised to find themselves not allergic to Bengals. The best way to find out if you are allergic to Bengals is to visit a breeder and pet a Bengal for yourself to find out. As a breed, Bengals do not shed much. They do not need to be taken to a groomer, which makes them easy to care for. As a good practice for those with pets, maintaining a clean household is always the best thing for the health of both pets and their owners. Bengals not only have a beautiful and exotic coat, their firs are soft and silky. Some have said, Bengals feels like mink!
Bengals are easy to care for. They do not need any special care or diet. Our Bengals are fed with high quality cat foods that can be easily found in your local pet stores. They use standard litter boxes and litter.
Bengals love to play with water, especially running water. A large shallow bowl of water or a small pet water fountain with running water will keep your Bengals entertained. They love to play with water with their paws and clean themselves after playing with water.
As a breed, Bengals are very friendly and affectionate towards people. In many ways Bengals are like puppy dogs, they are very active and playful, loves your attention. They will wait by the window to see you come home and run to the door to greet you as you walk in. They love to snuggle up to you while you are watching TV on the sofa or sleep with you in bed. Bengals can be trained to walk on a leash with a harness. Bengals are active athletic cats, they love to run and jump, a tall cat tree is recommended. It is ideal to keep Bengals as indoor cats, because of their beauty and sweet nature, if you let a Bengal out running free, some people might take it and you might loose your beloved pet. Outdoor cats live a shorter life because they are exposed to many elements from wild animals to deadly diseases and accidental death. We encourage all cat owners to keep their cats indoors for safety.
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