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The Bengal cat is an exotic breed of domestic cat created by breeding a small, wild Asian Leopard cat to a
domestic cat such as the Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Burmese, or Egyptian Mau in the early years.
Although the first recorded cross in the United States between an Asian Leopard cat and a Domestic cat was recorded in the early 1960's. During the late 1970's in California, genetic research began using the wild Asian Leopard Cat. F1 (or first generation foundation offspring) females and were created as a result of this research program. The foundation for breeding programs was begun. The first Bengal Cat was registered with the International Cat Association (TICA) in 1983.
The ASIAN LEOPARD CAT is a small jungle cat that can be found in the forests of Southern Asia, India, China, Korea, and has also been reported to live in Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Java, Bali and Sumatra. Some subspecies are a bit large while others remain smaller (10-15 pounds). Because of the smaller size, the Asian Leopard Cat is a scavenger and has been reported to be somewhat nocturnal. They have a fondness for playing in the water and are expert swimmers. Asian Leopard cats come in a variety of different colors and spotting patterns.
FOUNDATION BENGAL CATS are the first three generations resulting from the Asian Leopard Cat/Bengal cross. The first generation is referred to as an F1, the second an F2, and the third generation as F3. Male Bengals born of these first generations are sterile while the females remain fertile. F1 Bengal Cats should be owned and raised only by experienced breeders. The remaining Bengal generations make marvelous family companions.
DOMESTIC/LATER GENERATION BENGAL CATS are 4 generations or more away from the Asian Leopard Cat. “SBT” Bengals are the most common Bengal cat. They are registered and referred to as "SBT" Bengals. Both male and females born of these generations are fertile. Bengal females are smaller than males and tend to weigh in the 7-10 pound range. Males are substantially larger and often obtain weights of 15 pounds or more.
BENGAL PERSONALITY TRAITS & CHARACTERISTICS
Many Bengals love water and may try to shower or bathe with their owners. Some may like to stand in their water bowl when drinking and will scoop the surface of the water with their paw to clear it as if drinking from a stream. Bengals do not move like normal cats. They will prowl around your house with their tail held low and will stalk their toys like a Leopard going for the kill.
They are excellent climbers. Most Bengals do not have a normal meow, but can chirrup and almost bark with a raspy voice.
Bengal kittens are born very spotted and go through the 'fuzzies'. This correlates with the camouflage stage that wild cubs go through in the jungle. Bengal kittens can take up to a year to develop their full color and pattern. The more stable temperament can be found in SBT kittens. This lettering indicates 4 generations of Bengal to Bengal breeding. No out-crossing to other breeds or ALC's this far back assures you of the true Bengal kitten and domestic temperament.
Bengals are awesome pets and will grace any home with their exotic appearance and nonstop personality!
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