Introduction

The Asian leopard cat is the most wide spread of the small cat species. Its home range spans from Pakistan across Asia to the Philippines. A sub species also inhabits parts of Russia. Weighing 3 to 7 kilos in weight the russian subspecies are the heavier / large counterparts where as the asian subspecies are finer built and generally smaller. Averaging 2 or 3 cubs in a litter the leopard cat is a solitary animal only coming together once a year to breed. If the first litter is lost a female may produce a second litter that year. The leopard cat is the wild cat used to breed the foundation hybrids that create the bengal breed.

BUYING A KITTEN

What you should consider when homing a Bengal kitten. Firstly buy from a reputable breeder who is registered with one of the governing body's ie GCCF and TICA. Ensure they have all the relevant paper work, registration slip etc and a good pedigree you should not buy cross breeds as these can have genetic defects. Kittens should always be well socialized, home reared kittens will settle in quicker. All kittens should have been checked by a vet and fully vaccinated and wormed and not leave the breeder until 12-13 weeks old. Most good breeders will also give all the help and support you need. Always ask to see the mother and if possible the dad of the kittens. Bengal's like a lot of attention and are very playful, you will need to spend time with your kitten gaining their trust, if you are out at work most of the day the kitten will require a playmate. As with all animals the temperament is dependent on how you treat them, if they are shown love and affection they will return love and affection. Cat climbing trees make good activity centers for your new Bengal and ensure they scratch and climb on this and not your furniture.

Bengal Breed Information:

The Bengal cat is a new (less than 20 years old), exotic breed of domestic cat originally created by the breeding of the small, wild Asian Leopard Cat to a domestic cat such as the Abyssinian, American Short hair, Burmese, or Egyptian Mau developed to have a gentle and friendly temperament, while exhibiting the markings (such as spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly), and body structure reminiscent of the wild Asian

The Bengal is a medium to large, sleek and well muscled cat, with rakish hindquarters slightly higher than shoulders. Female Bengal's average from 7 to 11 pounds at maturity, and males can average from 11 to 18 pounds at full growth. The Bengal coat is short and dense, with a soft and silky feel, The coat may be “glittered,” which is an effect that appears as if it were sprinkled with glitter.

Domestic Bengal's are no different than any other domestic cat when it comes to care and feeding. Bengal owners delight in the intelligence, playfulness, and affectionate natures of their companions, and also love to talk about their athleticism, leaping ability and the dexterity with which they use their paws. Many Bengal's also have an instinctive love of water, and have been known to climb in the shower or bathtub with their humans!!

The first three generations of these hybrid offspring are properly referred to as the “filial” generations. A Bengal cat with an ALC parent is called an F1 Bengal, short for first filial. An F1 then bred with a domestic male yields an F2, or second filial. Kittens from an F2 female and another domestic cat are then termed F3. Kittens from a subsequent F3 mating with a domestic are F4s. The F4 and later generations are considered domestic cats and correctly designated as Stud Book Tradition (SBT) Bengal's, and can be shown and registered. Any SBT bengal is at least four generations from the ALC. Filial cats (F1-F3) are also termed ‘foundation cats' and are typically reserved for breeding purposes, or the specialty pet home environment. F-4's and beyond, or SBT's, are the true domestic Bengal . They usually make the best pets, and when they are carefully bred within highly selective and loving breeding programs, make delightfully affectionate, stunningly gorgeous family companions!!

Colouring

The following colors and patterns are recognized and eligible for competition: Brown Spotted Tabby, Brown Marbled Tabby, Seal Sepia Spotted Tabby, Seal Sepia Marbled Tabby, Seal Mink Spotted Tabby, Seal Mink Marbled Tabby, Seal Spotted Lynx Point and Seal Marbled Lynx Point. Silver was also recently accepted as a color variation eligible for championship status. Blue and Melanistic (black) are additional colors that occur, but are not yet recognized by most associations that accept the Bengal breed. With their small head, rounded ears (which have a white spot on the back of them called “ocelli”), the leopard cat's unique appearance also comes from their large, amber, nocturnal eyes, and 2 black “mascara” stripes running from the corners of the eyes. Almost all leopard cats have 4 striped bands that run from their foreheads to behind their necks, ringed tails with black tips, black spots on white bellies, and distinctive, rosetted spots on pelts that vary from tawny brown, golden, grey, to bright orange-red backgrounds, with the spots being usually chocolate brown to black.

Bengal cats can take a great deal of interest in running water and often don't mind getting wet. Most Bengal owners have stories about their cat's affection for running water or even jumping in a sink or tub. Additionally, Bengal cats are very high-energy, intelligent, and curious, and so are particularly interactive with their human housemates, wanting to be in the middle of whatever the human is engaged in, and often following the human around the house as household chores are performed. Bengal cats have been known to play games with their owners, such as “fetch” and “hide-and-seek.” As their activity and play requirements are high, this is not a cat best left to its own devices for long periods of time, as they can be quite mischievous and destructive when bored. If an owner is likely to spend much of the day away from the cat, having another high-energy feline companion to occupy your Bengal is an excellent idea. Bengal's tend to vocalize to communicate with their humans, and are quite capable of jealousy and spitefulness if they feel that another feline is getting more attention, or if they are being ignored. The other side of this coin is that they are also extremely affectionate towards and playful with their humans.

In February 1998, an F2 Bengal cat named Cato made the guinness world records by being the most expensive cat purchased. It was bought for $41,435.00 by Cindy Jackson of London, England ( Jackson herself also a record holder for having had the most cosmetic procedures ). The Bengal cat was sold by breeder Lord C. Esmond Gay of Bedfordshire, England . Note however, that as of 2005 , this Bengal cat is no longer the world record holder.

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Glitter

On some snow Bengal's the glitter effect appears as well, but on Snows it's more akin to a pearly dust! Very elegant!
There are basically two different types of glitters:


Mica (Gold-Tipped): This glitter affects the tips of the hairs only and produces its effect in reflective hair-tips. If you look at this under a microscope, you'll see that embedded right inside the very tip of each Bengal hair are what you would swear are tiny flecks of a reflective silicate crystal called mica.
Satin (Hollow-Air): It looks just like mica, but in this case it affects the whole hair shaft, refracting light and giving the coat a pearly effect which is also known as "oyster." Satin hair shafts contain many little pockets of air along their length which not only refract light all the way through but also give the coat a smooth, soft silkiness unlike any other cat fur you've ever touched. These air pockets can become elongated which makes the fur even softer and silkier.
Much like the Snow or Marble Bengal gene, glitter was at first concluded to be a recessive gene. More recent evidence seems to point to the possibility that glitter is actually an accumulative gene. An accumulative gene is a very precious asset to the breeder, since if you breed two kitties which are well-glittered, then the offspring will have even more glitter than Mom and Dad! Breeders can continue this process until we arrive at a Bengal cat which glitters so much we'll have to hand out sunglasses to everyone who passes by!
Glitter is a highly sought-after feature as the glitter gene can also help to produce the clearer coats with less ticking in new generations which breeders strive for. After all, any one of us would be honoured to be in the presence of the world's only truly undeniable effect of... Magic!

Our Favorite Bengal the Seal Lynx Point

Our Topaz and Crystal both are Seal Lynx Point Bengal's, Crystal was bred by us and also holds the blue gene as she has produced a Blue Snow Marble which is quite rare, and we will be adding him to our breeding program.

Seal Lynx Point Bengal's are born pure white and keep the baby blue eyes they are born with into adulthood. They start to show their coloring (spots) anywhere from a few days old until 1 1/2 years old. Their tails are black tipped and they have black paw pads. The Seal Lynx were the first "Snow" Bengal's to be produced in the 1980's. These bengal's have the Siamese pointed color gene, were born white with gold markings showing up anywhere from a few days after birth to 1 1/2 years of age. Since then, other snows have been developed - the Seal Mink and Seal Sepia. They carry the Burmese gene, are born with their markings and do not keep the baby blue eyes.

Registries Accepting the Bengal

The Bengal has been welcomed as a pedigreed breed by several cat associations The International Cat Association (TICA), the ACFA and the GCCF. The CFA considers the Bengal a “wild cat,” and does not accept the breed for registration, or to be shown at CFA note only TICA recognize the Blue Bengal's as these cannot be shown at a GCCF show.