- Category : Bengal
- Gender : Male
- Age : 2 weeks
- Neutered : Yes
Bengal cats have a desirable ‘wild’ appearance coupled with a gentle domestic cat temperament.
Development: The Bengal was 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 Leopard cat. Bengals are a hybrid breed developed over several generations through a process of selectively crossbreeding domestic cats, (possessing desired features), with Asian Leopard Cats.
The modern SBT Bengal gene pool contains genes sourced from many varieties of domestic cats – mainly Egyptian Maus, American Shorthair, Abyssinian, Ocicat, and domestic shorthaired cats. The breed was developed by Jean Mill of California in the 1970s.
The first three generations of these hybrid animals are properly referred to as the “filial” generations.
A Bengal with an ALC (Asian Leopard Cat) parent is called an F1 Bengal, short for first filial. An F1 then bred with 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) Bengals.
Name: ‘Bengal’ was derived from the scientific name of the Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) :- and not from the more widely known Bengal Tiger species, which has nothing to do with their ancestry, or looks.
Size: Medium sized:- a male may weigh as much as 20 lb (9 kg), and a female commonly weighs 7 to 12 lb (4 to 6 kg.)
Colors: Brown, Silver, Snow (Sepia / Lynx / Mink), Melanistic and Blue.
Personality: Bengals can take a great deal of interest in running water and often don’t mind getting wet. Most owners have stories about their cat’s affection for running water or even jumping in a sink or tub. Bengals have been known to play games with their owners, such as “fetch” and “hide-and-seek.” They tend to vocalize to communicate with their humans. Additionally, they have very high-energy, are 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.
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