Cattery Bengals' Wild Posh Paws
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Bengal Ancestry (Felis catus Bengalensis)
The domestic Bengal derived its name and appearance from its wild ancestor (Felis Bengalensis) an Asian leopard cat as you can see here to the left. The leopard cats' habitat extends throughout Asia. Unfortunately, in some regions of Asia they are nearly extinct and are considered endangered or threatened for their furs. The modern domestic Bengal cat retains the beauty of its wild ancestor.
In some cases the other ancestor of the Bengal cat was the beautiful Egyptian Mau as you can see to the left, a domestic cat that still lives in Egypt nowadays. Some bloodlines from other domestic breeds or house cats were also used for breeding.
Bengals are among the newest breeds to be developed and have only recently been added to the list of domestic cat breeds. The name of the Bengal breed has no relationship to the Bengal tiger although its unique appearance is an eye catcher and immediately sets them apart from other domestic breeds. The first hybridization (F1) started in the US, Arizona in 1965 between an Asian 'Leopard cat' and a domestic cat but none of these bloodlines still exist. It is only in 1980 when Ms Mill began breeding again that bloodlines were perpetuated. They were then exhibited and judged in shows in the New Breed and Color Class. In 1990, Bengals were accepted as authentic domestic cat breeds. Good bloodlines nowadays are hard to find and one often must search hard to find them. Our cats are natural descendants of these bloodlines from the USA.
Bengals are loyal, playful, intelligent, curious, dependable and loving pets. they easily blend into the social order of the family and bond to its members. They are quite vocal and often produce unique sounds. They possess exceptional intelligence and that is probably an inheritance of their wild ancestors who needed this intelligence to lead them through jungle life. They are quite aquatic and will easily join you in the tub or under the shower. You can also train them tricks, train them to drink from the kitchen tap or so. They love heights so be sure that they'll end up somewhere high where they can perfeclty overview the room. Bengals are busy pets, muscular and have excellent athletic abilities and enjoy exercise. They are positive, happy cats and often freely accept other animals on an equal basis. As they are not timid, they get along with adults, children, other cats, dogs and even horses.
A handsome Bengal's coat should be soft and smooth a bit like a pelt. The popular spotted parttern closely resembles the Asian leopard cat's appearance. The marbled pattern is uniquely different form the spotted pattern. Asian leopard cats in the Bengal ancestry are not known to possess that coat pattern. Bengals are the only domestic purebreds that possess rosettes or spots due to their genetic transmission from the leopard cat. Spotted Bengals often have dark spots on a contrasting lighter background colour. Background colour differs and some Bengals are born with a complete white background (Snow Bengals) with blue eyes. Our female cat's father (Sire Admewsh Tawking) is a gorgeous Snow Bengal with blue eyes and her mother (Dam Admewsh Allthat Glitter) a brown spotted Bengal. Our male cat's parents are two Brown spotted/ rosetted Bengals (Sire Bambino Xcaliber and Dam Wildside Love Storey).
Last update 20 December 2005
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