Bengal cat is a breed of domestic cats. She resulted from the crossbreeding of Asian leopard cats with cats of several breeds. Among them are Abyssinian, Maine Coon, European with short hair. She is a very beautiful cat.
Very intelligent, loving, loyal, curious. It’s very fun. She loves to play in the water
if her owner keeps her company. She is a good swimmer. The Bengal cat has several special traits that I will describe in Behavior.
History The breed’s history begins in 1960. Jean Sudgen had the Millwood Cattery (California) breeding farm. She crossed a black American Shorthair sweater with an Asian leopard cat. He noticed that this cat seemed sad and lonely. So she inserted the black cage and the leopard cat into the same cage. Experts have told him that the two felines can’t cross their offspring. Contrary to these, a female named Kin Kin was born. The specialists said again that this would be sterile. But Jean crossed she with her father. Several kittens turned out, some black and others punctured. He contradicted the specialists again.
Around the 1970s, William Engler, a caretaker at the Zoo, experienced various crossings between Asian leopard cats and domestic cats. It assumed that he was the one who gave the breed the name Bengal. It inspired by the scientific name of Asian leopard cats: Felis bengalensis. The breed was also known as Leopardett.
The first specimen of the Bengal breed registered by TICA in 1983. Since, then the Bengal breed has been gradually recognized by other feline associations. A frequently asked question is: Is Bengal a pure race or not? If it’s a pedigree cat, then it’s a breed. Yet, Bengal
is a hybrid race. It created by people from an Asian leopard cat and a regular tiger cat.
Bengal cat is a feline with speckled fur, very beautiful. Its dimensions are close to those of a large domestic cat: 5 to 9 kg. Bengall has a relatively large skeleton, the fur is short and the males outweigh the females. The standard specifies that the face must have a wild expression and strong markings. The fur of Bengal cats is pale brown with yellow spots. But this color is variable. Lighter shades, red or grey can encountered. The chest and abdomen are white, marked by dark spots, bands and dots. Four longitudinal bands are usually observed starting from the forehead and ending at the nape of the neck.
The ears of Bengal cats are long, with rounded tips, black, stained with white. Above the inner corners of the eyes, as well as on the cheeks, are two tufts with wires like the mustaches. The tail is medium, stained at the base. The limbs are relatively long compared to the size of the body. Pillows have a dark brown color. For the Bengal cat,
the small head and the narrow muzzle are characteristic.
The nose of such a cat has the same width from the base to the tip. In ordinary cats, the nose is thinner towards the tip. The skull is short and round. The eyes elongated towards the sides. Usually, the premolars are present. The tail carried up, in the form of a hook.
As I said in the introduction, they love to play. They like water. If you accidentally leave the shower open, you will surprise to find the Bengal cat waving under the water jet.
The specimens of this breed are not at all selfish or jealous. They are not indifferent, but neither indignant.
Bengal said to be the ideal cat for men. This is because it looks more like a dog than a feline in terms of behavior.
Often they use their lips as handcuffs. She collect their favorite toys on the chest. Or hide them well from other animals in the house.
They value both the company of adults and children. Become friends with other pets. Bengal specimens are docile and many owners walk their felines through the park. They are athletic, very good climbers and love heights. If they kept in the house, they need a few accessories: scratches, various toys, trees.
Often it lands on the shoulders of the holders in the clear. They can turn the light on and off. Open the drawers and hang on the chandelier.
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When they are anxious or excited, they shake their tails or shake, until it looks like a raccoon. All this agitation does not last too long. Most of the time the Bengal cat spends it sleeping lazily on the couch or cuddling beside her human friend.
are active, hunting in the trees or the water.
How much does a Bengal cat cost?
The value of a Bengal is even greater as the degree of kinship with the Asian leopard cat is closer. The copies of the first four generations considered “show” quality. The next ones up to the 7th generation are of “pet” quality.
Bengal is the most expensive breed (recorded in the record book). A kitten sold for 1000 pounds. The “pet” quality Bengal copies sell for $ 600-800 and are the least expensive. “Show” quality Bengal cats are among the most expensive specimens in the world and cost $ 2000. In some countries, these prices may be even higher.
No Bengal cat can cross the border of any state without a permit. It issued by the regulations of the International Convention on Trade in Species Considered Endangered. The Asian leopard cat mentioned in this convention. All the descendants of this animal, however pure or hybrid it may be, are under the legal protection of the Convention.
Feeding and breeding
Bengal cats love to eat. They want to take their portion alone. The cat will already be inside the bag when you try to give it food. If you push her away (with difficulty, of course), she will become very complaining.
Generally, between 1 and 4 kittens are born in May. The gestation lasts between 56 and 62 days. At birth, the kittens weigh between 75 and 130 grams. Sexual maturity reached at the age of 18 months.
Colors and patterns of the fur
Bengal cats divided into two categories: white and dark. The common markings are of two types: leopard and marbled. The specimens appear in many colors and are increasingly recognized. The last one accepted is silver.
Accepted colors: brown, shades of dark brown, seal lynx and pearl. The recognized patterns are leopard (dotted) and marble. In the feline competitions in the “new breed” and “color” classes, silver, blue and black Bengalcats accepted
Brown Bengal cats dotted with leopard print have a fur with dark-coloured dots on a light background. The color varies between grey and brown or between red and gold. Sometimes it has a rich orange or mahogany collar. Bengal cats with dark fur (with blue eyes) and dotted mink (with golden or green eyes) have ivory-coloured fur.
Characteristic points of contrasting color are present on the fur. A strong contrast between the background color of the fur and the marking points is desirable. Marbled Bengal cats characterized by the spiral-shaped marble pattern.
Bengal is a domestic cat.
She has the physical appearance of a small forest leopard cat.
Her face expression looks wild. But the behavior is of a normal-affectionate cat. Bengal has a medium to the large body, particularly muscular, covered with thick fur, usually short. But there are also specimens with long fur.
Head broad, slightly elongated, with round contours, longer than wide. The size is small compared to the size of the body, but not exaggerated. The forehead arched and the nose line is slightly concave. The nose is large and wide, the tip of the nose extends beyond the eye line. The cheeks are prominent, with strong bones. The muzzle is thick, wide, with long mustaches.
The ears are medium to small; large at the base and with rounded tips; hairs are present. They located at a distance, I follow the contour of the face viewed from the front, pointed forward.
The eyes are oval, slightly almond-shaped, large; they distended, elongated towards the base of the ears.
The neck is thick and muscular, long in proportion to the body.
The body is long and strong, large in proportion to the head. But, it does not have the shape of oriental cats. It is robust, never delicate, very muscular especially in males.
The hind limbs exceed the height of the shoulder line. The limbs are of medium length, the posterior ones are slightly longer than the previous ones. They are very muscular, never delicate.
The paws are large and round.
The tail is thick, of medium length. It thins towards the slightly rounded tip.
The fur is short to medium length (it accepted even longer in the case of kittens). She is dense, rich, unusual with the silky touch, glossy.
Physical and mental condition: the presented copy must be in perfect physical and mental condition, well-tempered.
A Bengal cat must give the impression that it is confident, alert, curious and friendly with other cats. Any crossing of Bengal specimens with cats of other breeds prohibited.
The color of the fur – the following varieties of colors recognized. Marbled, brown (black) marbled, brown seal marbled, marble marbled, white marbled, dotted, brown (black) punctuated, sepia seal punctured, nectar pointed white. Each has a specific: fur color, background, pattern, eye contour, nose, pillowcases and tail tip. I will not describe them because they are for competition only.
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Bengal cats are very intelligent, loving, loyal, curious, especially fun. Bengal specimens are docile and many owners walk their felines through the park. They are athletic, very good climbers and love heights. They value both the company of adults and children. They become friends with other pets quickly.
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