We owe the creation of a Bengal cat breed to an experienced American breeder, Jane Mill. It began in the 1960s when Jane first tried to cross a Bengal dwarf cat, or ALC leopard cat, with a domestic American shorthair cat. The experiment was a success, and the kitten KinKin was born, inheriting an exotic appearance from her mother.
At the next stage, the work on creating the KinKin breed was tied to her father, who turned out to be the best candidate for this role. Soon, however, it became clear that the males of the second generation (F2) were barren. Jane Mill was able to resume the attempt to breed the Bengal breed only in the 1980s, when she founded the very first Millwood nursery in the history of the breed. Since cats of the first two or three generations are sterile, during her second project, Jane Mill was preoccupied with finding a male capable of reproduction. A suitable candidate, a brightly colored spotted, handsome home-cat, was found in the early 1980s at the zoo in Delhi. Continue reading