If one day the American geneticist Jane Mill did not get the idea to breed a domestic cat with the appearance of a leopard, we would not be able to admire this extraordinary breed.
The history of the breed is very unusual and complex. While traveling in Asia, Jane saw beautiful leopard cats (Felis Bengalensis), which, unfortunately, were exterminated by poachers, and cubs were sold to tourists on the market as living souvenirs. So in 1961, Jane had the first leopard cat named Malaysia. Then Jane hooked her domestic cat to her, and soon Malaysia gave birth to two kittens. One of them, unfortunately, did not survive, and the second was a cat, which after a while gave birth again to two kittens. And only the death of her husband stopped Jane’s work on raising a Bengal cat. Kittens were sent to the zoo, where they died from pneumonia. Continue reading