The power and grace of a leopard
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…

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The history of the Bengal breed.
Jane Mill and a Bengal cat In the early 1960s at the University of California (USA), a study was conducted of the immunity of representatives of the cat family. Among…

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Difficulties in creating a Bengal breed
Since not only different species of the feline family were used to obtain the first hybrids, but even different subfamilies, the genotypes of which are somewhat different from each other,…

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Difficulties in creating a Bengal breed

Since not only different species of the feline family were used to obtain the first hybrids, but even different subfamilies, the genotypes of which are somewhat different from each other, the first difficulties arose for the experimenters. Hybrids were assigned different numbers – from F0 in the base generation to F4, respectively, in the fourth generation from crosses between hybrids of previous grades (from F1 to F3) with domestic cats. That is, modern bengals, according to various sources, flow from 7% to 15% of wild blood. The difficulty was that F1 male hybrids (50% or more of wild blood) were sterile. Offspring could only be obtained from females. The F2 generation had the same problem. Only the third generation of hybrid cats was partially capable of reproduction. And only bengals from F4 and higher became full-fledged manufacturers. Such a feature, of course, hindered selection. But still, it was a great success. After all, spontaneous or targeted hybridization between feline species has happened before. However, the descendants of some of these crosses were sterile, regardless of gender. Continue reading

Affectionate and gentle beast
There is a misconception that bengals are aggressive. This is actually not the case. The purpose of breeding this breed was to obtain a domestic, affectionate cat with a wild…

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BENGALIAN CATS CLASS
Like all thoroughbred cats, Bengalis are divided into classes. The higher the class of the animal, the more expensive it is. If you buy a kitten in a trusted cattery,…

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Caring for a Bengal cat
The desire to have your own mini-leopard at home should be supported by knowledge about the characteristics of the physical data and the nature of such a pet in order…

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Bengal size and weight: differences between cats and Bengal cats
The breed of domestic cats with wild leopard color is naturally endowed with a strong and large body, sinewy paws with sharp claws of a forest predator, and powerful jaws.…

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