Hereditary blindness in bengal cats
Genetic blindness is a disease that is common in many mammals. Some of its forms are considered congenital and appear immediately, while others develop with age. Gradually progressive blindness affects…

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About the prevention of diseasesin Bengal cats
Reasonable prevention is always easier and cheaper compared to treatment, not to mention the suffering of the pet. In addition to mandatory vaccinations, a Bengal cat needs to be given…

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From ALK to Bengal
Bengal breed 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…

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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

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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Bengal colors
 Despite the generally accepted belief that bengal is a miniature copy of a leopard, the colors of Bengal cats are quite diverse. Consider the main ones. The classic version of…

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Bengal cat breeding: how to get healthy offspring
If the owner of a Bengal cat is not a professional breeder, but plans to have offspring from his cat, it is worth collecting information about the mating in advance.…

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Colors, tabby, hair quality of Bengal cats
Details of all the different colors of bengal wool can be found in special texts, and here is a list of officially recognized in two categories of the pattern -…

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