The goal of breeding bengals is to create a domestic cat that has the characteristic appearance of small forest cats, but with a gentle and balanced character of domestic cats. Adhering to this goal, judges need to attach particular importance to these characteristics when bengals appear that differ in temperament from other thoroughbred domestic cats. A Bengal cat is an athletically built animal, agile, friendly, curious, self-confident, possessing strength, dexterity, balance and grace.
Tenga Bengal Standard
Shape: Wide modified wedge with rounded contours. A little longer in length than in width, small, in proportion to the body, but not to the extreme. Continue reading
Phasing (from the English Fuzzy “obscure, shaded”) is a phenomenon inherited by Bengal cats from wild ancestors – Asian leopard cats (ALC) and appears in Bengal kittens regardless of the distance in the pedigree of the wild ancestor.
Phasing occurs in pups of all representatives of the cat family living in the wild.
Nature masks beginners crawling out of the nest of 4-week-old kittens of wild cats, hiding under the long black or gray hairs sticking out like a hedgehog, a bright spotty, fur coat of babies noticeable from afar. And bengals carry protective mimicry in the blood (Mimicry is an imitative resemblance to environmental objects, providing protection from enemies). Continue reading
When working on the breed, the main emphasis was placed on the similarity of bengals with their wild ancestors, but friendly and gentle, like domestic cats. Therefore, any description of the appearance of a Bengal cat creates the image of a small forest predator, a kind of averaged image of a representative of the species Felis bengalensis.
These are muscular athletic cats, strong, with strong bones. Everything in them betrays excellent hunters who can patiently track down prey, jump high and climb trees quickly. They have strong paws and tenacious claws. There were cases when bengals jumped onto a 3-meter concrete fence or climbed a smooth round iron pillar. They are so dexterous that they can catch an insect with one paw on the fly. Continue reading
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
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 the wards were both large cats – lions, tigers, leopards, and their small brothers, including Felis bengalensis. Little Asian leopards lived together with other domestic cats, resulting in kittens born from female Felis bengalensis and a black shorthair cat. Then one of the daughters was tied up with her father and got lovely spotted babies.
Research continued, and in the course of it continued numerous breeding of Felis bengalensis with American domestic cats. Jane Mill took part in these experiments, who decided to create a new breed of cats and in the 1970s took 8 females – first-generation hybrids. Initially, she added two cats to this group: a spotted one from a Los Angeles shelter and a domestic cat with orange eyes and juicy brown rosettes from the Delhi Zoo. Continue reading