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, then you definitely get all the information about it and its characteristics, so you know exactly what you can count on.
So, let’s start from the very top of the “class ladder”.
TOP SHOW CLASS
This is an ideal choice for those owners who plan not only to participate in exhibitions, but also to win prizes. A “Bengali” in this category must be 3 months old or more. It should be evaluated by licensed experts. The “portfolio” of such a pet must have certificates of prestigious exhibitions, competitions and awards.
Even if the kitten is only 6-7 weeks old, you can already enroll it in this class. Specialists determine compliance with the class, based on the phenotype, potential and history of the kittens of previous litters from these parents. The breeder can only assume that the pet will successfully participate in exhibitions and, possibly, move to the top show class. However, the opposite can also happen – the kitten subsequently will not be able to correspond to this category.
If such a situation arises, the class will be downgraded.
Nevertheless, the phenotype of such kittens is as identical as possible to the breed standard, therefore, outwardly they are ideal “Bengalis”.
The breeding class includes animals that are suitable for several parameters.
1. Cats that, according to their external characteristics, “do not reach” the show class, but this does not prevent them from producing offspring that meet the breed standards. Kittens from such parents may well get into the show class, speak at exhibitions and take prizes.
2. Cats that have no disqualifying signs, but still have slight deviations from the breed standard. These can be, for example, ears that are too large, fuzzy color patterns, long hair, soft profile, etc. These deficiencies can be corrected in the offspring by correctly selecting partners for such animals.
At the same time, Bengalis of the brid class can also participate in exhibitions. However, they often do not have to rely on estimates above the initial ones. Although the appearance of the cat is a subjective question, the class is not indicated in the documents (metrics, pedigrees), except when the cat does not have the right to breed due to obvious flaws.
These are thoroughbred favorites of their owners who have either disqualifying signs or a weak phenotype. They cannot participate in exhibitions and are not used for breeding. However, this does not prevent them from being loved pets for their owners. If you choose a pet kitten, this does not mean that you will get a sick or ugly animal. Indeed, according to the refereeing, a disqualifying sign may turn out, for example, to be too thick a tail vertebra or a white “frill” on the chest. And for loving owners, this “defect” does not matter at all.