From ALK to Bengal
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 Bengal dwarf cat, or ALC leopard cat, with a domestic American shorthair cat. The experiment was a success, and the kitten KinKin was born, inheriting an exotic appearance from her mother.
At the next stage, the work on creating the KinKin breed was tied to her father, who turned out to be the best candidate for this role. Soon, however, it became clear that the males of the second generation (F2) were barren. Jane Mill was able to resume the attempt to breed the Bengal breed only in the 1980s, when she founded the very first Millwood nursery in the history of the breed. Since cats of the first two or three generations are sterile, during her second project, Jane Mill was preoccupied with finding a male capable of reproduction. A suitable candidate, a brightly colored spotted, handsome home-cat, was found in the early 1980s at the zoo in Delhi. The male received the name Tory (Millwood Tory of Delli). It was he who inherited the glitter effect (the effect of the radiance of wool) to his descendants. Tori became a large father – his name can be found in almost all pedigrees of Bengal cats at the beginning of the formation of the breed.
In 1983, TICA began to officially register litters of Bengal cats, two years later they were admitted to exhibitions, in 1991 they approved the standard and cats were allowed to participate in the TICA championship. It is worth noting that the hybrids F1, F2, F3, being intermediate links, are not allowed to participate in competitions.
The condition for the admission of a Bengal cat to the championships – a barrier of 4 generations – was established so that for such a long period of time the habits of wild ancestors were completely leveled, and the behavior of descendants became soft, like that of domestic cats. After all, the goal of breeding a new breed was the desire to get affectionate socialized cats with the appearance of wild animals.
At exhibitions, a Bengal cat may be timid and timid, but not aggressive. In the event of inappropriate behavior, she shall immediately be excluded from the competition. To date, the Bengal breed has firmly established itself in the United States and is recognized by other felinological organizations.