Characteristics of the unique breed of domestic Bengal cats
If you want to get an exotic, but completely domesticated pet, then a Bengal cat or cat is just what is ideal for this purpose. A pet of this breed always becomes the pride of the family. At the same time, a beautiful appearance, although it is the main reason for buying a bengal, is not the only advantage of an animal of this species. The owner will have a smart, with the right education of an affectionate, extremely active pet. However, it should be clearly understood that a Bengal elite cat will require a little more attention than most other purrs.
The origin of bengal cats
Information on the origin, appearance of representatives of the Bengal breed
The breed that came into being as a result of the crossing of small-sized Asian forest cats, called leopards because of the pattern on the wool, with such well-known, popular cat breeds as Abyssinian, British Smooth, Mau, Egyptian and some others. This happened a little over half a century ago thanks to the plan and hard work of the American scientist and breeder Jane Mill.
So in the column “Country of Origin” the thoroughbred Bengal has the United States. However, representatives of purebred Bengal breed always have Asian blood.
General summary of a Bengal cat
The main data for a general idea of a new elite species of domestic Bengal breed are as follows:
The official name is Bengal domestic cat.
The subspecies is smooth or short-haired.
Withdrawal country – USA.
Withdrawal time is the last third of the 20th century.
Life expectancy is 12-17 years.
The weight of an adult bengal is about 4 kg, male – 6-7 kg.
Height (height at the withers) – up to 40 cm, length with a tail – up to 90 cm.
The colors recognized by federations are brown, silver, blue.
Valid drawings are spot, socket, horizontal stains.
About the name of the breed
The path to official recognition in Bengal cats was not easy. Only a third of a century after the birth of the first hybrids from the wild female Felis Bengalensis and the domestic Abyssinian cat in the early 1960s, the representatives of the breed were registered as a new separate species of domestic cat. Initially, this breed was introduced into the documents of felinological associations under the name “safari”. A few more options were proposed – for example, “Russian”. However, soon the species received a more logical name due to the obvious roots of its direct ancestors – in honor of wild Bengal cats. Bengal domestic cats are extremely similar to these representatives of the natural fauna, the epithet “mini-leopard” suits them perfectly. Individuals from the F-4 (f4) generations, as well as their offspring, are not hybrids, but animals of the new feline domesticated breed.
About the main external data of Bengal cats and cats
Bengal cats are a strong, sinewy-muscular breed. The size of the representatives, as in the wild fauna, is from medium (from 4 kilograms) to rather large (about 7 kg). The predator of the forest is given out by large, almost round eyes with an expressive stroke, an almost straight profile with a wide nose, protruding protrusions on the relatively small head. Thick, dense, short and shiny coat is unusually soft-silky to the touch.
Official Bengal breed standards
According to the approved classifiers of such international feline federations as FCI, WCF, TICA, etc., for thoroughbred bengals, the general exterior should be as follows:
– a body with a solid, by no means graceful skeleton of medium or slightly larger average length – from about 90 centimeters with a tail at the height of a large individual at the withers from 35 centimeters and above;
– hind legs powerful, noticeably longer than front; paws are large, rounded, gathered in strong “fists”;
– the head looks like a modified wide wedge with rounded contours on a long muscular neck, but proportional to the body.
The description of the representative of the Bengal breed completes the thick straight line with a rounded tip of medium length tail, down.