Since 1980, the University of California has conducted a study of immunity and susceptibility to leukemia in wild cats. Subjects in particular were Asian Leopard Cat (ALC). Jane Mill (surname after her second husband) received for work several hybrid F1 females (first generation ACL and domestic cats of various breeds). She brought the ideal groom from India in 1982. At the New Delhi Zoo, the breeder was shown a small spotted kitten hiding next to a rhino. He was unusually good: dark brown clear spots evenly covered the golden-orange shining fur. Jane has never seen such a shiny, but sparkling coat – this effect has never been seen in domestic cats.
The fact that the cat named Delhi (full name when registering CFAMillwood Tory of Delhi) did not have a tail bothered the scientist only at the beginning of the experiment – he was not genetically tailless.
The superintendent’s story that the tail was trampled by heavy weighted, blind-eyed rhinos turned out to be true, and not a single tailless kitten was born from Delhi. Delhi, recorded as an experimental Mau, introduced the famous glitter, a characteristic shine of wool caused by a special recessive gene, into a Bengal home breed.
Bengal color development socket
The history of the development of bengals
The similarity of colors of Bengalis and wild animals
How the experiment went on
Serious work required a scientific approach – felinologist Jane Mill made up breeding pairs, took care of nursing cats, bought several spotted domestic cats in India, who were allowed to participate in many Egyptian Mau breeding programs. According to her logical calculation, these cats became nannies for hybrid kittens, at the same time giving birth to spotty charming babies from Delhi. Little kittens of F2 and F3 generations were born, but in 1983 from Delhi the cat Praline had a Destiny kitten – a promising name (translated as Fate) turned out to be successful.
The cat, which had 25% blood ALC, was extremely beautiful, he became the first prolific representative of bengals. However, the reputation of Jane Mill was damaged: spiteful critics and opponents of the new breed said that she registers hybrid babies from Indian lines as Mau.
As a result, the CFA in 1985 did not accept bengals for registration. In 1986, Silk’nCinders was born from Destiny and Polyspot (translated as “many spots”) – an amazing kitten with piercing green eyes, shining unusual fur, decorated with dark large spots without the usual ticking. Silk Ash – this is how his name is translated, and then the golden-sunny cat Aries (Aries) from the marriage of Destiny and Praline (backbreeding) became the main producers in the Lionsmountain cattery. Then the Millwood kittens carried a shining coat to other nurseries in America and Europe. Continuing her dedicated and thoughtful work on the new breed, Jane brought back some beautiful and strong ALC wild cats. Unfortunately, most of them ignored Bengal cats – only the famous ALC Kabuki (Kabuki) left a significant mark in the history of the Bengal breed. Although the breeder did not attribute him to the most beautiful, but the cat was spectacular with its amazing sockets, and also attracted by its balanced character. Having become an excellent producer, Kabuki founded the F1 dynasty, the females of which were healthy and fertile, later became the mothers of the also prolific F2 cats.
The Bengal Triumph
The Bengal Triumph
Since the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century, widespread acceptance of cats and cats of Bengal breed has begun. Amateurs and professionals came to the exhibitions to see with their own eyes the shining four-legged, photos of which began to appear on the billboards of various exhibitions, to be printed in glossy magazines. In 1991, representatives of the Bengal breed were admitted to the TICA championship, and in 1998, to the ACFA exhibitions. An accurate and detailed description of the breed was compiled with individual requirements regarding the nature of the semi-wild species. Today, bengals are recognized as a purebred elite breed by most felinological organizations. Jane Mill had loyal and thoughtful followers. In the column where the Bengal cat comes from, the country America appears officially, although most fans know that the birthplace of Bengal cats is Asia.