Monthly Archives: February 2018
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