General description of Bengal
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…

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What are the harnesses and collars
Collars are purchased for various purposes - medical and prophylactic and for walking, decorative for aesthetic purposes, and informational - so that the lost animal is back at home. Now…

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Character, upbrining, habits
Once, when preparing a material on bengals, the correspondent of an animal magazine asked to explain to readers how dangerous it is to take these animals to a family with…

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Monthly Archives: February 2018

General description of Bengal

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

Difficulties in creating a Bengal breed

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

Knit or sterilize?
Not all purebred Bengal cats and cats are suitable for further breeding. And we are not even talking about obvious defects in the exterior or problematic nature. In order not…

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About some new color subspecies
Snow color has a wide color range with the base close to white, light gray shades. These bengals are classified as links, mink, sepia. These are not albinos - how…

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Interesting facts about Bengal cats
Bengal cat is one of the most expensive breeds in the world. However, their cost is fully justified, since these animals have a unique genetic inheritance, a unique and kind…

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What do bengals need?
    For a Bengal, there must be a high claw point in the house (a game town), they jump very high, they need this to maintain good physical shape. A Bengal…

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