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Despite the generally accepted belief that bengal is a miniature copy of a leopard, the colors of Bengal cats are quite diverse. Consider the main ones.
The classic version of the color (the same leopard color) is called brown (black) spotted tabby. Which translates as black spotted. Moreover, in different systems it is recorded in different ways. So, in the WCF system, the color is indicated by the code n24, where n is black and 24 is spotted. True, this does not mean that Bengal cats are black. Just in the genetics of colors, it is accepted that all cats are either black or red. All other variations are based on them. And we see the background color of the Bengal cat as golden, although it is not considered to be golden, respectively, the criteria for evaluating the golden color are not applicable to it. And only in the people this coloring is called “the socket on gold”.
It would seem that cats of this color should be similar. But in fact, you will never find two identical bengals, even if both have the same black spotted tabby (n24) in the pedigree! Continue reading
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. Continue reading