The main difference that a Bengal cat boasts is its leopard color. This is a unique pattern on red hair, inherited from the wild ancestor of Prionailurus bengalensis. None of the elite breeds have such a thing anymore – only Bengal cats have it. It would seem that the definition of “leopard” greatly narrows the variety of coloring and drawing of the animal’s fur coat, but this is not so. Despite the recognizable-characteristic spotting and despite the fact that the breed itself is very young, the breeders brought out a dozen original Bengal colors, not only brown, but also very light and even black colors. True, not all of them are recognized by international feline federations so far.
The history of the formation of the Bengal breed
Apart from the wild Asian leopard cats ALC, there was also a whole list of breeds – Abyssinian, American domestic shorthair, Egyptian Mau, Persians, Exotics, Ocicets, Burmese, among the origins of the formation of Bengals. Continue reading
Jane Mill and a Bengal cat In the early 1960s at the University of California (USA), a study was conducted of the immunity of representatives of the cat family. Among the wards were both large cats – lions, tigers, leopards, and their small brothers, including Felis bengalensis. Little Asian leopards lived together with other domestic cats, resulting in kittens born from female Felis bengalensis and a black shorthair cat. Then one of the daughters was tied up with her father and got lovely spotted babies.
Research continued, and in the course of it continued numerous breeding of Felis bengalensis with American domestic cats. Jane Mill took part in these experiments, who decided to create a new breed of cats and in the 1970s took 8 females – first-generation hybrids. Initially, she added two cats to this group: a spotted one from a Los Angeles shelter and a domestic cat with orange eyes and juicy brown rosettes from the Delhi Zoo. Continue reading