Bengal kids, so that they really grow up “home”, from childhood you need to accustom yourself – communicate with them, caress, in a word, pay attention. Without constant contact, Bengal cats quickly run wild. This problem was relevant at the stage of breeding, but the negative fame of “aggressive pets” is still exaggerated, even mentioned in the standards – the description of the breed contains behavioral standards.
How to raise Bengalis
Moreover, the cautious attitude towards modern, no longer hybrid representatives of bengals is exaggerated for mercenary purposes – they say you will have almost a real Asian mini-leopard at home. Also in publications, often, especially in the early stages of breeding, it was written about a Bengal cat as timid and timid. This now also can be attributed to fiction – just a Bengal cat strives to hide if the potential enemy is larger than her size. In general, Bengals are not conflicting, not vindictive, do not show cunning, quickly get used to and are good with all household members. They are rather proud, wayward, but not evil. 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