BENGAL CAT HISTORY

The Bengal Cat is a stunningly marked domestic spotted cat exhibiting the personality and temperament  desired for family companionship while bringing the look and feel of the jungle into your home.


Although the first recorded cross in the United States between an Asian Leopard Cat and a Domestic Cat was recorded in the early 1960's, during the late 1970's in California genetic research was begun using the wild Asian Leopard Cat. "F1"  (or first generation foundation offspring) females were created as a result of this research program and foundation breeding programs were begun.    The first Bengal Cat was registered with the International Cat Association  in 1983.



The ASIAN LEOPARD CAT is a small jungle cat that can be found in the forests of Southern Asia, India, China, Korea, and has also been reported to live in Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Java, Bali and Sumatra. Some subspecies are a bit large and others remain smaller (10-15 pounds). Because of their smaller size, the Asian Leopard Cat is a scavenger and has been reported to be somewhat nocturnal. They have a fondness for playing in the water and are expert swimmers and coming in a variety of different colors and spotting patterns.

 

Pictured Below The Beautiful Asian Leopard

bred by Collette Griffiths

 

                                          

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EARLY GENERATION BENGAL CATS are considered to be the first three generations resulting from the Asian Leopard Cat/Bengal cross. The first generation is often referred to as an F1, the second an F2, and the third generation an F3. Male Bengals born of these first generations are sterile, however the females remain fertile.  Early generation Cats should be owned and raised only by those dedicated to sharing their home with them forever as they do not transition to new families or homes as easily as their later generation relatives.    They make good family pets depending upon the experience and time commitment each family is willing to share with them.

DOMESTIC BENGAL CATS are considered to be 4 generations or more away from their Asian Leopard Cat heritage. They are registered with TICA (The International Cat Association) and referred to as "SBT" Bengals.  Both male and females born of these generations are fertile. Bengal females are smaller than males and tend to weigh in the 7-10 pound range. Males are substantially larger and often obtain weights of 15-18 pounds or more. The best of both worlds, these loudly colored, spotted wonders are perfect domestic family companions!
 

 If Bengals and their special traits interest you, please let us know so that we can assist you in making the right choice for your home situation.                                     

                                                                                                                                                                      



 

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