BENGAL CAT -
Silver/Brown & Snow
Bengal Cat originates from a domestic cat (Abyssinian, American Shorthair,
Burmese, or Egyptian Mau) and a Asian Leopard Cat (ALC). During the 1960's
researchers such as California's Jean Sugden (now Jean Mills) were studying
cat related diseases such as leukaemia and other cancer related viruses.
It was noted that wild cat types such as the lion and tiger were immune to
some of these diseases. The wild Asian Leopard Cat was bred to the common
house cat in an effort to study the immune defences of the wild cat family
to these diseases.
THE ASIAN LEOPARD CAT (ALC)
Leopard cats are small wild cats found in southern and eastern Asia. All leopard cats are on the endangered species list . Leopard cats often get mistaken for being the same size as an Asian leopard this is not the case they are not big, and range from 5 lbs. to 15 lbs. They do appear larger then a domestic cat due to the length of there body. They have a variable background colour depending on what subspecies and where they originate from, but typically it is a golden brown to tawny brown. The belly is typically a very stark white with spots (one of the hardest traits to carry over into the latter generations of Bengals). The tail is normally spotted with the spots forming rings towards the tip. Rosettes are not found in all subspecies of leopard cats, many just have small solid spots. The leopard cat head is small compared to the rest of the body, with small rounded ears. The leopard cat is extremely shy and reclusive, not aggressive as many think, and are very shy round strangers, they would back off and hide instead of attacking.
COLOURS & PATTERNS
Spotted - As the name suggests the coat is covered in spots. They must be random, or horizontally aligned. There must be spots on the torso, tummy and legs. It is desirable to have rosettes (showing two distinct colours) a little like a donut one colour on the outside and an inner circle with a lighter colour. Also desirable are spots shaped like arrowheads or paws. None of these are essential in showing your cat/kitten.
Marble - Is as the name suggests. Horizontal markings, swirls down the side of the cat. The pattern should be random. Vertical striping is undesirable. Belly once again must be spotted
Bengals do not have fur but more of a pelt coat, this is a lovely soft coat that came from their wild ancestors. At around seven weeks the kittens will begin to get what is called the fuzzies, this is something else that is past down from their ancestors providing them with a camouflage in the wild. The fuzzies is when a kitten begins to grow longer guard hairs which disguise the spots from a front view, but the beautiful markings can still be seen from behind.
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