History - Bengal cats

Bengal cat was developed by the crossing of wild Asian Leopard Cat and domestic cat. The first trials of crossing were made in the 1930’s. The crossing was made by scientists - geneticists. In fact the scientists found out immunity to feline leukemia at Asian Leopard Cats. Nevertheless the crossing wasn’t successful.

Photo catIn year 1963, American Jean Mill made an attempt to cross wild Asian Leopard Cats (females) and domestic cats (males), for breeding reason. The fourth generation of these Bengal cats was accepted by organization TICA and since 1999 the breed has been also accepted by organization FIFE.

Appearance of body:  they have muscled, aerodynamic body. The head is round and slightly small in proportion to long body. The ears are rather small and rounded. The eyes are noticeable, almond-shaped. Characteristic for the cat is wild-look, reminiscent of big wild feline. Bengal cats have muscled hind legs which are longer then front legs, it is remain of wild cats, which gives them power and speed. The tail is rather short. The hair is smooth, soft and typical mark is glitter- gold (silver). Shedding at Bengal cats is very poor.

Several color variants are accepted - black (brown) spotted, marbled; seal sepia/seal mink spotted, marbled; snow spotted, marbled.    

Temperament: Bengal cats are very lively, active (they must be at everything) and intelligent. They have wild look but they are not aggressive. They are peaceful, love playing and enjoy other animal company e.g. dogs - as you can see in our photos and videos.
Sometimes they are “talkative”. As one of a few breeds they like water.

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