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Bengal

Lively and exceedingly intelligent!

Bengal
origin:USA
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History [ edit ]

The Bengal cat is a new exotic breed of domestic cat, originated by crossing the Asian Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensi) with a a domestic cat. The Asian Leopard Cat is a small wild cat, more or less the size of a domestic one, which lives in the forests of Southeast Asia. It is believed that the first breeder to embark on a programme of selectively crossbreeding the Asian Leopard Cat with domestic cats was Jean Mill, of California, in the 1960's, who was subsequently followed by other breeders throughout the world. Therefore, it is considered that the USA is the motherland of the Bengal cat. The aim of this crossbreeding was to develop a new breed, with physical characteristics similar to the small Asian Leopard cat and the friendly temperament of a domestic cat. The breeds that have probably contributed to the genepool of the Bengal are the Abyssinian, the American Shorthair, the Egyptian Maus, the Ocicat, and domestic shorthaired cats. Purebred Bengals must be at least four generations from their wild ancestor (the Asian Leopard Cat) and have three consecutive generations of Bengal to Bengal breeding.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Bengal is a medium to large, athletic, sleek cat and solidly build. Its appearance is one of strength, agility and balance. Its beautiful spotted or marbled coat, and the expressive nocturnal look bear witness to this breed’s wild inheritance. The body is long, with sturdy, firm boning and very muscular this being one of the most distinguishing features of the breed. The hindquarters are slightly higher than t