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The History Of Bengal Cats

The history of this beautiful creature traces back to experiments between domestic cats and the ALC (Asian leopard cat- felis bengalensis which is where the name Bengal originates from).

Back in the 1960's a lady called Jean Mill owned a female ALC which produced a kitten from a black male cat, this kitten then went on to produce a second generation hybrid. In the 1980's Jean continued her work with other kittens obtained, eventually resulting in the very early bengal. When Tica (The International Cat Association) welcomed and recognised the Bengal as a registered breed, they started to appear at cat shows all over the world wowing the visitors with their stunning beauty.

Bengal Cats Today

Todays Bengal should be of muscular build, with a relatively small head giving a wild appearance, wide nose, prominent whisker pads, large oval almost round eyes, relatively short ears (wide at the base & rounded at the top) The coat should be short, dense, smooth & silky to feel with a glittered appearance. The tail should be thick, low set and medium in length.

The Bengal is issued with an F number which denotes how many generations they are away from the ALC, they should be at least four generations removed in order to be accepted as a domestic cat.

These gorgeous baby leopard cats have the most unique personality, which differs a great deal from other domestic cats, they are so loving and intelligent and can resemble the antics of a small dog, following you from room to room, showing a genuine interest in everything you do, they will play for hours.

Another unique quality of the Bengal is their absolute love of water, I never would have believed it if I hadn't seen it for myself, they can't resist bathing in it, but particularly batting and splashing the droplets that fall from the tap, even drinking from the falling water, it is a wonderful sight.

We know you will agree the Bengal is the most stunningly beautiful cat in every way.