About the breed Bengal

The Bengalese cat, bengal — an intergeneric hybrid of a domestic cat (Felissilvestriscatus) and actually Bengalese cat (Prionailurusbengalensis).

History of emergence of the Bengalese breed.

History of the Bengalese cat begins in the USA in 1961. Jean Mil (then still Sagden) became the author of breed. Jean by training was biologist geneticist.

In 1961 Jean Mil appeared in a business trip in Southeast Asia, in Bangkok. The nature of this edge represented the native habitat for wild cats of FelisBengalensis similar in the size to domestic cats. At that time this look was on an extinction threshold because of poaching, adult animals were exterminated in a type of value of their skin, and little kittens sold to tourists in the local market as alive souvenirs. Jean bought a kitten and brought to the USA, having named a cat Malaysia.

Grown in house conditions, Malaysia had character of a wild animal. She was mistrustful, careful, did not accept caress and did not make contact, preferred a privacy, though did not show aggression. To sleep got somewhere above to be out of range. But in the period of an estrus Malaysia was favorable to courtings of the black domestic cat living at Jean. And as a result of this intergeneric crossing, to everyone’s surprise, in 1963 the viable healthy hybrid kitty with the spotty color inherited from mother called Kean-Kean was born. Gene made the decision to conduct working on by deduction of cat breed, outwardly similar on exotic forest predators, but having temper of pets. So, when Kean-Kean grew up, in the absence of other applicants, she was tied with that black domestic cat. On it Jean’s work on creation of the singular cat was interrupted in connection with the death of the first husband. Malaysia was attached in a zoo, and Kean-Kean died, without having coped with pneumonia.

15 years later Jean (now Mil) learned about the comparative research of immunity of wild and domestic cats conducted to laboratories of the University of California in the USA. During which scientists found out that some wild cats are immune to a virus of cat’s leukemia. It was necessary to find out whether this immunity is congenital or it is got during life of a cat in the wild nature. For this research trans-species crossings of wild leopard cats and domestic cats of various breeds were carried out. Jean Mil appealed to the head of a science team Uillardusentervol to transfer it several females of hybrids of a firstgeneration (F1) and received 9 females. Serious working on creation of domestic, in the true sense of the word, Bengalese cat began with it.

In the course of formation of breed of hybrid females of F1 knitted with domestic cats of different breeds among which — Burma and Mau. In 1982 Gene successfully bought a little wild cat with the spotty golden orange color which never was earlier not found at domestic cats. She met him in one of zoos in New Delhi (India).  However, the kitten was without tail — it was crushed by rhinoceroses. Having brought a cat home, Gene gave him the nickname Delhi and registered him in CFA (CatFanciersAssociation) as experimental Mau.

Having matured, Delhi became the most suitable groom for cats Jean. All kittens who were born from it had tremendous shine of wool, a so-called glitter which was fixed in the Bengalese breed. Jean continued to conduct actively work on creation of a cat of the dream. Difficulty was that males of the first 3 hybrid generations in 70 — 80% are infertile. Besides, not all kittens differed in beautiful leopard sockets. Jean attracted in the breeding work wild Bengalese cats from India. In 1991 the Bengalese cats for the first time shared in the TICA championship. Jean Mil showed to the world the gentle contact creation concluded in a wild fur coat.

Today the Bengalese breed was recognized by almost all felinological organizations. In representatives of this breed attracts a color, exotic for a domestic cat. Saturated spots of black or chocolate color on a golden orange hum noise attract views. Wool at the Bengalese cats to the touch reminds valuable fur — the dense, short and the weak. The body is brawny, robust, stretched in length, having robust frame, small eyes on the large head, potent legs (hinder legs lengthier, than lobbies). Rather short thick tail reminds a fluffy pipe with a black tip. Cats are more harmonious and more elegant, cats more robust and brawny. The movements of bengals are full of grace. Very clearly they remind leopards.

Character of the Bengalese cats unites temperaments of a wild animal and a pet. At bengals the hunting instinct is well developed. At any age they recognize the games “on hunting” — races behind balls and toys, pursuits and prosecutions. Well live in pack. Quickly run wild at captive contents. At education of kittens it is very important to accustom them to hands, otherwise they can grow up wildish. Contrary to rumors, bengals are not blood-thirsty and are not aggressive, and even absolutely on the contrary. No danger to children and pets (except rodents and birds) is represented. With ease study catching of mice, but seldom eat them. These cats are very devoted.