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The bengal

The bengal - History.

Early 60's Jean Sugden, a breeder in California, acquired an Asian Leopard, also known as Felis Bengalensis Prionailurus (here's our cattery name derived from) called. A wild cat, a miniature leopard with spotted coat a good swimmer and excellent fisher. They crossed with the cat American Shorthair cat to create a breed of domestic cats to create the distinctive look of a wild cat. The females that emerged from this cross were fertile, unfortunately not the males, the females were backcrossed to their father came here and kittens with a spotted coat, and hence the Bengals.

In 1973, Dr. Centerwall of the University of California breeding program similar to the resistance of the Asian Leopard against feline leukemia virus research. He gave eight of these hybrids to Jean Sugden, after which she went with her breeding program. Breeders used the Siamese, Egyptian Mau and the Burmees to create new lines. The first bengal, Millwood Finally Found, was registered with TICA in 1983. In 1999 the breed was recognized by FIFe. More and more cats are crossed with Bengal cats for new lines. The first cross between a domestic cat with a Bengal tiger is also called the F1 generation, this generation of males are always infertile, an F2 generation therefore has always been a cat as a father.

The character and behavior of Bengals.

The Bengal is very active,  but easy to get along. Playing is his passion and life. His hunting instinct and agility is greater than the average cat and the kittens are often rowdy. Males have a reputation to be more friendly than the females, they are often very independent and spirited but also extremely well in expressing her anger and her tenderness. While the Bengal is to her social peers and dogs, it can sometimes wild behavior. Some Bengals may have a decent voice, especially when they are up against their being arrested, but often it does not mean much, it's just communicating.

Appearance of the bengal.

The original bengal has a yellow / orange color along with brown or black spots. The coat is thick, smooth and feels like silk. The head is in proportion with the rest of the body. The eyes are large and almond shaped and around the eyes is a black circle. Their ears are small and facing forward.

Beautiful Bengal are characterized by glitter, this seems like the hairs of the bengal is colored with gold and have a very shiny golden sheen. This feature is not absolutely necessary, but is obviously very appealing to the eye.

This is a picture of one of our bengal kittens that shows you the glitter;


The tail is medium length and has black rings at the end. The body is generally quite long and muscular, especially in males it is easily visible. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs and feet all told to have black soles.

There are two coat patterns: the marbled (also known as marble tabby) and spotted (also known as spotted tabby). Both patterns have both also two flows: the black tabby and the snow Bengal, are now also come in several varieties such as silver and bleu and a few others but these have not yet been recognized in the Netherlands.

In the spotted Bengal, there may be dots or rosettes in the coat pattern. Rosettes are spots where a part of that stain has a warmer color. There are dougnetrozetten shadow and rosettes. In dougnetrozetten is warmer colored portion in the center of the stain. Rosettes with shadow color is the warmer side of the stain. The marbled Bengal has a coat pattern consisting of wide horizontal stripes.

The snow Bengal occurs only when both parents carry the recessive gene for this give. A snow Bengal is divided into three types: seal mink, seal sepia and seal lynx. The seal mink coat has one of the two patterns on a white background. The eyes are blue or green. This cat has a gene for burmees and a Siamese. The seal sepia one of the two coat patterns on a white background. The eyes are golden. This cat has two genes for burmees. The seal lynx is one of the two coat patterns on a white background. The eyes are blue. This cat has two genes for Siamese.

From  ALC to Bengal.


ALC Asian leopard cat

F1 The first generation F1 Bengal kittens whose parent is the ALC.

F2 The second generation kittens.

F3 The third generation kittens.

F4/ SBT The fourth generation of kittens better known as SBT (stud book tradition), from this generation all males and fertile, it is possible to participate in championships.

Bengal kittens & fuzzies

Bengal kittens around the age of 4, 1 / 2 about a week to seven weeks of the fuzzy period come at this time stabbing a long hair from their fur and the kittens are not at their best. Bengal kittens at this time undergoing a great transformation, the kitten will lose their contrast and the coat will look dull, even the undercoat increasingly prominent in the coming weeks.

What does it mean (in Dutch);