THE STORY OF THE BENGALS
In 1963, Jean Sugden produced the first litter from a mating of a female Asian Leopard
and a short-haired, black domestic male. These early breedings were stopped when Jean's husband died.
In the late
1970's, Jean Sugden Mill received some female F1 offspring from the matings of a male Asian Leopard Cat and various domestic
queens from Dr. Centerwall,a research geneticist.
In 1983, Jean registered the first cats, and in 1985, an F2
Bengal was first exhibited in a cat show.
The Bengals are classified according to the generation from the Asian
Leopard Cat. F1's have an Asian Leopard parent. F2's are the second generation from the Asian Leopard, etc. SBT's(Stud Book
Tradition) are at least fourth generation and can participate in TICA cat shows.
The f1 picture is courtesy of Mike and Marie Bloodgood of Bamboo Bengals, and the f2 picture is courtesy of Les Hall of Junglebook
Bengals. Thank you both for the photos!
This is an F1-Bundas First Lady of Bamboo.
Pictured above is Junglebook's F2 Katchina.
A picture of the wild looking F3 female-Junglebook Charm of All Regal Bengals.
The accepted Bengal colors are brown tabby, seal lynx point tabby, seal sepia or seal mink tabby.
Patterns can be either leopard spotted or marbled. The spotted pattern can be either aligned horizontally or randomly spotted.
Rosettes are highly favorable and can range from arrowhead, paw print to circular. Even though the marble pattern originated
from the tabby gene, marbled Bengals should not have the tabby's bull's eye but a horizontally aligned pattern with preference
given to marbles that are three or more colors.A chain link pattern is highly desirable in marbles and is given high marks
in the show ring.
These cats are quite active, agile, very curious, playful, and loving. Bengals are quite the acrobats
chasing,running, performing high leaps, doing flips in hot pursuit of whatever they are playing with. These stunts are more
entertaining than much on TV today. They love to climb, and some have been known to love to play in the water jumping right
in the tub or shower with you while others like to play fetch. These felines have also been known to open cabinets and drawers.
Some of these cats have kept the instinct to place their paw in the water attempting to "clear the water" before
they drink which is what the Asian Leopard cats do in the wild.
All Regal Bengals-THE Domestic Cat With LEOPARD SPOTS
Available Kittens and Retired Adults