The BENGAL


The price of a Bengal

 

The price of a Bengal being quite high, I advise you to choose the right breeding.

 

 You won't have any regret to have chosen a good cattery that will offer you a kitten that will look like a real domestic leopard and without any health problem! 

 

 We sell kittens in two distict categories: 

 

- For company : Your kitten must be neutered

 

- For reproduction : Your kitten will remain whole at the adult age and will have the right to reproduce if you wish it

 

 The price of a Bengal kitten also depends on its dress, its patterns and the overall quality of the cat. 

 



Character of the Bengal

 

The Bengal is a sensitive cat and attentive to the moods of its surroundings. These characteristics make the Bengal cat a great pet! The Bengal cat needs to interact with the family members whether they are dogs, cats, children or adults. It is of a very docile nature similar to that of a domestic cat despite the wild origins of the little Bengal leopard. This is due to the long and careful selection work that has been done during the creation of the breed.

 

 

Anyone who wants to welcome a Bengal cat into their home will immediately fall under the spell of its gentleness and sensitivity. The Bengal has many qualities, it is a quiet cat, enterprising, friendly, affectionate, attentive, playful and especially it will bring a great presence in family life. He is not invasive or insistent because he will consider the moods and demands of his surroundings and the people who will take care of him. It will like to be cuddled and will offer you in return a lot of cuddles and affections. The Bengal has a character similar to a dog!


History of Bengal

It is by the greatest of chance that the story of the Bengal cat begins in 1963 in Arizona. Passionate about the Bengal cat, a young geneticist named Jean Mill welcomed a female leopard (prionalurus bengalensis). Finding the female leopard so lonely in her enclosure, she decided to add a large black cat to keep her company. This cohabitation gave birth to the first hybridization between a small Asian leopard and a domestic cat whose coat was magnificent and whose size was similar to that of a classic cat. Jean Mills used a small leopard of Indian origin to obtain his first hybrid kitten birth. There are many subspecies of the small cat (prionalurus bengalensis). These are distinguished by small differences in size, coat, color and hair. From this unusual marriage, a female named Kin Kin was born. But the lineage did not last.

 

 

A few years passed. While Jean was living in California, the University of Davis contacted her to propose eight hybrid females of F1 generation born from a mating between the small prionalurus bengalensis and a domestic cat. At that time, the university thought that this small Asian feline had a natural immunity to fight against feline leukosis. That's why they used it for research programs to find a treatment for this disease.

 

 

Several breeds such as American Shorthairs, Egyptian Mau, American Shorhair and Siamese were chosen to create the very first generations of Bengal cats. This allowed to start the selection work. The Bengal was born. It was then that the history of the Bengal cat began followed by a very long selection work. The first breeders realized very quickly that some hybrid females were not fertile and that the males were sterile until the 4th generation. The most difficult thing was to keep the look and the wild expression of the Asian leopard. All this while keeping the domestic cat's sociable and affectionate character.

 

 

It is in 1985 that Jean Mill after many years of selection and a lot of work. What presented his Bengal cats at cat shows. This small feline of interior was a great success immediately in the eyes of the general public. Some time later, the TICA (the international cat assiociation) officially recognized it among the cat breeds. And allowed it to compete in exhibitions and championships. In 1989, a female bengal of color brown tabby motif spotted named Millwood Lady Benji produced in the USA by the bengal cattery of Jean Mill was imported by the breeder Odiles Caillard-Arnaux. The very first birth of a Bengal cat in France took place in 1993. The bengal cattery that started the breed probably intended to concentrate on producing brown tabby cats with a rosette pattern.