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History & Origin: The Bengal breed is the result of crossing domestic shorthair cats with Asian Leopard Cats. This was first done in the 1970s as part of a study on feline leukemia conducted by Dr. Willard Centerwall, a geneticist at the University of California. Eight female hybrids were then acquired by another geneticist in California to use as foundation stock for what would later become the Bengal breed. Bengal were first recognized by the International Cat Association in 1983.
Character & Temperament: Bengal are playful and imaginative and have a unusual affinity for water. This breed has a 'wild' element to its voice and is a skilled climber and hunter. Like their wild counterparts, the Bengal is very agile, athletic and highly intelligent. As a companion the Bengal is outgoing, social, loving and affectionate.
Colors: leopard; marble; snow leopard; snow marble; sorrel; mink
Coat Type: Shorthair; The Bengal has a short to medium coat that is dense and luxuriously soft to the touch.
Grooming: Brush weekly to keep in top form-more when shedding. Claws should be trimmed and ears cleaned only when necessary.
Health Considerations: Unknown
Trivia: The Bengal was initially called the 'Leopardette.' Although hybrid cats usually produce offspring that are infertile, this did not prove to be the case with the Bengal.
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Let me introduce you to our newest family member. Her name is 'Virginia Wolf' and we got her from our local humane society. She was taken from a breeder where she and 30 other Bengal's were living under deplorable conditions. She has been with us for a week and so far (among other things) she has knocked over our 32 inch flat screen TV.
By Joanne from Fond du Lac, WI
Here is Virginia Wolff, a 5 year old Bengal, we got from the humane society. She likes to tear around the house like crazy.
Our cat October (Bengal) showing his good side, in our backyard in Laguna Hills, CA.
I got him a year ago from a breeder in San Diego. He was a tiny baby when I brought him home.
Jasmine is a seven month old Bengal. I located her on the internet in May. She likes to play fetch. Trained to walk on a leash, loves the outdoors, and likes to play in the water!
I got Wolfie from the Humane Society.
Zoe is a 4 month old half Bengal and half Siamese. My husband's niece bought Zoe at a pet shop for her little girl. She discovered her daughter was allergic to her, so she asked me if I wanted her. Of course, I said yes.
I got them this month. They are inseparable. These are my new furry grandchildren, Ilka and Gustav.
Zawardi Olympia is a 4 month old Bengal. I got her November 8th of 2008. She is always in the sink playing with water or trying to get into the bath. She came 2nd in her first show and was the youngest kitten at the show.