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Bengal Cat

A black donut-spotted Bengal catOrigins
Did you know that the Bengal cats are actually a result of a genetic experiment? Breeding Asian Leopards with domestic cats, to test a partial resistance to feline leukemia, resulted in the gorgeous Bengal cat.
This where Jean Mill (Sudgen), a pioneer Bengal cat breeder, stepped in. How you can imagine, some of the cats had feral personality the others didn't have the remarkable Bengal pattern. To ensure smooth development and cultivation of the breed, only those who displayed a behavior of a domestic cat and had spectacular spots of Asian Leopards.
The cultivation and recognition of the Bengal cat breed is a road of bumps and potholes. Cat fanciers were not quick in recognizing the breed due to its feral bloodline. It all started in 1960s and only in 1980s major cat associations and clubs registered the Bengal as a breed. Apart from the long recognition path, there was a long and hard work on cultivation a friendly and domestic cat which was an opposite to Asian Leopards and their closest crossbred offsprings.
Luckily, we now have a gorgeous, active and amazing Bengal cat to keep us company!

Temperament
The Bengal cats are energetic, playful and affectionate. They are talkative and not shy when asking for affection but don't expect them to cuddle on your lap.
Make sure your Bengal cat has toys and space to fit their plenty of energy. Remember, height is no obstacle for them, so keep those valuable and fragile things out of reach.
As the cherry on the cake, some of them are great swimmers and won't hesitate in accompanying you in a shower. This is thankfully to their wild bloodline.


Physical appearance
The Bengal cats are from medium to large in size, have long muscular body. They have open round eyes and rounded ears. The Bengal cats have gorgeous look never fragile or tender.
The most distinctive feature is, undoubtedly, their black and gold or black and silver spotted or marbled coat. It gives them wild and exotic look. Their spots vary from simple spots to donut- and rosette- resembling spots like in leopards. The Bengals with the marbled coat look no less stunning. Their coat is finished with a shiny tint which only highlights their natural exotic beauty.


Health
The Bengal cats might have a hereditary predisposition to cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, entropion (a lid folds inward), distal neuropathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. If a required level of veterinary and dietary support is provided, the Bengal cats would live a healthy and long life of 15 and more years.

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