Where are Bengals from?
The Bengal cat is a mix between a small Asian leopard and a domestic cat. Mrs. Jean Mill bought her first little Asian leopard in 1963, in a "pet shop" ... and yes, times have changed. Her leopard was later introduced to a domestic cat. At the time, fur was very fashionable and Mrs Mill hoped that people would be reluctant to wear a garment that looked a lot like a pet. It was also very important for Mrs. Mill that the offspring out of the Asian leopard and the domestic cat be very docile and have a good temperament. Since she intended to make this breed a recognized one by TICA, there should be no signs of aggressivity; otherwise there would be an immediate disqualification.
Today, reproduction with the Asian leopard is still possible. The first generation is called F1. This one is more aggressive than the domestic cat, however. The F1 males are automatically sterile but not his females. If the female is mated with a domestic cat, the offspring will be an F2. So on until F5. An F5 mated to a domestic cat will give an SBT. From SBT, Bengal cat becomes domestic. We do not recommend the purchase of F1 to F5 except for experienced people with big cats and having plenty of time to give them in addition to having the required facilities. Ideally without young children. All SBT are therefore descendants of the Asian leopard and breeders, in their quest for perfection of the breed, usually try to produce cats as close as possible to the small leopard but with the soft temperament of the domestic cat.
The Bengal is just as agile as his distant cousin, hunter, curious and he loves water. He is affectionate, loyal and charming, just like the domestic cat. Isn’t it the perfect balance between the wild leopard and the cute domestic cat?