The Bengal Breed

A Home with a Bengal

 

A home with a Bengal is an energetic one.  One that is always waiting on the next silly thing their Bengal will do. Bengals are so much fun and extremely playful.  Due to their high energy levels, a companion is always a good decision or daily activity with you is necessary. Bengals need a stimulating environment, so cat trees, cat wheels, vertical space, puzzle toys, and we will ALWAYS recommend da bird.

 

Unique Behavior

 

The Bengal cat is a highly active and intelligent breed that makes them amazing for families and those with other pets. They are a vocal breed, that loves to play and is easily trainable.   Bengals require a lot of attention and toys that will require them to work hard. They need vertical space, so a few cat trees or shelves on the wall would be great.

History

Dr. Willard Centerwall who graduated from Yale University of Medicine.  Dr. Centerwall is most known for his contributions of leopard cat hybrids that were bred from two Asian Leopard Cat (ALC_)  brothers. Dr. Centerwall bred these ALCs to domestic breeds, for the purpose of aiding his research in immunocompromised people (those carrying HIV/AIDS, leukemia, lymphoma, and others).  His hybrids were instrumental in the development of the Bengal breed.

 

William Engler was a zookeeper in the 1960s. He began to see a decline in the amount of exotic cats that could be bought.  His goal with the Bengal breed was to hopefully bridge the gap between supply and demand as well as garner interest in exotic animals so as to fund research.  By 1975 Engler had breed down to the third generation. They were sterile so could not be considered a breed

 

Jean Sugden Mill created a cross between a leopard cat and a domestic cat in 1963. Which was brought to the attention of Cornell University.  In 1980 she decided to start her breeding program again. Her main goal was in developing the breed and to continue breeding further generations down of this beautiful breed. Jean worked tirelessly to get The International Cat Association (TICA) to recognize the breed and she was successful in her endeavours. She has been a true pioneer of the Bengal breed.

Stephanie Jarman

Hickory, NC

Phone: 828-468-7831

Email: mountolympusbengals@gmail.com

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