The Bengal is a fairly new breed of cat, developed in the early 80's by founder Jean Mills (Millwood Bengals). Bengals are a crossing of Domesticated cat breeds with the wild Asian Leopard Cat (ALC). By an extensive amount of cross breeding the basis of the breed was formed. All Bengal cats have the Wild Asian Leopard cat Heritage but Bengal cats have to be at least 5 generations from the original crossing to be allowed into Australia.
Bengals come in a variety of colours and patterns. Coat colours can come in varying tones of brown, silver, snow and charcoal. Bengals can come in different patterns including spotted, Marbled or rosettes. Every Bengal is unique in its own way, very rarely will two Bengals look alike, this is just one of the reasons we are Bengal fanatics.
A Bengal cats coat is unlike any other bread, it should feel soft, smooth and luxurious. The coat is a thick pelt which rarely sheds, which is great for allergy sufferers. Bengals can also have the "Glitter" gene, this is hollow hair shafts that reflect the light and give an amazing shimmering shine look to the coat, as if someone has sprinkled glitter over the cat. This gene is not essential but highly desirable. Our Queen Chilli has a perfect example of the "Glitter" coat, she is covered in that much of it you almost need to where sunglasses to look at her, well almost.
Bengals are medium to large muscular cats and have been known to grow to 9kg in Australia, Females around 4-6kg. Bengals Should have the look of the wild with a domesticated temperament which we desire to breed.
Bengals have wonderful temperaments. They will often playing fetch and enjoy having a chat with their owners. They are very active and love to be attention seekers. Most Bengals also have a fetish for water. Ours even love taking a shower with us but no cups of water can be left unattended as one of our Bengals (Echo) loves to stick her head or paws in the cup and splash water everywhere.
Bengals are unlike average house cats. They have an amazing vocal system which allows them to raw like a lion, chirp like a bird and make amazing other weird and wonderful noises. Bengals are strictly indoors only. We have provided for our Bengals an enclosed outdoor run so they can’t escape for their own safety as they still love to sit in the beautiful sunshine and soak up a slight breeze.