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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:45 am 
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Bengal Kitten

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Hi there everyone, I have a new litter of six Bengals and have one standout kitten. He's only 2 1/2 weeks old at the moment but
just wondered what other Breeder's think as although I think he is quite amazing, obviously I'm a little biased. He feels like velvet and
has a very short coat compared to the other kittens who are slightly longer in the coat. His markings are already standing out, very bold, the photos don't do
him justice. I'm just wondering should I be holding on to him. How often would a kitten like him come along? :-)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:00 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Welcome to our forum. This kitten is spectacular! The pattern is gorgeous. We used to have several breeders who posted regularly, but not any more. Many breeders will "hold" a kitten for their own use to see if they want to use the cat as a future stud or queen. If later on, they feel the cat would not add to their breeding program, they release the hold and someone can purchase the kitten. At only 2-1/2 weeks, you have a long while before you honestly have to make that decision. By that time, I'm sure you will know for certain. I'm guessing you will keep him. :biggrin: :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 4:17 am 
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He is a gorgeous boy and congrats.

Since this is a Show topic, bold markings aside, you need to know the truth about showing a Marbled Bengal cat so that you will not be disappointed. Under TICA/CFA Breed Standards, you may wish to reconsider holding him as unfortunately he appears to have a very major marbled Bengal flaw, the clear presence of a circular Bull's eye pattern, right at the centre. This is a basic undesirable trait, which will lose a lot of points in a cat show. In fact, except the unwary, noone will bring any Marbled Bengal to a cat show with such a Bull's eye pattern, as under TICA rules, this trait will be strictly penalized. Ref: https://tica.org/phocadownload/bg.pdf

To be eligible for top placings in a Cat Show, a proper Marbled Bengal should have random, horizontal flow large markings, almost similar to a rosetted one, but stretched in a horizontally fashion.

The reasoning for setting this standard is simple - Circular bull's-eye pattern is a typical American domestic cat trademark and should not be present in a Bengal cat with wild genes. So when breeding Marbled cats (which is usually from American Shorthair stock hybrid), the breeders should 'breed away' such markings towards randomized patterns with horizontal flow to create a wild-like pattern to qualify it as a proper Marbled Bengal.

In fact, some Marbled Bengal cat when bred correctly this way is even more spectacular than rosetted ones. For instance, the 2017 TICA Best Bengal Cat winner was won by a Marbled Bengal cat! , beating all other rosetted ones, see how its horizontal flow markings works:
(Ref: IW SGC LAGALLERIE MOCHA FUDGE RIPPLE. #1 BENGAL CAT INTERNATIONALLY IN TICA 2017, TICA International Best Bengal Cat Winner 2017 )
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 3:34 pm 
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That was great information. Thank you.


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