About Bengals

History

The Bengal cat is a hybrid of the Asian Leopard Cat and domestic housecats. The objective to breeding these amazing cats is to create a wild looking, domesticated "lap leopard."

 

While the leopard cat hybrid has actually been around for many years, in the 1980's Jean Mills dedicated her breeding program of Bengals to become accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA). The coat colors and patterns that are seen today and recognized as the breed standard in TICA is what Jean's focus was in creating a wild look like that of the Asian Leopard Cat, but having the temperament and suitability of being a domesticated house cat.