The Breeders Goals
Serious breeders work toward specific goals. While most breeders work towards what is known as the Breed Standard that does not mean that personal preference does not enter into the equation. As a breeder I have preferences that may differ form others and there is nothing wrong with that although my overall program is still guided by the Breed Standard.
A General Description from TICA’s web site
“The goal of the Bengal breeding program is to create a domestic cat which has physical features distinctive to the small forest-dwelling wildcats, and with the loving, dependable temperament of the domestic cat.
Keeping this goal in mind, judges shall give special merit to those characteristics in the appearance of the Bengal which are distinct from those found in other domestic cat breeds.
A Bengal cat is an athletic animal, alert to its surroundings; a friendly, curious, confident cat with strength, agility, balance and grace. It is a medium to large cat which exhibits a very muscular and solid build.
Its wide nose with prominent whisker pads and large oval, almost round eyes in a slightly small head enhance the wild appearance and expressive nocturnal look. Its very slight, to nearly straight, concave profile and relatively short ears with wide base and rounded tips add to the Bengal’s distinctive and unique appearance.
The short, dense coat has a uniquely soft and silky feel. The coat may be glittered or not glittered, with neither type to be given preference. A thick, low-set, medium-length tail adds balance to the cat.”
Here is a description of the breed from the originator, Jean Mill.
Here are some links to the judging criteria for some of associations. If anyone knows where I can find the CCFA judging standard please email me and let me know. Thanks 🙂