"About six million years ago to feline factions went their separate separate ways. A small bodied cat living in Europe came the common ancestor of both groups. One lineage eventually gave rise to Felix Casas. The modern in domestic cat kept in millions of households the other produced species known as and forgive my rusty Latin Prion alias Ben Glances or the wild leopard cat distributed across southern and eastern Asia it prowls forests farms and grasslands weighing about seven to fifteen pounds. That's about three to seven kilos on average few mistake the creature for an actual leopard yet. It's a skilled Predator all the same and just like leopards. Many of these we be sees are covered with Rosettes roundish spot clusters that surround lighter patches. A for in the twentieth century demand for exotic exotic looking pets created a hybrid cat market by crossing p Ben Glens is with the more familiar Felix. Casas a new breed rose in prominence. Athletic I and willful this so-called Bengal cat can be quite a handful and as we'll see it's no stranger to controversy. One of the cat lovers lovers who helped the bengals get its start was geneticist William Center wall in Nineteen seventy-one sent her wall then a professor at California's Loma Linda University began crossing using domestic cats with leopard cats. The latter are resistant to the Feline version of leukemia cancer. He was studying through his hybridize. Cats sent her wall all sought new insights into the hereditary processes associated with this disorder. He wasn't the first person to breed. Leopard cats with domestics reports show that other are hybrids were born as far back as nineteen thirty one and we can't discuss bengals origins without acknowledging the late. Jean mill a collaborator center walls. This conservationist made it aware cat with the Black Tomcat in nineteen sixty. Three bus began a decades long passion for bengals Mills Gorgeous Animals and and their descendants would soon become regulars at high profile cat shows that visibility popularized the breed as a whole another reader of note. Was Bill Angler her a zookeeper and longtime animal importer using a leopard cat named Shah bread. A number of half domestic half wild kittens in the early nineteen seventies. He's he might have also given these critters popular name. Popular Myth Says Bengal could be a play on the abbreviation. Be Angler. Of course it could. It's simply stemmed. From the species name glances the world may never know. Today you can find bengals a number of different colors and patterns a most people associate these animals with the Rosette markings detailed above but not all rosettes look like they can be pointed and vaguely Arrow shaped or circular with a doughnut like flare player. Other bengals have so called pawprint Rosettes as the name implies though splotches almost look like animal tracks and then you've got bengals swirling erling multi toned marble coats instead of the more traditional spots back in nineteen eighty-seven mill bread the first known kitten to rock this distinctive style. The coats base color can be quite variable to depending on the individual can look Brown golden charcoal grey silvery or even whitish. That's right folks. There are are white furred Bengal cats who look like miniature snow leopards out there underneath their showy coats bengals tend to have muscular physiques according to the cat. FANCIERS here's Association. The hind legs are taller than the shoulders. In general adult bengals way about eight to fifteen pounds or seven kilos a tiny bit more than their wild ancestors stars but these guys have a well earned reputation as energetic felines fond of long walks games of fetch bengals are on the move almost constantly way to prevent boredom keepers can stock up on toys or get their pet a feline playmate lake savannah cats another hybrid breed. Bengals have an affinity for water related aided activities from swimming and Kiddie pools to showering with their owners."