THE PURPOSE OF THE
AUTHENTIC BENGAL CAT LEAGUE ©
By Karin Donoyan
To promote and maintain leopard cat conformation and
appearance in the Bengal Breed Standard.
To preserve and recreate the beauty of the Asian Leopard Cat
in the Bengals in case there comes a time when the wild cats are no longer in
To unite Bengal breeders and owners who feel strongly about
these goals into a league, which keeps its membership informed of all matters
concerning the Bengal breed and which becomes a strong factor in making changes
for the better.
Excerpts from the ABC League Code of Ethics:
To breed according to the Authentic Bengal Cat Standard.
To use only healthy breeding stock.
To actively participate in all voting matters concerning the
To maintain the highest standards of ethics in business
To uphold the By-laws of the ABC League.
While the ABC League strives to maintain the highest standard
of ethics, it cannot be held responsible for the actions of any of its members.
If you wish to apply for membership, please fill out the form
below. If you do not have a sponsor who is a current member of the ABCL, please
write a brief, but detailed statement of your goals for the Bengal breed. All
new members must be approved by the Board of Directors and a majority of the
members. Upon acceptance, new members receive all back issues of the ABCL
Newsletter for the current year.
Please include $25.00 for USA, $30.00 for Canadian, $35.00 for
European annual membership, payable to Jane T. Lee, ABC League and mail to:
25708 E. Alsea Highway
Alsea. OR. 97324
Dues will be refunded if applicant is not accepted for
ASIAN LEOPARD CAT ANCESTRY IS THE BASIC CRITERION WHICH, MAKES
THE BENGAL BREED UNIQUE ©
By Karin Donoyan
The approximately 10 subspecies of leopard cats all have
identical markings. They do, however, occur in a variety of colors and patterns
ranging from beige or gray to medium brown undercoats with light brown to black
spots and rosettes.
Bengal cats are the result of the cross between a leopard cat
(Asian Leopard Cat, ALC) and a domestic cat, usually Egyptian Mau or domestic
shorthair, and generations of their offspring. Bengals are strong, intelligent
cats who form strong bonds with their owners. They eat regular cat food and use
the litter box, just like other domestic breeds. Bengals are medium size and
muscular, weighing between 8 to 16 pounds at maturity.
Some of the Bengal colors and patterns are as follows: Brown
spotted tabby includes leopard spotted (black or dark brown spots and rosettes
on beige, tan, or reddish background), sorrel spotted (light brown spots or
rosettes on light beige or tan background), and charcoal on gray. Classic brown
tabby includes black marble pattern and sorrel marble pattern on lighter
background in two or more colors. Seal-lynx point includes blue-eyed snow
leopards and snow marbles with medium gray or brown pattern on off-white
background. Silver spotted or Pearly white snows are black spotted on light
silver or gray background, currently being developed. There are still some other
color combinations not mentioned here.
Regardless of colors and patterns, all Bengals should display
the same conformation which is reminiscent of their ancestor, the Asian Leopard