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03/31/2011 12:33:58 PM by KapitN   Send Message to KapitN  286390  views, category: Pet secrets for humans view all blogs


Genetically modified designer cats are popular amongst those who can afford them. Breeds like the Toyger and the Savannah use elaborate genetic maps to breed animals with the look of a wild cat but the size and demeanor of a domestic pet. But this kind of "wildesque" breeding started with the Bengal cat, and started with more noble intentions than making walking luxuries.

The Bengal's name refers to the wild half of its genetics, which come from Asian Leopard Cats. These are small wild cats found throughout Asia. Attempts to breed them with domestic cats were recorded as early as 1889, but the modern Bengal breed came about in the 1960s for research purposes. Scientists observed that wild cats were more resistant to viruses like feline leukemia, and started breeding them into the domestic population to see if these natural immunities could be replicated.

But the breed expanded beyond this purpose, and ended up becoming a beloved fixture of many cat shows. Bengal cats are striking creatures, with the wide eyes and strong posture of their wild ancestors. At the same time, they have the friendliness of domestic cats-- if not domestic dogs. Some owners have reported that their Bengals like being walked on a leash, and will even fetch sticks. It seems that those scientists unintentionally added a bit of the domestic dog to this breed's mix.

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