Oakland Hills Bengals

       

                     Breeder of exotic Bengal Cats..... Member of TICA and TIBCS
   
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Oakland Hills Bengals is located in Oak Park, Michigan.  As a breeder we are striving for excellence in the Bengal breed with beautiful, healthy, well-socialized kittens that look like their ancestor, the Asian Leopard Cat. Our cats have the run of the house. We will intentionally stay small because we feel we can offer more individual attention to make well-socialized cats. One day I was looking through the web and came across a Bengal and went on a mission to find out everything I possibly could.  After I met a few Bengals I then became obsessed. Our home has two "young adults" with many friends that come in and out. We have the neighborhood children that come over regularly to see our "family" so our cats see many faces.  Our Bengals get much love and attention from the humans and our 100-pound dog.   All of our babies are raised hands-on from the moment they are born and are handled by many different people.  This ensures a friendly kitten for you!
  Investing in the BEST breeder-quality cats available, we are proud members of TICA (The International Cat Association)  and TIBCS (The International Bengal Cat Society). As a member of TIBCS, we have signed the "Code of Ethics" and adhere to it.  We want to produce true "living room leopards".

The History of the Bengal

The Bengal breed was born of a cross between the Asian Leopard Cat (ALC), a wild cat found throughout India, southern China, and the surrounding islands, and the domestic shorthair cat.  the first successful crossing was initiated by Jean (Sugden) Mill in the early 60's, then the project was put on hold until the early 80's for personal reasons.  The effort was then re-taken up by her and others in the early 80's, and perfected in the years after.  In 1992, the breed, now known as the Bengal Cat (from the ALC's Latin name, felis bengalensis) became the world's first cat with wild blood to be accepted by TICS, the largest cat registry in the world. ACFA soon followed suit. With Jean's selfless trips to Toronto, Düsseldorf and Paris, she instantly generated a windfall of excitement over this magnificent breed which of course, quickly grew...(One of her first offspring, Penny Ante, was a great, even-tempered ambassador for the breed and traveled worldwide with Jean!)

 (Jean Mill (left) in Portland, Oregon 2006)

There were many reasons for the initial crossing of these two types of cat, and among the most important were the preservation of as much of the Asian Leopard Cats' beautiful pattern as possible in a household pet, and the study of the Asian Leopard Cats' natural resistance to the FeLV virus.  It was originally thought that in crossing the ALC with the domestic shorthair, the FelV resistance could be passed on to domestics. This never proved to have any positive results. Also, Jean Mill states in her book, Guide To Owning A Bengal Cat, that "the sleek, soft coat (of the Bengal) seems to hold many fewer allergens" than that of a regular cat.  This is due to the "pelt" quality of their hair resulting from the crossing with the ALC. Many allergy-sensitive people, would agree, although no breed of cat has ever been proven non-allergenic.  In addition, their personalities are charming, with their active and playful ways, their love of heights, high intelligence, athletic, glittered pelt, finger-like claw, wild sounding meow and their affinity for water.

The following is a brief explanation on the Bengal Breed.  These are common terms among Bengal breeders and enthusiasts.

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ALC = Asian Leopard Cat

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F1 (A1S) = First generation cross between an ALC and another Bengal, usually an SBT  

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F2 (B2S) = A Bengal that is two generations removed from the ALC

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F3 (C3S) = A Bengal that is three generations removed from the ALC

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SBT = Stud Book Tradition - This is the TICA definition for any purebred cat that has 3 previous generations of same breed-to-same breed mating in its 3 generation pedigree.  For our purposes this means 3 generations of Bengal-to-Bengal breeding, without an ALC in the 3 generation pedigree.

 

I would like to thank my very special friends, Christian and Mike of Kingsransom Cats for the mentoring and all the time and devotion they have given to the Bengal Breed.

 

 

 

This is an Asian Leopard Cat. This is  Prentice of Kingsransom. 

 

     

                    

                        kpattyn2@gmail.com 

                         Karen  (248) 398-5025

                          

              

                      Registered Member of

                      The International Bengal Cat Society 

                    The International Cat Association