Origin of the Bengal Cat

The Bengal Cat breed originated from the hybridization or crossing of the wild Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) and the domestic cat. Jean Mill, the founder of the Bengal cat, registered the first Bengal Cat with The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1983.

The first three generations of cats produced after the original leopard cat/domestic cat cross are foundation Bengals and are referred to as F1’s, F2’s, and F3’s. The letter “F” refers to the number of generations removed from the nearest Asian leopard cat in the Bengal’s lineage or pedigree. An F1, for example, has an Asian leopard cat for a parent; therefore, this Bengal is one generation away from the nearest ALC. F1 through F3 Bengals are often also referred to as “Filial/Foundation” Bengals, to differentiate them from F4 and beyond, which are considered the true domestic purebred Bengals. A domestic Bengal must be at LEAST four or more generations from the nearest ALC, thus must be an F4 or beyond.

The majority of Wagati Bengals are F6-F8, ie 6-8 generations removed from its ALC ancestor. Below is a picture of “Kabuki of Millwood”, one of the ALCs who is an ancestor in the pedigree of Wagati Bengals. Other ALCs featured in our bengals pedigrees are the Centrewall ALCs, also shown below.

ALC Kabuki of Millwood:

Origin 1






Centrewall ALCs:







Bengals are very active and extremely intelligent. Many enjoy playing in water and they need high places to hang out. As a breed, Bengals are affectionate, but usually aren’t lap cats, although there are exceptions. They love to be with their people and they enjoy playing. Bengals are attention seekers. They will go to great lengths to encourage their favourite people to interact with them. Bengal Cats do not do well left all alone for hours every day without a companion to keep them company. Like all cats, they do need lots of environmental stimulation. One can never have too many toys or tall places when living with Bengal Cats.

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