She saw that people wanted exotic cats as pets. She also saw how often those exotic pets were discarded as they grew from cute kittens to big, hard-to-manage adults.
So the cat breeder decided to breed a type of cat that was tame and affectionate, but still exotic in appearance.
She chose an Asiatic Leopard Cat, and bred it to a domestic cat. And after several generations of careful planning, what she got was exactly what she was hoping for...
The Bengal cat was recognized as a true domestic cat breed in 1977.
But since then, many other exotic cats breeds have been established..the Safari, the Chausie, the Junglebob...
Never heard of them? Want to see where they all come from? Well, starting with the aforementioned Bengal Cat, I created a little picture genealogy just for you...check it out.
These cats are very active, fun-loving, and involved; they want to know what you're doing, why you're doing it, and if they can help!
Savannah Cat: (it's more like a dog)
Much more social than typical domestic cats, they're often compared to dogs in terms of loyalty. They can be trained to walk on a leash and even taught to play fetch!
Known for their speed and nearly 6-foot vertical leaps, these cats are high-energy, curious, and affectionate.
Price: $850 - $1800
A new hybrid, this cat is affectionate, though extremely rare and difficult to produce.
Price: $4000 - $8000
Jungle Bob (or Junglebob):
These cats are high-energy and can be polydactyl; that means they can have extra toes on each foot. Check out the toes on the Jungle Bob in the bottom picture.
Price: $1000 - $1500
Cool cats, huh?
I love the Savannah! The silver one below is actually a Savannah cat bred back to a Serval. Beautiful!
But probably pretty pricey! :)
So which one do you like best? Or do you have one already?
Leave a comment and let me know!