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Difficulties encountered in the creation of the Bengal breed
Since for obtaining of first hybrids were used animals not only of different species of cat family but even of different subfamilies, genotypes of which differed slightly, first difficulties arose for experimenters. Hybrids were assigned different numbers - from F0 for the basic generation to F4 respectively for the fourth generation from crosses between hybrids of previous gradations (from F1 to F3) with domestic cats. That is, modern Bengals, according to various data, have from 7% to 15% of wild blood flowing. The difficulty was that F1 hybrids males (50% or more of wild blood) were sterile. Offspring could only be obtained from females. The F2 generation had the same problem. Only the third generation of hybrid cats was partially capable of reproduction. And only Bengals from F4 and higher became full-fledged breeders. This peculiarity, of course, slowed down the breeding. But still it was a great success. After all, spontaneous or purposeful hybridization between species of the feline family had happened before. However, the offspring of some such crosses turned out to be sterile regardless of sex.
Evolution over tens of thousands of years has divorced the genotypes of different cats. Which sometimes makes it impossible to get kittens. But even if they are obtained, for example, by a lion with a tigress, it goes no further for the above mentioned reason. Although in many cases it could save an endangered species. In principle, the creation of the Bengal breed is also a positive experience of this kind.
But there was another problem. In order to create a uniform population of animals, stably transmitting their traits by inheritance, appropriate producers - the so-called prepotent animals with a well-established homogeneous genotype - were needed. Without going into the intricacies of genetics, here's an elementary example. If you breed Persian, or better exotic cat of old classic type, with domestic shorthair cat of dense build you can sometimes get something similar to British with not strict approach. However, breed such siblings with each other and you get anything. Then with haphazard mating between offspring of distant generations, the type of kittens would become increasingly polled towards the regular original domestic cat.
Something would have happened with Bengal cats (given the small percentage of wild blood in distant-generation hybrids) if the breeders had limited themselves to the 8 females that Jane Mill started with. Even with careful selection of pairs. Therefore, other Felis bengalensis animals had to be included. They could either be purchased from the zoo or from natural habitats. But it is not easy to take any wild animal out of a foreign country. There are environmental laws and restrictions from the veterinary services. The solution could be to purchase animals from zoos or research centers. But, say, in 1995, as zoologist Pamela Knoles - a great enthusiast and lover of these animals - wrote, there were only 27 representatives of the species of interest in zoos in the United States and some in the hands of private owners. And, say, in the St. Petersburg zoo there are only 2 of them - a cat and a cat. This beautiful graceful pair might bring kittens. But our Far East cat is more modestly colored than its southern relatives, because on the white snow even the silliest game will immediately notice the hunter in a golden yellow painted coat.
In general, there is a problem of acquiring producers of the wild original type. In addition, certain conditions must be created for such cats. The reason is the natural freedom-loving and inherent habits of a predator (even if friendly).
There was also the third obstacle to the recognition of the new breed. The charters of many felinological organizations forbade the showing of cats with wild blood in them, no matter how long ago it had been in their pedigree. But the exceptional merits of Bengals and their exotic beauty broke this barrier as well. Only the restriction on the participation of hybrids of the first three generations (from F1 to F3) remained in order to protect the participants and spectators from any surprises.