belies the formerly held belief that we couldn't
cross species. That genetic "truth" was
shattered by the mule, a cross between the ass and
the horse. We have since crossed zebra with
horses, and lions with tigers.
But they don't
live in your home! But no true hybrid is as
popular as the Bengal cat, a beloved "conversation
piece" if there ever was one! The Bengal will
amaze and entrance your friends. Not only
beautiful to the eye, a living room leopard is a
highly intelligent, inventive creature. He
gives those closest to him a glimpse into the wild.
blend into their surroundings
Beautiful Bengal Rosettes
We began our
cat affair by falling in love with Silver Persians,
followed by Exotic Shorthairs and successful
CFA competition. In early 1986 we heard about
a wild-domestic cross and as columnist for a major
show dog magazine, I was genetically intrigued.
As so often
happens, one thing led to another but as a
journalist, I knew enough to go to "the source."
I flew from NC to CA to visit
with and learn from Jean Mill, founder of the Bengal
breed. Jean graciously shared her
extraordinary knowledge and success in
developing one of the world's first hybrid domestic
I was able to buy a fertile F2 female
and an F3 male from Jean and a "snow leopard" from
Lions Mountain. He was Bill's favorite.
TopSpot Cattery was TICA registered in 1987 and Jean
and I kept in touch until
my husband's health forced us to give up our cats in
But before that sad time
in our lives, we
showed Bengals in Southern
shows, dazzling the judges and the public.
In 1993, I flew out to San Diego to a 12 ring show with a spectacularly spotted
male kitten. His wins at that huge show ranked him #3
nationally and he also finished as #1 kitten in the SE Region.
Years after my husband
passed in 2005, our office manager who had been with us over
16 years and become like a daughter to me,
said something preposterous. Like "why don't
you buy a Bengal again?"
We were able to
acquire two exquisite marble females and two spotted
girls from Enchanted Tails in CA. The ultimate
achievement was Flashdaze. a spectacular Gogees male
who produced our stunning Flashlight girl (at left).