Julia Sorokina, of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, has created a mink Bengal cat with impressive donuts (‘doughnuts’ in UK English) and a glittering coat. Bengal cat breeders love glitter and in this Facebook video you can see it. This is a female and her name is Polly. She was born on February 17, 2021. Julia reports that the genetics test is Pra-b n/n,PKdef n/n, and I don’t know what that means at the moment! I’ll try and figure it out later. Please comment Julia.
As is the case for Maine Coons, Russian breeders do some fantastic things. I sense that sometimes they go a little bit further than the American breeders. They certainly apply their minds to cat breeding intelligently. That’s just a gut feeling. Sometimes, the American cat associations become a little bit entrenched in their ways and blind to what they are doing and I’m referring in this instance to the famous Persian with its extreme, flat-face, which breaks their own rules on health. But I don’t want to go on about that on this page.
Posted by Julia Sorokina on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Note: This is a video from another website. Sometimes they are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. If that has happened, I apologise but I have no control over it.
Intelligence needs to be applied to cat breeding because there is a heavy moral duty to do it responsibly. If the world is to have the artificial selective breeding of domestic cats let’s do it responsibly. In fact, it is the only way we can do it because there are too many unwanted cats, many of which are euthanised in shelters. Every time a purebred cat is created, they occupy the space of an unwanted cat in someone’s home.
Cat breeders have to look at the bigger picture but I don’t want to lecture I just want to mention from time to time the moral dimension. But in the meantime, let’s enjoy Polly’s beautiful appearance. The International Cat Association (TICA) allows the following colours for the Bengal cat: brown tabby, seal sepia tabby, seal mink tabby, seal lynx point, black silver tabby, seal silver sepia tabby, seal silver mink tabby, seal silver links point, spotted, marbled, charcoal spotted and charcoal marbled patterns. I’m not sure if Julia is registered with TICA or the World Cat Federation (WCF).
Europeans are sometimes registered with the WCF, as I understand it. Under WCF breed standard rules the following colours are recognised for the Bengal cat: brown spotted tabby, brown marble tabby, seal spotted lynx-point, seal marbled lynx-point, seal sepia spotted tabby, seal sepia marbled tabby, seal mink spotted tabby, seal mink marbled tabby.
I expect that Polly is the penultimate coat type listed by the WCF i.e. “Seal mink spotted tabby”. However, I would like Julia to comment on this page if she visits, which is unlikely!