The Leopard Cat (Prionailurus Bengalensis) is a
small (around 8/10 lbs)
wild cat which lives in South East Asia. There are
eleven sub species of ALC. Its relation to the Leopard
is distant, as the Leopard is a member of a different
Panthera. The ALC is a
small spotted cat know as a 'lesser cat.' ALC's are semi
nocturnal, they are shy and feed on birds,
lizards, amphibians, insects and small rodents.
In most cases the ALC has
been reared by a breeder from birth and then mated with
a Bengal and bred on for a domestic cat that mimics the
beautiful ALC, with stunning rosettes and golden coats.
The young from the ALC x Bengal is referred to as an F1
and the second generation F2 Bengal and so on.
I have introduced 4
F2 Bengal females into my breeding programme, two are
now proven breeding queens and two we hope to breed from
this year, I chose them carefully; firstly for
temperament then for a real wild head, small rounded
ears, a thick tail and of course super well defined
markings. These F2 females will enable me to create new
Tarantela lines. Lines which will retain the 'wilder
look' of the ALC but with the behavior of a loving pet.
Temperament is everything for us, our females and babies
are in house most of the time and part of our family,
this way we ensure our kittens are ready to join a
family and have a happy life.