Foundation Bengals - Filial Generations 1, 2, and 3
This is a wild Asian Leopard Cat. Three "ALC's" are shown to the right...
Rumor and Simon are beautiful ALC's and are what Domestic SBT Bengals are supposed to emulate... in their looks, but not their shy temperament.
Asian Leopard Cats are shy, non-aggressive small rosetted felines,
who most often "fish" for their food and have a fascination for water.
Their shy temperament, coupled with their captivating wild look, is one of the reasons why
they were chosen to create a new Domestic breed of feline. When the ALC is mixed with a Domestic Cat, you get the best of both - all in one Cat! Foundation Cats are actually MORE SOCIAL than SBT Bengals; they are usually highly social with other Cats. The key with Foundation Cats is to give them the right start in life and then they bond with humans, as well as other Cats and dogs. At Santa Fe Bengal Cattery, we do all of the right things to make sure that our Foundation BENGAL Cats are irresistibly loving and attentive to humans.
ALC Simon... this Asian Leopard Cat is our (F1) Prima's father.
Asian Leopard Cat
Santa Fe Bengal Magnificent Malbec
This is a F4 or later SBT Bengal, shown to the left. Domestic Bengals are four or more generations away from the first crossing with the wild Asian Leopard Cat. They have some of the wild look of the ALC and have dependable Domestic Cat temperaments.
...but keep reading and scroll down, because there is something else that we would like to show you!
Santa Fe Bengal Magnificent Malbec is an excellent example of a SBT Bengal Cat.
Foundation Bengal Cats, or Filial Generation Cats, are in between the Asian Leopard Cat and the SBT Bengal. These early generation Bengals are called F1, F2, and F3 - "F" is for "Filial". These Cats are very special, but may not be for everyone. However, they can make wonderful pets for the right Owners. Foundation Bengal Cats look much more like the Asian Leopard Cat, than the SBT Bengal, and have some of their wild characteristics. It takes a dedicated Breeder many extra hours of work to bond with, and to care for, these Cats, so that they are well-socialized. If this process is not done with great care, a Foundation Cat may not be a good pet... however, with dedication and lots of love a good Breeder can produce F1, F2 and F3 Kittens, who are EXCELLENT PETS. These Foundation Cats do need more human attention in their Kitten life stage and also enjoy human attention throughout their lives. For the dedicated Owner, who can spend a little more time with their Cat... this can be the most perfect companion ever!
Is a Foundation Cat right for you? If you meet one, you might just be hooked - we are! Click HERE for more information to see if a Foundation Bengal is the right choice for you. Click HERE to see the Foundation Bengal described by TIBCS (The International Bengal Cat Society) Santa Fe Bengal Cattery has expanded their genetic blood line to include Foundation Cats. We believe in creating BETTER BENGALS through RESPONSIBLE BREEDING, not just breeding Bengal Cats. Both Foundation and SBT Bengals, who are not neutered or spayed and meant for Breeding, are very different from the Neuter/spayed house pet. They are driven by nature to reproduce and clearly have a different agenda and different needs! The high cost of acquiring a breeding F1 Bengal, the larger habitats needed, the specialty food and vitamins, and all of the extra care is far beyond what most Bengal Breeders are willing to do. All of this extra cost and time means BETTER BENGALS! Remember... you get what you pay for... and acquiring a healthy, well-socialized companion Bengal, who is truly breed standard... is priceless! Santa Fe Bengal Cattery puts the effort into providing our Kitten Owners with only the best Bengals.
Santa Fe Bengal Cattery has F2 Kittens and F3 Kittens available to approved Owners. And we now are offering F1 Kittens in conjunction with our Sister Cattery.
F2 and F3 Foundation Cats have a higher percent of the domestic cat genetics and can make excellent house pets. Foundation Bengals are TICA registered, like SBT Bengals. They are Bengals, just "early generation" Bengals and in most States it is NOT required to have a special license to own one as they are not wild. So, you can have that alluring "wild-look" in a loving house Cat, without really having a wild Cat in your house! Click HEREfor Foundation pricing. Contact us for more information!
Scroll down and check out our F1 girl... she is amazing!"Prima" is our most attentive and loving Bengal. We are absolutely madly in love with her!! Her Sire is ALC Simon, shown above. Plus, there is more information about Prima on the Queens page. And take a look at one of her grand kids... "Kipling" shown below is an F3 Bengal, who has amazing attributes. Look at his ears, then look again at the Asian Leopard Cats shown above... this is what we have been working towards in our Breeding Program for many years!!! Also, click HERE to view more photos of all of our Foundation Cats!
Santa Fe Bengal Kipling is an outstanding F3 Foundation Bengal... he has a "House Cat" temperament, but the pelt, coloring, and the very, very rounded ears of a Wild Cat... we are very proud of the direction that our Breeding Program is taking!!! This boy is PERFECT!!!
Prima and Pandora are best friends!
Prima napping in the Great Room
Prima at 10 months old
F2 Charcoal "Baby" sitting with us and her Mom, F1 Prima, in our Great Room.
Click HERE to find out more about Foundation Bengals and if they could be the right choice for you!
... And here are more photos of our girl as a Kitten and an Adult...
Prima loves everyone!
"To Santa Fe Bengal Cattery,
I want to tell you how I appreciated reading your website. I have been trying to research the Bengals behavior/care to understand the foster kitten that I have. I have never owned or know anything about the Bengal breed, not too mention that she happens to be a F2. She is way more kitten then I am use to! She is a Kitten rescued from another owner and is only just six months old. You would be amazed at how many sites I went to and found nothing other then purchasing a kitten or a retired adult. Most sites said just feed your Bengal kitten normal cat food and said nothing for Foundation cats. I knew they needed more protein, but nothing stated exactly what to do... like your web site does. Your web site has been a huge help.
Thank you again! Tammy Liebenthal, Wisconsin"
Thanks Tammy! We are glad that you found such useful information on our 90 pages of easy to navigate facts and advice regarding Bengals... actually, we do intend for our site to be a public information resource for Bengals and for all feline breeds, as well as promoting our Cattery and creating an easy-to-view venue for the public to see our available Kittens.