BENGAL CAT BREEDS: ARE THEY SPEAKING YOUR VOICE?
BENGALS ARE A MULTIPLE GENETICALLY AND STRESS RELATED TO FOOD AND NATURAL GROWTH.
BENGals, unlike most other breeds, are born with an abnormally large number of gene variants which are involved in growth, development and other physical traits.
These variants are associated with higher rates of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
The breed was designed to increase its success in a variety of environments, including indoor and outdoor.
BCA cats are a mix of three dominant breeds: the Labrador Retriever, Poodle and Bulldog.
The breeds are classified as the BCA type I or BCA-II, meaning they share a common ancestor with the breed of the same name.
They are also called the American Staffordshire Terrier, English Bulldog, English Setter, German Shepherd Dog and Scottish Terrier.
While the BcA type is typically considered “purebred,” the breed has become more and more “domestic,” said Dr. Maryanne Schott, founder of PetSmart Veterinary Services.
She said, “In the past, the only way to know if a breed was pure was to get a DNA test.
But with the Internet, people can take DNA tests now, so we can compare DNA results with each other.”
BCA breeds are generally smaller and have a more athletic build.
They tend to be taller than American Stafford, Piedmont, Poodles and Poodlettes, as well as larger and stronger than German Shepherd Dogs, said Dr, Maryanne.
Bca breeders generally consider BCA types II and III as “domesticated” breeds and breeders will not perform an on-site breed evaluation on any of their cats.
These breeds tend to have a heavier body fat and a lower body mass index (BMI) and heart rate, Dr. Schott said.
Most BCA owners also tend to prefer larger dogs.
B.C. is the only province in Canada that does not allow breeders to do genetic testing for BCA.
According to the B.J. Watt Foundation, BCA’s popularity is largely because the breed was introduced to the province with the purpose of creating a pure breed that is well-suited to urban settings.
A recent survey conducted by the BC Government showed that BCA has been shown to be an effective breeding medium in urban areas, which means they can be used as an attractive option for new parents.
Dr. Stephanie Hensley, executive director of the BJW Foundation, said that Bca breeds are a great option for a new home for parents of newborn kittens.
They have an easy-to-handle, clean look, she said.
“They’re just very healthy, they’re good companions and they’re all very playful,” she said, adding that B.CA’s temperament helps to reduce stress.
“In a lot of cases, they are very gentle with their babies, they take them out to play, they offer them toys and they give them love and attention.
They’re all a great combination.”
B.c. breeds can also be bred to have more aggressive tendencies.
“If the mother wants to go and pick up her kittens, they will be aggressive toward them,” said Stephanie Hausman, vice president of PetHealth, a Canadian breed-centric pet health organization.
“B.c.’s are great for people who are fearful of other dogs or people who need a lot more exercise.”
Bca cats have also been used in training exercises, especially when paired with dogs who have experienced social phobias, such as Dobermans, German Shepherds, Pomeranians, Rottweilers and Shetland Sheepdogs.
“These are all breeds that are highly socialized,” said Hausmann.
“We’ve done a lot with them.
They can be very responsive to their human companions and very social.”
Some Bca owners are also experimenting with breeding their dogs with Labrador retrievers, Doberman pinschers, Staffordshire terriers, Shetlands, Pekinese, Pugs and other breed types, as part of a breed therapy program.
A breed therapy organization, BC Animal Care Centre, has an active program in B.ca, B.coma, and B.sp. breed therapy.
For information about these types of programs, please visit www.bcanimalcarecentre.ca.
B-Paws is a breed specific program run by the Canadian Animal Care Society.
They offer a variety and specialized programs for B-Cats and other breeds.
They also offer dog classes and other educational programs for people interested in learning more about the B-c.
The B-cat is the most common of the three breeds in the Canadian breeding