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"CASHMERE"--The Longhair Bengal

History and Standard

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Cashmere History and general Decription

The goal of the Bengal breed was to develop a cat with the personality of a domestic cat and the look of a wild cat. The leopard cat is the foundation cat for the Bengal Breed. The first and subsequent generations derived from the breeding of leopard cats to domestic cats. In the beginnig of the Bengal breed there were used pond cats and Abyssinians. All these cats might have carried the recessive longhair gene. As well there was bred in a Himalayan (longhaired Oriental). So it is no wonder that there had been longhaired kittens from shorthaired parents in the Bengal litters the whole time of Bengal breeding. Many of those cats who carried for longhair, carried for blue as well. But instead of standing to the Longhair Gen many breeders just tried to sweep them under the carpet. Not long time ago a breeder told us she had a longhaired kitten in her litter. When she asked the breeder she got the stud and the queen from how this could be - they answerd "itīs a gen deffect". Itīs a true story and not a single one - most bengal breeder will say that every longhaired bengal is a "Mix". But we know the truth - they are no "mixed cats" and no gen deffect - they are pure bengals like the short coated ones, not less and not more. We are a community of Bengal Breeders in USA, England and Germany loving the Longhaired Bengals. They shall be bred as a New Breed and our goal is to bring them to Champion Status to become the acceptance from TICA TIBCS and even FIFE. We choose the name "CASHMERE" as it describes perfectly the feeling you get if you ever get the chance to fondle one of our cats. It gives an compound how luxury and beautiful the CASHMERES look and act.

Standard

RECOGNIZED CATEGORIES/DIVISION/COLORS:

Traditional Category: Tabby Division, Brown Spotted Tabby, Brown Marbled Tabby, Silver Spotted Tabby and Silver Marbled Tabby only.

Sepia Category: Tabby Division, Seal Sepia Spotted Tabby and Seal Sepia Marbled Tabby only.

Mink Category: Tabby Division, Seal Mink Spotted Tabby and Seal Mink Marbled Tabby only.

Lynx Category: Tabby Division, Seal Lynx Spotted Tabby and Seal Lynx Marbled Tabby only.

Blue Category: Tabby Division, Blue Spotted Tabby and Blue Marbled Tabby only.

HEAD
Shape: Broad modified wedge with rounded contours. Longer than it is wide. Slightly small in proportion to body, but not to be taken to extreme. The skull behind the ears makes a gentle curve and flows into the neck. Allowance to be made for jowls in adult males. Overall look of the head should be as distinct from the domestic cat as possible.

Ears: Medium small compared to size of head, with wide base and rounded tips. Set as much on side as top of head, following the contour of the face in the frontal view, and pointing forward in the profile view. Light horizontal furnishings acceptable; but lynx tipping undesirable.

Eyes: Oval, almost round. Large, but not bugged. Set wide apart, back into face, and on slight bias toward base of ear. Eye color according to coat color. The more richness and depth of color the better.

Chin: Strong chin, aligns with tip of nose in profile.

Muzzle: Full and well defined, with prominent whisker pads and high, pronounced cheekbones. Slight muzzle break at the whisker pads.

Nose: Large and wide; slightly puffed nose leather.
Profile: Curve of the forehead should flow into the bridge of the nose with no break. Bridge of nose extends above the eyes; the line of the bridge extends to the nose tip, making a nearly straight, convex curve.

Neck: Long, slender, but muscular; in proportion to the head and body.

BODY
Torso: Long and substantial, not oriental or foreign. Medium to large. Consideration should be given to allow for smaller size, in balanced proportion, of females.

Legs: Medium length, slightly longer in the back than in the front.

Feet: Large, round, with prominent knuckles.

Tail: Medium length, thick, with rounded tip.

Boning: Sturdy, firm; never delicate.

Musculature: Very muscular, especially in the males, one of the most distinguishing features. Allowance to be made for the generally slighter musculature of the females.

COAT
Length: Medium. Allowance for slightly shorter coat in kittens. Tail should be well haired to voluminous. Ear tuffs and long flags behind the ears are not desirable. The image should be all over harmonious.

Texture: Dense and luxurious, unusually soft and silky to the touch.

Patterns: Spotted or marbled. The pattern should be as clearly visible as possible on a longer haired coat. Coat may be glittered or not glittered, but glitter only preferred if all else equal.

The Spotted Pattern: Spots shall be random, or aligned horizontally. Rosettes showing two distinct colors or shades, such as paw print shaped, arrowhead shaped, doughnut or half doughnut shaped or clustered are preferred to single spotting but not required. Contrast with ground color must be extreme, giving distinct pattern and sharp edges. Strong, bold chin strap and mascara markings desirable. Virtually white undersides and belly desirable. Blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks, spotted legs and spotted or rosetted tail are desirable. Belly must be spotted.

The Marbled Pattern: Pattern shall consist of horizontally flowing colors and patterns with sharp contrast, distinct shapes, and sharp edges to the markings when the cat is stretched with a chaining look being preferred. Vertical striping and/or classic bulls eye are undesirable. Preference should be given to cats with three or more shades; i.e., ground color, markings, and dark outlining of those markings. Contrast must be extreme, with distinct shapes and sharp edges. Virtually white undersides and belly desirable. Belly must be spotted.

Colors: Six colors recognized are brown tabby, seal sepia tabby, seal mink tabby, seal lynx tabby, silver tabby and blue tabby.

Brown Tabby: All variations are allowed; however, a degree of rufinism yielding a yellow, buff, tan, golden, or light orange ground color is preferred over a gray or dark orange red background. Markings may be virtually black, tan, or various shades of brown. Light spectacles encircling the eyes and a virtually white ground color on the whisker pads, chin, chest, belly, and inner legs (in contrast to the ground color of the flanks and back) is desirable. Rims of eyes, lips, and nose should be outlined with black, and center of nose should be brick red. Eye color may be gold, copper, green, bronze, brown or hazel, the more richness and depth of color the better. Tail tip must be virtually black. Paw pads may be virtually black, eggplant, or rosy pink with no speckling or mottling allowed.

Silver Tabby: Ground color should be a sparkling silver-white overlaid with intense black horizontally flowing markings, contrasted markings may be distinctly charcoal to dark gray. Rims of eyes, nose and lips outlined in black. White spectacles encircling the eyes and a white ground color on the whisker pads, chin, chest, belly, and inner legs (in contrast to the ground color of the flanks and back) is desirable. The silver tabby genetically is a shaded cat expressing the agouti pattern, therefore the undercoat should be white. A small degree of tarnishing is acceptable, especially along the spine, legs, muzzle and face. Paw pads should be deep charcoal or brownish black, no speckling or mottling allowed. Nose leather brick red. Eye color may be gold, copper, green, bronze, brown or hazel, the more richness and depth of color the better.

Seal Sepia Tabby: Ground color should be ivory, cream, or light tan with pattern clearly visible. Seal sepia tabby pattern may be various shades of seal sepia to a dark seal sepia. Ivory or cream spectacles encircling the eyes, and ivory or cream whisker pads and chin are desirable. There should be very little or no difference between the color of body markings and point color. Paw pads should be dark brown with rosy pink undertones allowed. Tail tip should be dark seal brown. Eye color should be gold, but may also be gold green, the more richness and depth of color the better.

Seal Mink Tabby: Ground color should be ivory, cream, or light tan with pattern clearly visible. Seal mink tabby pattern may be various shades of seal mink to a dark seal mink. Ivory or cream spectacles encircling the eyes, and ivory or cream whisker pads and chin are desirable. There should be very little or no difference between the color of body markings and point color. Paw pads should be dark brown with rosy pink undertones allowed. Tail tip should be dark seal brown. Eye color should be aqua (blue green) but may also be green, or green gold, the more richness and depth of color the better.

Seal Lynx Tabby: Ground color should be ivory to cream with pattern clearly visible. Pattern can vary in color from dark seal brown, light brown, tan, or buff, with light spectacles, whisker pads, and chin. There should be little difference between color of body markings and point color. Paw pads should be dark brown with rosy pink undertones allowed. Tail tip must be dark seal brown. Eye color must be blue, the more richness and depth of color the better.

Blue Tabby: All variations are allowed; however, a degree of rufinism yielding a yellow, buff, tan, golden, or light orange ground color is preferred over a gray or dark orange red background. Markings may be virtually blue. Light spectacles encircling the eyes and a virtually white ground color on the whisker pads, chin, chest, belly, and inner legs (in contrast to the ground color of the flanks and back) is desirable. Rims of eyes, lips, and nose should be outlined with blue, and center of nose should be brick red. Eye color may be gold, copper, green, bronze, brown or hazel, the more richness and depth of color the better. Tail tip must be virtually blue. Paw pads may be virtually black, eggplant, or rosy pink with no speckling or mottling allowed.

ALLOWANCES
Allowances: Smaller size, in balanced proportion, of females. Slightly longer coat in kittens. Jowls in adult males.

PENALIZE
Penalize: More than one vertical stripe or bar on either side forming a mackerel tabby pattern on spotted cats; circular bulls eye pattern on marbled cats; substantially darker point color (as compared to color of body markings) in Seal Sepia, Seal Mink, or Seal Lynx cats. For any distinct locket on the neck, chest, abdomen or any other area. For a concave break where forehead meets the bridge of the nose. Do not penalize for mousy undercoat.

WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS
Withhold All Awards: Belly not spotted. Kinked or abnormal tail. Incorrect number of toes. Improper bite.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament must be unchallenging; any sign of definite challenge, i.e.. attempt to swat, claw, or bite shall disqualify. The cat may exhibit fear, seek to flee, or generally complain aloud but may not threaten to harm.