CASHMERE

Den långhåriga bengalen

Det är inte alls många som är bekanta med varianten långhårsbengal, så jag tänkte berätta lite för dig om cashmere. 

Cashmere har tidigare inte varit godkänt i förbund men TICA välkomnade varianten alldeles nyligen. Tur var väl det, smaken är som baken - jag tycker långhårsbengaler är vackra som tusan och jag vill jobba fram långhår i framtiden med en bra typ. Det kommer vara en lång och hård väg att gå, men jag ska dit! 2017 tog jag hem min första cashmere och de kan ha varit en av de vackraste katterna jag sett. Långt ifrån den ideala bengalen men fortfarande en bengal! Så är det - bengalen kommer i många färger och med två olika mönster. Nu kommer den även bli etablerad som långhår. Det finns inte så många cashmere i Sverige än, vad jag vet så är det en till och min från tyskland. Så målet är nu:

ATT - ta fram en frisk, rastypisk bengal med lång päls. 

"TICA announced that Cashmere cats are eligible for Championship competition, starting May 2017." 

Did you know that there are long-haired Bengals? A variety of this leopard-like breed that boasts a long, silky coat has been named Cashmere by breeders who recognized its extraordinary beauty.

 

Initially considered as an undesirable trait in Bengal breed, longhair gene is now being sought after by breeders. Although there’s still no evidence to support this claim, with a much softer fur that sheds less than other long-haired breeds, Cashmere Bengals might even have the potential to become one of the rare hypoallergenic longhair breeds.

Overview

Although it might seem that long-haired Bengal cats are some new, exotic breed, the truth is that there have been Bengal kittens with long, soft coats from the beginnings of the Bengal breeding program.

Every so often, a litter of Bengal kittens would have a baby with long hair amongst the traditional, short-haired kitties. These cats were spayed or neutered when they reached maturity, as their coats were considered atypical for the breeding standards.

However, some breeders recognized the beauty and the uniqueness of these fluffy Bengals and decided to develop this unusual trait through breeding. Cashmere Bengals have all the personality traits of the breed, with the exception of the long, silky fur that gives them stunning looks.

Appearance

As you’ve probably gathered by now, the most recognizable feature of Cashmere cats is their long, velvety coat. The cats even got the name Cashmere because of their hair, as its silkiness and softness reminded the breeder of this luxurious fiber.

Since this is a naturally occurring variation, there isn’t a standard length of hair that can be expected. The coat can be similar to the one of a Turkish Angora cat, or longer and fluffier, like the fur Maine Coon cats have.

However, it’s important to note that, although long and lush, the Cashmere cat’s fur has a quality that’s closer to Bengals pelt than to other long-haired breeds. Their hair is extremely fine and smooth, and it isn’t prone to matting.

Some breeders of the Cashmere cats even claim that they shed significantly less and that their hair doesn’t need to be brushed. Having in mind how silky and sleek Bengal’s pelt is, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the long-haired Bengal cats display similar qualities when it comes to their fur.

Cashmere cats are not purebred?

Cashmere cats are Bengal cats with long hair. They are a product of two Bengal cat parents. What is not purebred about that? It would be like claiming that the Bengal isn’t a pedigree cat, which is ridiculous.

Their long, lush hair is just another unique trait of the Bengals, that’s been overlooked for as long as the breed exists. And it’s not something that makes them less pedigreed, it’s just a trait that gives them some extra flair. (It even rhymes with hair!). And, in case you need some more convincing, TICA announced that Cashmere cats are eligible for Championship competition, starting May 2017.

Text borrowed from Bengalcats.com

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