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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:41 pm 
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He is very socialized with people around, very easy to be distracted with toys if he is in panic.
I tried to leash train him, but he is afraid of outside, unlike my other girl just pick up naturally (dont know if this would tell if he would panic in show)
he would be shown in the alter class, his older brother has won the 4th places, and mom has gave birth to many show quality kittens and actually won prizes.

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pictures are the my boy, he's almost 4 months now, pictures took within 2 weeks


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:47 pm 
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I honestly don't know the criteria. The judges look at head shape, ears, legs, body, etc. It's not just having a striking pelt. Enter him and see what happens. Just remember there will be other cats around (all in cages) but lots of different smells, plus lots of people and activity! It may only take one show for you to realize that he is not up to the task. But you will never know if you don't find out. There are certain things you have to bring to the show so read up on showing your cat. A well socialized cat that everyone thinks is beautiful is not necessarily show quality. But .... your boy could actually get a championship his first show if he places high enough.

I don't know how often cat shows come around your area, but you can always just leave your baby at home and attend the show yourself and see what all goes on there -- talk with the breeders who are showing. See if you can talk with a judge or two. You can learn a lot just from that experience.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:32 pm 
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The criteria are published:

HEAD..................... 35 points
Shape................. 6
Ears................... 6
Eyes .................. 5
Chin................... 3
Muzzle................. 4
Nose .................. 2
Profile................. 6
Neck .................. 3

BODY..................... 30 points
Torso..................5
Legs
..................4
Feet...................4
Tail ...................5
Boning.................6
Musculature ............6

COAT/COLOR/PATTERN..... 35 points
Texture............... 10
Pattern ............... 15
Color................. 10

I have no experience showing Bengals, but I used to show Himalayans and Exotic Shorthairs. From that I know that things like markings and coat color are weighted less than I thought they would be. You can see above that Pattern is only worth 15 points.

To my untrained eye, he looks like he has an outstanding face shape and muzzle. So he may do very well in show.

I don't know if I could put up with Bengal attitude and howling at a cat show... LOL.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:59 pm 
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I really don't know anything about shows. I've been to one, but that's it. He's certainly a good looking kitty, but aesthetically, to me, his markings don't have much contrast. But what do I know? And perhaps those markings will be darker in the colder months. *shrugs helplessly*

Colovega, what you posed is a points breakdown, but it's not really criteria. I mean what constitutes a "full" 6 point head shape? lol, oh gawd, reminds me how glad I am to not have to worry about such things :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:18 pm 
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They go into more detail on the criteria on their breed page on TICA's website, but, it's still difficult since it's not like they include a visual reference or anything.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:16 pm 
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And, just like everything else, it's the at the discretion of the judge. Each judge sees things a little differently.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:22 pm 
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TICA shows focus 65% on Head and Body attributes whereas CFA shows focus more on markings, esp. rosettes as you can see in their recent winners. So if you are more confident on his markings, you might wish to consider going for CFA. Many TICA Bengals won shows even with less obvious rosettes or even single-spots but with an incredible head profile. TICA's latest Bengal kitten of the Year is completely single-spotted with normal contrasts but its head profile is unreal:
https://www.tica.org/en/cat-breeds/item ... troduction

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Their past winners like the one from Jungletrax can attest to this subtle revelation.

CFA show breed standards: http://cfa.org/Portals/0/documents/bree ... bengal.pdf. Compare it to TICA and you can see the obvious differences. Unfortunately (or fortunately perhaps? lol) there are no TICA shows but only CFA cat shows in my country as my Xander boy will be taking part in the Premier Class championships in Sep 29 2018. So I guess I have to count more on his markings to hopefully get some good placings, LOL.

This is the first CFA Grand Champion, WildStyle SmoothJazz of CosmicBengal:

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CFA's new Grand:

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Recent CFA regional winners with mind-boggling markings: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303065266484746/. One cannot imagine such incredibly beautiful cats (Link) losing out to a Bengal with normal markings due to head profile, lol.

Hence the current trend seems to indicate that Bengal cats bred with incredible markings but less-than stellar head profile is moving towards CFA shows to get higher placings and recognition (with all basic temperamental factors being equal)

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