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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:21 pm 
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I am thinking of getting a pal for Horatio, and I am beginning to think it would be nice to be able to show him or her. Looking around it seems like a great hobby.

When I saw Horatio it was his face that appealed to me, and when I met him he was incredibly healthy, active, confident and outgoing, and in any new kitten it goes without saying that all of those attributes obviously need to be present before anything else as well as being a great match for Horatio.

I am sure that his or her breeder would be a great guide, but I just like to have lots of information before hand as well. So if I did decide to look for a show kitten, what sort of attributes should I look for ? I am aware how much kittens change as they grow, so is there anything else to be aware of that would indicate that an attribute may change for the good or the bad as the kitten matures?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:51 pm 
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a good place to start is attending some local cat shows and have a look at the kittens there see the ones that have won etc and speak to the breeders there.
Problem with showing is that kittens that are of good type and conform to the breed standard have "potential" to be show quality but thats the key word you see "potential" it is never 100% show quality until that said kitten has been to a show and has been placed in a class and the judges comments are positive.
For example i have a kitten currently in my litter that i feel has potential to be show quality however i can not state 100% if this will be the case unless i take him to a show and he proves himself to be of show quality. mind you i am thinking of doing that as i have high hopes for him :)
All the best in finding a kitten :) Please let us know how you get on :)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:52 am 
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also, read up on the breed standard & familiarise yourself with what a good example of a bengal should be.
have a good browse of the photos on breeders' websites & get a feel for the difference between the titled cats & those that aren't. after a while you will start to recognise the good traits, especially if you use the breed standard as a check-list to teach yourself.
the standard varies slightly between TICA & GCCF so familiarise yourself with both :wink:

be prepared to travel & pay for the right cat. if you really want to get into showing it is worthwhile taking the time & doing the research so that you can get quality. rushing into it or just going for one because it was nearby, may end up in disappointment. then again, you may strike lucky & have a fantastic breeder nearby with a suitable kitten, it's not worth the gamble without the research. you don't want to spend out on continuos show entries to be disappointed each time.
of course, there is no guarantee of wins as you never know who you will be up against, but you at least want a fair chance that your kitten has the possibility of doing well.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:51 pm 
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Really recommend going to cat shows, either GCCF or TICA which then enables you to see the difference between the cats placed and those that aren't i.e what the judge can see, and then you can see what you do and don't like about each of the cats (judge them for yourself).

A well socialised cat is key to showing. They have to be used to sitting in a pen for several hours, which you can practise at home. Let friends and family handle them so they get used to lots of people and various smells.

Showing can get very competitive, so just remember that you always take home the best cat at the end of the day! :wink: Most of all it is an enjoyable experience as well as a chance to do some serious shopping for the cats :)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:40 pm 
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Thanks for the information. I understand completely that there are no guarantees to anything and it would just be a bit of fun for me and the new kitten hopefully, if not the idea would be shelved completely. Not fussed about winning at all, just as long as he or she behaved and enjoyed the day and so did I then I would be happy. Anything else would be a bonus :D

I suppose what I was really after is infomation on the breed standard. Where would I find that ? I fully intend to visit a few shows first but I know what I like in a bengal but whether that is right or not I have no idea. On that basis I wouldn't trust myself to look at a cat or kitten that had won and the cat or kitten that had come second and be able to recognise exactly why those placings had been given. Surely that would be near impossible for the uninitiated without any prior information.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:07 pm 
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Horatio, you will find the breed standards at the following links:-

for GCCF www.bengalcatclub.co.uk Click on navigation button "breed records". Scroll down page.

for TICA www.bengalcat.org.uk Click on navigation button "TICA breed standard for bengals"

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:34 pm 
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:D Thanks for those Sue, just the sort of information I was after. I am sure I am going to have loads of questions and just reading them all now. Here's the first question :

What are "light horizontal furnishings" on the ears :?: The mind boggles

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:20 pm 
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light horizontal furnishings" on the ears


Those are the fine hair on the head side of the ear. In Bengals they should be just a few fine hairs, not thick and dense.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:06 pm 
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Ah so the hairs that kind of grow from the inner edge of the ear :?: I get you. So you should be able to see clear skin on the inside of their ear and not a lot of hair. Thanks :D

Are there any traits to look out for that can look good in a kitten but invariably change as they get older, or does that depend on the specific breeding of the kitten ?

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