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 Post subject: Just a quick question
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:02 am 
I have got my Oliver as a pet and other than the tarnish on his coat (which I think is adorable) he has got no visible faults. I am in constant communication with his breeder and was advised that I can show him if I wanted to and that he has excellent pedigree and type. Little tarnishing doesn't matter to the judges. Do I stand a chance? Do you have any pictures of tarnish on silvers? And how does the fur develop in silvers as they grow?
It wont matter to me either way as I love him dearly but would be interesting to know. There is little info about silvers on the net. Thank you again!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:25 am 
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We used to show our silver marble pet at show and he was quite tarnished. He still did good and became a triple grand champ in 4 months! It's definately worth taking your cat. Good luck!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:42 pm 
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I too had a super silver boy who was tarnished. He got to Champion at his only TICA show as an adult. so do give it a go! :D

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:06 pm 
Thank you for the very quick responce yet again! I will definitely give it a go especially because he is such a wonderful loving character. His father is double grand champion and his pedigree lines are excellent :D
Do any of you know about fur development, how long it develops and the inhibitor gene?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:29 pm 
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Tarnish can clear to a degree, but more often than not it gets worse as the cat matures, up to a point. It is where the inhibitor gene hasn't totally removed the Brown colour.

What exactly do you mean about 'fur development'? :D

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:52 pm 
Well in some literature says that the fur develops until the cat age is two years and then it stays how it is. :D Just wondered does it go through stages? Like some of the rosettes open up more with time or some of the "tarnish" appears / disappears :oops: I am very interested to learn and would love to know more information as I find everything to be very fascinating! Please tell me where to read more. Thank you.


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Kittens go through a stage called 'the fuzzies', where they have longer 'guard' hairs that cover their coat. This is reputed to be from their ancestors in the wild, when the kittens were emerging from the nests they were protected from thorns in the undergrowth and also had better camouflage. The fuzzies can happen any time from around a few weeks old (some have been said to be born in the fuzzies!) to about 6 months old. Once the fuzzies clear, the true coat and pattern can be seen. If rosetted the rosettes will keep opening up and improving until the cat is around 18 months old.

A good example of 'before and after' re: the fuzzies and the rosettes etc can be seen on my website on the kittens page, at the top 'Tino'.

There is lots of info on Bengals on different breeders websites as well as some very experienced breeders on this forum who can help...... and there is so much to learn about Bengals as a breed, so take a look around and enjoy your research! :D

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Wow, Tino's a really good example of fuzzies to fantastic coat isn't he.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:22 pm 
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Thanks Ginny...yes!
No-one wanted to buy him when he was fuzzy, something that I have always been very grateful for! LOL! I can't imagine how I would feel now if I saw how he turned out (and had sold him!). :wink: :lol:

Funny thing is, I nearly let his full sister Saffie go too but decided to keep her and she has turned out to be a stunner too! :D

Some things are just meant to be methinks? :wink: :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:46 pm 
WOW Tino is amazing, thank you for giving me the advise :D


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