The early generation Bengals are commonly known as the Filial Bengals. You will see the term F1, F2, and F3 used. The "F" stands for Filial meaning generation. F1 (Filial 1) is generation 1, F2 is generation 2, and F3 is generation 3 from the Leopard Cat.
It is unfortunate that many breeders with little or no practical experience offer inaccurate advice and opinions as to the breeding, temperament and care of early generation Bengals. This is why we are part of the Filial Bengal Cat Consultants (FBCC). The FBCC is a group of dedicated breeders who specialize in the breeding and care of early generation Bengals, who have offered to share their expertise.
Some of the early Bengals misinformation was rooted in early Bengal breeders in the past not understanding the importance of early socialization and the hand raising of their kittens. Many of the early Bengal kittens or cats were reclusive, distant, and did not display domestic personality traits or habits. The importance of early socialization is now more widely understood and practiced.
We must always remember that the early generation Bengals were the first and true Bengals. It is documented that an F2 called Millwood Penny Ante was the reason that the Bengal was recognized as a breed. This was long before the later generation Bengals were even around. The argument could be made that the true Bengal is the F1, because all the other generations have been diluted down.
Some people are trying to steal the name 'Bengal' and to limit it's use to the 4th generation Bengals or later, this is dividing the breed and putting the breed in jeopardy of legislation. The domestic Bengal breed starts with the first and subsequent generations from a Leopard Cat crossed with a domestic. They were registered for over 11 years with TICA as domestic Bengals with all the other domestic breeds they registered and are now registered in the International Progressive Cat Breeders' Alliance (IPCBA) the same way.
We feel that the future of the breed still relies on breeding the best quality Bengals to new healthy Leopard Cat bloodlines, producing the best and healthiest domestic Bengals so far.
Early generation Bengals are not showable in several registries, because they have not met their Stud Book requirements of having 3 or more generations of Bengal to Bengal breedings. If socialized properly like at Bamboo early generation Bengals, they make wonderful loving well behaved pets and most times they are even more loving and affectionate then any other domestic cat. See our Testimonial page!
Bamboo has 20 lines of Leopard Cats in their breeding program, 10 of them are their personal Leopard Cats and the rest are in their Bengal pedigrees. They are:
ZHaDum of Bamboo (Male) Taro (male)
Maximus of Bamboo (Male) Bahgara Kahn (male)
ZaRu of Bamboo (Amur Male) Ido Naqit (Amur male)
Satai of Bamboo (Male) Leopard of Cheethatu (Amur male)
Asianna of Bamboo (Female) Hatfield ALC (Male)
MaiTai of Bamboo (Female) Leapold ALC (Male) Titan of Bamboo (Male) Dundee NIH ALC (Male)
Jasmine of Bamboo (Female) Centerwall/Meredith (Male)
Nikolai of Bamboo (Amur Male) Houser ALC (Female)
Natasha of Bamboo (Amur Female) Wild Huntsman (male)
Bamboo's Early Generation Bengal Queens
3/4 F1 Bamboo Patience (80%)
3/4 F1 Bamboo Kianga (80%)
3/4 F1 Bamboo Clouded Leopard (80%)
F1 Bundas Shameless of Bamboo
F1 Bamboo Electra
F1 Bamboo Sasha
F1 Bamboo Odessa
F1 Bamboo Saphire
F1 Bamboo Topaz
F1 Bamboo Alexis
F1 Bamboo Lexus
F1 Bamboo Mercedes
F1 Bamboo Sweet Dolly
F1 Bamboo Naiobi
F1 Bamboo Krispy Kreme
F2 Ambrosia of Bamboo
F3 Uniquely Apricot of Bamboo
F3 Bamboo Amore
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