Originally Posted by siameseohio
Alright, with the examples you've given Nial I have a better understanding of what breeders are shooting for in the marble pattern. And I do see how nala voodoo magic is similar to the links you posted.
The wild cats that you gave as examples are beautiful, however as you already know, I think Penny is fabulous. And if I could choose, I'd rather have a cat that looks like Penny.
I do get it that the objective is to get patterns that closely simulate those patterns that occur naturally in the wild. So I guess this answers my question to myself--My preference in marbled Bengals isn't what the breed standard goal is. I can live with it.
Tracey, I do understand what you're saying and with the diversity in "looks" of the marble bengals today, it's kind of difficult to conclusively say what looks best and what should be the ultimate breed standard.
If I had my druthers, I would prefer a combination of Minnie and Penny. I love Penny's horizontal flow and DEPTH of color. I also love Minnie's chaining pattern and her velvet tapestry appearance. And, if you'll notice those rosettes on her rump.....those are what I want on my spotted. These marbles have so much to offer a spotted program.
I know we've got a long way to go before the marble standard is set in stone. This is definitely a work in progress. In the mean time we all get to enjoy the beautiful bengals that come from all the hard work.
Originally Posted by tiffanyjbt
Wow Nial! Minnie is STUNNING!!! I can see the Voodoo influence on her! Ares and Snxu have Voodoo in their pedigree as well.
Voodoo was used a lot, and many bengals today have him in their pedigree. Also, many bengals (including my Ares and Nials' Minnie) can trace their pedigree back to the Centerwall Asian Leopard Cats. These were the first used in the creation of the Bengal breed. Theres a pic of them at the top of this link (and if you scroll down, you'll see the prolific Voodoo again)http://www.hdw-inc.com/ancestorsnew2.htm#centerwall
Nial, I was going to post a link to Penny to show her horizontal alignment, but I think I brag on your cats too much.
Penny has great contrast and a very clear coat. While I think the ticky coats have a certain wild appeal to them, I'll take a clear coated cat any day!
Its hard to tell from pictures, but does Penny have glitter in her coat?
Thanks for the compliments on Minnie and Penny. As always, you are very kind!
Minnie for sure has the Voodoo influence on her, especially the chaining and right behind the front leg. When Minnie was born and a day old, my wife and I were astonished.....I think we both said at the same time...."this kitten is staying!"
We named her Minnie Chained Melody.
I do like the way Voodoo looks, he has wonderful chaining down his back.
Now, Picasso's Penchant, aka Penny has plenty of glitter and her pelt is like
liquid glass. No ticking what-so-ever. She's a huge girl and her color depth is crazy. Her problem is that she still retains the dreaded "C". But I'm ok with it, because she has the rest of the package.
Eventually we'll be able to virtually eliminate the problem areas and get where we want to be with these marbles. I hope all the breeders can keep in mind, that it doesn't matter how pretty the cat is and how closely it resembles the breed standard, if it's not healthy and isn't a sweet companion animal.
I have my goals in mind, but I still think it's most important to ensure all our bengals exhibit first and foremost the amazing bengal personality.
To me, this is what makes this breed the most special.
Last but not least...Tiffany....I don't mind you braggin' on my cats at all...please do....and I appreciate it very much! Thank-you!