Originally Posted by bengalbabe
Your breeder says that some breeders are trying to get the LH added to the bengal breed standard. I HOPE this is not the case. If they are going to breed them, as others pointed out, keep it OFF of the bengal standard!
I believe that page is rather old, but even if it is recent, there probably are people trying to get longhair added to the standard. I don't believe my breeder is one of those people, but I don't doubt they exist. Just like the people trying to get melanistics, blues and pink and purple plaid bengals added.
People will always be around to stir the pot and add the next cutting edge ingredient (who had ever heard of Ginsing twenty years ago!)
I can understand not wanting to add a currently unwanted recessive trait to the already long 'to do' list on the bengal agenda. But what if a lot of the cats carrying for these unwanted traits have many more desirable traits to add to the breed? Like good profiles, whited tummys, better contrast or the ever elusive ocelli? (just hypothesizing) Charcoals aren't exactly a desired trait either, but they obviously bring a lot of good to a breeding program (as is evidenced in your own program). Not to mention they are beautiful, though I'm sure there are people who may disagree with that (specifically people focusing on highly rufoused cats!)
As an outsider to breeding, but one who absolutely benefits from the efforts of people like you, I find this debate and many others in the general cat fancy to be facinating! To be honest, I don't really want longhaired bengals added to the standard either. I think the aforementioned 'to do' list is long enough without adding in 'extras'. I also hope to never see blue bengals added to the standard, though I can see the argument for melanistics. And the moment someone finally breeds that pink and purple plaid bengal, you'd better believe I'll be on the waiting list!