Originally Posted by tiffanyjbt
Wow Nial! Excellent job, as usual! I finally got through this whole thread and it is really amazing watching these beautiful guys develop. I'm really looking forward to seeing them grow out of the 'fuzzy uglies' stage too. Thats something really remarkable about bengals. Congratulations! (I'm especially looking forward to seeing Ms. Spotty Paw's litter though. I'm sure they'll be absolutely gorgeous!)
Question: What is your opinion of their type and conformation? Thats something I'm still a little unclear about. I've read the standards, but I'd like to actually SEE what good bengal type looks like. Thanks!
You know, I really think it's still too early to tell on lots of the aspects of conformation. At least the ones that are important to me right now.
These guys change so much in a weeks time, it's unreal. I'm waiting for the face/head to grow so I can get a real good idea of what the profile is going to look like. Then the ear set will be next to critique.
Right now I think they all have good boning, nice short thick tails, correct silver background with white to the skin, good contrasting spots, interesting patterns.
Right now my opinion on each kitten is this:Sterling
: I like his pattern, big rosettes and his contrast is good. He has a rib bar that I could do without, but that happens often. His silver coloring is excellent, no tarnish...big plus there! I'm happy with his size and development so far, his profile is becoming very straight, ears look good so far.Morgan
: I love his contrast, very good just like Jacks. His spots are nice, but they have too much vertical alignment IMO. Sometimes this is just a kitten thing and as the cat grows, the spots shift...that would be ok. He's also tarnish free now with great silver color. Same as Sterling on the other aspects.Trey
: Poor Trey, he's still got quite a bit of tarnish. He's got a great pattern and his silver background is correct with white down to the skin. He's the big boy of the three and as far as profile and ear set, he's the same as his siblings at this point.
Honestly they're going to have to be 3 months old before I can make a 100% confident decision on conformation and quality. Even then, sometimes they change enough after an additional 3 months to surprise you.
The parents here are both quality bengals that conform completely and Jack is of course a winning show cat. Time will tell, but I think the whole litter is going to turn out very nice. We are currently holding back 2 of the brown spotted for show eval's.