Originally Posted by Abymummy
You can tell a Bengal of any quality from any spotted cat from far away - especially the marbles! The pelt itself is a dead giveaway and so are the striking green eyes...
I myself have been to CFA shows here in Asia where there were Bengals entered in HHP (not in Malaysia), did a double take and said "those are Bengals, what on earth are they doing here?!" And at those two shows, the Bengals DID act up and did behave very badly indeed - thus confirming the most senior judge's opinion there (unfortunately it was the same senior judge in both shows which were 5 months apart and in two different countries!) that Bengals will NOT be allowed in a CFA show.
Sad, but true...I personally think Bengals are gorgeous cats and 95% are just wonderful. But even the TICA standards, Bengals are not allowed to act up in show rings (do correct me if I'm wrong).
Thats really heartbreaking, that someone put their bengal in that show and it acted that way. In your opinion, was the cat being more misbehaved than any other cat would have been?
Anyone showing bengals needs to be very aware of that kind of stuff. Thats one reason why I will take my time before showing Ares and maybe Dreamer. I have to be 100% sure they wont be upset. I was thinking of just entering them in a show, but not taking them up to the ring. Just walking around with them to get them aclimated to the idea of it all.
And yeah, even in TICA (and ACFA) bengals are not allowed to act up. Its unfair really, because bengals are no more likely to act up in the ring than any other cat.
When I showed Duke for the first and only time, he was REALLY not liking it (just ask Shannon/Godiva!). He was hissing and growling the whole time. But the judge was really good about it and said that some cats get like that, especially for their first time out. Had that been a bengal, though, I have little doubt that the opinions would be different.
I think it will be a while, though, before attitudes change. But hopefully they WILL change!