Originally Posted by Kai Bengals
In a another thread someone mentioned witnessing bengals getting out of hand at shows. I attend at least a dozen TICA shows a year and for the past 3 years I haven't seen any bengals act up, other than a few kittens new to the shows, attempting to break out of the judging cages.
There have been no acts of aggression that I have seen. I will agree that in years past, there were some temperament issues with bengals that were being shown. But breeders have diligently worked to breed for temperament first in the past decade. Keep in mind that the occasional hiss is not an act of aggression. It's a warning to the other cats in the judging area.
Now I personally have witnessed a Maine Coon attack a judge, then attack the owner when she came to get him. I have seen a couple of Abby's bite the judges. (No offense to our wonderful Abby breeder here!)
I saw a ragdoll go beserk in the benching area and litterally slash it's owner's neck and both forearms into a bloody mess. Why she didn't let go of the cat and then retrieve him later, is beyond me. (Also no offense to our great ragdoll breeders on this site!)
I've seen several HHP cats bite, scratch and lash out at their owners and the judges.
Putting all bias aside, I have noticed that beyond being loud and playful in the judging area, bengal cats and kittens are one of the most docile breeds at the shows. Sure, you'll get a grumpy bengal now and then, but I haven't seen one go after a judge in many years. They'll just complain and be grumpy.
What is everyone else's experience?
I think that we can never put "one certain" breed in the catagory of unruly.
I have been benched to the most wonderful Bengal ever, he was an altered male, and was wonderful.
I have never experienced witnessing any attacks, but it seems some shows are where gossip grows at its best. Retelling rumors, and please note rumor, as I don't know fact. A Maine Coon and Bengal have attacked in the past, but the one rumor that struck me the most was hearing that a Ragdoll a few years back that the owner was taking up to the show cage, attacked so her face so badly, she needed plastic surgery.
Other than a "cat out", I have not witnessed the aggressive behavior, but in the shows I go to, it seems to be many who are on a bandwagon against another breed, and have to talk about one or two specific breeds in a negative way.
For 2 years, the rumor that has been consistant, has been that the judges are complaining MOST about the Ragdolls and the Bengals as being the most difficult to judge. I try to let the rumors fly over my head, and not take any of the rumors seriously.
In my opinion, in certain circumstances, any breed can do this, and it shouldn't be placed on any one breed. However, taking the rumor of the past 2 years about Ragdolls possibly being one of the most difficult to judge, it has made me pay closer attention to the temperament of the cat, and make sure they enjoy showing. I also think just one show, can be difficult to determine if the cat will enjoy showing. The idea of having a cat looked over and compared its breed standard is great, as breeders we need to know. Having that said, putting a "cat" in a noise filled room, a strange atmosphere, with many other intact cats, possible pestering kids, a "not-so" gentle Judge, is not a normal situation for a cat to be in. A cats normal behavior and insticts will kick in, as they wonder how home suddenly became a smaller cage, many new noises, faces, and hands on them. It is amazing to me at time, how many of our cats tolerate, and some to the point of enjoying the attention.
Nial, I am sorry for your experience, and what the judge did to Tango. It can be difficult hearing what others may say about what breed we have chose to love and show.
After being around "Magic", the altered Bengal, I fell in love, which isn't hard for me, but my husband is hard to convince of any cat other than the Ragdoll, he loves his Raggies, so seeing him interact with Magic and getting to hear his thoughts of him, and since we were benched together, he asked a lot of questions about the breed, about Magic, and I heard more on the way home.
A little "hijack" about my husband. A Petco he was picking up food and litter for the crew, and looked at the rescued cats they had there, and happened upon a beautiful "mentioned full-blood" solid black Maine Coon that was about a year old. He said this cat was gorgeous, and dwarfed our Ragdolls in size comparison at just a year old. He was very social behind the glass, and my husband actually called about bringing him into our home, which I of course agreed to. Sadly, he had just came in, they hadn't placed "all the info" up on him, and it turned out he loves people, but did not do well with other cats, so of course he wouldn't have enjoyed our home. Of course we were dissapointed, but the good news is before my husband had time to complete his shopping a couple was looking at him, so hopefully he finds a home very quickly. I also thought that it was exciting to start seeing my husband start realizing that there are many other cats, that are just as wonderful as the Ragdoll. In case, anyone is wondering though, just because my husband is realizing how wonderful all cats are, we will be sticking with our Ragdolls, as anyone breeding a specific cat knows, there is a passion behind that, and why that is our chosen breed. I love so many breeds, I just have to love them from afar. Which is why this forum is special, I get to enjoy the Bengal, Ocicat, Siamese, Persians, and so many others. I enjoy seeing all of the pictures, and even knowing more about the breed. It has been exciting seeing the Somali and Aby pictures and finding more about them and the origin.