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post #31 of 47
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Thank-you everyone who participated in the voting and also to all of you that commented!

It was interesting to read what you all thought and the reasons why you voted one way or the other.

Believe it or not, this is often how the judging goes over a two day show with 14 rings and all different judges. Each judge may like a different bengal kitten based on what they feel is striking about the kitten or what catches their eye.

Based on the poll this is how you all see it:

Best of Breed: Cypress
2nd: Sierra
3rd: Tuscany
4th: Jasper

In case any were wondering, Cypress, Tuscany and Jasper are all litter mates.
Arctic Cowboy is the sire and Spellbound is the dam.

Sierra is out of Arctic Cowboy and Jungle Jewel.

The majority vote here is bound to make my wife Teri happy, since she has picked Cypress to do well in the shows.
Although I like the way Cypress looks, he is not my pick to win. I have always thought that Tuscany is the overall best looking kitten out of the 4.

Tuscany is a female. She's the biggest of the litter, very heavy boned with beautiful structure. I'll admit that her paint job isn't quite as flashy as we might like to see, but she has extremely good clarity of coat, excellent contrast and her smaller rosettes are beginning to form. I like her throw-back to the ALC small spotting, especially on her shoulders.
So far she has a nice whited belly, a short very thick tail, excellent profile, small ears for a kitten, perfect muzzle conformation a nice wild look and no rib barring. Nice horizontal flow to her pattern and lots of acreage.
(That little section in the pic that looks like a short bar, is just an elongated spot. A true rib bar runs from top to bottom directly behind the front leg)

To top things off Tuscany has the ultimate personality. She's friendly to everyone, loves to be picked up and handled, purrs in a heartbeat. really enjoys playing and will do all the "show-kitty" poses without complaining.

Now, just need to try her out at the shows and make sure that personality translates to the show hall and I think......we might have a winner.

As far as the 3 other kittens, right now I rank them as follows:

2nd place: Cypress, love his rosetted pattern. Needs more work on his
handling. He's still a bit squirmy.

3rd place: Jasper, pics don't do him justice. Whited belly, wild head, perfect
profile. Interesting pattern. (That's not a huge rib bar, by the
way, he has some squiggly lines from his shoulder and back
running down into a big C-shaped spot. Rib bars aren't formed like
that.) His ears are a little big, but he's a kitten and his head will
grow.

4th place: Sierra, amazing color and contrast. Not thrilled about the rib bar,
but her other qualities make me want to at least try her at the
shows a couple of times. She handles beautifully.
post #32 of 47
Nial, you'll have to take notes of what the judges comment on the 4 of them at that show and let us know how it goes
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Nial, you'll have to take notes of what the judges comment on the 4 of them at that show and let us know how it goes
oooo yeah , thats a fantastic idea - along with photos of course
post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by kitytize View Post
I don't know anything about the bengal standard
same here... don't really know enough, but Tuscany's rosettes are just fabulous! his/her eyes are gorgeous, too! really hard to choose, 'cause they're all just lovely! but i chose Tuscany...
post #35 of 47
They are all so precious it was hard to choose!
post #36 of 47
Dont get me wrong, domesticated isnt a bad thing, ive just seen reallyyyyy good bengals that have the small round ears and thick tail, it gives their face more of a wild appearance.
post #37 of 47
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Roimata View Post
Dont get me wrong, domesticated isnt a bad thing, ive just seen reallyyyyy good bengals that have the small round ears and thick tail, it gives their face more of a wild appearance.
I wish mine were reallyyyyy good, it would be nice to bring home some ribbons from the shows again this year.
post #38 of 47
HAHA dont stress, yours are amazing, id love to have a bengal like yours.
post #39 of 47
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Originally Posted by Roimata View Post
HAHA dont stress, yours are amazing, id love to have a bengal like yours.
I don't think he's stressing - his Bengals are amazing, and win PLENTY of shows

For the record, I chose Jasper purely because of his head. He's got such a handsome, regal looking head on him I knew from first glance that he was out of Arctic Cowboy - he looks just like his dad!

I really liked Tuscany also - her colours are stunning, but her face did nothing for me - her head in general didn't "pop" as much as your other girls, but her coat and physique looks gorgeous.
post #40 of 47
I would have said all, but I voted Sierra.
post #41 of 47
Damn, i've jumped in too late but i'd have gone for Tuscany anyway i swear!
As always we're all rooting for you! Bring back plenty of ribbons as usual, and photos of course
post #42 of 47
coming in really late, but Cypress is my fave, he really is a beauty!
post #43 of 47
They are all beautiful! I chose Cypress, but that is a completely uneducated to the breed decision.
post #44 of 47
I picked Tuscany because I liked her muzzle.


The best part is that I'll be there with my two HHPs so I have a chance to meet them in person. Can't wait to see the pretty kitties.
post #45 of 47
Thread Starter 
Alright....as promised here are the results from the first show this past weekend. Jasper was scratched from this show, he got a URI 2 weeks before the show and had just recovered and we didn't want to stress him. We'll show him in later shows, coming up.

The bengal class for this show was 13 kittens the first day and 11 the second day. 12 rings total.

The results:

Tuscany:
1st in Color: 4 rings
2nd in Color: 1 ring
3rd in Color: 2 rings
4th in Color: 2 rings
5th in Color: 3 rings

1st in Division: 4 rings
2nd in Division: 1 ring
3rd in Division: 1 ring
No placement: 6 rings

Best of Breed: 3
2nd best of breed: 0
3rd best of breed: 2

Finals: 2 All Breed 8th Best Kitten and 9th Best Kitten

Cypress:
1st in Color: 0 rings
2nd of Color: 4 rings
3rd of Color: 3 rings
4th of Color: 3 rings
5th of Color: 1 ring
No placement: 1 ring

1st in Division: 0 rings
2nd in Division: 3 rings
3rd in Division: 2 rings
No Placement: 7 rings

Best of Breed: 0
2nd Best of Breed: 1
3rd Best of Breed: 1

Finals: 0

Sierra:
1st in Color: 0 rings
2nd in Color: 3 rings
3rd in Color: 5 rings
4th in Color: 4 rings
5th in Color: 0 rings

1st in Division: 0 rings
2nd in Division: 1 ring
3rd in Division: 4 rings
No Placement: 7 rings

No top 3 breed placements, no finals.

So, that's how it worked out for this first show. Sierra pretty much consistantly ran third in the pack, Cypress 2nd and Tuscany took the top slot among these 3.
I was happy with the way they stacked up against the other bengals. These 3 are young and they were competing against some nice older bengal kittens twice their size.
I think the judges liked Tuscany's wild look, her whited tummy and her interesting pattern. These things gave her an edge over Cypress and Sierra.
post #46 of 47
glad to see I have good taste


Yay for Tuscany!
post #47 of 47
Well its a bit late but I voted for Cypress. Something about his/her face grabbed my immediate attention. But they are all gorgeous, I've had the pleasure to pat only 1 Bengal and he didn't look nearly as gorgeous as yours.
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