Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
What is "F1" and "F7" etc?
The "F" represents Filial or Foundation, depending on who you talk to. Filial is the proper term, with F1-F3, comprising the Foundation generations. All subsequent generations, F4 and later are refered to as SBT, (stud book tradition) and are eligible to compete in the showhall.
F1 is the first generation offspring from a mating of an Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic cat, normally a bengal.
F2 is the resulting offspring from a mating between a F1 and a bengal cat.
And so on.....
F1 through F3 are considered bengal cats and are eligible for special registration with TICA, but they are not allowed to compete in shows. The Asian Leopard Cat is also registered.
This allows these cats to be found in pedigree's and we bengal breeders can trace our cats back to the founding ALC's.