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post #1 of 15
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Does anyone else have a hybrid?

Mine is a high precentage F2 Silver tip Chausie. He was born 3-10-05.

He is now 4 1/2 months olds. His awesome personality is just starting to show. His is a love bug. His breeder says it is from being bottle-fed.

His name is Jesse James because he is an "outlaw" in NY. Hybrids are illegal here.

He really isn't technicaly mine though. (LOL) I bought him for my fiancee's 40th B-Day present. I got to share the present though because he is such a great kitten.

We enjoy every day with him. He makes us laugh all the time. He is getting pretty big now. He is catching up to his 10 month old Bengal "brother" fast in size.

The only wild cat I seem to notice in him is his growling. He growls while claiming toys or human food. The three other cats don't seem to care and he allows us to take his food away while he is eating it with no real aggression.

So, anyone else with Hybrid stories?

Bobbie
post #2 of 15
Well, I don't know anything about hybrids at all... but JJ sounds absolutely intruiging! he sounds like a right little poser of a cat I have to say Why is it that hybrids are illegal? Is it simply because of their wild streak?
post #3 of 15
I have a hybrid. F3 bengal/amur leopard cat. Other than being very talkative and having to get into EVERYTHING I don't want him too, he's pretty much like my other cats...even more mellow than one or two of them But he definatley has an opinion on things and isn't afraid to voice them.

Hybrids are only illegal in certain states. In Washington it is not illegal to own a hybrid, or even full blood small wildcats such as lynxes, Amurs, or Asians. I know a man who has servals and breeds Savannahs. His cats are gorgeous and so sweet!
post #4 of 15
do you guys have pics?
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Roxy_loves_CJ
do you guys have pics?
I'd like to see some pics too. Those hybrids sound soooo interesting!
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by 4kids4cats
Does anyone else have a hybrid?

The only wild cat I seem to notice in him is his growling. He growls while claiming toys or human food. The three other cats don't seem to care and he allows us to take his food away while he is eating it with no real aggression.

So, anyone else with Hybrid stories?

Bobbie
Both our Bengal boys, especially one more so than the other, are very possessive and growly about their toys once in a while with each other. While they usually share and love each other, I can definitely tell when one is feeling cranky--he emits a huge amount of growling when the other cat comes near! Rishi, our first Bengal, also growls when he's mad about coming inside or when we don't let him do what he wants to do. That's as far as it goes though, thank goodness! Both bengals are quite loving boys at certain times of the day, though they definitely aren't lap kitties. I love the growling, as long as it isn't directed at me!
post #7 of 15
Jack Daniels isn't a hybrid either and he growls and is possesive of his belongings as well. He even growls at me when I pick up his food dish.
post #8 of 15
This is my boy at about ten weeks old. He's much bigger now, but I don't have a camera to get any more recent pics of him. I do have a pic of one of his sisters. She's a blue from the same litter. Her pic is below his.



post #9 of 15
they are pretty, but they look just like other bengals I have seen on this site. I love their markings and colors, but if I were to look at them, they would just be bengals. What makes them different?
post #10 of 15
What I would like to ask is --- What is done with the F1's etc. I understand they take a wild cat and breed it with a domestic cat then take IT"s offspring and breed IT with a domestic cat.

So what happens to the one's that are not tame enough for pets? What happens to the wild one's when they are no longer good for breeding?
post #11 of 15
If you have a decent breeder, the ones they don't feel comfortable rehoming (and its usually a shyness problem, not an aggression problem. Even the fully wild asian leopard cats would rather run and hide than be aggressive...they're only aggressive when cornered or invaded) they spay and neuter and either keep or find homes that they trust to take care of them properly. I would not go to any breeder who euthanized any foundation generation cat simply because it was acting like a foundation generation cat.

The wild ones are usually pets as well. Those breeding foundation generations usually have set-ups and habitats for them, and some of the wild ones are even tame enough to keep around the house. The fellow I know who breeds Savannahs regularly allows his servals in the house. They're very sweet and tame, and they also have a huge outdoor enclosure. They are his pets and he loves them to death.

And yes, Roxy...they look just like bengals. The bengal breed is designed to look like their wild ancestor but have the temperament and size of a domestic house cat. There are only minor differences (usually) in foundation breeds (hybrid f1 through f3) from the 'domestic' SBT bengals. The hybrid generations tend to grow larger (the father of my kitty is past twenty pounds, and my boy could potentially reach at least 18 pounds), tend to have a bit more 'wild' look to them, and possess more of the 'wild' temperament (being a bit more aloof, shy, less of a 'lap' cat though bengals aren't really bred to be lap cats anyway). My mother owns a sister to my cat...not the blue one...as well as a SBT domestic snow bengal that is descended from a Asian Leopard cat. Their body structures are noticeably different, the snow being longer and sleeker, with a longer tail and larger ears, whereas the other female is more square in build with a shorter face and larger eyes. However, when the snow meows, she sounds like a cat. When the hybrids we have cry, they can sound like anything from a tiger cub to a bird. Aslan's normal meow does sound like a newborn tiger or lion cub. He also growls when he eats, regularly chirps when he wants something, and makes a plethora of other sounds. He is learning how to meow like a normal cat from listening to my others.

So I guess the short answer is, besides the potential for larger size, a bit of a difference in temperament, and the fact that their blood percentage is higher wild than domestic, and a few minor differences in appearance, a hybrid bengal is exactly the same as a bengal that is considered generationally domestic.
post #12 of 15
Oh wow. I didn't even know these animals existed. They are beautiful!!

Actually, when I read the subject title, I thought it was about hybrid cars. I got confused about how Bobbie knew when her car's birthday was
post #13 of 15
i a real dummy i thought it was a thread about plants
post #14 of 15
The first thing I thought of was my hybrid car
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by marie-p
Actually, when I read the subject title, I thought it was about hybrid cars. I got confused about how Bobbie knew when her car's birthday was
Me too!! I was actually thinking wow fancy cars have birthdays?
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