Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
F1&2 bengals can actually be the biggest sweeties! When you take an F1 or F2 (but mostly an F1) you are looking at caring for them for life because they will not rehome well. Also there is a good chance an F1 won't produce kittens. Any breeder that has an F1 should understand teh risk. Also nowadays most all breeders for F1's/Early generation pull the kits and bottle raise them so they are human dependant and grow up to be sweet loving cats. I've never heard of someone having problems with them as far as temperment.
There might be more early generation breeders than you realize. It is still done to stengthen lines. If every bengal were related to the same ALC that could invite disaster if something were to target a gene that every bengal might carry. Therefore other ALC's are being brought in producing younger more diverse lines.
Its true though that the markings are not as prominant in EG as they are in later generations. Early generations have smaller denser spotting as my girl does. Teh rosettes are not as complete as you might see in a later generation bengal. However, there are still traits that breeders are working on strengthening ie. white tummy with inky black spots. In later generations this becomes a very light brown instead of white.
It's true that were still trying to perfect the breed with small things like white tummies, wilder experession,ect but we can do that using only SBT's it will just take longer. Now that we get pretty predictable results breeding bengal to bengal. My really roufesed boy had a very whited expression still and he's an SBT, so it can be done. Most of my litters have very dark, inky spots even on the goldens because my boy carries for very dark spots, and he is an SBT.
Even if you bring in a new ALC and breed it to a bengal your still using the same old lines because the bengal would have those old ALC lines. However, they are so far in the distant past with a lot of SBT's that I wouldn't say they are causing any trouble. Every breed needs to outcross every now and then IMO to keep the lines healthy though.
The problem is that a lot of people think bengal breeders MUST use the ALC to get these nice looking bengals and I wanted people to knw that we no longer do have to use wild cats, it's just not nessacery. If we work hard enough to breed for specific traits we won't need to take short cuts.