Once again the Bengal rules supreme as the # 1 cat based on registrations for 2010!
Attired with a pelt that even the wildest of cats would be envious of, and a personality that belies its bloodlines from the original days of the breeding program, today’s Bengal is a cherished pet in many homes around the world. During 2010, 6,369 Bengals to be exact were registered with TICA.
The Bengal originated in TICA back in 1986 as the result of crosses between the domestic cats and the Asian Leopard Cat. It is the only domestic cat that can have rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots. Today’s domestic Bengal cat comes only from breeding Bengals to other Bengals and requires no specialized care.
So what breeds round out the Top Five in TICA for 2010?
# 2 – Ragdoll 4050
# 3 – Maine Coon 2062
# 4 – Savannah 1024
# 5 - Sphynx 1020
The Savannah is another breed that was originally accepted by TICA and is the result of breeding domestic cats with the African Serval. The first kitten was born in 1986, and it was accepted for registration in 2001.
The Sphynx is another breed originated by a TICA breeder. In 1966 the first Sphynx was born and for the past twenty years, the breed has become popular with cat lovers around the world.