We are located near Richmond, Virginia and delight in sharing the joy of bengals with others. We hand raise just a few litters each year, for the joy of doing so and in an effort to sustain and improve the breed for the next generation. We regularly show, attend breeding education events, and contribute samples to research. While we do charge adoption/ re-homing fees, we do not profit. Because we already “operate” at a loss, fees are non-negotiable. Fees reflect actual cattery costs, and take into consideration specific animal qualities. Fees are often between $900-$1500.
There are many breeder “scammers” out there, and adopters are wise to be wary. We encourage potential adopters to visit us at an East Coast cat show, where you can visit our award winning cats in person, or validate our existence with other breeders and on the internet.
What is a bengal anyway?
Bengals are an athletic domestic cat characterized by a spotted coat.The International Cat association’s bengal “standard” includes but is not limited to:
- A broad, modified wedge head with pronounced whisker pads
- Small to medium rounded ears
- Wide set oval to round eyes (some of us strive for a nocturnal look)
- A fluid profile from forehead to nose tip
- A study, muscular body
- Thick tail
- An uncommonly soft/silky coat
- Spotted coat and stomach (white stomachs are an added plus.)
Brilliantbengal breeds only “stud book tradition” cats; our cats are not hybrids. We strive to produce a wild looking cat that mimics the leopard cat (pictured below) but is a suitable house pet.
Photo By Kuribo [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Is a Bengal Right for Me?
All bengals have distinct personalities, however they tend to be more athletic and higher energy than some breeds. There are a wealth of resources on the internet regarding the breed. If you are serious about adoption but are unsure if a bengal is right for you, please fill out an adoption interview application; we are happy to have a frank conversation with you. We find the most salient question for potential adopters is whether their household is ready for a kitten. All kittens have daily play needs and many do best with a playmate.
Are Bengals Hypoallergenic?
Bengals are thought to elicit fewer human allergy symptoms than a typical cat. Our entire family is allergic to cats and tolerate our bengals quite well. Because I am not your allergist nor a geneticist, I cannot pretend to know whether my bengal kittens might cause sniffles in your house. This is a matter each adopter must consider very carefully before committing to a cat. More information is available here.