Overview: We are located near Richmond, Virginia and delight in sharing the joy of bengals with others. We hand raise 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. Our adoption/ re-homing fees reflect actual cattery costs, and take into consideration specific animal qualities.
Real People: There are many “scammers” out there, and adopters are wise to be wary. We encourage potential adopters to meet us at a cat show and validate our existence with other breeders and on the internet.
What is a bengal? Bengals are athletic domestic cats with spotted or marbled coats.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 playful and curious than lap cat. There are a wealth of resources on the internet regarding the breed. If you are seriously interested but are unsure if a bengal is right for you, please send us an email and request a call. We are happy to have a frank conversation. 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? Some consider bengals hypoallergic. Bengals are not free of all human allergens. Our mildly allergic family tolerates bengals well, but we cannot speak for any other household. Each family should carefully consider any allergies before committing to a pet. More information is available here.