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 cutting-edge research. While we do charge kitten adoption/ re-homing fees, we do not profit. We proudly “operate” at a loss and provide the best possible life for our animals.
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. Because we do not ship, there is no chance of buying a fictitious kitten. We strongly prefer to meet adopters in person.
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 do best with a playmate. We encourage adopters to adopt two bengals, or to identify a second kitten from another breeder or local animal shelter.
Are Bengals Hypoallergenic?
This is the million-dollar question, and the answer varies depending on the respondent. I am allergic to cats but not to bengals, and my research suggests bengals are one of the most allergy-friendly breeds. Because I am not your allergist nor a geneticist, I cannot pretend to know whether my bengal kittens would ultimately elicit sniffles in your house. This is a matter each adopter must consider carefully before committing to a cat. More information is available here.