In order to ensure the top quality kittens, we have to give those with Breeder's/Showing Rights First pick of the litter. To be fair to those buying pets, we give ourselves a strict limit as to how many kittens we will sell with Breeder's/Showing rights, no more than 33% of any litter can be used. This can be easily discerned by the following table:
1-2 kitten litter = no Breeder/Show kittens
3-5 kitten litter = 1 Breeder/Show kitten
6-8 kitten litter = 2 Breeder/Show kittens
9+ kitten litter = 3 Breeder/Show kittens
***Top Quality kittens may be reserved with Breeding/Showing Rights up to when the kittens reach 6 weeks of age OR when the 33% quota has been filled, whichever happens first. At 6 weeks, all kitten choices are LOCKED in and no more kittens can be reserved for Breeder/Show Rights. So, there are no guarantees in kitten choices until they are LOCKED IN at 6 weeks***
While it may seem unfair to Pet Buyers that up to 33% of all kittens can potentially go towards people on the Breeder's list, I would like to point out that LLB does feel it's important to offer the Bengal breed to BOTH the next generation AND to Pet Buyers. LLB has the ability of creating even more revenue selling more Breeders but would rather loose revenue in order to give 67% or more to Pet Buyers. In truth, there are other Bengal Breeders that ONLY sell to other Breeders and don't even offer pet prices. My main motivation for Breeding is STILL for offering pets!
In seldom cases, LLB may combine multiple litters and use a 33% rate for Breeder kittens in order to accommodate Breeders that may want to have 2 Breeder/Show kittens from a smaller litter. This is, of course, done with discretion and with the needs of the pet buyer list in consideration.
It is important to remember that there are several really good reasons why LLB should offer a select few the ability to have Breeder's/Showing Rights.
1) The increased revenue generated by Breeder/Showing Right sales help to offset the lower-than-average Bengal Pet prices that we like to offer our Pet Buyers. In this way, more Pet Buyers can afford to bring home an awesome Bengal kitten.
2) By contributing to Bengal Breeding programs, LLB can elevate the overall standard of the Bengal Breed. We want to bring in quality, healthy, and good temperament genetics to the next generation of Bengals.
3) A great Breeder will have a LOT of interest from other Breeders wanting to expand their Breeding Program. If other Breeders are willing to hang their reputation on our Bengals, than this is a great sign that you are dealing with a Reputable Breeder known for having exactly what other Breeders want. IT IS A SIGN OF QUALITY
4) By offering Breeders, LLB is supporting other Breeders in their endeavors. We Bengal Breeders are far and few in between as a whole and increasing Breeding Bengals will increase Pet Buyer sales overall! This means that our main motivation for offering pets is still being satisfied.