So in earnest I started my search on all things Bengal and immediately fell in love. It seemed to me that this Breed was tailored for me. I loved the exotic wild look but most of all, I loved the intelligence and the extremely social temperament. The best part of all, my husband whom is very allergic to cats could be fine since Bengals are hypoallergenic.
The down side? There weren't many Bengal breeders around. Bengals have only been around since the 1980s and there are many states that outlaw Asian Leopard Cats and early generational Bengals, which are needed to create the Bengal breed. Also, most of all the Bengal Breeders are down south. This is because Bengals can't tolerate cold that well for the same reason they're hypoallergenic, they don't have 2 layers of hair instead they have 1 tight, short pelt. In the warmer climates, Bengals can be housed outside all year round. In the colder climates, Bengals need a heat source.
The lack of Bengal Breeders in New England is why I decided that I would make it my passion to Breed Bengals so that others could experience all the love and craziness Bengals had to offer. I have a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and I use to do Pharmaceutical research before the economy turned. This background is why I am huge on Bengal biology and subsequent health. This is why I write papers on Bengal genetics for breeding and also to prevent the prevalence of genetic issues in bloodlines. All my Bengals are genetically tested. This is also why I am big on proper nutrition, hydration, and the use of supplements. My posts on vet testing and vaccinations are also based upon my scientific background. For me, Lap Leopard Bengals is not a business, it's a passion I want to share.