ALC - asian leopard cat
Will is a small predator, called prionailurus bengalensis in latin, known as ALC, asian
leopard cat. Domesticated bengal cat was bred from these predators. Asian leopard cats
are assigned into breeding programs for aproaching wild predator type of cat, which is
going away by hybridizing already domesticated bengal cats. Breed of ALC is subjected to
CITES registration, breeder must fulfill conditions for breeding these animals. It is
important to know that breeding ALC isn´t same as breeding domesticated cat. It´s
neccesary to count with wild side of cat, which has its own needs and own special
behavior altough the animal is raised by a human.
Why do we have Will in our cattery?
Will is a dream came through about breeding „wild“ animals. My ambition weren´t so far
to have own asian leopard cat. Anyway I just couldn´t refuse to own this beautiful animal
after all. We expect kittens with perfect profile, wild head, short strong tail and beautiful
rossetted pattern from Will and our domesticated bengals. Unfortunately the pattern
gets worst by hybridizing ALC and bengal cat in a first generation. It is usual that by
hybridizing ALC and bengals with poor-quality pattern spotted kittens are born. However
by careful selection there is a big hope to have rossetted kittens even in the first
generation after ALC cat. And that is our goal.
Is asian leopard cat (ALC) appropriate as a pet?
Sometimes people ask me if ALC is appropriate as a pet. My answer is: NO, it´s NOT
Even Will is a small predator, in our case bottle-fed since his first days, he is still a
predator. It´s very difficult to raise this kind of kitten, no doubt about it. In many ways his
acting is so different from the „normal“ cat. I´m breeding cats for many years but I´m
sometimes still surprised by his behavior. He is just different, he acts and reacts
differently, has special needs. Now he lives with us together with the rest of our cats, he
has access to all house. But it is not sure this ideal cohabitation will continues while his
growing up and adulthood.
ALC are independent cats, they are active especially at night. This classification should
dissuade potentional candidate for ALC as pet. In my opinion it´s such a shame to change
the beautiful predator into a pet just for caprice and desire to own something exotic.
Yes, we use ALC from private breeding programs where ALC are bred in capture and they
probably wouldn´t survive outdoors. However as we do have these predators in our
homes, it ´s my priority to have them as a part of breeding programs, which goal is
Marking offspring from ALC and bengal cat:
F1 - ALC + domesticated cat 50% of wild blood
F2 - ALC + domesticated cat 25% ofwild blood
F3 - ALC + domesticated cat 12% of wild blood
F4 - ALC + domesticated cat 6% of wild blood