Bengal cats are a hybrid breed of certain domestic shorthairs and the Asian Leopard Cat (ALC). Many cat behavior problems are the result of environmental changes or upbringing. Bengal behavioral problems are often related to genetics and inherited tendencies.
Leopard cats, found throughout Asia, are best known in the United States as ancestors of our Bengals. Breeders crossed the wild Asian cats with American shorthairs to create the exotic, friendly kitties that have charmed many people.
The Asian Leopard Cat. The Asian Leopard Cat (ALC), b. bengalensis, is one of the subspecies of the Leopard Cat. It is the species that the was utilized to produce the Bengal. It is limited to India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, the Malay Peninsula, to Indochina and Yunnan in China.