Charcoal (wood charcoal) Bengal or charcoal bengal cat are a new shading of the Bengal, which was usually only seen in the first few generations since the Asian Leopard cat. But now you are back in the breed. Only a handful breeder regularly produces Charcoal kittens, and even less hat genuine Charcoal breed cats, or strive to have serious Charcoals in their litters.
Charcoal Bengal Cat Genetics At present, the theory (with the consent of the geneticists of TICA) is that charcoals have their own genotype, which regularly colors Bengal. The Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) is the carrier of this gene. This is why charcoal is often seen in higher generations. Let us start from the beginning. Agouti is the gene that controls the fur pattern and shading. (It is indicated in genetics as A or a.) To make it easier to represent, ‘A’ is responsible for the pattern of the coat, and ‘a’ is responsible for the darkening (melanistics). With an AA gene combination you have a cat with regular color samples without melanistics, with an Aa gene combination you have a cat with regular color patterns as a melanistic gene carrier and with an aa gene combination you have a real melanistic. Now look at the ALC gene effects (note, the ‘A’ only controls the fur pattern and shading, and not the color). We call it A1. It is believed that the ALC’s were not accidentally crossed with the cat’s ‘a’ gene, it is usually not possible to completely block it. Where a normal Aa bengal is exactly the same as any other (melanotic carrier), an A1a Bengal is the one where the Melanistic gene is shown by the partial dominant A1 gene. There we have it! Charcoal That’s all you are. Because most breeders try to breed the Melanist gene out of their breeding lines, the charcoal was also eliminated. Let us transfer this information to our breeders. An A1A-Bengale (Gengale looking Bengale but with a charcoal gene and not Melanistic ‘carrier’) is a ‘carrier’. Note that some Charcoal ‘Carriers’ may have typical Charcoal characters-see below-but not the Charcoal typical color. This is a good way to recognize a ‘carrier’! A1A1 is a different type, as it can be worn. The only way to get it is to pair two Charcoal to get real-looking kittens who would be ‘carriers’ of both genes. A1a-Charcoal must also carry the Melanistic gene to be a charcoal. Note also that any Gengale looking Bengale, which has been bred and therefore also carries the Melanistic gene, can not carry Charcoal. Because it would be a charcoal! Alternatively, there is another way to generate Charcoal. If you pair a charcoal with a Melanistic ‘carrier’ (Aa) or a genuine Melanistic (aa), the Charcoal parent could take the recessive ‘a’ gene and produce A1a kittens. There is also a way to secure complete litters from exclusively Charcoals. If you pair an ‘A1A1 (normal-looking kitten from two Charcoals) with an’ aa ‘(a-Melanistic), then each kitten becomes an’ A1a ‘. A Charcoal! For a better overview, there are several graphics in the form of squares. Click on the DNA strand below to see the possible results of throw combinations in PDF format.
The characteristics Charcoals have only a few features, apart from their basic color difference, which distinguish you from normal Bengal. The first feature is the dark mask – almost all Charcoal Bengals have a dark fur from their forehead down to their nose, and around their cheeks. If it is narrow, it is probably not a charcoal! The second feature is the wide backstitch. Charcoals have a thick shaded strip down their backs, darkening their normal Bengal backstrokes. (Exception – see ‘Snows’ below) Every now and then there is a charcoal line that does not have the stripes and the dark face, although this is less preferred than its darker, more remarkable cousins. A common event in litters of charcoal lines are ‘charcoal expression’ kitties. These kittens have the dark back of a Charcoal, and sometimes the dark face, but a bright background color And are not charcoal.
Charcoal Glitter Most charcoal bengal cat I know have a silver luster. This includes the ‘brown’ Charcoals. It is not known why the brown charcoals have a silver luster (less like the crystal glitter of the ‘silvers’ and the ‘snows’, more like mercury) and no gold luster, but this seems to be the case in most cases. Different beginnings? Sometimes ‘brown’ kitties are born, because of their black spots, bright background color and without a trace of brown, silver look. When they grow, their background color becomes more gray, or silvery. One way to make sure the kittens are not ‘silver’ is to look at the basic color. If you are not pure white then it is not a silver cat. Also, if no parent is silver, the kitten can not be silver. I never had ‘white’ charcoal, but only ‘black’. Some Charcoal kittens are born so dark that you look almost like Melanistic. But you will get a lighter color on the face, on the belly and sometimes also on the legs. These are ‘black charcoals’. They are not Melanistic – Melanistic cats are black from head to toes. The charcoal bengal cat kittens, on the other hand, light up their background color in growth Click on the image to see the time course in the Silver charcoal bengal cat growth. A good example for both, for the ‘black Charcoal’ born and for the ‘dirty fuzzis’. Also among them is an example of a semi-dark ‘Brown Charcoal, and a’ black ‘Silver-Charcoal’ kitten. Both kittens grew up to look like real contrasting Charcoal. The dark phase? I noticed in my last Silver charcoal bengal cat kittens that there is a ‘dark phase’ at the same time other kittens are slightly ‘fuzzi’. The coat loses the contrast, becomes dark and unsightly. You look like smoky, but by the 8th week you start cleaning yourself and your background brightens dramatically. A good example is the image, with the time course in silver Charcoal growth.