Origins of the breed
The Bengal origins are rooted in the work of Dr Centerwall, who, in the 1960’s, bred several Leopard Cat hybrids in the course of his studies. In 1970, William Engler, a zookeeper who had been involved with exotic cats for many years, had two litters of kittens sired by his Leopard Cat.
Engler’s cats eventually reached the third generation and it was he who created the name Bengal. It was Jean Mill who established the Bengal as a domestic cat, thanks to her efforts to publicise the breed around the world.