Meet the designer cats with wild blood

Meet the designer cats with wild blood

Bengals, Savannahs, and Toygers, explained.

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By breeding house cats with wild animals, cat breeders developed hybrid cats that look like little leopards. Bengal cats are a breed that were developed from breeding domestic cats with asian leopard cats. The first American bengal breeder is a woman named Jean Mill, but her work has continued through other breeders. We met one of those breeders, Anthony Hutcherson, when we went to film the cats at the Westminster Dog Show. Besides bengals, we also saw another hybrid breed: savannahs. Instead of asian leopard cats, savannahs were developed by breeding house cats with servals. Unlike the other two breeds, the last breed we met, toygers, are not hybrid cats. Breeder Judy Sugden created the breed by carefully breeding domestic cats with qualities that resemble wild tigers. To learn more about the cats and the breeders that made possible, watch the video above.

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20 Responses

  1. Ray Miller says:

    Finally, a video not about Trump! Yay. Re-subscribe!

  2. Lord Reign says:

    Mmm very toight like a toyger!

  3. huijunnnnnnnnnn says:

    hm isn’t this unethical in some way? lots of dogs have health problems due to such breeding

  4. Teressa Day says:

    Couldn’t the cats acquire serious health problems from the breeding? Isn’t this dangerous?

  5. Root3264 says:

    this is like Pokémon in real life. Search for the traits you want and get them ^^

  6. Rafael Burgos says:

    I have always wonderrd how selective breeding would work on humans.

  7. Sagar says:

    And what about selective human breeding?
    Edit: eugenics

  8. thesofakillers says:

    Bengal cats also have amongst the lowest life expectancies because of this

  9. Shankar Sivarajan says:

    Hmm, I wonder if manes are possible….

  10. Ben Horwood says:

    Isn’t it dangerous to own an Ocelot named Babou? Some might say a zone of danger surrounds it…

  11. xd lasermonkey says:

    Engineering cats and dogs like some kind of crop is totally okay, but engineering babies is unethical. Honestly I don’t see the difference, so yeah this kind of breeding is f***ed up. It feels like they treat this like a sport or like toys.

    I know that there is natural cross-breeding in the wild, but the difference is it takes a lot more time and offsprings will be much healthier. Cows took thousands of years to create. Look at what happened to bulldogs: they got messed up, soon they will have all a fully flat face and live for 5 years.

    If you want a dog or a cat just take a normal one. It will still be an amazing companion, without having to be all flashy and special. And if it’s gonna die at 8 years or less, what’s the point?

  12. Tom Morgan says:

    This feels kind of messed up to me. I get that it’s your passion to create a cat in a perfect image, but they’re alive. They shouldn’t be whisked around the world and traded and forced to breed just so your eventual cat (that will probably never exist) has the right type of spots.

  13. Pugking Thugging says:

    That’s the most racist video so far on Youtube.

  14. AlHoresmi says:

    Has anyone tried doing stuff like that with humans?

    It’s a joke, don’t go full WSJ.

  15. Jacop stevens says:

    can we do this on humans to prevent excessive ugliness

  16. David Smith says:

    Toygers look really cool but I’d still rather get a random rescue cat, if I could.

  17. Sally Lynch says:

    All of you people need to take a freakin chill pill. You watch one video and think you know everything about the subject. I own a toyger, I also own 3 other rescue cats 2 of which I didn’t get from a shelter, I found them starving on the streets, one of which has crippled back legs and requires daily assistance. Their medical bills were not subsidized by any non-profit rescue group. I have also personally rescued 4 other cats directly off the street that went to good homes, as well as donated money for cats to be spayed/neutered in places like Peru where the street cat problem is out of hand.

    So, to say that people who breed cats or own a bred cat don’t love cats or it’s animal abuse is absurd. Why don’t you actually go to a cat show or talk to a breeder before you form an opinion? They don’t do it for the money, sure it seems like it given the prices, but they don’t churn out hundreds of cats and they make sure all of them have their full medical work up (which is not cheap) and go to homes that will care for them. They also will not breed any cats that have medical issues and regularly check for common problems like heart defects. Of all the cats I have, my toyger is probably the healthiest and was one of the reasons I got her because my first street cat died of a heart defect and I was devastated by it.

    Also, the world of cat breeding is fairly small, it is not a simple thing to become a breeder because cat breeders will not just give anyone one of their cats to breed. All “pet” breeds are spayed/neutered before they are given away. You have to basically be mentored by someone already in the cat breeding world for them to trust you with one of their cats. So there is far less risk of people inbreeding or breeding more than the demand for them allows.

    I get there is an overpopulation problem, but these things do not have to be mutually exclusive. If we all did a little something to help out instead of just shaming other people it would go a long way.

  18. crazymango says:

    “there are millions of healthy cats in shelter that are being euthanised every year, but this breed is really pretty so it’s ok” humanity in all its splendour….

  19. fish n freak says:

    this entire comment section is people complaining that this is unethical. Guys selective breeding is done for every animal. Sheep, cows, chickens, pigs dogs, cats, all have been selectively breed to create diffrent kinds. why do you think that there are brown eggs and white eggs?

  20. A Normal Kid says:

    Anybody else get forced to watch that weird ass rap caviar ad??……..

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