Charcoal Pattern Test - Bengal Cat
The Bengal cat breed consists of hybrid animals originally developed from crosses between the domestic cat (Felis sylvestris catus) and the Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) (Prionailurus bengalensis). Although the original intention was to replicate the exotic spotted ALC coat in domestic cats, some hybrids sport an unusual coat marking of a darker face mask and dark thick dorsal stripe (cape). This pattern has generated great interest among Bengal enthusiasts. Terra Sinclair, a Bengal Cat breeder, postulated from breeding outcomes that the “charcoal” pattern was produced by the combination of a domestic cat non-agouti allele (a) and an ALC agouti allele (APb), thus conferring the darker markings on their coat pattern. Research by Drs. Liza Gershony and Leslie Lyons has confirmed this mode of inheritance of the pattern. The VGL offers a test that helps breeders/owners determine the Charcoal status and breeding potential of their cats.
Results reported as:
APb/APb: Cat has two ALC alleles. All offspring will have agouti banded hair. Offspring can be agouti or charcoal depending on the genetics of mating.
AFc/APb: Cat has one ALC and one domestic cat agouti alleles. Offspring can be agouti or charcoal depending on the genetics of mating.
APb/a: Charcoal Bengal cat. Carries one ALC agouti and one domestic cat non-agouti allele. Offspring can be agouti, non-agouti or charcoal depending on the genetics of mating.
AFc/AFc: Cat has two copies of domestic cat agouti. All offspring will have agouti banded hair.
AFc/a: Cat has one copy each of domestic cat agouti and non-agouti. Offspring can be agouti, charcoal or non-agouti depending on the genetics of the mating.
a/a: Cat has two copies of domestic non-agouti (solid colored). Offspring can be agouti, charcoal or non-agouti depending on the genetics of the mating.
- UC DAVIS VETERINARY GENETICS LABORATORY
TO ORDER THE CHARCOAL DNA TEST OR A FULL BENGAL BREED COLOR PANEL, GO HERE.
To order the tests, you will need to create a login name and password. You can order the tests online and print up the order form. You will need to swab your cats and tape the q -tips to your order form and send them to Uc Davis. There will be more information on this procedure on the Uc Davis website.