In the explainer video by Vox, they detail the process a cat breeder goes through to create a new cat. The breeders had success with creating wild, yet domestic cats such as the Bengal, Savannah, and the Toyger (a tiger and domestic cat mix).
Other factors are also considered during the breeding process such as the spot pattern and color on the cat’s fur. If you wondered how wild cats can be domestic cats, watch the video below.
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.