Is a Cheetoh a Mutt?
There is one outspoken breeder. who perhaps feeling intimidated by the emergence of the Cheetoh cat breed, has challenged the validity of the Cheetoh breed by claiming that the Cheetoh is just a mutt, and has chosen to publish their views against the Cheetoh on their website.
To read this article as published on the website, you may click here.
In fairness, below is a break down and our response to the article. Let the reader discern.
“Other than a copyright infringement, ....."
Cheetos .....is a brand of delicious cheese flavored snacks.
2. Cheetah .....is a large cat with the scientific name of Acinonyx jubatus and is the worlds fastest land animal.
3. Cheetoh .....is a new breed of domestic cat that is a cross between specific linage of both the
Bengal and Ocicat breeds.
The fact is, the Cheetoh name is not a copyright infringement, If the Cheetoh name was actually copyright infringement, you would know the chances of being able to even read this response on a seven year old Cheetoh website with the Cheetoh name laden all through it, would be slim to none.
"Unfortunately, it's not unique, new, or a breed. The Cheetoh is just a mutt,"
"...is no different genetically than a Bengal, albeit an unregistered one, because the Ocicat was used to develop the Bengal."
The fact is, if you do a little research, you will find that the Ocicat was never used in any consistent way to
produce the Bengal breed. The International Cat Association and the early Bengal breeders who know the true history of the breed, know that breeds such as Egyptian Mau, Domestic Shorthair, Abyssinian, Ocicat, and even un-pedigreed cats were all used to create what is now the “Bengal” cat.
"Additional breeding to the Ocicat does no more to minimize the behavior and temperament issues caused by that than the careful breeding that is done by reputable Bengal breeders.
The fact is, if you know the history of the Bengal cat, then you would understand and appreciate the difficulties when breeding a domestic animal to an untamed wild animal. The Bengal breed has obviously made huge strides in being able to produce a beautiful cat with a mild temperament, but it also has come with a price and a lot of bad baggage.
Along with our Cheetoh cats, we also have Bengal cats and we love them just the same.
Ours are mild and are non-aggressive, but generally speaking (because there are always exceptions), they simply
do not have the same socially outgoing personality as the Ocicat's or Cheetoh's.
When ones have visited Wildspots cattery, they quickly can discern who's who.
Even those who have adopted our Cheetoh's and had owned a Bengal(or still do), also claim this same
"A Bengal from a reputable breeder is much more beautiful than any Cheetoh,
and is the same hybrid cross!"
The fact is, that there are many different beautiful cat breeds in this world,
and the Cheetoh cat is just another one of them.
As stated above, their overall personality, their physical stature, and physical size are what makes the Cheetoh cat
different from a Bengal cat. It is also what makes them uniquely beautiful.
Also as stated above, the Cheetoh is not the same hybrid cross.
One of the claims for the Cheetoh is that it is larger than both parent breeds. It shows an remarkable ignorance of genetics for the breeders to think it will be sustainable. All hybrid (crossing of two different breeds) animals tend to be larger than the parent breeds. However, it's not something that will be maintained in the "breed". It is only a characteristic of the foundation cross.
The fact is, if size can not be genetically maintained or sustained, then how would one explain the Maine Coon
breed or Munchkin breed?
One thing many people can understand without a college degree in genetics, is that when two big cats breed, they
make big kitties. Here at WildSpots, we have been a breeding Cheetoh's for almost 7 years now and we have
been able to consistently produce large offspring.
It's unlikely the "Cheetoh" will become a recognized breed bred by reputable breeders. When recently proposed as a breed to a larger, more ethical registry, even acceptance into the process of recognition was denied.
The fact is the Cheetoh became a recognized registered breed with the United Feline Organization
in November of 2004.
They are also registered under "experimental breed" with The International Cat Association (TICA), and this is the first step necessary to having the breed become recognized with TICA.
Neither the Ocicat nor the Bengal became registered in their first few years, in fact it took several years even decades for these breeds to become recognized. Its a bit pre-mature to try and present this in a negative light.
"However, it certainly hasn't stopped its creator and associates from asking 2 to 3 times the price of an Ocicat or a Bengal for "Cheetoh" kittens.
The fact is when I bought my first Ocicat, he was $400 and a male Bengal was $800.
Now just using the old math method I learned when I was in school, your suggesting that were asking anywhere
from $800-$2400 for our Cheetoh cats.
Here at WildSpots Cattery, our cats range in price anywhere from $200- $800.
The fact is that P. T. Barnum never did say this, it was likely Barnum’s competitor David Hannum that had
stated "There's a Sucker Born Every Minute".
There surely is enough room in this world for all of us who may have different views, likes and tastes.
Normally comments like these don't nourish my time, especially since most people can see right through to peoples motives. I guess since this particular article was so misleading and quite unfair, I just felt compelled to stand up for a breed I feel is worth defending......especially since they cant defend themselves.
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