First of all, I realize all about shelters, and I'm a strong advocate, and have gotten all of my animals from shelters, not to mention my family work for the Animal Rescue League. With that out of the way, I've been debating buying a pure bengal (which I know there's a high demand for already) and I want to know how to get started. I can't find any websites telling you how the process works. I would have to find a queen, and I wanted to know typically, does the stud owner get a stud fee and the pick of the litter? or do the queen and stud owners split the money of all the kittens down the middle?? Can anyone send me in the right direction as far as a website referal, or facts they know....ANYTHING!!!
Every time you stand your male to an outside female you stand the chance of exposing him to disease and parasites. FIP, FLV, chlamydia and rhino right off the top of my head, as well as worms, ear mites and fleas. If the owner of the prospective mommy is knowledgeable they will require you to provide a current vet certificate proving the male is FIP, FLV clear and in good breeding health.
The majority of catteries I have known run a closed operation to avoid these things. Using a tom at stud will almost guarantee him spraying, and the little girls are just as good at it, they just don't smell quite as strong. Tomcat urine is flammable so you have to make sure all electrical outlets where they might spray are covered in plastic.
Cats also don't move well so unless you have a secure facility you stand the risk of loosing the Queen, I owned a Somali female who could and would squeeze out of the mail chute in my house..
Well, I realize the risk of spraying, but you're saying if the male and female live in the same home the male may not spray?? Also, I just want to know typically when studding your male, how does the money part of it work you know?? Do the owners split the kitten money? Or I've heard of a stud fee?? Do you know of a website that tells me anything??
It doesn't matter whether it is a Tom, a male dog or a stallion letting them cover females live means they loose the ability to use both ends at the same time.
When I stood my male dogs at stud, the owner of the female was responsible for all costs, including testing and AI up front. It wasn't worth the risk and trouble to me so I did not make it easy. The stud fee was the value of a puppy.
It has been my experience that unless you own one of the top ranked horses/dogs/cats in the country people just aren't going to be beating a path to your door. We have a Pom here that went #5 in the country in limited showing the year he was shown and I believe he sired one outside litter even though he was advertized extensively.
Bear in mind that if you wish to appeal to the owners of registered females you are going to have to show your boy, if you are going to crossbreed you will be ostracized by the reputable ethical breeders.
You aren't going to get rich, never mind getting rich quick. Commit the following to mind, if something goes wrong it is going to be your fault, no matter what genetic mishap occurs it will have come from the stud. "My little Fifi is perfect don't you know?!!" Do yourself a favour, save yourself a lot of time and effort, go get a hammer, put your hand on a sidewalk and pound it with the hammer, it will be a lot less painful.
***Edited By: TJRuff on 7/19/2006 6:41:33 PM*** Reason: more info
I would imagine that it works the same as for dogs. Stud fee OR pick of litter, not both. And unless there are co-ownerships involved, the stud owner does not get to split the litter with the owner of the female.
You mentioned choosing a breed that is high demand. Are you planning to do this for profit?
My suggestion would be to continue to rescue those who are already here and need homes, spay and neuter. Though if you want more info, you can always post to huronbreeze, as she raises cats.