I founded Avondell Bengals in 1993 and joined TIBCS
(The International Bengal Cat Society) shortly after.
Along with Bengal breeder and wildlife biologist
Pam Knowles, I co-authored the original TIBCS
Breeder of Distinction Program, which I chaired for
several years. My determination was and is to establish
and maintain a family of cats which would reflect
what has become the Avondell Bengals motto,
Leopard Beauty Always"
The Bengal as a breed has come a long way since those
early days, and the Avondell family has progressed as well.
My sincere thanks to to all of the dedicated breeders and
fanciers I've had the pleasure of working with, and
particularly to my dear friend and Bengal breed founder
Jean Mill for all of her encouragment and her inspiration
in this effort. I shall always treasure my visits to her
Today I am proud to have produced both grand champion
show winning cats and a number of top quality individuals
earning titles and producing beautiful Bengals for others.
Most importantly, I feel that the small family of cats
I have today fully represent both the sweet, gregarious
nature and the true leopard type for which they have
been carefully and selectively bred for these
many generations. I am proud to present them, and their
ancestors, here for your enjoyment.
The Snowcub Cat
The Snowcub is a breed under development. It embodies
what we feel are the best traits of the Cashmere Bengals
enhanced by the development of a cat of huge size, extremely
laid back and easygoing personality, the head and body type
and long thick tail reminiscent of the wild Snow Leopard
(rather than of the Asian Leopard Cat), huge polydactyl feet,
and the appearance of glitter on every cat. The Snowcub is
a completely domestic breed reflecting no
"wild cross" generations and will be the cat of choice
for everyone wanting a huge, gentle natured, fluffy
Leopard spotted kitty with big, talented "double paws"
and a stunning glitter coat.
The Snowcub breeding program is small, and has been
developing slowly in the hands of several breeders
both in the U.S. and Canada. At this time, we are referring
all Snowcub inquiries to other breeders as we do not have
any breeding queens currently in residenc. Avondell does,
however, maintain an ongoing interest in the development
of the Snowcub.
The Cashmere Bengal Cat:
It was back in 1995 that I first becme interested in the idea
of a long coated Bengal cat. After several years of researching
and determining that longcoat carriers solidly occur in every
line of Bengal pedigrees, I founded the first
One of the first to join the group was Renete Mock, a breeder
from Germany, who's dream it was to bring notoriety to the
longcoat under the name "Cashmere". I adopted the name
Cashmere Bengal and promoted it throughout the
international fancy. Today the Avondell Cashmere Bengals
are well known and sought after for their sweet and loving
personalities, their leopard beauty, and their easy care
semi-longhair coats that add a luxurious plush quality to
their overall beauty. Many Avondell Cashmeres have been
placed with allergy suffers who report that they have no
problem living with these cats and have dubbed them to
be genuinely low allergen. As well, one was placed with an
exotic fur expert who says: "This cat has a coat that is softer
than that of ANY wild animal - bar none!"
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Hearthside Maine Coon Cats
As a native New Englander, my first feline love was the big, sweet,
shaggy, lovable Maine Coon Cat. After moving to California in
1986, I spent a number of years seeking out a Maine Coon of the
type I remembered as a child. Disappointed in the effort, I never
found one. Then in 2016, I renewed my search, this time using the
internet. One particular morning I clicked on a link to a FaceBook
page, and there he was - The most beautiful Maine Coon kitten
I could have ever hoped to lay eyes on! Never in my thrill of
finding him did I EVER think he might actually be within my
grasp of ownership. Not only was he far too gorgeous to expect to
still be available by the time I could type an inquiry, but he was in
Russia - all the way on the other side of the world!
It is with deep gratitude to premier Maine Coon Cat breeder
Ekaterina Ryzhova, great personal joy, and immense pride in
ownership that I invite you meet this glorious cat - the foundation
of the Avondell Maine Coon Cats: The American Original with a
Russian soul. Luxury Line Urfin Juice - from Russia with love.