AOV - Any Other Variety
These colors/patterns/hair lengths have no Point Value for showing in CFA as they are not fully accepted. But, these colors can be shown in the AOV class. Some of these traits greatly help and influence many of our breeding programs (Melanistic Alleles for instance) so they are also important to our breed. Since these Bengals are a natural part of how the CFA Bengal came into existence, these colors can happen. While some of these colors are "Bred away from", with current genetic testing available at such a reasonable cost, we can easily use these tests on any kittens we want to make part of our breeding programs. Because of this, it should not be a concern of Bengal Breeders to have these traits in our cats. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and some breeders and pet clients enjoy these unique colors because it their exclusivity.
Please send me your photos when you have Bengals with these colors!
1. CFA Definition of AOV:
Article 2, section 2.20c of the 2019-2020 Show Rules:
The AOV class is for any registered cat or registered kitten, the ancestry of which entitles it to Championship or Premiership competition, but which does not (color wise; coat wise; sex wise; as in the case of naturally tailless or naturally partially tailless breeds, tailwise; or ear wise) conform to the accepted show standard. A cat with a disqualifying trait(s) as listed in the breed standard is not eligible for competition in the AOV class.
These are the additional colors that are not already described previously and are in our standard separated from the colors above.
The following colors, come in the Rosetted/Spotted, and Marble Patterns:
Breed Council Change Considerations:
NOTE: Rose highlight indicates a "Strike-through" of wording in the Bengal Breed standard to be removed. Gold highlight indicates an "underline" which is new wording being proposed to add in to the Bengal Standard.
1. Remove all Color and Pattern descriptions that are only part of AOV or DISQUALIFICATION (Still leaving their Names)
A. We may not need to describe all colors as part of our standard if they are "AOV".
B. 2018 proposed Ballot question also removed these descriptions and it almost passed with 49%
C. 2017 proposed paper from Marianne's group also agreed with removal of these color, pattern and coat length descriptions.
A. They are already included within our standard, maybe we want to keep them.
B. According to a discussion with Breeds and Standards, we need to list the colors but we can removed descriptions for these AOV colors.
NOTE: THERE ARE CURRENTLY 77 PROPOSALS 2019 BALLOT - IT IS ALREADY A VERY LONG DOCUMENT, SO I AM LEAVING OFF ALL SUGGESTED COLOR CHANGES CONTAINED WITHIN THE AOV SECTION FOR 2019 IN ANTICIPATION OF A 60% MAJORITY VOTE TO REMOVE THE DESCRIPTIONS (but not the titles). SINCE THERE WAS A 49% APPROVAL LAST YEAR TO REMOVE BOTH HEADINGS AND DESCRIPTIONS, WE MAY NOT NEED TO ADDRESS ALL OF THE PATTERN/COLOR/COAT LENGTH SECTIONS THAT ARE VERY SELDOMLY SEEN AND MANY THAT MAY NEVER BE SEEN.
PROPOSAL # 74 ON THE 2019 BALLOT - Ballot Results: 37 yes, 30 no - 67 voters needs 41 "yes" votes to pass. Did not pass.
Breed Council Change Considerations for 2019 that did not get on the Ballot:
A. Add color to this eye section: "tbd"
Rationale: If we decide for Coat, Color & Pattern to be changed to only reflect the Bengal Pelt, then eye color portion of the current standard could be moved up to this part of the standard as it would be a better fit. Appropriate wording can be put together if this change is desired.
NOT CURRENTLY ON THE 2019 BALLOT IN HOPES THAT THE COUNCIL/BOARD WILL ALLOW US TO KEEP THE TITLES OF THE COLORS BUT REMOVE THE DESCRIPTIONS. WE CAN ADDRESS THIS IN 2020 IF PROPOSAL # 74 DOES NOT PASS.
B. For the 2020 Ballot, consider groupings for similar colors in AOV if the Council votes to approve currently proposed groupings of: Snow Charcoal, Blue Snow Charcoal, Silver Snow Charcoal and Blue Silver Snow Charcoal.
Rationale: Could shorten our standard.