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Breeding Snows

I quite regularly get asked how to identify snows in litters. Breeders contact me when their Brown cats produce snows and they aren't experienced enough to know what colour they are. I have added this page to help with identifying snow kittens for breeders, but the information will be interesting to pet buyers too, so please have a read!

Seal Lynx Point (cs/cs)

Seal Lynx Point kittens are genetically cs/cs. For genetic information and what to expect from Seal Lynx Point matings, please refer to our Genetics page.

Below are a few examples of Lynx kittens from birth before going in to more detail

Adabel Moonlight - Rosé x Hunter kitten

 <1 day old 2 weeks old 4 weeks old
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  6 weeks old   11 weeks old   13 weeks old
   

 Adabel Arc Angel and Adabel Silky Mist - Rosé x Halo kittens

 1 week old 3 weeks old
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As you can see above, Lynx kittens not all develop their colour and pattern at the same rate.


Moonlight was born with a light pattern, as shown in the first photo, then quickly faded over the first 24 hours to being virtually pure white. There was visible colour on his nose, ears, legs and tail. It is very slowly developing and darkening, but it will take a long time to come through.

Angel and Misty are half sisters to Moonlight. They share the same mum. These girls were born with a full pattern, so dark and defined I thought they might be Mink. Within 24 hours the colour turned into a grey colour and I knew they were both Lynx. Unlike Moonlight, their pattern didn’t fade away, it just changed from a really muddy colour to an obvious grey colour.

One very easy way to tell if you have a Lynx, is to wait until they open their eyes. If you take a photo with flash, and the eye colour shines back red, you have a Lynx. Lynx usually have beautiful blue eyes, but I’ve seen some odd colouring, one of my previous queens had a muddy, grey/green eye colour as seen below

 Good eye colour for a Lynx Incorrect eye colour for a Lynx
  

 

My Lynx kittens are born with very dark blue eyes, much more deep in colour than my other kittens at the same age 

 

 Lynx Kitten 6 weeks Brown Kitten 6 weeks
  

 

Seal Mink (cb/cs)

Seal Mink kittens are genetically a mix of Lynx and Sepia genes. They are genetically cb/cs. For genetic information and what to expect from Mink matings, please refer to our Genetics page.

I have a hard time with visually determining Mink from Sepia when they are born. As with Brown Bengals, there is a wide variation in the colours, from rufoused snows to cool snows. Below are two examples of Mink kittens, both of which are completely unrelated

 2 weeks old 8 weeks old
  
 1 day old 8 weeks old
  

As you can see, as babies they look completely different. The top one is very light in colouring, the bottom has very dark markings on it's head particularly. At 8 weeks they start looking more similar. If there is a chance of Mink and Sepia in the same litter, and I am unsure of colour, I always send off a DNA sample to UC Davis.

As adults, Mink Bengals usually have aqua eyes, but the standard does not make this compulsory, and I have seen Mink's with green and gold eyes also. I am yet to produce one. Below are two examples of eye colour in my Minks

                       

  • Newborn
    Newborn
  • 1 week old
    1 week old
  • 2 weeks old
    2 weeks old
  • 3 weeks old
    3 weeks old
  • 4 weeks old
    4 weeks old
  • 6 weeks old
    6 weeks old
  • 8 weeks old
    8 weeks old
  • 11 weeks old
    11 weeks old
  • 5 months old
    5 months old
  • Newborn
    Newborn
  • 1 week old
    1 week old
  • 2 weeks old
    2 weeks old
  • 3 weeks old
    3 weeks old
  • 4 weeks old
    4 weeks old
  • 5 weeks old
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  • 5 months old
    5 months old

Seal Sepia (cb/cb)

Seal Sepia kittens are genetically cb/cb. For genetic information and what to expect, from Sepia matings, please refer to our Genetics page.

I have now had a few litters with Sepia and Mink in the same litter. One would assume that the Sepia kittens would be born darker in their markings than Mink's, but to date this hasn't been the case. What I have noticed is that Mink patterns get warmer, to a sandy colour. Sepia get cooler and go more of a chocolate brown. By around 8 - 10 weeks it becomes much more obvious (by then though I've lost patience and DNA tested them!)

Here are two examples of Sepia Bengals

3 days old 6 weeks old
  
 1 day old 12 weeks
  

Eye colour in Sepia's I've bred have all been green. I do know there are also Sepia's with gold eyes.

Lets play a game!

 Can we accurately identify these babies at 2 days old?

 Adabel BlackLabel Freya

One day old 6 weeks old
  

 

Adabel Acacia Aurea

 One day old 6 weeks old
  

 

Adabel Caleyi

 One day old 6 weeks old
  

Answers:
Adabel BlackLabel Freya - Sepia
Adabel Acacia Aurea - Mink
Adabel Caleyi - Mink