At The Bengal Connection, our priority is to encourage and promote good ethical breeding. The TBC Certification program is an organized effort to recognize the breeders who are proactively health testing their cats and who have demonstrated their desire to put their cats’ well-beings first.
The TBC Certification program serves to emphasize the importance of health testing to prospective kitten buyers, while ensuring Certified breeders show up at the top of results within our Directory.
What we Look For
Each breeder who applies for the TBC Certification program will be manually reviewed for the following:
1) Agrees to the TBC Code of Ethics
How to qualify: Read and agree the TBC Code of Ethics.
2) Has an appropriate “Going Home Age”
Why: Kittens that are weaned too early are prone to lifelong behavior issues, including fear and aggression.
How to qualify: Verify that you do not allow your kittens to go home earlier than 12 weeks of age; preferably 14+ weeks
3) Proactively screens for HCM
Why: HCM is a devastating disease that causes heart failure. By regularly screening our breeders and their parents, we can work to reduce the prevalence of this disease within the breed.
How to qualify: Submit your echocardiogram reports completed by a certified cardiologist for any current breeders.
4) Tests for PRA-b
Why: PRA-b is genetic condition that causes blindness. It is easily tested for to ensure you don’t pair 2 carriers together.
How to qualify: Submit any supporting PRA-b DNA reports for your cattery. Tracing back lineage may require submitting pedigrees for current breeders.
5) Tests for PK-Def
Why: PK-Def is genetic condition that causes anemia and other blood-related issues. It is easily tested for to ensure you don’t pair 2 carriers together.
How to qualify: Submit any supporting PK-Def DNA reports for your cattery. Tracing back lineage may require submitting pedigrees for current breeders.
$50 from every new TBC Certification will be donated to The Lighting Fund to support the work of Dr. Kate Meurs in finding a gene to identify HCM in Bengals. Read More
How to Become TBC Certified
In order to become TBC Certified, you will need to submit a TBC Certification Application and wait for a manual review. This should be complete within 7 business days, depending on how much additional communication is required. After submitting your application, you’ll also need to upgrade your package to “TBC Certified Breeder” which costs $249/year.
Step 1: Submit your application
Step 2: Upgrade your listing
You will need to either upgrade an existing listing or create a new listing, and select the “TBC Certified Breeder” package for $249/year. Early-bird pricing is temporarily available for the first few breeders to join!
I have an account with an existing listing to upgrade:
Log in and click “Edit Listing” from your Dashboard. Edit your listing like normal, but select the new package. Allow the page to refresh with new fields and fill out the form.
I don’t have an account yet:
You will need to either create a new listing or claim an existing listing.
- Is your cattery already listed?
Click here to view the directory, and then search by breeder name to look for your cattery, or zoom in on your location. If you found yourself, click to view your listing and click the “Register to Claim” button to get started.
- Not listed? Go ahead and create a new listing.
To add a new listing, click here. You will need to create an account (register) or log in to view and fill out this form.