The leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) is a small wild cat native to South and East Asia.
Leopard cat subspecies differ widely in fur color, tail length and skull shape. There are significant differences between the southern populations and those in Japan and China. The most extended one is the one properly called Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis) which fur color is yellowish brown with clear black markings that may be spotted or rosetted. So, this is the species I have selected to start my new model
However, because of their distinct forms, colors and size, as you can see in the picture, it is also worthy to make in the future a different models for those called Irimote Cat, in Japan, and Amur leopard Cat in China.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Archeological and morphometric studies have indicated that the first cat species to become a human commensal or domesticate in Neolithic China was the leopard cat, beginning at least 5000 years ago. However, as we already discussed in previous posts, these cats were ultimately replaced by historic times with cats descended from Felis sylvestris lybica of the Middle East.
Any way, since the 1960s the Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis) has been mated with a domestic cat to produce hybrid offspring known as the Bengal cat. This hybrid is usually permitted to be kept as pet without a license, not like pure leopard cat that in most places requires one.