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Cat asher - a myth or a sensational reality?
In 2006, the world flew around a message that made the effect of a bomb exploding in the world of animal lovers: the American company LIFESTYLE PETS, as a result of the synthetic crossing of the African serval genes , wild Asian and ordinary domestic cats, brought out a new breed. Referring to the eastern origin of the new race, it was named after the Babylonian goddess Astarte (in English Asher). Photos of these "divine" felines in the shortest time became leaders in the number of clicks on the Internet. First of all, the size of "pets" hit: the average cat of the asher breed reached a length of one meter and weighed about 14 kilograms. The size of a large dog was complemented by the hefty fangs and color of a leopard.
The company that brought out the largest domestic cat in the world, said that the character of the representatives of this breed is the friendliest: they like to rub against the feet
The agiotage lasted about two years, until in 2008 a certain Chris Shirk from Pennsylvania (USA), a breeder cultivating the Savannah breed, did not recognize in the photo posted on the Internet, which allegedly depicted the cat of an asher, his pet. Chris said that this animal was purchased by a Lifestyle Pets employee to fraudulently inflate the price of Savannah. The latter breed is also quite large in size, because it was bred by crossing a serval and a domesticated Bengal cat (and this latter, in turn, is a descendant of the wild cat of Bengal.
The company "US Fish and Wildlife", which Chris Shirk addressed, conducted an investigation with DNA samples. Have
Lifestyle Pets published an assurance that the case with Shirk was exclusively private, caused by the company's dishonest employee, and that the asher cat does exist as an independent synthetic breed. However, the prices for representatives of this race have fallen very much. Even for kittens of a very rare Royal variety, which do not have black and orange leopard spots on the back of the caramel, they give no more than 22 thousand dollars.