Typha-Typhast Cattery was established by Rosie and Barrie Alger-Street who have been involved with cats all their lives in one way or another. Barrie's father bred Persians so he was brought up in a very cat orientated breeding household, whereas Rosie's mother took in all the local pregnant strays who had litters of kittens in the bottom of the kitchen cupboard. Totally different approaches, but still highly educational and a good grounding for their future vocation.
Barrie went into the Navy for 24 years and had to forego felines for that period, and Rosie had full-time employment and didn't think it fair to keep pets as well. However, as soon as she was able to go part-time, Rosie got her first Burmese - Moorings Seryna Sadie and in the early seventies the famous Typha-Typhast Cattery line was started.
Now here comes the lovely mushy bit! Barrie and Rosie met outside a cat pen at The Rosery in 1991, when Barrie came up to collect a friend's Burmese from stud. Barrie was already involved with Burmese at that time but was also all fired up about Bengals and kept visiting to chat about cats and Bengals in particular. He finally persuaded Rosie that there were other cats as good as Burmese and they consequently were among the first to bring Bengals into this country.
For over 30 years, Typha-Typhast Cattery has been synonymous with highly successful Burmese breeding in the UK by Rosie Alger. Rosie's dedication to the Burmese breed has been constant throughout with temperament, health and type being paramount in her highly successful lines - qualities that have ensured three decades of outstanding success on the show bench for the Typha Burmese and their offspring.
When Rosie and Barrie got together in 1991, it coincided with Rosie's interest in creating Burmese based Bombays and Asian Selfs and Barrie's fascination for Bengals. The prefix Typhast was added for Barrie, but Alger and Street soon became Alger-Street and today they breed jointly under Typha and Typhast with Typha being maintained for the Burmese and Asian Selfs and Typhast being used for Bengals. Rosie is a GCCF judge for all three breeds. With such a successful blue-print to follow from the Burmese, it is not surprising that as some of the foundation breeders of Bengals in the U.K., the same philosophy was adopted.