Loved by those who appreciate its inquisitive and loving nature, the Bengal is a medium to large cat renowned for its richly coloured, highly contrasted coat of vivid spots or distinctive marbling. Originally developed from crosses between the domestic cats and the Asian Leopard Cat, the Bengal is the only domestic cat that can have rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots. Today's domestic Bengal cat comes only from breeding Bengals to other Bengals and requires no specialised care. Since their beginnings in 1986, the Bengal's regal beauty and alluring charm have quickly made it one of the most popular breeds. Employing scientific insights and a cooperative spirit, Bengal breeders continue to develop these stunning cats with careful selection for temperament, health and beauty. Bengals participate in TICA shows throughout the world and have a devoted following of happy pet owners who couldn't imagine sharing their lives with anything other than these feline beauties.
While you can train a Bengal to have "good manners", they are an active, inquisitive cat that loves to be up high. If you don't like a cat to leave the floor, a Bengal is probably not the right cat for you. Bengals are busy by nature. They are very affectionate and can be a "lap cat" whenever THEY want to be, but in general their idea of fun is playing, chasing, climbing and investigating. When a Bengal is in full play mode, it's rather like trying to hold on to running water! They'll often save the cuddle time for when they want to sleep. Many Bengals enjoy water and may join you in brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Some Bengals are vocal while others are more quiet and selective about using their voice.
Bengals will also, in general, ALWAYS want to be where you are. After all, that's where the action is! And Bengals are all about "The Action". When given the choice of a static toy, and one that does wild, unpredictable things, Bengals will always choose the "wild" one! For individuals or families who enjoy rambunctious, funny, beautiful and dynamic feline companionship, consider the Bengal.
The Bengal is most noted for it luxurious short, soft coat which may appear in either the spotted or marble pattern. Some Bengal's coats feature something called glitter which imparts an iridescent sheen to each hair. The spotted pattern is most associated with the "leopard look" as the coat features clearly discernible spots and rosettes. The Bengal's spots can be large or small and often include rosettes, like the spots of Jaguars and Leopards, which are two- toned spots. Bengals may also be marbled, which is a derivative of the classic or "bull's eye" pattern found in many breeds of cats but with an especially dramatic appearance in Bengals. The marbled Bengal has a swirling pattern that appears as random swirls or thick diagonal and horizontal lines flowing across the coat of the cat.
The most popular colour of the Bengal is the brown/black tabby, a lacklustre description for coats that can be anywhere from a cool grey to vibrant shades of golden, bronze, copper or mahogany with spots or marbling ranging from rich browns to intense black. Bengals also come in a range of colours associated with a form of albinism, called "snow" by breeders, that indicates Siamese and Burmese ancestry. In these colours the coat appears ivory, cream or light tan with spots or marbling that may range from light brown to dark chocolate and the eye color is blue to aqua. Silver Bengals have grey to nearly white backgrounds with dark grey to black patterns. Also distinctive about the Bengal's colouring is that they may have nearly white undersides and facial markings that still show the tabby pattern.
Bengals are medium to large cats, from 3-8 kgs, with males generally being larger than females. A healthy Bengal is well muscled and has an appearance that depicts its athleticism. Bengals are balanced cats and none of its physical features should appear exaggerated or especially pronounced.
Bengals are generally confident, curious and devoted companions. They get along well with other pets when properly introduced and enjoy being part of a family. Each Bengal is an individual and those interested should find out as much as they can about this wonderful breed before adding one to their family.
There are several colours and patterns in the Bengal breed. Accepted colours can differ between cat associations, so it is always a good idea to first find out whether your cat registration body accepts the colour you are after. Spotted, rosetted and marbled patterns are world wide accepted within the breed.
Brown, Snow and silver are recognised and world wide accepted colours.
The colour brown has a wide variation within the breed. It can vary from almost black to beige, with darkbrown, caramel, golden, honey and beige as acceptable variations. Even red falls within the recognised range.
Brown cats have green, golden or hazel coloured eyes.
Charcoal is currently a very populair colour, allthough most associations register charcoal cats under the colour ‘brown’. Officially the cat carries the brown gene, which makes the classification probably even more difficult.
Charcoal can be inherited with other colours and there are charcoal browns, charcoal silvers (picture) and even charcoal snows.
Snow bengals can be divided in three groups. The Seal Lynx Point, the Seal Mink and the Seal Sepia.
The Seal Lynx Point is the lightest snow colour and these kittens are often born totally white. The points (head, feet and tail) are usually darker. The Seal Lynx Point has clear blue eyes, leather nose and black tail tip.
The Seal mink is slightly darker, and has a more creamy background with cinnamon coloured markings. Their eye colour can vary from turquoise to green.
The Seal Sepia is a snow with darker markings (sepia to brown) and with eyes that are brown, green or hazel coloured. The markings on the kittens are usually visible at birth.
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