All About Cute Breed Bengal Cats
Back in the 1980’s Jean Mill (Millwood Bengals (USA) thought how wonderful it would be to have a domestic size cat with the exotic look and markings of a Leopard!
Jean acquired an Asian Leopard Cat (Felis Bengalensis) which is a small,forest-dwelling wild cat that inhabits parts of Asia. Its markings are similar to that of the Leopard.
The next step was the mating of the Asian Leopard Cat to the American Shorthair and domestic cat she used these cats to stabilize the timid, shy temperament of the Asian Leopard Cat.
After years of frustration and excitement, the Bengal cat as we know it today emerged.
Modern Day Bengals
The Bengals of today are truly a breed that intrigue and delight almost everyone who comes in contact with them. Their beautiful patterns, colors, and markings along with their inquisitive nature make them a unique breed to own.
Colors and Markings
Bengals come with varying background coat colors, cream, golden and orange, on these base color’s they can have either ‘spotting’ or the exotic ‘marbling’ pattern.
‘Rosettes’ highly sort after as this particular pattern most resembles the markings of the Asian Leopard Cat and the Leopard (see photo on the right)
Snow Coloured Bengal’s
Bengal’s also come in what is called ‘snow’ coloring and have the same markings and patterns as the traditional ‘brown or marbled’ Bengal’s. The ‘snow’s’ come in three different categories which are as follows:-
- Seal Lynx Snow
- Seal Mink Snow
- Seal Sepia Snow
Warpaint litter Bengal Temperament
Bengal’s are boisterous, energetic and very playful, sometimes a little headstrong and quite often naughty!!!
They are very intelligent and can be quite easily taught basic commands. Many walk on a leash and come when called, they love to retrieve paper or balls. They really are more dog like that cat!
I am sure they know what you are going to do before you do it!
I hope this introduction will encourage you in your final decision into owning one of these wonderful animals. I can almost guarantee you will not regret it!
Bengal Cats are not wild contrary to many people’s opinion. They were bred from the crosses of the Asian Leopard and domestic cats. And, now they are extremely popular since they make good pets and have a beautiful leopard-like coat. The breed is said to be more domestic than wild, yet it has retained some of the habits peculiar for a wild animal such as climbing trees. Nowadays, almost all major organizations recognize the breed and it is eligible for showing.
Bengal Cats – Description
These are large cats that can reach a size of 15 pounds. Females are usually smaller than males with the average weight being 8-10 pounds. They are robust rather than delicate and have a well-developed muscle structure. The legs should be slightly longer in the back than in the front. The feet are large and rounded. A broadhead that may seem slightly small in proportion to the body characterizes the breed. The muzzle is broad and has prominent whiskers with high cheekbones.
Bengal Cats Coat The Bengal cat has a very soft short to medium coat that is slightly longer in kittens. It is thick and luxurious and comes in various color patterns. Some Bengal cats may have a traditionally dark background color with stripes and spots. Others are called snows since the background color is creamy or pale white. It is desirable for Bengal Cats to have glitter.
Bengal Cats – Breeders – Rescues
Those Bengal cats that have at least three to four Bengal-to-Bengal breedings in their background are considered as the best pets. An SBT (stud book tradition) Bengal cat has four or more generations of Bengal-to-Bengal breedings. F1 Bengal cat comes from a breeding of a Bengal cat and the Asian Leopard, so F2 Bengal cats come from Bengal-to-Bengal breeding with one Bengal-to-Asian Leopard Cat breeding, etc. Once, the Bengal cat could be bred to cats with similar color pattern, yet this practice seems to be gradually reduced. Nowadays, most catteries breed Bengals to Bengals and are proud of their pets. The price of a Bengal cat varies from $650 to $800 and can reach as much as $2000. Needless to say, pet quality Bengal cats are comparatively less costly than show quality Bengal cats.
Those Bengal cats that have at least three to four Bengal-to-Bengal breedings in their background are considered as the best pets. An SBT (stud book tradition) Bengal cat has four or more generations of Bengal-to-Bengal breedings. F1 Bengal cat comes from a breeding of a Bengal cat and the Asian Leopard, so F2 Bengal cats come from Bengal-to-Bengal breeding with one Bengal-to-Asian Leopard Cat breeding, etc.
Once, the Bengal cat could be bred to cats with similar color pattern, yet this practice seems to be gradually reduced. Nowadays, most catteries breed Bengals to Bengals and are proud of their pets. Needless to say, pet quality Bengal cats are comparatively less costly than show quality Bengal cats.
TICA (The International Cat Association) registers Bengal Cats, so do most other registries except the CFA (Cat Fancier’s Association). For more information about standards and registries contact the AACE (American Association of Cat Enthusiasts), ACF (Australian Cat Federation), ACFA (American Cat Fanciers Association), TICA, or UFO (United Feline Organization). Various organizations dedicated solely to Bengal Cats can also provide information about the breed and breeding issues.