"A touch of nature's beauty with the loving disposition of the domestic cat"
Loved by those who appreciate its inquisitive and loving nature, the
Bengal is a medium to large cat renowned for its richly colored, highly
contrasted coat of vivid spots or distinctive marbling. Originally
developed from crosses between the domestic house cat and the Asian
Leopard Cat, only domestic cat that can have rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars, Ocelots and
Margays. Today's domestic Bengal Cat comes only from breeding Bengals to other Bengals and requires no specialized 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 cooperative spirit, Bengal breeders continue to develop these stunning cats with careful selection for temperament, health and beauty. Bengal's 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.
Throughout history there are indications of a profound human fascination with the large and small wild felines t that inhabit the jungles and forests of the world. In 1963, Jean S. Mill crossed the domestic cat with the Asian Leopard Cat, a spotted five to twelve pound shy wild cat species from Asia. This was the first effort to use hybrid offspring to create a breed of domestic cat with the loving nature of a favored fireside tabby and the striking look associated with Leopards, Ocelots and Jaguars. The modern Bengal breed traces to cats bred by Mrs. Mill beginning in the early 1980's. The breed's name is a reference to the scientific name of the Asian Leopard Cat, Prionailurus Bengalensis. The hybrid crosses are registered as Foundation (F1, F2 & F3) Bengals that are not eligible for show and only the females are used for breeding. Accepted as a new breed in TICA in 1986, Bengal's gained championship status in 1991. They are now one of the most frequently exhibited breeds in TICA. An enthusiastic group of breeders around the world have successfully fulfilled the goal of creating a docile, civilized house cat that wears the richly patterned coat of the jungle cats and has some of the arresting features that have inspired and aroused humanity for centuries.
While you can train a Bengal to have "good manners", they are an active, inquisitive cat that
loves to be up high. If you do not like cats that leave
the floor, a Bengal is probably not the right cat for you.
Bengals are busy by nature. They are affectionate and
can be great "lap cats" 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 a choice between 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 its 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 or rosettes. The Bengal's spots can be large or small and often include rosettes, like the spots of leopards and jaguars, which are two-toned spots. Bengals may also be marbled, which is a derivation 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 color of the Bengal is the brown/black tabby, a lackluster 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 froom rich browns to inntense black. Bengals also come in a range of colors associated with a form of albinism, called "snow" by breeders, that indicates Siamese and Burmese ancestry. In these colors the coat appears ivory, cream or light tan with spots or marbliing that may range froom light brown to dark chocolate and the eye color is blue or aqua. Silver Bengals have grey to nearly white backgrounds with dark grey to black patterns. Also dinstinctive about the Bengal's
coloring is that they should have nearly white undersides and
and facial markings that still show the tabby pattern. Bengals
are medium to large cats, from 6-15 pounds, with males generally
being larger than females. A healthy Bengal is well muscled and
has an appearance that depicts its athleticism. Bengals should
be a balanced cat with none of its physical features appearing
exaggerated or especially pronounced. Bengals are generally
confident, curious and devoted companions. They get along with
other pets when properly introduced and enjoy being part of the
family. Each Bengal is an individual and those interested should
find out as much as they can about this wonderful breed.