About Bengals

Bengal is a descendent of the Asian Leopard Cat, the Latin name of which being felis bengalensis. Asian Leopard cats can be found living naturally in many Asian countries, through southern India, Thailand and into China.

Originally the Asian Leopard cat was bred with a domestic tomcat to produce the domestic Bengal; the lineage that we now use is from Asian Leopard Cats bred solely with Bengals. To be shown the Bengal must be at least four generations away from the Asian Leopard Cat; an F4 onwards.

There are two distinctly patterned Bengals; the Leopard Spotted and the Marble. The Leopard Spotted Bengal consists of two colours, the background; which can vary between tawny, tan, gold and rufus and the spots; a darker shade of rufus, dark brown or black. The spots should be randomly placed over the Bengals body.

The more contrast between the two colours, the more striking the pelt and therefore the more valued the cat. Highly prized is the rosette and paw-print rosette pelt; when the centre of the spot is a lighter shade than the surrounding pelt, as this is considered to most closely represent the Asian Leopard Cat.

The Marble cat generally has at least three colours, some having many more. The first two being the same as the Leopard Spotted with a rich mahogany or black outline of the marble pattern. Again, the more favourable cats are those with the most contrast in colours. The second colouring in Bengals is the Snow Leopard Bengal. This colouring is less well known and is made up entirely of varying shades of ivory.

The Bengal has a thick, smooth fur that is better described as a pelt which is non-moulting and so is therefore favourable with housewives and suit wearers alike. It is affectionate and mischievous, playful and curious. One difference between it and other breeds of domestic cats is its great love of water; the Bengal will play endlessly in a basin of water.