A Few Facts About Bengals

Definition - The Bengal cat is a unique breed resulting from a cross between the endangered Asian Leopard Cat and domestic cat in the desire to preserve the wild look and beauty of the leopard cat but in pet form. Abyssinians, Egyptian Maus, Ocicats, or Siamese (in the case of the Snow varieties) are generally used.

Foundation - First generation offspring (F1) of the mating between the leopard cat and domestic cat have much of its wild heritage and usually do not make good pets. Males of this generation are sterile. With each generation (F2, F3 and F4) they become more domesticated while still maintaining their beauty and uniqueness. The generation following the F3's (F-4's) are Bengals (SBT's).

Intelligence - Very intelligent. Although I believe most cats are a lot smarter than they like to let you know, Bengals are quick to "get the idea".

Gentleness - By far the most gentle of all the cats I have ever owned. In most instances, they play with you with their claws retracted.

Coats - Known for their soft, pelt like, fur and distinctive coat patterns. They also can possess glitter, rosettes, or both.

     A Bengal that possesses glitter looks as if they have been sprinkled with fine gold dust on the very tips of each hair on their coat. In the right light and angle, their coats literally shimmer with glittery gold.

     Rosetting appears as a third color, distinctly different from their ground color and their spots. It shows up within a circle, or partial circle giving richness and depth to their coat.

     All Bengals must have a black or dark brown tipped tail and black or dark brown paw pads. Their whisker pads should be lighter in color than the rest of their face. Their belly should be spotted and many have lighter, spotted bellies.

Fuzzies - From approximately 3 weeks of age until about 16 weeks, kittens display a fuzziness and graying that blurs their markings and effects their color. This is due to their wild heritage as wild leopard cat cubs display this muted coloration as a protective camouflage. It will gradually disappear and your Bengal's markings and rich colored coat will develop and you will not be disappointed! Bengal markings can develop for up to a year, sometimes longer.

If you have any specific questions, or would like to learn more about these extraordinary little creatures, please do not hesitate to ask me.