Bengal cats are active, curious, intelligent companions that are
very entertaining. Some have an affinity for water, all a love
for heights, and are excellent climbers. Bengal cats vary
in personality a direct relationship to temperament inheritance
and how they are raised and handled influences their
personality development. Well socialized, late generation Bengal
cats, make excellent, reliable pets that adapt to many different
important to remember the Bengal catís strong muscular body
means vertical as well as horizontal movement to enable them to
move well, carpeted and sisal wrapped climbing trees provide
hours of entertainment as you watch these little athletes move
through your home.
your new cat or kitten slowly to its new home. If you have other
animals, don't expect everyone to get along right away. Instead,
take your time and be patient. By respecting the needs of each
individual you'll go a long way in becoming a multi-pet family.
The average transition time for new animals in a multi-pet
household is two weeks. I will work with you to assure an easy
transition. In general, your new kitten will be more talkative
for a few days and will need special attention.
kitten will enjoy climbing areas, scratching posts, and every
Bengal cat needs toys! Have a litter pan in an area that is
easily accessible and food that the kitten is used to. Any
changes should be done slowly.
cat appears to walk from the wild into the show hall.
Temperament is dependable, curious, intelligent, interactive and
loving. Ancestral models, felis catus and prionailurus
bengalensis, create patterns reminiscent of the wild as will
as patterns completely new and unique to both models. The Bengal
cat is athletic, sleek and muscular; medium to large in size,
allowance made for smaller females. Characteristics in the
appearance of the Bengal cat distinct from those found in other
domestic cat breeds given special merit.
Shape: Broad modified wedge with rounded contours. Longer
than it is wide. Allowance to be made for jowls in adult males.
Size: Slightly small in proportion to body, but not
to be taken to extreme. Profile: Gently curving
forehead to bridge. Bridge of nose extends above the eyes.
The line is a very slight, to nearly straight concave curve.
Overall look gives a distinct head from the domestic cat.
Chin: Strong chin aligns with tip of nose in profile.
Muzzle: Full and broad, with large, prominent whisker
pads and high, pronounced cheekbones. Nose: has a very
slight concave curve. Nose Leather: Large and wide,
Size: Overall size medium. Height: Medium to
medium-short, allowance to be made for larger appearing ears on
kittens up to 12 months. Base: Wide in proportion to
height. Tips: Rounded desirable. Placement:
Set as much on side as top of head, following the contour of the
face in the frontal view, and tipping forward in the profile
view. Furnishings: Light horizontal
furnishings acceptable; but lynx tipping undesirable.
Shape: Oval, almost round. Size:
Large, but not bugged. Placement: Set wide
apart, back into face, and on slight bias toward base of ear.
Color: Eye color independent of coat color except in
the lynx points. Special Merit: Richness and depth of
Size: Thick and muscular, large in proportion to
Length: Long, and in proportion to body
Torso: Long and substantial, but not oriental or foreign.
Size: Medium to large. Boning:
Robust, never delicate. Musculature: Very
muscular, especially in the males, one of the most
distinguishing features. Consideration: Smaller size
allowed in females.
slightly longer in the back than in the front. Boning:
Large and substantial. Never delicate.
Very muscular, like the body.
Shape: Thick, with rounded tip highly desired.
Size: Medium large. Length: Medium.
Size: Large. Shape: Round.
prominent. Boning: Robust, Never delicate.
Very muscular, especially in the males, one of the most
distinguishing features. Allowance to be made for the generally
slighter musculature of the females.
Length: Short to medium. Allowance for
slightly longer coat in kittens. Texture:
Thick, luxurious, and unusually soft to the touch. Close lying.
Glitter: Comes from a domestic outcross into the first
Bengal cats. It is a simple recessive giving a metallic look to
the hair and a softer texture. While unique to the Bengal cat it
is not required and should not be a considering factor
Contrast with ground color must be extreme, giving
distinct pattern and sharp edges. The ground color has agouti
banding, the uniformity of this banding gives clarity to the
ground coloring. Pattern that lies deep on the hair shaft gives
Spotted Pattern: Random, horizontal or
diagonal. As little as possible like the mackerel or
Rosettes: Showing two distinct colors or shades are
preferable to single spotting, but not required. Shape:
Paw print, arrowhead, doughnut, semi circular, clustered, or odd
shapes showing pattern distinct from domestic cats. Contrast
with ground color should be extreme, giving distinct pattern and
sharp edges. Strong, bold chin strap and mascara markings
desirable. Necklaces can be broken or unbroken. Blotchy
horizontal shoulder streaks desirable. Belly must be spotted.
Virtually white underside and belly highly desired. Special
Merit given to unique patterning that strikes the eye as
Marbled Pattern: Markings, while derived from the classic tabby gene,
and the horizontal pull of the non-domestic giving a uniquely
different pattern with as little "bulls-eye" similarity as
possible. Pattern shall, instead, be random giving the
impression of marble or the impression of chaining with a
horizontal flow when the cat is stretched. Vertical striped
mackerel influence is also undesirable. There should be little
verticality to the pattern. Preference should be given to
cats with three or more shades; i.e., ground color, markings,
and dark outlining of those markings. Contrast must
be extreme, with distinct shapes and sharp edges. Strong, bold
chin strap and mascara markings desirable. Necklaces can be
broken or unbroken. Belly must be patterned. Virtually white
underside and belly highly desired. Special Merit given
to unique patterning that strikes the eye as being non-domestic.
Special Note: As the interplay of genes, domestic with non-domestic and
the interplay of pattern flow coming from the mackerel, classic
and non-domestic unique patterns are being created that will not
easily be defined as marble or spotted. As the breeders select
for these unique characteristics, it is recognized that further
clarification will be necessitated in the standard. Until that
time, select for uniqueness and non-domestic attributes.
Spotted or Marbled Patterns
Brown Tabby, Seal Lynx Point Tabby, Seal Sepia Tabby, Seal Mink
Tabby, Seal Silver Lynx Point Tabby, Seal Sepia Silver Tabby,
Seal Mink Silver Tabby
Brown Tabby: All variations are allowed; however, a high degree of
rufinism, yielding a yellow, buff, tan, golden, or orange ground
color is preferred. Markings may be virtually
black, brown, tan, or various shades of brown. Light
spectacles encircling the eyes and a virtual white ground color
on the whisker pads, chin, chest, belly and inner legs [in
contrast to the ground color of the flank and back] is
desirable. *Rims of eyes, lips, and nose should be
outlined with black, and center of nose should be brick red.
Paw pads and tail tip must
be black. Eye color: Gold to Green.
*DO NOT PENALIZE:
Cats with a T shirt white, patterned with markings
underside (showing it is not the white spotting factor) if the
center of the nose is not brick red and if the paw pads are
other than black.
The ground color should be cold, light silver, with black
markings. Tarnish coloring is undesirable. The rims
of the eyes, nose and lips should be outlined in black. The
center of the nose leather should be brick red outlined in
black. Paw pads are to be black. Tail tip must be black. Belly
must be patterned. Eye color the same as the brown tabby, green
to gold, green preferred.
In general the seal silver coloring is colder than the
non-silver seal coloring.
Seal Lynx Point Tabby: Ground color should be ivory to cream with
pattern clearly visible. Pattern can vary in color from
dark seal brown, light brown, tan, or buff, with the light
spectacles, whisker pads, and chin. There should be little
difference between color of body markings and point color.
Paw pads and tail tip must be dark seal brown. Eye
color: Blue with richness in color. Allowance should be
made for incomplete markings in kittens.
Lynx Point Tabby: Body ranging from ivory to pale warm beige. Tabby
pattern to be brown to brownish black, distinctly separate from
the ground color. Paw pads and eye color the same as seal
lynx point tabby.
Seal Mink Tabby: Ground color should be ivory, cream, or light tan with
pattern clearly visible. Pattern may be various shades of seal
mink to a dark seal mink. Ivory cream spectacles encircling the
eyes, and ivory cream whisker pads and chin are desirable.
There should be very little or no difference between the color
of body markings and point color. Paw pads must be
dark brown with rosy undertones allowed. Tail tip must
be dark seal brown. Eye color: Aqua [blue-green] to Green,
the more richness and depth of color the better.
Silver Tabby: Body ranging from ivory to light tan. Tabby pattern to be
light medium brown to brown. Eye color, paw pads and nose
leather the same as the seal mink tabby.
Seal Sepia Tabby: Ground color should be ivory, cream, or light tan with
pattern clearly visible. Seal Sepia Tabby Pattern may be various
shades of seal sepia to dark seal sepia. Ivory cream spectacles
encircling the eyes, and ivory cream whisker pads and chin are
desirable. There should be very little or no difference
between the color of body markings and point color. Paw
be dark brown with rosy undertones allowed. Tail tip
be dark seal brown. Eye color: Gold to Green, the
more richness and depth of color the better.
Seal Sepia Silver Tabby: Body ranging from ivory to tan. Tabby pattern brown.
Eye color, paw pads and nose leather the same as the seal sepia
Temperament must be unchallenging. Any sign of definite
challenge shall disqualify. Cat may exhibit fear, seek to
flee, or generally complain aloud, but may not threaten to harm.
Bengals should be confident, alert, curious, and friendly cats.