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    Bengal Cats - Concise and complete breed description
    The Bengal is one of the first new breeds to have been created by deliberately crossing domestic cats with wild cats. The result is a stunningly beautiful cat with a wild-looking tabby coat, sometimes featuring actual leopard-like
    rosettes.

    The Bengal breed is slowly gaining recognition with different breed associations. In 2016 the CFA - Cat Fanciers Association - accepted the Bengal breed under the miscellaneous category. However, these cats have quickly become very popular among cat lovers. While not many of us can afford to buy a purebred Bengal cat, we can all appreciate the beauty of the breed.

    Bengal Cats - Breed History

    The first documented crosses between domestic cats and Asian Leopard cats took place during the 1960s. In the beginning of the 1980s, a breeder from Arizona started a formal breeding program based on descendants of these hybrids. The emphasis in her program was mainly on coat pattern and color in an attempt to preserve the wild leopard look.

    Later, as the breed gained recognition with The International Cat Association (TICA), breed standards were established and the Bengal began to gain in popularity.

    Bengal Cats - Breed Description

    The Bengal is a medium-sized cat with a well-proportioned body type and head. Its most prominent feature is its wild looking coat, which resembles the coat of the Asian leopard. The coat pattern can be either spotted tabby or marble (classic) tabby. A wild look is desirable, preferably with prominent rosettes in the tabby markings.

    Beautiful Bengal Cat
    Most Bengal cats are brown tabbies, with different shades of red, sand, and yellow. A white coat, with the spotted or marble pattern, also exists. White Bengals are called "snow Bengals," and some have blue eyes to match.

    Some Bengals have a special "glitter" effect all over their coat. This golden shimmer is unique to Bengal cats and is encouraged in breeding programs.

    Bengals are social, active cats. They are completely domesticated, being at least four generations apart from their wild ancestors. They are curious and playful and require ample human attention.

    The Bengal cat must be at least four generations away from wild leopard cats. This ensures that the cat has the temperament and behavior patterns of a domestic cat and can be a social and affectionate pet in any household.

    Bengal Cats - Special Needs

    The Bengal needs only basic grooming. Its smooth rich coat looks best with a regular brush once a week.
    Bengal Cat on a sofar showing unique coat pattern of rosettes
    These are healthy and robust cats and they need lots of activity to keep their muscular bodies in shape.

    How about you? Do you have or have you had a bengal cat in your life? Let us know about him or her in a comment below and add a photo too!


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  1. Silver Crazy
    Endless fun, laughter and everyday something new.
    And a loyal loving cat..you are really owned by a Bengal.
    That is the way I describe all the Bengals I have owned.
    Definitely a cat for the experienced cat owner but a lot you have learned about cats you throw away as well when you get a Bengal. Forceful characters especially if they set their minds on something, don't let them see you open a window or something..they will watch you do it and have it open in a flash.
    One of mine was a toilet flusher, loved watching the water flow.
    My last one before Blue was my guard cat, would not let people into the house unless they come in with me, would get jealous if I talked to someone for too long..would get between us and start yelling his head off drowning out any conversation.
    He chased the gas meter man down the road one day...my ribs were sore from laughing at the poor guy. He was also a thief and had a habit of burying car keys in his litter tray.
    Totally fascinating creatures with their intelligence and vocals and other little quirks but not a cat for the faint hearted or someone that's wants a quiet peaceful house..it will never happen!!
    Earplugs are a good accessory to go with a Bengal..they are LOUD!!
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  2. Linda Dwyer
    I have two, once there were three, My male is the traditional brown spotted and my female is a snow. She is the most active cat I've ever had, she is now over a year old and still into everything.
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  3. Advcatlady
    I have two boys 8 and 1. I think Bengals are very suitable for dog loving people as they're like a cross between a cat and a dog in temperament. They are so active that without expending their energy (especially if kept indoors exclusively) can become destructive. They are not for people who enjoy a cat who likes to laze around, but they'll make you laugh like nothing else. So glad I got them.[​IMG]
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  4. kashrafi1
    A year a go we lost a little Tabby cat we all loved her and we were grieving. She was so sweet and endearing. Even other cats in our family were grieving with us. So I got the kids interested in a replacement for her. So they went online. My son found one he felt look like her so I drove 3 hrs to the south and returned with this lovable little kitten, she is a Bengal. ( I did get the breeding rights but I have no intention of showing or selling). Anyway then my daughter said this one did not look like our cat so she found another one. 3 hrs north of us. Another rd trip. I came back with a little boy Bengal. Now I have had cats all my life, and I'm 59 now, and I want to tell you these are the most unique cats I've ever known. They are extremely intelligent and very athletic. I have plenty of room for them so that's not a problem for me. Since then my daughter got a pair of Maine Coon Kittens, because when she went out on her own for a month Marley didn't love her anymore,  so now we have 7 cats. But the Bengals for the most part are together I'm not sure if its a genetic attraction or if its simply because the other cats just can't keep up. The 3 older cats I have seem to be fascinated with the Bengals energy.  Sometimes when the weather is nice I will take all of them into the pasture where the horses are and let them climb trees and play the creek and hunt. I have a lunge whip I use to direct them and it also helps to keep the horses away. Anytime I pop the whip, here all the cats coming running towards me while the horses and the dogs keep their distance. So it works out. Actually I love and respect all animals. But I guess what I want to say is that a Bengal will fill your life with laughter and love. They are more than just for show. They are awesome family members. They will comfort you and entertain you, just give them a chance.
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  5. katachtig
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  6. ladybug360
    I adopted Rosie 2 years ago and now I've recently taken in a 2 week old kitten who is now about 30 days old & he is a rambunctious joy but Rosie doesn't seem to be liking him she sometimes smells him but she's very jumpy around him & has hissed at him twice which drives me crazy but my lil tiger is ALWAYS supervised but I'm afraid that Rosie will hurt him but Tiger could care less he's exploring & teething ... Will my lil girl Rosie ever relax & love Tiger as we do?
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