Bengal / Tabby Mix or something else?

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Hi All, this little princess is Arya. She's 13 weeks old and was born very tiny so is still on the smaller side. I was told her mother was a "Snow Bengal" and breed of father was unknown as the mother went out and got pregnant. I'd be interested to know if Arya is actually part Bengal. To me she looks like she's part Bengal and part tabby. Today they vet looked at her and said Domestic Shorthair. She does have characteristics of a Bengal. Extremely playful (but so is every kitten her age), very very vocal (spit sound when playing, yowls, growls, chirps) likes to jump pretty high, very long body when standing or stretched out but otherwise pretty small), spotted belly. I've added pictures below of Arya and her mother (mother is sand coloured).
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Would be great if you could shed some light on if she could be part Bengal
 

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I don't see Bengal in her, honestly. She looks like a Domestic Short Hair, tabby cat ^_^ She's very beautiful.
 
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Thank you! I've was skeptical as the mum doesn't look particularly Bengal
 

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Black spotted tabby domestic shorthair with white. I see no strong indication of Bengal ancestry. Mum doesn’t look like a snow Bengal, either, but the photos of her aren’t the best. Mum seems to be a lynx point domestic DSH, from what I can tell. Snow Bengals tend to have fairly distinct rosetting or marbling even outside their points, which the queen in the photos doesn’t.
 

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with no papers to prove otherwise, cats are all considered either short or long-haired domestics. Those 'spots' will more than likely join together and form stripes, I have had many kittens do that when spotted when small. She si absolutely adorable by the way, no matter what she is!
 
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Thank you! Yes she is gorgeous. I love her Bengal or no Bengal :)
 

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If momma is a snow bengal its of a very pet quality.
Most probably a spotted lynx point domestic.

Dau is spotted tabby which is consistent with momma, being a spotted tabby / spotted lynx point.
 

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She's definitely a cutie, but as others have said not likely to have any Bengal in her.

You should also be aware that tabby is a coat pattern, not a breed. Many different breeds, including non-pedigreed cats, have tabby patterns. Most tabby patterned cats have spots on their tummies. Domestic Shorthair (DSH) is also not a breed. It's a general term for random-bred cats that have no specific breed in them. "Purebred" cats are actually rare, probably only about 5% of the total cat population in the the world.
 
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