All Bengals have spots, marbling and/or swirls, and many look remarkably like a tiny wild leopard. Bengal kittens are usually born with a fairly coarse, camouflage-patterned coat, which gradually changes to the adult color and characteristics. It can take up to one year for the mature leopard pattern to develop. It is preferred that Bengals have large spots arranged randomly in a horizontal flow, eventually developing into beautiful, peacock-like rosettes.
This is a medium to large size cat weighing 7 to 16 pounds.
The Bengal was created from breeding a domestic cat with a wild Asian Leopard Cat, with a goal to transfer the wild cat’s exotic markings to a new, tame domestic short haired breed.
Bengals are known for their richly colored glittering coat that gives their fur an effect that looks as if the was sprinkled with glitter. Bengal’s beautiful coat comes in two basic pattern flows. The spotted/rosetted and the marbled. While the most recognized color and pattern is the brown spotted or rosetted tabby, their colors, range anywhere from a cool grey, ivory, cream or light tan coat to vibrant shades of golden, bronze, copper or mahogany with spots or marbling ranging from light browns to rich browns or from dark chocolate color to intense black marbling.
The modern Bengal breed traces to cats bred by Jean S. Mill beginning in the early 1980’s, and are a hybrid offspring of a domestic cat and However, the very first Bengal ever born was first crossed by Mrs. Mill in 1963 when she crossed a domestic cat with the Asian Leopard Cat, a spotted five to twelve pound shy wild cat species from Asia.
The active and interactive Bengal is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. Active Bengals are curious and athletic and maintain a kitten-like energy and attitude well into their senior years. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. These affectionate cats engage their owners in play, and learn tricks, they love school-age children because they are a match for his energy level and curiosity. Nothing scares a Bengal and they have a high prey drive and should not be trusted with smaller prey animals such as: hamsters, smaller rabbits and guinea pigs.
Bengals are thought to be prone to Feline Infectious Peritonitis, and an autosomal recessive disorder that causes early blindness in young cats, entropian (the rolling in of the eyelids).
Here is a helpful guide for the different characteristics of the breed. On a Scale of 1-5. 1 being very low level to 5 being high level.