They were developed by various people, most notably Jean Sugden Mill, in the s and 80s with the aim of harnessing the beauty of the wild cat, yet maintaining the temperament of the domestic cat. Through careful breeding, this aim has definitely been achieved! The Famous Bengal Markings! The first thing most people notice about the Bengal cat is the wonderful coat! Shining in the sun Bengals have two basic fur patterns: Both spotted and marbles are often tri-coloured with various shades forming the unique markings.
Not all Bengals have defined rosettes — they have spots more like a Leopard, with no outline of colour. Colours Bengal colours Both spotted and marbled Bengals come in a variety of colours: Brown, Snow, Silver and Blue are the most common though newer colours such as chocolate, charcoal and cinnamon must be something about Cs? Seal Lynx Points have Siamese cats in their ancestry, so will always have blue eyes, whereas the Seal Sepia was derived from Burmese and will never have blue eyes.
Just like in the wild with Panthers, you can also get black Bengal cats, these are known as melanistic. They do have spots or marbling, though you may only be able to see their markings in certain lighting conditions. Size Bengal cats are usually quite large: Other Physical Features The head of the Bengal should be quite small in comparison to the body, with small ears too, reminiscent of their wild cat ancestry.
Many tabby cats also have this thumbprint. The back legs are slightly longer than the front ones, which give an arch to the back when standing in a certain position. Longer back legs Bengal mis Behaviour! OK, we admit it! Bengals are not your laid-back lap cat! They are often quite naughty and can be a handful, they are not for the inexperienced or nervous cat owner!
Adventurous Bengal cat Bengals are also very vocal and loud — they will always tell you when they want something such as food or the litter box to be cleaned out did I mention they can be fussy over these things? The Bengal miaow is not easily ignored! Although Bengals can be naughty and loud, they are also great fun and love to play with their humans. Lula going for a walk Their intelligence means they are easy to train and many react well to clicker training.
They love water and many will drink straight from the tap faucet and watch their humans in the shower or bath tub! Lula Health Bengals are generally very healthy cats if you have bought from a reputable and registered breeder.
The life expectancy is the same as many other cats: In line with other pedigree breeds, there are some diseases that they have a slightly higher risk of — HCM heart disease and PkDef chronic anaemia being two of them. But if you go to a breeder who screens for these things, the risk of your Bengal getting them is much reduced, small though it is in the first place. Bengal Myths — Busted! The Bengal cat is named after the Latin name for the Asian Leopard Cat — Prionailurus bengalensis — and not the very distantly-related Bengal tiger.
Bengals are no more aggressive than your average domestic kitty! As for any cat, they must be well socialised from young kitten-hood which a reputable breeder will do. Probably not, though anecdotal evidence suggests that some people who are allergic to cats do not have a reaction to Bengals.
Not every cat who has a spotted or marbled coat pattern is a Bengal or even a Bengal mix.