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About The Bengal Cat

The Asian Leopard Cat or ALC is the size of a domestic house cat but has somewhat longer legs. They can range from 5 to 15 lbs. Although they are not larger than a house cat in weight some are much longer than domestic cats when measured form head to tail. They have clear unticked coats, with a sharp contrast of color between spots and background. The background color of the coat varies depending on where the cat is from, and ranges from bright reddish to gray, golden, or tawny brown. The under parts are spotted on a white background, and the tail is ringed toward the tip. There are usually four longitudinal bands running from the forehead or inner eye corners to behind the neck that break into short bands and elongated spots over the shoulders. The spots are rosetted in some cats and solid in others. Some spots are round; some are in the shape of arrowheads. The head is relatively small with a narrow muzzle and the ears are moderately long and narrow with rounded tips. There is a white spot on the back of the ear typical of spotted cat species. The eyes are large and amber to gray in color. Two narrow black cheek stripes run from the corners of the eye, enclosing a white area on the cheek.

A Bengal is referred to as an F-1 or first generation when a cross is made between the ALC and the domestic Bengal. An F-2 is the second generation cross between the offspring of the F-1 and the domestic Bengal. An F-3 is the third generation cross between the offspring of the F-2 and a Bengal. An F-4 is the fourth generation cross between the offspring of the F-3 and a Bengal. An F-4 is called an SBT Bengal and is accepted as a domestic cat.

A well bred Bengal should be relatively large-boned. Their weight should be that of a common house cat, averaging from 10 to 15 pounds. The face should have a distinctly non-domestic expression, with small, rounded ears and prominent facial markings. It is preferred that the underside of the cat be lighter coloured, like the white tummies of Asian Leopard Cats.

Spotted Bengal Patterns

These Are The Most Common Spotted Patterns

Several colors are recognized by Bengal cat organizations such as brown, seal lynx point, mink, sepia and silver. The brown spotted tabby has dark spots on a lighter brown background. The brown includes variations of gray, tawny, sorrel, golden, mahogany, and rufus or a bright orange. Like the ALC the spots may be solid or rosetted. The term donut rosettes is used for spots that are a different color then the background of the coat, and are almost completely outlined with an even darker third color.

Single Spots







Large Inky Single Spots

solid brown

Inky Brown

solid snow

Inky Snow

solid silver

Inky Silver

Donut Rosettes


Rosetted Brown


Rosetted Snow


Rosetted Silver

What Are Patina and Ticking?

Both patina and ticking effect the clearity of the pattern of a bengal cats coat. Patina is the term for dark tipped hairs laying over the coat; blurring the coats pattern.The shoulders and down the spine are often effected more heavily causing the cat to appear to have a dark overlay covering it. Ticking occurs when the entire hair shaft is a darker color than the background. This also blurs the pattern by removing contrast between the pattern and background. Ticking effects the entire body.

The Bengal Fuzzies

This is a silver snow bengal at just over a year old. The same female is also photographed at 12 weeks of age while still in her fuzzy stage.

The “fuzzies” are natures way to camouflage kittens for protection from predators if they were born in the wild. This needs to be considered when selecting a kitten because the true color and pattern is not as evident as it will be as and adult.

Points Of Interest

Are Bengals Hypoallergenic

Most people with allergies do not have a reaction, or have a minimal reaction to Bengal cat hair. It really depends on the person and the cat they have chosen. Cats with a brown coat generally have a tighter pelt, shed less, and are easier to tolerate. The severity of a persons allergies and their threshold for tolerating symptoms play a big role in determining whether a Bengal cat is going to be right for them.