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.
Large Inky Single Spots
Rosettes may be round or in the shape of an arrowhead. The term arrowhead is used when the shape of the spot is in a triangle with the tip of the triangle or "arrowhead" pointing towards the back of the cats body. The arrowhead pattern refers to the shape of the spot and can be either in the form of a rosette or a solid spot. A solid spot would only contain a single color spot on a lighter background, whereas a rosette displays a third color mixed into the pattern. This is a striking pattern due to its horizontal flow; creating the illusion that the cat is in motion even when it is standing perfectly still. The term paw-print pattern is used when one side of the rosette is open and the other side is outlined with tiny spots. This rosette appears to be in the shape of a paw-print with the center or pad being a darker color than the background, and the toes being an even darker third color. This pattern creates the illusion of paw-prints walking across the background of the coat. Clouded leopard rosettes are large rosettes that are oddly shaped and look a lot like puzzle pieces that have broken apart. These rosettes have very little "acreage" or space between them. the resulting appearence is an almost snake skin like look, covering the coat. Cluster rosettes are spots that are outlined with clusters of darker colored spots. The term pancake rosettes may be used for donut rosettes if they are particurlarly huge and round. They typically have a lot of "acreage", or space between the spots, and the outline is often very thin. Chaining rosettes are donut rosettes that are lined up touching eachother forming a chain of rosettes. These rosettes run parallel to the cats spine in a horizontal fassion.
Clouded Leopard Pattern
Marbled Bengal Colors
The markings of a Bengal are not limited to spots only. They also come in a marble pattern. The tabby gene creates the marbled in the Bengal This pattern is , made of clusters of spots flowing in a horizontal pattern instead of traditional pattern. A horizontal flow of the pattern is preferred. This pattern can occur in any of the Bengal colors. As the cat grows in size the pattern will open up and become more apparent.
What Is Glitter?
A unique characteristic of the Bengal is a distinct "glitter" effect over their fur. This causes the appearance of each hair being tipped with gold dust. Notice how shiny this boys coat looks. This is because he is highly glittered. A closer look reveals the shimmer of the light refracting in the hallow, translucent tips of each hair shaft. This effect is highly desirable but not all bengals have it.
The Glitter On A Snow Bengal Looks Slightly Different
The "glitter" on a snow bengal is a creamy white color. Silver Bengals have a silvery white glitter. There is a different type of glitter that only reflects in the tip o,f the hair. This type of glitter is caused by light reflecting off of a tiny reflective substance embedded in the tip of the hair. Cats that are highly glittered tend to have clearer coats which is also highly desireable.
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.
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.