Snow

Bengal Cat

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The Snow Bengal Cat

Exquisite And Elegant; Reminiscent Of A Snow Leopard!

Selecting a snow Bengal kitten can be perplexing for pet buyers. A snow is not simply "a snow". All snows have an ivory background with a contrasting pattern but there are many variations in this color class. In simple terms, a snow lynx point Bengal is the result of crossing an Asian Leopard cat with a Siamese cat. This produces a snow Bengal with a creamy white background, blue eyes, and contrasting markings. Most often, the snow lynx's pattern is pale or not visible at birth, and darkens as it grows.

The snow sepia is the result of crossing an Asian Leopard cat with a Burmese cat. This produces the darkest of the snow Bengal. Since the Burmese gene is recessive to the Siamese gene, sepias are the rarest of the snows. Typically, they have a very light tan background with contrasting markings, and can have green, copper, or gold colored eyes.

A snow mink, then, is a combination of the lynx and sepia. These kittens are darker than the lynx but lighter than the sepia. Most often, the eye color is aqua. At birth, these kittens have a pattern that is distinguishable.

Also recognized by the Bengal breed standard are the silver snows. These can be silver lynx, silver mink, or silver sepia as well. Examples of these kittens are included in our silver page. These cats have the same color characteristics as other snows, but also express the silver "inhibitor" gene, resulting in the base of the hair shaft being snow white. Silver "snows" display a truly black tail tip, rather than a "seal" colored tip. A silver patina "surface sheen" can be seen under bright light. Because of the inhibitor gene, these "snows" are actually silvers.

These lynx, mink, and sepia variations can be seen mixed into the chocolate, blue, charcoal, and melanistic colors as well; creating a variety of shades and color combination possibilities for each of these colors.


Snow Lynx

Snow Lynx

Snow Mink

Snow Mink

Snow Sepia

Snow Sepia


It should be noted that many snows develop a "pewter" patina as they mature, while others who are very rufoused, display a "yellowish" patina. Their glitter is "crystal" not gold, as found on the brown tabby Bengal. Snows may also display the "pointed" gene inherited form the Siamese and Burmese.

Breeders are working to improve the intensity of the eye color and the contrast of the markings, while selectively breeding away from rufousism and eliminating points and pewter colored patina. Perspective breeders should have a solid knowledge of the pedigrees of both parents to accurately predict the color of a potential snow breeder as well as for the purposes of representing the color of it's offspring.

Snow Bengal Colors

"Yellowish" Patina

Snow Lynx

Lynx

Cooler

Mink

Cold

Sepia

"Pewter" Patina

Warm

Lynx

Warmer

Mink

Warmest

Sepia

"Yellowish" Patina

"Pewter" Patina

Cool

Lynx

Cooler

Mink

Cold

Sepia

Warm

Lynx

Warmer

Mink

Warmest

Sepia

Watch Me Grow...

We are frequently asked how dark the spots will get on our snow kittens as they mature. For this reason, we have photographed the development of several snow bengals to help provide a visual for the possible outcomes.

Snow Lynx
12

Days

Snow Lynx
6

Weeks

Snow Lynx
10

Weeks

Snow Lynx
2

Years

Snow Lynx

Snow Lynx
5

Days

Snow Lynx
4

Weeks

Snow Lynx
12

Weeks

Snow Lynx
1

Year

Snow Lynx

Snow Mink
12

Days

Snow Mink
6

Weeks

Snow Mink
10

Weeks

Snow Mink
1

Year

Snow Mink

Snow Mink
14

Days

Snow Mink
5

Weeks

Snow Mink
16

Weeks

Snow Mink
2

Years

Snow Mink

Snow Sepia
1

Day

Snow Sepia
16

Days

Snow Sepia
12

Weeks

Snow Sepia
1

Year

Snow Sepia

Gallery Of Snows

Oh Those Fabulous Snows!

  • All
  • Lynx
  • Mink
  • Sepia

Snow Lynx

This is a snow lynx kitten

Snow Mink

This is a snow mink kitten

Snow Lynx

This is a snow lynx spotted kitten

Snow Sepia

This is a snow sepia spotted kitten

Snow Mink

This is a snow mink spotted kitten

Snow Mink

This is a snow mink kitten

Lynx and Mink

This is a snow lynx and Snow Mink litter

Snow Mink

This is a snow Snow Mink kitten

Snow Sepia

This is a snow sepia kitten

Snow Mink

This is a snow mink kitten

Snow Mink

This is a snow mink kitten

Snow Lynx

This is a snow lynx adult

Snow Lynx

This is a snow lynx

Snow Lynx

This is a snow lynx