A Bengal’s Appearance
The Bengal is prized for its distinctive wildcat appearance, prowling like a little leopard with its sleek, muscular frame, oval eyes, broad nose, powerful chin, and wedge-shaped skull. It walks with a “stalking-like” stride because its hind legs are significantly longer than its front legs.
TICA recognizes 13 coat colors in competition, ranging from brown tabby and seal lynx point to spotted and marbled patterns on its silky short to medium hair.
Females typically weigh 6 to 12 pounds, while males weigh 10 to 12 pounds.
Lovely leopard-print coat
Athletic and agile
Intelligent and demanding
Perfect Human Companion
Active, busy family
Cat owners with prior experience
Households that have other pets, such as dogs
What It’s Like to Live With Them
The Bengali added the letter “b” to the word “busy.” These cats are alert, lively, and nimble. They observe their people’s behaviors and learn how to open cupboards, doors, and even windows. They may scale walls and perch on top of refrigerators and other high spots in the house.
Despite its growing popularity, the Bengal cat is not for everyone. They do best with experienced cat owners who are prepared to invest time to interaction each day. Bengals desire to be noticed. They can make a wide range of vocalizations, from chirps and chortles to squeaks and screams, and are highly communicative. Some growl when eating.
Bengals thrive in busy homes. They like playing long fetch games.
What You Should Know
A show-quality Bengal may cost up to $2,000.
Bengals might take up to two years to mature.
Clicker training works well with Bengals.
They are drawn to flashy goods and may steal and conceal them.
History of Bengal
The Bengal is a new and controversial breed that is quickly gaining popularity, thanks in part to its wildcat look. The Bengal was developed as a hybrid breed by mixing the Asian Leopard Cat with the domestic cat. The first “pet leopard” may be dated back to Japan in the early 1940s, although Bengals first appeared in the United States in the 1970s.
Bengals were first shown at cat exhibitions as a breed in 1985. With over 60,000 Bengals registered with TICA, the Bengal is now the most popular breed according to The International Cat Association, far ahead of the runner-up Ragdoll. However, the Bengal is not recognized as a breed by the Cat Fanciers Association, the world’s largest cat breed registry.
The Bengal must be at least a fourth-generation descendent of a hybrid between the wild Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic cat to participate in the show ring. The idea is to keep the “wild appearance” while maintaining a nice domesticated demeanor. Any Bengal that swats his paws or acts aggressively toward a show judge is excluded from participation.