The Bengal cat is a cross between the domestic cat
Asian leopard cat which is commonly refered to as the "ALC". Crosses
between domestic cats and wild cats have occured for centuries, but in
the case of the Bengal, the breed and official breed standard were not
adopted until the late 1980's. The Bengal cats commonly kept as pets
are several generations removed from the ALC and can make pleasant
companions, but this is not a fully domesticated breed and first time
cat owners might consider a more predictable
All domestic cat breeds were developed with a certain look and
But naturally, breed descriptions are general and will not apply to all individuals. Learn about your potential new best friend and research
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Cool Cat Facts...
The Asian wild cat has been crossed with house cats for centuries in
attempts to create a domestic cat with the look of a leopard or tiger.
The gorgeous Bengal, newly developed in the late 1980's, is a fine
Is A Bengal Cat Right For You?
The Bengal cat is not recognized by the Cat Fanciers
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. but it is
gaining in popularity among pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat
breeds. Often quite large and retaining a wild look that is stunningly
attractive, the Bengal can make a fine pet in the right environment,
but requires lots of stimulation and, ideally, room to roam. A secure
cat pen outdoors would be greatly appreciated by this often prey-driven
cat. The oportunity to stalk about in a natural setting can help with
boredom. Bengals can have a very dog-like personality and enjoy
learning tricks, playing fetch and walking on a leash. Shedding may be
high and regular grooming is desired. These
are sturdy large-sized cats that have few breed-related health
issues. Because they are a very active domestic/wild hybrid, the Bengal
may not be suitable for a family with children or additional pets.
Bengal Cat Breed Standards
Shape: The head should
be a broad modified wedge with rounded contours.
Longer than it is wide and slightly small in proportion to body size.
Profile: Gently curving forehead to bridge. The nose is large and wide
with fullness to the nose leather and a bridge that extends above the
eyes for a distinctive look. The muzzle is full and broad with thick
whiskers and high, angular cheekbones. The ears are medium to large in
size, tapered and set high on the head. in size Height: Medium to
medium-short, allowance to be made for larger appearing ears on kittens
up to 12 months. Base: Wide in proportion to height. Lynx type tufts on
the ears are not desirable. The eyes are large and deep-set, slightly
oval in shape. Eyes may be any color.
Body and Tail:
The neck is
thick and muscular, large in proportion to head. The body is long,
powerful and muscular, medium to large in size. The legs are of medium
length in proportion to the body, muscular and powerful with robust
bone. The tail is thick and medium length with rounded tip.
The feet are large and round with prominent knuckling and big-bones.
The coat is short, sleek and soft, often with an iridescent quality
known as "glitter" which gives the cat a gorgeous sheen.
contrast strongly with the base color and should be a spotted or
rosette type pattern as apposed to the typical "tabby" pattern. The
belly should be spotted as well, and pure white belly with no spots is
be a very muscular and large cat with a distinctly unique look. The
more wild and removed from the typical domestic cat in pattern and
general appearance the better. High marks for muscularity and
distinctive coat pattern.
Inside Cat or Outside Cat?
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside
unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should
never be outside cats.
breeds like the Sphynx
are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors.
Docile breeds like the Burmese
may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed
outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not
otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every
night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a
saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our
domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of
liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom.
what do YOU think
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