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Description of Bengal Cat

The Breed History

This is a recently developed American breed. In 1963, hybridization of the Asian leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and domestic cat was carried out. The original cross arose out of a research initiative by geneticists to explore natural resistance to FeLV. The breed was derived from eight hybrids selected from this project. Outcrosses to Egyptian Mau, Indian Street cat and domestic cats occurred. Early hybrids were not easy to tame, but the breed has been progressively selected for amicability. A five generation breeding history is necessary for registry as a Bengal, and within that pedigree a maximum of one Asian leopard cat may be present. Bengals with greater than four generations of inter-Bengal breeding are referred to as SBT (stud book tradition) Bengal cats. Earlier filial (F) generations are technically still referred to as Leopard cat crosses or hybrids, and are not typically sold for the pet market, though some placid fourth filial generation cats (F4s) may be sold to experienced cat owners. The F1 cats (F4 or later crossed back with wild cat) are referred to as foundation cats. Some states have restrictions in place against F1 and F2 cats. The TICA registry was the first to accept this breed but stipulated at that time that show cats be at least F4s.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: female 10-15 lb (4.5-6.75 kg), male 10-22 lb (4.5-9.5 kg)

Coat: The short, dense, soft coat is usually brown tabby, blue tabby and snow tabby, with marbled or spotted patterns with an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern. Marbling is a swirling of color produced by combination of the wild type rosette with domestic classic tabby. The spotted pattern is most common. Hair texture is silky. Spots should be very distinct and large, and a necklet or necklets should be present on the throat, with a "jawstrap" extending between the mandibles. Tail is spotted or ringed and the tip is black. In marbled cats, the marking color is enhanced by a darker outline color to the spots (rosettes). Belly must be spotted. Colors accepted may vary with the registry. Glitter refers to a high gloss gold or pearl sheen, and is not required, but is desirable. Kitten coats may not mature until 6 months of age.

Eyes: Variable colors; gold, hazel, green, and blue; large, wide set.

Points of Conformation: This large cat has a fairly small head with an elongated modified wedge. Muzzle is broad, whisker pads are pronounced. Ears are short, wide set and rounded tips. The nose is broad and has a slight puff in profile. Limbs are long with good bone/ heavy muscling. The muscular body is long. Tail is thick and tapers. Paws are large and rounded.

Grooming: Low grooming needs; just provide weekly chamois rub down or light brushing.

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