The Bengal is a medium to large domestic feline that originates from crossings of
the small Asian Leopard Cat to the domestic cat in an attempt to create a companion
with an "exotic" look with a domestic cat temperament. After four to five
generations of Bengal-to-Bengal breeding, the breed is recognized for championship
competition by most international domestic cat associations including TICA, ACFA,

The Bengal's beautiful coat makes it stand out in a crowd. Numerous shades make
up the background color of the Bengal, ranging from golden, rust, brown and orange,
to sand, buff, or even ivory. Bengal spots also vary in color, from rust or cocoa and
chocolate brown to charcoal or black. Some Bengal patterns have inherited striking
rosettes or spots made up of more than one color, usually a secondary color forming
a dark outlining to the spot.

The second Bengal pattern is called marble. This is created by the combination of
rosettes from the Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic classic tabby pattern to
produce a "marbleized" look, one or more colors swirled into the base colors. Since
the original purpose for breeding Bengal cats was to try to replicate the look of the
exotic spotted Asian Leopard Cat, the dominant spotted pattern is most common.

The Bengal Cat has a happy, active, interactive and extremely intelligent
personality. Every domestic cat breed has its unique features, and the exotic
heritage of the Bengal cat can be seen in their every day activities. While Bengals
will happily search out a lap or stretch out on the sofa next to you during naptime,
they are very active during the rest of the day.

The energetic Bengal is not for people who just want a leopard print cat for
decoration. Whether they are fishing in the aquarium or playing in their water-
bowls, fetching balls for their families, taking walks on a leash or climbing to the
top of the highest cupboards, Bengals are constantly on the move and are perfect
for anyone who wants to interact and play with their cat daily. The Bengal cat, like
many other pets, demands a good deal of attention and affection and enjoys being
an integral part of the family.

Today’s Bengal is truly a special breed that carries much intrigue and delight to
everyone who is fortunate enough to meet it. Their beautiful colors and patterns
certainly do place them in the unique breed category.