A breed under the magnifying glass: Bengal cat

Bengal cat
is a breed of domestic cats. She resulted from the crossbreeding of Asian leopard cats with cats of several breeds. Among them are Abyssinian, Maine Coon, European with short hair. She is a very beautiful cat.

Very intelligent, loving, loyal, curious. It’s very fun. She loves to play in the water

if her owner keeps her company. She is a good swimmer. The Bengal cat has several special traits that I will describe in Behavior.

Short history

History The breed’s history begins in 1960. Jean Sudgen had the Millwood Cattery (California) breeding farm. She crossed a black American Shorthair sweater with an Asian leopard cat. He noticed that this cat seemed sad and lonely. So she inserted the black cage and the leopard cat into the same cage. Experts have told him that the two felines can’t cross their offspring. Contrary to these, a female named Kin Kin was born. The specialists said again that this would be sterile. But Jean crossed she with her father. Several kittens turned out, some black and others punctured. He contradicted the specialists again.

Around the 1970s, William Engler, a caretaker at the Zoo, experienced various crossings between Asian leopard cats and domestic cats. It assumed that he was the one who gave the breed the name Bengal. It inspired by the scientific name of Asian leopard cats: Felis bengalensis. The breed was also known as Leopardett.

The first specimen of the Bengal breed registered by TICA in 1983. Since, then the Bengal breed has been gradually recognized by other feline associations. A frequently asked question is: Is Bengal a pure race or not? If it’s a pedigree cat, then it’s a breed. Yet, Bengal


is a hybrid race. It created by people from an Asian leopard cat and a regular tiger cat.

General appearance

Bengal cat is a feline with speckled fur, very beautiful. Its dimensions are close to those of a large domestic cat: 5 to 9 kg. Bengall has a relatively large skeleton, the fur is short and the males outweigh the females. The standard specifies that the face must have a wild expression and strong markings. The fur of Bengal cats is pale brown with yellow spots. But this color is variable. Lighter shades, red or grey can encountered. The chest and abdomen are white, marked by dark spots, bands and dots. Four longitudinal bands are usually observed starting from the forehead and ending at the nape of the neck.

The ears of Bengal cats are long, with rounded tips, black, stained with white. Above the inner corners of the eyes, as well as on the cheeks, are two tufts with wires like the mustaches. The tail is medium, stained at the base. The limbs are relatively long compared to the size of the body. Pillows have a dark brown color. For the Bengal cat,

Bengali cat

the small head and the narrow muzzle are characteristic.

The nose of such a cat has the same width from the base to the tip. In ordinary cats, the nose is thinner towards the tip. The skull is short and round. The eyes elongated towards the sides. Usually, the premolars are present. The tail carried up, in the form of a hook.


As I said in the introduction, they love to play. They like water. If you accidentally leave the shower open, you will surprise to find the Bengal cat waving under the water jet.

The specimens of this breed are not at all selfish or jealous. They are not indifferent, but neither indignant.

Bengal said to be the ideal cat for men. This is because it looks more like a dog than a feline in terms of behavior.

Often they use their lips as handcuffs. She collect their favorite toys on the chest. Or hide them well from other animals in the house.

They value both the company of adults and children. Become friends with other pets. Bengal specimens are docile and many owners walk their felines through the park. They are athletic, very good climbers and love heights. If they kept in the house, they need a few accessories: scratches, various toys, trees.

Often it lands on the shoulders of the holders in the clear. They can turn the light on and off. Open the drawers and hang on the chandelier.

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When they are anxious or excited, they shake their tails or shake, until it looks like a raccoon. All this agitation does not last too long. Most of the time the Bengal cat spends it sleeping lazily on the couch or cuddling beside her human friend.

Bengal cats

Bengali cat

are active, hunting in the trees or the water.

How much does a Bengal cat cost?

The value of a Bengal is even greater as the degree of kinship with the Asian leopard cat is closer. The copies of the first four generations considered “show” quality. The next ones up to the 7th generation are of “pet” quality.

Bengal is the most expensive breed (recorded in the record book). A kitten sold for 1000 pounds. The “pet” quality Bengal copies sell for $ 600-800 and are the least expensive. “Show” quality Bengal cats are among the most expensive specimens in the world and cost $ 2000. In some countries, these prices may be even higher.

No Bengal cat can cross the border of any state without a permit. It issued by the regulations of the International Convention on Trade in Species Considered Endangered. The Asian leopard cat mentioned in this convention. All the descendants of this animal, however pure or hybrid it may be, are under the legal protection of the Convention.

Feeding and breeding

Bengal cats love to eat. They want to take their portion alone. The cat will already be inside the bag when you try to give it food. If you push her away (with difficulty, of course), she will become very complaining.

Generally, between 1 and 4 kittens are born in May. The gestation lasts between 56 and 62 days. At birth, the kittens weigh between 75 and 130 grams. Sexual maturity reached at the age of 18 months.

Colors and patterns of the fur

Bengal cats divided into two categories: white and dark. The common markings are of two types: leopard and marbled. The specimens appear in many colors and are increasingly recognized. The last one accepted is silver.

Accepted colors: brown, shades of dark brown, seal lynx and pearl. The recognized patterns are leopard (dotted) and marble. In the feline competitions in the “new breed” and “color” classes, silver, blue and black Bengalcats accepted

Brown Bengal cats dotted with leopard print have a fur with dark-coloured dots on a light background. The color varies between grey and brown or between red and gold. Sometimes it has a rich orange or mahogany collar. Bengal cats with dark fur (with blue eyes) and dotted mink (with golden or green eyes) have ivory-coloured fur.

Characteristic points of contrasting color are present on the fur. A strong contrast between the background color of the fur and the marking points is desirable. Marbled Bengal cats characterized by the spiral-shaped marble pattern.


Bengal is a domestic cat.

  Bengali cat

She has the physical appearance of a small forest leopard cat.

  Leopard cat

Her face expression looks wild. But the behavior is of a normal-affectionate cat. Bengal has a medium to the large body, particularly muscular, covered with thick fur, usually short. But there are also specimens with long fur.

long hair Bengali

Head broad, slightly elongated, with round contours, longer than wide. The size is small compared to the size of the body, but not exaggerated. The forehead arched and the nose line is slightly concave. The nose is large and wide, the tip of the nose extends beyond the eye line. The cheeks are prominent, with strong bones. The muzzle is thick, wide, with long mustaches.

The ears are medium to small; large at the base and with rounded tips; hairs are present. They located at a distance, I follow the contour of the face viewed from the front, pointed forward.

The eyes are oval, slightly almond-shaped, large; they distended, elongated towards the base of the ears.

The neck is thick and muscular, long in proportion to the body.

The body is long and strong, large in proportion to the head. But, it does not have the shape of oriental cats. It is robust, never delicate, very muscular especially in males.

The hind limbs exceed the height of the shoulder line. The limbs are of medium length, the posterior ones are slightly longer than the previous ones. They are very muscular, never delicate.

The paws are large and round.

The tail is thick, of medium length. It thins towards the slightly rounded tip.

The fur is short to medium length (it accepted even longer in the case of kittens). She is dense, rich, unusual with the silky touch, glossy.

Physical and mental condition: the presented copy must be in perfect physical and mental condition, well-tempered.

A Bengal cat must give the impression that it is confident, alert, curious and friendly with other cats. Any crossing of Bengal specimens with cats of other breeds prohibited.

The color of the fur – the following varieties of colors recognized. Marbled, brown (black) marbled, brown seal marbled, marble marbled, white marbled, dotted, brown (black) punctuated, sepia seal punctured, nectar pointed white. Each has a specific: fur color, background, pattern, eye contour, nose, pillowcases and tail tip. I will not describe them because they are for competition only.


If you allow (see how much a Bengal costs) you can get a Bengal cat. You will certainly not regret it. Even if you have other pets or children.

Bengal cats are very intelligent, loving, loyal, curious, especially fun. Bengal specimens are docile and many owners walk their felines through the park. They are athletic, very good climbers and love heights. They value both the company of adults and children. They become friends with other pets quickly.

I would be glad to leave a comment to tell me your opinion about these cats. If you have one, please share your experience. Thank you.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

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20 Replies to “A breed under the magnifying glass: Bengal cat”

  1. Wow you have many interesting facts about the Bengali cat, it’s a very interesting article, but I thought most cats hated water. I mean I’ve just seen videos of cats that fear water, I don’t know much about cats but I have always heard that cats didn’t like water. You say that she likes to swim, I’d really like to see that.

  2. Hi, it is a great and nice feeling to know that someone will create a great website like this and also create a write up on an article like this. The bengali breed is quite an interesting breed and I could never have imagined that a cat would cost this much. From the history, it however is worthy of the value placed on it

  3. A very informative post about such beautiful creatures. As an owner of two cats they make great pets and reading this is making me wonder whether getting a third addition would be a good idea. I would certainly be swayed into considering a Bengali cat now I have read this. Lovely use of images. Keep up the great work.

  4. This is amazing, I have a black cat (Buddy) he is not only my best friend, but a huge part of my family. I can’t believe the Bengali Cat likes to play in water, my cat-not so much. It is very interesting about crossing the offspring. Leopard cats and domestic cats, who would of thunk. Beautiful cat, Bengali’s, I have to admit that I have never heard of this hybrid cat before now.

    I love the playfulness of the Bengali cat, perfect for my 3 grandchildren who always want to play with Buddy, and being that Buddy is 8 years old, he wants nothing to do with them. I am very fascinated with this hybrid cat. Thanks for a great article.

  5. Hi Carmen,

    What a great and thoughtful site you have! It’s everything people want to know about cats. My sister has 5 cats and she loves cats since she was a young kid too. I love your four generations of cat lovers story! I would recommend your site to my sister. She would love to have exotic cats but she is worried whether or not she can take care of them well. Another thing is, she lives with my Mom and Dad still and they also have two dogs. Sometimes there’s an argument between them about the feeding, whose turn is it to take out and change the cats litter box, etc. My Mom likes animals but she cannot stand the smell of the cat’s litter box. I hope by reading through your site, my sister can find great insights. Thank you for sharing!

    All the best.


  6. Thank for the article. 

    Bengali cats, my moms favorite cats.  It has its rare character which is not  common  in other cats. Most of all,  its very very playful around other pets and  caring too making it look lovely, with its rare kind of eyes. Its not so expensive to get at all. Would urge every cat lovers  to give it a try. 

  7. Couple of years ago, a cat entered our apartment porch obviously seeking food. Since I don’t have any cat food, I just gave him a cup of milk. For three days, he was there at the porch. Thus I decided to buy a small bag of cat food. Then everyday, in the morning I hear his meowing, obviously to be fed.

    I was curious why would he be coming to my porch to eat for that matter. Does anybody own him at all? Is he domesticated or wild? I have no idea that the cat is a Bengali “pet” cat until my son-in-law saw it in my porch. He said, “That is an expensive cat. A Bengali.” He explained further that it probably cost $400 to $600.

    There is no neck-tag whatsoever to show ownership. I thought of keeping it in my apartment but I could not. My granddaughter is a regular visitor and is allergic to cats. Besides I have to shell out extra to keep a pet in the apartment. So, I have to keep him at the porch. After eating, he would leave; no idea where he would go.

    Everyday for almost a month, this cat keeps visiting me. Eat and go. My granddaughter can just appreciate the cat from a distance. Although both wanted to play. I can see the eagerness to connect from both of them.

    One day, he just stopped coming.

    I was sad; my granddaughter was sad. She keeps asking me if the Bengali cat came by.

    It has been a year now and we have not heard from him. His meows, his scratching the porch’s screen doors.

    We missed him. We hope some good pet lover took him and takes care of him.

  8. Thanks so much for the information on the Bengal cat and a brief history of the cat. I really loved the way you were detailed about it . I also liked the outlook of your website and the fact that it can be easily navigated. I liked the imagery at the top of the site. Thumbs up. 

  9. I love Bengal cat , they are so interesting! I almost got one too. They’re personality is like that of a dog yet they are a beautiful exotic looking cat. If I had the resources and the time then I would love to have one some day. This article gave me a lot of insight into the background of the Bengal!

  10. I have a cat who is a lot like your description of a Bengal cat, he loves to eat, all the time. Every time I bring him food, he gets really excited and when it is close to dinner time or breakfast, he meows and meows. He has a gorgeous silver color and spectacular markings. His sister (she passed away last year …) looked a lot like one of the cats in the third photo on your blog. She had different markings, black on a beautiful silver coat, but her body, shape of head, and other physical attributes were very similar to the cat in the photo. 

    You mention that it is forbidden to cross Bengal cats with other cats, but what about the cats that leave the home and breed with other cats from different homes or from the street (which the owner cannot know)? Both my cats used to be feral. I rescued them and domesticated them. I always suspected that they may have been a mix between a house cat and our local mountain cat, but now that I read your article, I realize how much they have in common with a Bengal cat … Who knows? 😉 

  11. Thank you for your comment. Bangal is very beautiful and intelligent at the same time. It’s a new breed but I think it is totally worth the price.

  12. Hi Mike. 
    Thanks for the comment and appreciation. Bengali cat is a very nice company. You can try, she will be friends with both the cats you already have and the whole family.

  13. Hi Bobbi. 
    Thank you for your comment. It is not wrong if you give your grandchildren a Bengal cat gift. She is smart. beautiful and friendly with children and other pets. I hope this cat has charmed you.

  14. Thank you for your comment. I am glad to find out that it is your mother’s favorite cat. And I like it a lot. Still, it seems kind of expensive. If you take one, it works, but I have a lot of cats and the costs with them are quite high.

  15. Thanks for the comment and for sharing such a beautiful story. Unfortunately, it has a sad ending. I hope with all my heart that the Bengali cat you wrote about has found a home with cat-loving people.

  16. Hi Juliet. 

    Thanks for the comment and appreciation. I hope to like it others lol. All the best to you.

  17. Hi Nikki. 

    Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found new information in my post. All the best to you.

  18. Thank you for your comment. these are just the cats that are presented in the contest. They are forbidden to cross with other breeds. I don’t think Bengal cats live on the street. Thus reproduction can be controlled. Sure, it’s just my opinion.

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