The Bengal Breed

A Bengal is a hybrid breed that originated by crossing an Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) with a domestic cat. The result is a cat with beautiful wild/exotic markings paired with the temperament and size of a medium-to-large domestic cat (6-15 lbs). For the typical pet owner, a Bengal cat kept as a pet should be at least four generations (F4) removed from the ALC.

The coat pattern is typically either spotted or marbled with a light belly. Colors can vary: brown, seal lynx point, mink, sepia, and silver.

Left: Spotted Coat    Right: Marbled Coat

Bengals are known to be very active and inquisitive cats. They like to be involved in everything and can frequently learn to play fetch and walk on a leash. Many have an affinity for water. Some are more vocal than others. They always will want to be where you are and involved in what you are doing. If a passive lap cat is what you're after, better pass on the Bengal and look elsewhere. If adventure is your game, Bengals are the way to go.

And if Bengals are what appeals to you, I strongly recommend getting two. I cannot keep up with the energy of my pair, but it doesn't matter. They request play time with me for short bits, but then are content running, pouncing, playing with only each other, and sometimes don't even want my interference. They comfort each other and sleep together and are nearly always together. They are perfectly bonded and I am convinced this contributes to how well-behaved and happy they are.

More Information about the Bengal Breed:
 •  The International Bengal Society
 •  The International Cat Association
 •  Wikipedia Page: Bengal Cat