Bengals are loved by those who appreciate their inquisitive and loving nature. They are a medium to large cat ranging from 7-14 pounds (with males generally being larger than females-very similar to other cat breeds) and known for their richly colored, highly contrasted coat of vivid spots or distinctive marbling. Some Bengal coats feature ‘glitter’ which imparts an iridescent sheen to each hair. Of all the cat breeds, the Bengal is the only domestic cat that has rosette spots, similar to Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots as well as a white underbelly with spotting. If you are looking for an exotic pet, note that today's domestic Bengal cat comes only from reputable breeders breeding Bengals to other Bengals and requires no specialized care. You can have the exotic pet look with out any of the exotic pet issues. Since their beginnings in 1986, the Bengal's regal beauty and alluring charm have quickly made it one of the most popular breeds. Bengals participate in shows throughout the world and have a devoted following of happy pet owners who couldn't imagine sharing their lives with anything other than these feline beauties. In 1963, a domestic cat was crossed with the Asian Leopard Cat, a spotted 5-12 pound shy wild cat species from Asia. The modern Bengal breed traces to cats bred beginning in the early 1980's although early cross breeding of the Asian Leopard Cat dates back to the 1800. The breed's name is a reference to the scientific name of the Asian Leopard Cat, Prionailurus bengalensis. Accepted as a new breed in 1986, Bengals gained championship status in 1991, they are now one of the most frequently exhibited breeds. Breeders around the world have successfully created a docile, civilized house cat that wears the richly patterned coat of the jungle cats. They'll often save the cuddle time for when they want to sleep. Many Bengals enjoy water and are curious whenever they hear the sound of running water. Some Bengals are vocal while others are more quiet and selective about using their voice. Bengals will also, in general, ALWAYS want to be where you are. A healthy Bengal is well muscled and has an appearance that depicts its athleticism. Bengals are generally confident, curious and devoted companions. They get along well with other pets when properly introduced and enjoy being part of a family.
Bengal Cats and Kittens