Text Box:            BENGAL Information

The Bengal breed developed when researchers started to breed Asian Leopard Cats (which have natural immunity to the Feline Leukaemia Virus), with domestic shorthair cats. Several different domestic cat breeds have been used in developing the Bengals. Such cat are the Egyptian Mau, the Occicat, the Abyssinian, the Bombay and British shorthair. At this time, most breeders are crossing Bengals back to the ALC, rather than another domestic breed.
Text Box: CHARACTERISTICS of the  BREED           
The Bengal is a medium to large cat, with a very muscular long body. There may be a skin pouch on the lower belly as long as it doesn’t interfere with the sleek and muscular lines of the body. Some Bengal cats have a fine pelt-like coat , which feels like satin. Some have a golden or silver sparkly ‘glitter’ effect interspersed within the hair shafts. Some Bengals have inherited the whited expression or tummy from their Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) ancestors. This colour feature adds to their wild appearance. The whited tummy should not be confused with the normal white tummy all Bengal kittens are born with. It takes many months after the kittens birth, to determine whether their bellies will stay whited. A Bengal tummy must be spotted or marbled.
There are several colours and patterns in the Bengal breed. Accepted colours can differ between cat associations, so it is always a good idea to first find out whether your cat registration body accepts the colour you are after. Spotted, rosetted and marbled patterns are worldwide accepted within the breed.  Brown, Snow and silver are recognised as worldwide accepted colours. 
Text Box: Asian Leopard Cat (ALC)

Rosetted Pattern

Spotted Pattern

Marble Pattern

Brown Colour

Silver Colour

Text Box: The brown coloured Bengals have a wide variation of brown shades within the breed. They can vary from almost black, mouse grey-brown, to beige, with dark brown, caramel, golden, honey and beige as acceptable variations. Even red falls within the recognised range. Brown cats have green, golden or hazel coloured eyes.
Silver Bengals have a silver-to-white background colour, with grey/black markings throughout the pattern. Their eye colour can be green or golden.
A silver Bengal should only be minimally ‘tarnished’, (which means any signs of brown in the coat) or not be heavily ‘ticked’ (which means black hairs interspersed throughout the background silver colour).
Text Box: Snow Bengals can be divided in three groups. The Seal Lynx Point, the Seal Mink and the Seal Sepia.
The Seal Lynx Point is the lightest snow colour and these kittens are often born totally white. The points (head, feet and tail) are usually darker. The Seal Lynx Point has clear blue eyes, leather nose and black tail tip.
The Seal mink is slightly darker, and has a more creamy background with cinnamon coloured markings. Their eye colour can vary from turquoise to green. 
The Seal Sepia is a snow with darker markings (sepia to brown) and with eyes that are brown, green or hazel coloured. The markings on the kittens are usually visible at birth.
Text Box: OTHER Colours and Non-Traditional Patterns
There are other non-traditional Bengal colours and patterns such as the melanistic, smoke, and blue Bengal colours, as well as the charcoal pattern.   For more information, we invite you to visit Tara Sinclair’s cattery website at:  www.littleleopardcats.com 


Snow Colour—Seal Mink

Snow Colour—Seal Lynx Point