A Bengal Cat is a high-breed house cat with small rounded ears and large oval eyes. This cat is known to have a gentle temperament. Bengal’s are great house pets because they are friendly creatures.
Bengal Breed Background/History:
Bengal Cats are developed from combined wild Asian Leopard and domestic cats. In fact, “Bengal” came from Asian Leopard Cat’s taxonomic name–Prionailurus bangalensis. What’s interesting about Bengal cats is the facts that they looked wild, inheriting the structure of the wild Asian Leopard, yet have acquired the friendly temperament of domestic cats.
In the 1970s the University of California created a project to determine if the Asian Leopard Cat’s immunity to Feline Leukemia could cross over to the domestic cat (unfortunately this was not the case). Several of the hybrid females were provided to Jean Sugden (Mill).
These hybrid females were instrumental in establishing the Bengal breed as it is known today, with the incredible markings of the Asian Leopard Cat, and the gentle temperament of the domestic cat. The Bengal breed was recognised in 1984 by TICA (The International Cat Association). To be registered, the Bengal must be four generations away from the wild cat.
Bengal Cat Appearance
- They generally have large, muscular body.
- They have large feet with black paw pads.
- Thick, soft coat.
- All have dark markings against a lighter body color that ranges from snow to golden orange to brown. (There are other colors, such as blue, silver, peach and red)
- They are usually classified by their coat pattern. The most common pattern is the Spotted Leopard Bengal. The second most common pattern is the Marbled Bengal, with swirls and patches of color blended together in a pattern similar to a classic tabby.
- Like its wild ancestors, the Bengal’s head and ears are small in proportion to its body.
- Large, almond-shaped eyes.
- Large, broad nose.
- Thick tail with a black tip.
Breed Life Span:
10 to 16 years
Breed Temperament and other Info:
Bengals that are at least fourth generation are usually friendly with their family members.Bengals Cats that are too close to their wild ancestry may possess some wild characteristics.
They are curios, intelligent, and very active. Bengal’s have good response for training. They don’t feel fear or shyness. Like Asian Leopard cats, Bengal’s love water. Bengal’s have high appreciation of running waters. Many of the owners have reported that their Bengal’s would happily play with water. Your Bengal’s sees water like a “shower time” for them.
They are very playful and are vigorous but they don’t want to be helped. In case you have visitors, expect your furry pet to appear before them, because they are highly socialized, they easily interact with humans and other animals. So in short, they are:
- Very athletic, alert and strong.
- Can be mischievous if not provided sufficient outlets for their energy.
- Social and affectionate (many enjoy the arms of their owners).
- Like being in water.
- Confident and independent.
Because of their strong playful personality, these animals hate boredom so owners need to give them sufficient attention. Otherwise, your pet might feel jealous or neglected. So if owners can’t spend much of their time playing with Bengal’s, providing them with another high-energy feline could be a good idea to make them happy.
They are intelligent enough to express their emotions. Bengal’s are blessed with high vocal skills to make their owners determine their emotions. They communicate with humans through their vocal skills.
Training a Bengal cat is not hard because of their intelligence. They could be taught tricks. By proper training, they can imitate simple human gestures like shaking hands. Teach your Bengal’s a hide-and-seek play; you’d be amazed to know their capacity to learn the game. They are quick learners though what you teach them may limit their learning.
Bengal Cats are generally healthy, but the following diseases have been seen in the breed:
Entropion – Rolling of the eyelids so that the lashes rub and irritate the cornea causing excessive tearing, squinting, and corneal vascularization and ulceration. Requires surgical repair.
Distal neuropathy, a nervous system disorder that causes weakness.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a kind of heart disease
Bengal Cat’s Names:
Here is a list of the most popular names people use for their bengals: