The Bengal is the result of a cross between a domestic cat and the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), a small wild feline found in some twenty countries in Asia as well as on the island of Iriomote. It was in 1963 that a domestic cat and a wild feline were crossed for the first time. It is an American, Jean S. Mill, a geneticist, who carries out the crossing and chooses a black cat of the American Shortair breed.
From this crossing come the so-called “F1” (1st generation) then “F2” (2nd generation) hybrids, semi-wild cats. A “domestic” Bengal belongs at least to the 4th and 5th generations. He can then participate in competitions or exhibitions.
Endowed with an exceptional intelligence, he is a curious, confident and friendly cat, a mixture of strength, agility, balance and grace. Unique fact, his kindness and his ability to live alongside the man are always registered in his standard.
The Bengal has a period of camouflage called Fuzzy, when it is a kitten. It is a heritage from his ancestors, the leopards of Asia. In their natural environment, the baby leopards, curious by nature, can move away from their mother.
The fuzzy period allows them to camouflage themselves and move around without the knowledge of potential predators.
So, between the age of 3 weeks, and the age of plus or minus 3 months, the patterns of the dress fade and appear washed out, even bland and unspecified.
At this point, it is often difficult to imagine the beauty of the dress and the patterns, which will be revealed later.
On the other hand, the experienced breeder can have a good idea! Your cat's coat may become clearer, and intensify until the age of 1 year. In some subjects, slight changes were observed up to the age of 2 years. This is also the case for fixing eye color.
ITS PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
The Bengal has an athletic body and a sturdy frame.
Its triangular head is longer than it is wide, and the sides are rounded.
The eyes are oval, almost round, and well spaced.
The permitted colors are green, gold, blue and turquoise, depending on the coat color.
The nose should be wide, and the cheekbones should be high and prominent.
The ears are medium to small in size, and they are rounded at the tips and pointed forward.
The tail, of medium length, is thick at the base, thinning out to end on a rounded end.
The legs are well muscled and have a strong bone structure. The feet are large and round, and have prominent toes.