Bengal is the result of a cross between a domestic cat and the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), a small wild feline that can be found in about twenty Asian countries as well as on the island of Iriomote. It was in 1963 that a domestic cat and a wild cat were crossed for the first time. It is an American, Jean S. Mill, a geneticist, who realized the crossing and chooses a black cat of the American Shortair race.
From this crossing come hybrids called “F1” (1st generation) and then “F2” (2nd generation), semi-wild cats. A “domestic” Bengal belongs at least to the 4th and 5th generations. He can then participate in competitions or exhibitions.
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 inscribed in his standard.
Bengal has a camouflage period called Fuzzy, when it is a kitten. It is an inheritance of its his ancestors, the Asian leopards. In their natural environment, leopards babies, curious by nature, can move away from their mother.
The fuzzy period allows them to camouflage and circulate without the knowledge of potential predators.
So, between the age of 3 weeks, and the age of more or less 3 months, the patterns of the dress fade and seem 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 unfold
On the other hand, the experienced breeder can have a good idea! The dress of your cat can be clarified and intensify until the age of 1 year. In some subjects, slight changes were observed until the age of 2 years. This is also the case for fixing the color of the eyes.
Bengal has an athletic body and a robust bone structure.
Its triangular head is longer than broad, and the sides are rounded.
The eyes are oval, almost round, and well spaced.
Permitted colors are green, gold, blue and turquoise, depending on the coat color.
The nose should be broad, and the cheekbones should be high and prominent.
The ears are medium to small in size, rounded at the tips and pointed forward.
The tail, of medium length, is thick at the base, barely refining to finish on a rounded end.
The legs are well muscled and have a robust frame. The feet are large and round, and have prominent fingers.