|Place of Origin: Japan|
|Coat Type: shorthair|
|Color: spotted or marbled in a variety of colors|
|Temperament: loving, playful, good with children|
Cat of the Month for November
Don’t let the wild appearance fool you. Bengals are loving and playful especially with children.
Where do Bengals come from?
Bengals are a cross between the Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic cat. The Asian Leopard Cat, much smaller than the Leopard, was crossed with Abyssinians, Egyptian Maus and American Shorthairs. This exotic breed dates back to the 1870s. In 1941, the first documented pet leopard was recorded in Japan. The Bengal became recognized as a breed in the 1970s.
What do Bengals look like?
Bengals are wild looking cats. Although they are no larger than your average cat, they are very dense and muscular. They come in three varieties: spotted, rosettes or marbled coat patterns. Their spots need to have two colors. They come in an assortment of colors, including Brown Spotted Tabby, Brown Marbled Tabby, Seal Sepia Spotted Tabby, Seal Sepia Marbled Tabby, Seal Mink Spotted Tabby, Seal Mink Marbled Tabby, Seal Spotted Lynx Point, Seal Marbled Lynx Point, Silver and Blue and Black. Their face and legs are striped.
Do Bengals make good pet?
Being bred from a wild cat, you might think that these cats are too wild to make good pets. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bengal is a loving and playful animal that is great with children.
Where can I adopt a Bengal?
The International Bengal Cat Connection has beautiful kittys looking for a good home.
Possible Health Issues
Cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, cardiomyopathy