Bengal cats are house tigers. This medium to large cat breed still shows a lot of natural behaviour and has a great hunting instinct. The Bengal cat is very present from an early age and needs a lot of exercise. When this breed has reached adulthood, everything about the Bengal is extreme. Play, anger, but also affection; everything he does, is extreme. A breed companion is desired to provide sufficient distraction. The Bengal’s short-haired coat is easy to care for.
The Bengal is a cross between the domestic cat and the Asian leopard cat. When you get a Bengal that belongs to the fourth or seventh generation, it is well-balanced and easy going. Please note: the Bengal’s hunting instinct and liveliness are bigger than the average cat! Males are generally friendlier than females. The Bengal female is independent and full of temperament: she can be extremely loving, but also extreme in showing her anger. Kittens are rowdy. The Bengal cat is usually friendly towards other cats and dogs, but can also be very wild. This cat likes to exercise and needs a lot of space. Did you know that the Bengal cat also loves water? This cat breed is very ignorant of its owner. With a lot of attention, time and love you can make the Bengal as affectionate as any other cat. Bengal cats have a soft voice. The coat care of the breed is minimal.
Bengal cats come in the brown colour called ‘brown tabby’ and have an orange coat that is accompanied by a beautiful golden glow. The snow Bengal has ivory coloured coats. The pattern of the coat has nuanced differences in colour.
Body, legs and tail
The body of the Bengal is powerful, long and large. He has no oriental appearance, despite his Asian descent. The bones are robust and the muscles are powerful. The legs are of medium length, with the hind legs being slightly longer than the front legs. Like the body, the bones and muscles of the legs are strong. The feet are large and round and have black paw pads. The Bengal’s tail is of medium length and tapers to a rounded point.
Head, ears and eyes
The head of the Bengal cat is quite large and is longer than it is wide. A slight curve is visible from the forehead to the bridge of the nose. The Bengal has a broad, full snout and the cheekbones stick out. The nose is rather large and broad. The ears are small and wide at the base. They have rounded ends and are proudly pointed forward. The eyes are large, oval and set wide apart. They are placed slightly slanted.
Bengal cats have a beautifully thick, lush and soft coat. The hair is short and fine. The coat has a marbled or spotted pattern. In the marbled pattern, the stripes are broad and angular, small spots are visible on the belly. A spotted pattern is characterized by triangular or round, randomly placed spots..
The weight of the Bengal is between 5.5 and 9 kg.