There are some really great websites that offer a wealth of information on Bengal Cats put together with complete love! We wanted to complement the existing information with a more digestible approach to what is a beautiful exotic cat and help shed some light on Bengal cat myths. These myths may have been started through friends who may have had a Bengal cat experience with a poorly breed cat or read some where that a Bengal Cat stole a baby or something equally far fetched.
The Bengal Cat breed goes back way before popular breeding began in the 60’s to around the late 1920’s when it was noticed that there were hybrids between wild and normal domestic cats out in Malaya. The breeding may have been introduced by the tribes of the Malay Peninsula, though this has been subject for debate amongst enthusiasts. What does this mean? well, essentially the desire to have a domesticated big cat though in a smaller form has been quite sort after across cultures. This may have stemmed from a safety aspect originally.
Bengal Cat Markings & Colours
This is probably one of the factors that may have drawn you to find out more about the breed or lead you to want a Bengal Cat, the beautiful unique markings and colourings. Bengal colouring and patterns are not unlike a human finger print in that they give valuable information about the ancestry of the breed. It falls into two categories:
Bengal Cat Colours
Bengal Cats are known for having glorious coloured coats but Its worth noting that if you want to ‘show’ your Cat some colours are not yet accepted for competition so its worth checking with . These often fall into four different tonal variations
- White or Snowy
The tonal variations on the brown can range from yellowy, orange through to an almost ginger colour with highlights of gold when caught in certain lights. Brown is quite a common coat colour though its worth baring in the mind that the depth of the colour will change with age by getting slightly darker. A greenish eye colour is often more common with brown Bengal coats.
White or snowy coloured coats usually stem from Seal Lynx Point heritage and can have blue eyes which can be absolutely striking and a beautiful combination.
Silver coloured Bengals are quite new and sort after. The silver coat it is achieved by both parents being silver in origin.
Now when you say blue, for me the thing that springs to mind in a blue rinse hair colour. The truth is that blue is a diluted colour and will have a peach undertone to it.
Bengal Cat Patterns
Fur patterns tend to be split between spotted or rosetted and marble. If you wish to show your cat its worth noting that its important that the patterns/markings are clear and appear sharp with a good contrast to the dark foundation colour of the coat.
This rosetted or spotted is quite common though there are many variations on the pattern.
- Arrow rosettes
- Paw print rosettes
- Donut rosettes
- Linked donut rosettes
- Cloud rosettes
Marble tends to be less common though still quite popular.
- Sidewards flowing marble (this can be various strength of pattern)
- Chaos pattern marble
- Bullseye pattern