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Bengal Standard TICA

The goal of breeding bengals is to create a domestic cat that has the characteristic appearance of small forest cats, but with a gentle and balanced character of domestic cats. Adhering to this goal, judges need to attach particular importance to these characteristics when bengals appear that differ in temperament from other thoroughbred domestic cats. A Bengal cat is an athletically built animal, agile, friendly, curious, self-confident, possessing strength, dexterity, balance and grace.

Tenga Bengal Standard
tica HEAD

Shape: Wide modified wedge with rounded contours. A little longer in length than in width, small, in proportion to the body, but not to the extreme. Slightly convex between the ears, the skull passes into the neck with a smooth bend. The jaws of adult cats can be quite powerful. The head should generally be as different as possible from the head of a domestic cat.

The ears. Medium to small in size, relatively short with a wide base with rounded tips. Set as wide as possible, the ear lines continue the contour of the muzzle when viewed from the front and are directed slightly forward when looking in profile. Allowed inside the ears of the “brush”, but trot brushes at the tips are not desirable.

Eyes. Oval, almost round. Large, but not too much. Widely spaced, set slightly obliquely in the direction of the base of the ear. Eye color does not depend on coat color with the exception of link points. The more bright and saturated it is, the better.
The chin. Strong, located in line with the tip of the nose.

Muzzle. Filled and wide with large protruding pads of whiskers, passing to the muzzle with a light pinch, and high pronounced cheekbones.

Nose. Large and wide with a slightly upturned lobe.

Profile. The profile line from the forehead to the bridge flows without a sharp bend. The nose is just above eye level. From her slightly concave, almost straight, the profile line stretches to the tip of the nose.

Neck. Long, strong, muscular, in proportion to the head and body.

BODY

Torso: Powerful and long, but not as much as the orientals. Medium to large size (but not as large as the largest domestic breeds).

Legs. Medium length, rear slightly higher than the front.

Paws. Large round, assembled into “fists”.

Tail. Medium length, thick, slightly tapering towards the end, with a rounded tip.

The backbone. Strong strong, not sophisticated.

Musculature Very developed, especially in cats – one of the most characteristic features.

WOOL / COLOR / FIGURE

Length: Short to medium. It is allowed, slightly elongated in kittens.

Texture: Thick and luxurious, close-fitting, unusually soft and silky to the touch.

Drawings: Spotted or Marble. (Spotted and marble, the so-called “marble”).

Spotted / spotted /: The spots can be arranged randomly or in horizontal rows. Rosettes are formed in two different colors or shades and come in the form of a paw print, arrow-shaped, in the form of a “donut” or “half-donut” or collected in a bunch around a single spot, but other shapes are possible. The contrast with the background should be maximum, giving a clear picture with sharp outlines. An underlined highlighted chin and a stroke around the eyes are desirable. Ideally, an almost white tummy and the inside of the paws are desirable. It is desirable to have horizontal curved spots on the shoulders, speckled legs and tail covered with spots or rosettes. The tummy should be spotty.

Marble / marble /: Marble pattern should be as different as possible from ordinary marble and not contain round spots – “eyes”. The drawing is arbitrary, giving the impression of marble and is randomly, but flowing in horizontal lines when the cat is stretched. Mackerel pattern (vertical stripes) is undesirable. Preference should be given to cats with three or more shades of color – these are the background, spots and dark outline around the picture. There should be maximum contrast between the background and the sharply defined pattern. The stomach should be spotty.

Colors:

Brown Tabby / Brown Tabby /: All variations of brown are allowed, but shades with a high degree of ruthism are preferred. The color of the spots in tones from brown to black. Light strokes around the eyes, “glasses,” and an almost white background of the hair of the whisker pads, chin, chest, abdomen, and inner side of the legs (in contrast to the background of the fur of the back and sides) are desirable. The contours of the eyes, lips and nose are outlined in black, and the nose is brick red. The paw pads and the tip of the tail should be black.

Seal Lynx Point / dark brown tabby with markings /: Background from ivory to cream. The color of the picture may vary: dark brown, light brown, yellowish brown, buff color, with bright “glasses”, pads and chins. The pattern may be different shades of brown. The difference between the color of the spots on the body (pattern) and the color of the marks should be minimal or absent altogether. The tip of the tail should be dark brown. Blue eyes.

Seal Sepia Tabby / Seal Mink Tabby / Burmese patterned / Tonkin patterned /: The background of the coat can be ivory, cream or light buffalo with distinct spots. The color of the picture is different shades of brown. Desirable “glasses” around the eyes, ivory and chin. The difference between the color of the picture on the body and the color of the marks should be minimal. The paw pads should be dark cinnamon through which pink skin shines through. The tip of the tail should be dark brown (dark seal / mink). Eyes can be from golden to green and aquamarine.

DIVISIONS: Tabby, Silver / Smoke (Tabby / Silver / Smoky)

COLOR: Brown Tabby, Seal Sepia Tabby, Seal Mink Tabby, Seal Lynx Point, Black Silver Tabby, Seal Silver Sepia Tabby, Seal Silver Mink Tabby, Seal Silver Lynx Point.

FIGURES: Only Spotted (spotted) or Marble (marble).

BREEDS PERMITTED FOR CROSSING: Crossing with other breeds is not allowed.

BASIC DESCRIPTION

The goal of breeding bengals is to create a domestic cat that has the characteristic appearance of small forest cats, but with a gentle and balanced character of domestic cats. Adhering to this goal, judges need to attach particular importance to these characteristics when bengals appear that differ in temperament from other thoroughbred domestic cats. A Bengal cat is an athletically built animal, agile, friendly, curious, self-confident, possessing strength, dexterity, balance and grace.
This cat is medium to large in size, looks very muscular and strong. Its wide nose, convex pads of whiskers, large oval, almost round, eyes with a relatively small head give the appearance and look of a forest night predator. Its slightly concave, almost straight profile and relatively short ears with a wide base and rounded tips add a characteristic unique look to bengals. Short dense coat – uniquely soft and silky to the touch. The coat may or may not be radiant, without preference. A thick tail lowered down a medium length completes the image of a cat.

Assumptions

Cats can be smaller than cats while maintaining proportions.
A little long hair in kittens.
Wide jaws of cats.
Eyes slightly almond-shaped.
Gray undercoat.

LIMITATIONS

The spots on the body merging together, forming stripes characteristic of the tiger pattern, in spotted cats;
Round spots called the bull’s eye in marble cats;
Significantly darker color markings (compared with the color of the picture on the body) in cats Seal Sepia, Seal Mink or Seal Lynx Point.
Any clear white spots – medallions on the neck, chest, abdomen or elsewhere that are not subject to the standard.

TEMPERAMENT

Temperament must be impeccable. Any sign of aggression leads to disqualification. A cat may show fear, try to run away, or even scream out loud, but should not be a threat. Bengals are self-confident, agile, curious and friendly cats.

LOSS OF TITLE / DISQUALIFICATION

There are no tabby spots on the abdomen.

The color of the paw pads is not consistent with the declared color or they are not colored evenly.

In accordance with the TICA Exhibition Rules, the following reasons lead to mandatory disqualification:

  • cats that bite
    cats showing a clear intention to attack,
    adult non-castrated cats that do not have testicles,
    cats with the absence of the tail or part thereof, with the exception of exceptions permitted by the Standards Approving College (CLC),
    cats with more than five toes on their front paws and more than four toes on their hind legs, except in cases of loss of those as a result of trauma or permitted KUS,
    having visible and invisible tail defects, for which KUS requires disqualification,
    strabismus, if the KUS requires disqualification, complete blindness,
    dwarfism, small sizes not corresponding to the breed,
    with an underdeveloped chest or an unusually small volume of the chest – keel “flattened chest syndrome.”
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