The main difference that a Bengal cat boasts is its leopard color. This is a unique pattern on red hair, inherited from the wild ancestor of Prionailurus bengalensis. None of the elite breeds have such a thing anymore – only Bengal cats have it. It would seem that the definition of “leopard” greatly narrows the variety of coloring and drawing of the animal’s fur coat, but this is not so. Despite the recognizable-characteristic spotting and despite the fact that the breed itself is very young, the breeders brought out a dozen original Bengal colors, not only brown, but also very light and even black colors. True, not all of them are recognized by international feline federations so far.
The history of the formation of the Bengal breed
Apart from the wild Asian leopard cats ALC, there was also a whole list of breeds – Abyssinian, American domestic shorthair, Egyptian Mau, Persians, Exotics, Ocicets, Burmese, among the origins of the formation of Bengals. Continue reading
When working on the breed, the main emphasis was placed on the similarity of bengals with their wild ancestors, but friendly and gentle, like domestic cats. Therefore, any description of the appearance of a Bengal cat creates the image of a small forest predator, a kind of averaged image of a representative of the species Felis bengalensis.
These are muscular athletic cats, strong, with strong bones. Everything in them betrays excellent hunters who can patiently track down prey, jump high and climb trees quickly. They have strong paws and tenacious claws. There were cases when bengals jumped onto a 3-meter concrete fence or climbed a smooth round iron pillar. They are so dexterous that they can catch an insect with one paw on the fly. Continue reading